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Located 430 meters (1,412 ft) below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Floating on the water surface is the highlight that attracts visitors from around the world. Thanks to its healing effects on the human skin, Dead Sea salt and mud have been used in skin care for centuries.
Floating on the water surface is one of the main reasons why the Dead Sea attracts visitors from around the world. While regular seawater has a salinity of about 5%, the Dead Sea is known for its hypersalinity (averaging 28%). People who have never made this experience wonder how floating works. You will see that it is pretty easy. While the first few meters are still possible to walk, you will feel a natural pressure that pushes your body up to the surface. Lay down on your back and relax while you enjoy this unique experience.
Dead Sea Mud Mask
In addition to your floating experience, make sure to complete your experience with a mud mask. The mud is rich in salt and minerals and has a cleaning effect on your skin. It removes impurities and dead skin cells, making the skin smoother and fresher. Furthermore, Dead Sea mud masks are proven to have a healing effect for people suffering from skin diseases such as acne, neurodermatitis or psoriasis. The mud is a natural product – make sure to apply it generously to all of your body and your face.
Beaches at Jordan’s Dead Sea
There are various public and private beaches located along the Dead Sea shore of Jordan. The best option is to purchase a day-pass at one of the resorts (around JOD 35). This gives you access to the resort’s private beach (which is generally cleaner and safer) and all facilities on site. In addition to the floating experience, a day-pass will give you time to relax in one of the resort’s pools and enjoy a view of the sea.
A cheaper alternative to the resorts is Amman Beach. This public beach is relatively clean and equipped with showers, sun umbrellas and lockers. Entrance is JOD 15 plus an additional JOD 3 for the mud and JOD 1 for the locker. Keep in mind that public beaches like Amman Beach are popular among locals and can get crowded, especially on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
Free beach at the Dead Sea? The Herodus Spring located around 10 km (6 miles) from the resorts is a small public beach free of charge. It has a natural waterfall that can be used to wash the salt off your body, as there is no shower there. Keep in mind that the beach is a bit more difficult to find. Watch out for signs Mukawir / Dhiban to find your way there. Like Amman Beach, the Herodus Spring is less clean and offers less privacy than the resort’s beaches, but is a great way to enjoy the Dead Sea experience entirely for free.
A map with the exact locations and coordinates of all beaches can be found in the Welcome2Jordan Travel Guide.
Amman to Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is just a one-hour-drive (50 km or 31 miles) from Amman. The most convenient way to get there is by car. Whether as a half-day trip from Amman or as part of a road trip through Jordan, a rental car allows flexibility. A taxi ride from Amman to Dead Sea will cost around JOD 20 one way. The cheapest alternative is taking the public bus, but do keep in mind that public transport is quite unreliable in Jordan. Take the bus from Mujaharin bus station to Rame, and from there catch a taxi to access one of the public beaches or resorts (around JOD 6-7 one way).
Dead Sea Hotels and Resorts
The Dead Sea is a popular destination for wellness and relaxation both among national as well as international visitors. Accommodation at the Dead Sea in Jordan consists of various resorts. Next to clean and luxurious rooms, facilities include various swimming pools and a private beach with lifeguards and showers.