Complete Guide to Visiting the Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, a non-coastal salt lake in Southwest Asia, squeezed between Israel and Jordan with portions in the West Bank, goes by many names: Sea of ​​Death, Salt Sea, and Sea of ​​Lot. What makes this hyper-saline natural wonder so special is that it is the lowest body of water on Earth's surface, with the lowest elevation on Earth. The Dead Sea, where the water is about 10 times saltier than the ocean, is unlike any other destination in the world. Read on to learn everything you need to know before visiting.

How the Dead Sea was formed

Millions of years ago, a saltwater lagoon was connected to the Mediterranean Sea. African and Arab tectonic plate faults have shifted, the land between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean has increased, and the ocean water supply has been cut off, leaving the Dead Sea isolated. Freshwater sources and aquifers feed the sea (which is actually a lake because it has no outlet to the sea), but since there is no flow, the water simply collects in the Dead Sea and then evaporates in the hot submerged desert, leaving the salt.

What are you going to see in the sea

Let's start with what you won't see. No bird, fish, or plant can survive in the inhospitable cobalt blue waters of the Dead Sea, which lie 1,412 feet below sea level.

At the water's edge, crystallized sodium chloride makes rocks and sand sparkle. It is here, between the Judean Hills and the Jordan Mountains, where people come to float and enjoy the mineral properties of water. You will see bodies lying on the surface of the water as if they were resting on a pool float. It's almost impossible to dive, and keeping your head above the water is a good idea because the salt will definitely irritate your eyes. If you have the smallest of cuts, like a paper cut, you will feel the pain in the Dead Sea.

As you float, you'll see reddish-brown sandstone tables and the Jordanian Mountains as they stretch through the clear water.

You'll notice the lack of water sports - no motor vehicles, boats, or rolling waves. This contributes to the ethereal lunar landscape and ultimately creates a peaceful and calm atmosphere.

Consider the Weather

As the weather is generally warm and sunny throughout the year, any season is a good time to visit, but be aware that summer temperatures can rise to over 110 degrees Fahrenheit and winter temperatures can drop to 60 degrees F days a year. Lack of precipitation (less than 4 inches per year) and a desert environment create the ideal environment for soaking outdoors. It will dry quickly when it gets out of the water.

If you visit during the summer, you probably have the best place for you when temperatures are at their highest. On the other hand, visiting in winter means that you will enjoy the Dead Sea together with others.

Experience a Spa Getaway

A popular destination for both locals and tourists, the Dead Sea is known as a natural spa haven. It is common practice to cover the body in silky, dark brown, mineral-rich mud, lie in the sun, and then wash the mud with thick, oily water. Many of the hotels offer spa treatments with the surrounding mud and salt, and the complex's pools are often filled with salty sea water.

People with persistent skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema, often visit the Dead Sea to heal. The dry climate, mixed with an oxygen-rich atmosphere and mineral-rich water, is said to have extraordinary restorative properties. The salt is harvested and shipped around the world for use in beauty treatments and products.

Know Before you Go

Much of the Jordan River has been diverted for human use, shrinking the sea's borders at an alarming rate and increasing salt deposits. The surface level is dropping at an average of 3 feet per year. Every year the Dead Sea changes in measurable ways, including the presence of reducing holes. If this is a destination that you are waiting for, visit it as soon as possible.

 

Tips for visiting

  • Take pictures before entering the water, as the saline solution can damage your camera and create a film on the lens.
  • Make sure to wear a bathing suit that you don't mind too much. High salt content, such as mud, will likely degrade your outfit and create discoloration.
  • Bring a towel to dry your hands before touching your face; If salt gets in your eyes, you will burn.
  • Any cuts or sensitive areas on your skin will burn in the water. If you have a cut, be sure to wrap it in a waterproof bandage before entering. Along the same lines, do not shave before entering as you will feel a burning sensation.
  • Bring water shoes, as the salt deposits along the shoreline can be sharp.
  • Do not jump or splash, this can be a difficult concept if you are traveling with children because you can cut your skin into salt chips and let your eyes get wet.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated with cool water as you will be out in the blazing sun.
  • And of course, the more you float in the water, the drier your skin will be, so plan accordingly.

Other Things to Do

If you are on the Israel side, there are other things to do in the Dead Sea area that you should consider. Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed archaeological site, situated on a plateau overlooking the Dead Sea in the Judean Desert, is one of the top natural attractions. Built by King Herod the Great to be used as a palace and then occupied by Jewish patriots as a last stand against the Roman army, Masada is a great place to study.

Visit the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve for hiking, wildlife watching, exploring the botanical garden, and seeing the David Waterfall.

See Mount Sodom, where the limestone and salt pillars are covered in clay. One of these crude pillars is known as "Lot's wife," a biblical figure who turned to salt as she looked back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. You can explore this mountain made of salt on a jeep tour or by taking a hike.

In 1947, a local Bedouin boy found in the Qumran caves of the Judean desert the first of seven ancient Hebrew scrolls, called the Dead Sea Scrolls. These religious documents, now housed in the Israel Museum, The Shrine of the Book, in Jerusalem, are of historical and linguistic significance, so be sure to stop by the museum to see them if you plan to be in Jerusalem.

How to get there

Flights from the United States to Israel arrive in Tel Aviv, a city worth exploring for its markets, beaches, restaurants, nightlife and urban surroundings. From Tel Aviv, you can drive for two hours and reach the Dead Sea. You can rent a car and go on your own, book a tour at a reputable agency, or take a taxi.

You may also want to go from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and then to the Dead Sea. Buses are also available from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea.

In Israel, visitors often choose to stay in Ein Bokek or Ein Gedi, where the main hotels and resorts are located. You can also choose to fly to Amman, the capital of Jordan, and stay on the east coast, especially if you plan to visit Petra and Wadi Rum.

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