Floating in the Dead Sea is an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives. Located between Israel and Jordan in the Middle East, this unique saltwater lake has been attracting visitors for centuries due to its fascinating properties. Here’s everything you need to know about visiting the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side.
The Dead Sea is situated halfway between Amman, Jordan, and Jerusalem. The main tourist area of the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side is at the northwest corner of the lake, approximately a one-hour drive from Amman International Airport. You can reach other parts of the Dead Sea on the Jordanian side via the 2-lane Jordan Valley Highway, which spans about 50 km from the northern tip to the southern tip.
This saltwater lake is known for its extreme salinity, making it one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. With a salinity level of 34.2%, it’s around ten times saltier than the ocean.
Due to this high salt content, the lake cannot sustain life, which is why it’s called the ‘Dead Sea.’ However, the shoreline is famous for its therapeutic effects and mud that people apply on their skin before taking a dip in the sea.
Floating in the Dead Sea
Floating in the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience. As you step into the water, your feet and legs feel as if they are being lifted up. The more you immerse yourself, the lighter and buoyant you become.
This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a stress-free time since floating is the only activity you can do due to the buoyancy and salt content. You can bring along a book or newspaper to read while you float.
Before you get into the water, make sure to smear some Dead Sea mud all over your body. This will not only give you an interesting experience but also help improve your skin’s condition. After applying the mud, take your time before entering the water and enjoy the sensation it gives to your skin. Once in the water, simply lie back and let yourself float effortlessly.
One thing to note is that floating in the lake can cause a burning sensation if you have fresh cuts or shaved any part of your body recently. So make sure to be cautious about this before visiting.
The Dead Sea is not just known for its unique properties but also for being the lowest point on earth, with an elevation of 1412 feet (430.5m) below sea level. This remarkable location should be on the bucket list of all travelers, to experience floating in the Dead Sea at least once in a lifetime.
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