The name might be a bit deceiving, since the Lakes aren't really lakes, but a lush green expanse, perfect for kicking back and enjoying the evening breeze and the sunset. Locals really take advantage of this space, and it is uncommon not to find children playing and families picnicking at any hour.
Touted as being some of the best in all of Saudi Arabia, Yanbu's beaches welcome people from all walks of life who gather to swim, relax on the golden sand and take advantage of the phenomenal diving spots along the reef. The nearby areas also have restaurants and cafes in abundance. They can be a lovely escape from the industrial city.
This beautiful corniche stretches along the coast, providing a serene refuge from the industrial city of Yanbu. Lined with rows of palm trees on either side, it gathers visitors and locals alike, who flock here to enjoy long walks and to indulge in the nearby restaurants and shops.
Yanbu's small historic district, with its traditional scenes and views, is located northwest of the city centre, now separated from the sea by the port. The 19th century buildings in the area may be a bit run down, but the Lawrence residence and historic wall stand out as memorable highlights.
Roasted chicken may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Saudi cuisine, but it would be a mistake to skip Al Baik, as the throngs of local patron could attest to. Make sure you're not in a hurry when you come, though, because there tends to be a crowd waiting to get their hands on some of these delicious and very affordable fried treats.
Hummus Refi is all about providing high-quality healthy food. Meals are generally light, always made from scratch, and contain only ingredients with high nutritional value. Menu highlights include the halloumi cheese sandwich, the falafel salad and the tabboulah refi with quinoa.
Shaheen gathers cuisines from across the Asian continent, offering dishes ranging from Indian and Pakistani to Chinese and Middle Eastern. That it is largely frequented both by locals and by numbers of Indian and Pakistani expats speaks to the authenticity and quality of its food.
Di Roasta started in Jeddah and was so successful and beloved by its patrons that it was able to expand to Yanbu. Priding themselves on the excellent quality of their drinks and their expertise in all things coffee (not to mention the great food and dessert options), they have amassed many loyal customers.
Barnie's is Saudi Arabia's first fully home-grown quality coffee brand. Not only do they sell a wide array of high-quality coffee beverages, as well as delicious and fresh baked goods, but they also produce their own coffee beans. You can pick up different varieties to take home with you.
Sunset Cafe is all about desserts. Cakes, muffins, cupcakes, soft-bake cookies, ice cream, and many more, they do them all, and they do them to perfection. Or if you're looking for something more refreshing on a hot day, try one of the tropical fruit juices to quench your thirst.
This large chain of bookstores has locations all around the Arab world, in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. It is the best resource in town for books, electronics, accessories and office supplies. They also have the city's widest selection of English language books.
Yanbu's Prince Abdul Mohsin Bin-Abdulaziz Airport (YNB), located about 10 km north of the city, has international services to some major destinations in the Arab world, as well as to Turkey. The most convenient way to get to the city from the airport is by taxi, which should take about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.
When strolling and exploring the city please make sure you wear the appropriate attire. Women should be covered from neck to ankle and in certain areas scarves are used to cover the face and head. Shorts and tank tops should not be worn outside of your accommodation by women. For men, loose clothing is recommended and shorts are prohibited. When visiting, please make sure you respect and abide by the laws and culture of the country.