The Gaza Strips Beautiful New Resort :: Travel :: News …

Posted By on August 12, 2015

For decades, weve seen the Gaza Strip as unstable, effectively a war zone, and the U.S. Department of State has warned U.S. citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip. So, youll have to understand why the manicured lawns and seaside promenades of Gazas newly opened Blue Beach Resort, which sits almost directly next to a refugee camp and not far from commonly bombed neighborhoods, take us by surprise.

The resort along the Mediterranean boasts a private beach and 162 chalet-style roomsthough only 76 are currently openat $100-$160 per night.

But this opening didnt come without hardship. Construction was supposed to conclude last year, until the 50-day war halted progress. Today the image looks brighter, and, while much of Gaza suffers with power cuts, Blue Beach continues to shine through the night, and, for some Palestinians, thats a symbol for hope.

Perhaps expectedly, the resort opening has become a source of pride for many Palestinians. The hotels Facebook page has already garnered 20,000 Likes.

Tell us with a tweet or in the comments section below, would you go on a beach getaway to Gaza?

Tom Burson is a travel writer, part-time hitchhiker, and hes currently trying to imitate Where in the World is Carmen San Diego but with more sunscreen and jorts.

Photo via blue.beach.resort, CC-BY

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