Dead Sea Vacations
This landlocked salt lake located in the Jordan Rift Valley is, at more than 1,000 feet below sea level, officially the lowest point on Earth, and unofficially the best place in the world for floating.
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Due to its intense salinity, approximately 10 times that of the ocean, the Dead Sea is a mecca for floaters who want to literally lay back and reap the therapeutic benefits of this mineral-dense body of water, including skin rejuvenation, improved circulation, joint-pain relief, stress reduction, and more. In fact, the Dead Sea was one of the first well-being centers in the world, and King Herod the Great used it as a personal health resort. Today, the Dead Sea, which is less than 40 miles from Jordan’s capital Amman, still entices visitors from around the globe to its healing shores and spa resorts. The Dead Sea Region is also home to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, believed to be the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist; the Thermal Springs of Hammamat Ma’in, a series of warm mineral springs and waterfalls; and Wadi Mujib, a breathtaking gorge located in the lowest nature reserve in the world.
What to See
Mujib Biosphere Reserve – Located near the east coast of the Dead Sea and containing the rugged Wadi Mujib gorge, the Earth’s lowest nature reserve is home to more than 300 species of plants, mountain goats, a plethora of permanent and migratory birds, and hidden river-filled canyons. The Mujib Biosphere Reserve is also one of Jordan’s most popular hiking destinations.
Bethany Beyond the Jordan – Situated north of the Dead Sea on the east bank of the Jordan River, this pilgrimage site is widely regarded as the location where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Bethany Beyond the Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to caves used by hermits and pilgrims, baptism pools, Roman and Byzantine remains, and more.
Amman Beach – Ideally located near Jordan’s Dead Sea resort area, this easily accessible public facility consists of one of the most popular Dead Sea beaches, beach umbrellas and lounge chairs, a swimming pool, and restaurant.
Hammamat Ma’in – A variety of relaxing and rejuvenating pools comprise this thermal and therapeutic hot spot. Hammamat Ma’in, or Ma’in Hot Springs, is also blessed with cascading waterfalls and awe-inspiring natural beauty.
What to do
The Floating Experience – One of the primary highlights of visiting the Dead Sea is the opportunity to float effortlessly on its buoyant waters. The unique sensation of weightlessness is spellbinding, as well as therapeutic. Remember to drink plenty of fresh water, use sunscreen, and limit time in the water to avoid dehydration due to the intense heat and high salt content.
Mud Bath - The mineral-rich mud found along the shores is not only fun to slather on the body but is also believed to have therapeutic benefits.