It’s true!! At 423m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth, and hence the lowest point we’ve encountered on our journey around the world.
I know, that was cheap. But come on…. you didn’t think you were going to read about a depressing tale of two bummed out travellers, did you?
We are finding out really quickly that there is an incredible number of things to see and do in Jordan, and we knew we wouldn’t have time for them all…. a visit to the Dead Sea however was not something we wanted to skip over. Just a 45 minute drive out of Amman, the Dead Sea is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the country. We had no excuse to miss out…
The Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. Something like 33%….or EIGHT TIMES saltier than the oceans. Salinity like this leaves an impact.
Plant and animal life cannot live here…just too darn salty. Hence the name, “Dead” Sea. And, as there are no fish or algae mucking things up, the water is crystal clear.
The other side effect to holding so much salt, is that no matter how many perogies you ate last night, when you walk into the Dead Sea, you will float!!! It is a really bizarre feeling, being so buoyant!
And of course all these salts in minerals are good for more than just letting you stay afloat…acne, psoriasis, hives, cellulite, dry skin, dandruff, stress, and muscle aches can apparently all be conquered by smothering yourself in the mud from the Dead Sea.
But it’s not quite as easy as just ‘showing up to the beach’. The Jordanians are well aware of the tourist draw, and as such if you want to play, you have to pay… there is no place where you can soak for free (at least not that we were aware of). The Dead Sea coast is lined with high-end resorts, each ‘owning’ their own section of the Dead Sea. It cost Shawna and I 80JD (about $120CDN) for access to the sea on the grounds of the Swiss-run five-star Movenpick Resort, but we got half of that back in credit to use at the restaurants (our first purchase was of course a mojito).
We’ve learned Jordan is substantially more expensive than Africa, so we aren’t stressing too much – time to just enjoy. If you are in Jordan, and not stopping by the Dead Sea just because it costs a little more than you had hoped, that’s just dumb.
We had a great float, enjoyed an excellent lunch in the sun, and smothered ourselves in mud on the grounds of a resort that really was out of our league. What’s not to love?