Lost in Jordan: The Dead SeaExtras, Hotels & Resorts, Jordan, Spa & Beauty, Tours & Attractions — By Brittany G on February 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm
By Brittany Gowan, LG Foreign Correspondent
The Dead Sea, located in the Jordan Rift Valley, is a hypersaline body of water that defies “sink or swim”. At 423 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest dry land surface on Earth. As an avid swimmer and water enthusiast, I was eager to visit. While getting used to effortless floating, it is amusing to watch others also adjusting to this unusual phenomenon. At the Dead Sea, you get to play the role of an earthly astronaut.
How to get there From Amman, the drive to the Dead Sea takes a little less than 1 hour and it is around 3 hours from Petra. JETT bus services leaves at 8am from Amman and returns at 6pm. A round trip fair is about $30.
What to bring Water shoes or sandals are a must because the salt on the sea bottom can be rough on your feet. I would caution against bringing your new favorite bathing suit because the water can discolor your clothing, and make sure to thoroughly rinse your belongings after your Dead Sea adventure. If the mud stays on your footwear too long, it is almost impossible to remove later. So scrape it off at the time! Also, pass on shaving a day or two before going in this super salty water because you will quickly feel a zing from even the smallest cut.
What to do You can enjoy a day or weekend at one of the many resorts that line the seashore. Resort day passes range from $40-50. All resorts offer 5-star accommodations. You can chose from Movenpick Resort & Spa, Kempinski Hotel, Holiday Inn Resort, and Marriott Jordan Valley Resort . When you are tired of soaking in salt, these resorts offer pools with amazing views of the sea and surrounding mountains.
When entering the water, walk slowly forward until the water reaches your knees. At this point, you will start to feel your feet lifting off the bottom. Turn around and continue walking backwards until you can sit down in the water. Going in backwards prevents the buoyancy from making you face plant into the water. While swimming, it is important to keep your face out of the water because of the high salt content.
Dead Sea mud is world renown for its skin benefits. After taking a swim, lather up in the mineral enriched mud from head to toe and let it harden while you soak up the sun. You can go back into the water and rub the mud off but remember to remove the mud from your face with fresh water. After my mud mask, my skin felt incredible soft and refreshed. I encourage you to buy Dead Sea cosmetic products while you are there because stores offer discounted prices.
A day at the Dead Sea takes floating to a whole new level. The Dead Sea offers water fun and plenty of sun while providing a very soothing experience. I left feeling relaxed and renewed.
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