Known for its high salinity and mineral rich mud, the Dead Sea is attractive to tourists looking to relax. Located at 400 meters below sea level – the lowest elevation in the world! – the density of this big, calm body of water makes floating a breeze. However, there’s more to Jordan’s Dead Sea region than the sea itself. Activities are plentiful: pay a visit to the Hammamat Ma’in, a group of natural hot springs and waterfalls funneled into man-made pools and baths, or explore the nearby Mujib Nature Preserve. You might also indulge in a mud wrap or another of the regional spa specialties known for their healing properties. Luxury accommodations abound, and though you can easily make a day trip happen from Amman, you’ll want to stick around for at least one night. Lounging at (and in) the Dead Sea is a perfect way to wind down from an adventurous trip through Jordan, so be sure to save it for the end of your journey!
Deep in the Jordan Valley and 55 km (34 miles) southeast of Amman, is the Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole World. It is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth’s surface, and the World’s richest source of natural salts, hiding wonderful treasures that accumulated throughout thousands of years.
To reach this unique spot, the visitor enjoys a short 30 minutes drive from Amman, surrounded by a landscape and arid hills, which could be from another planet. En route a stone marker indicates “Sea Level”, but the Dead Sea itself is not reached before descending another 400 meters below this sign.
The sunset touching distant hills with ribbons of fire across the waters of the Dead Sea brings a sense of unreality to culminate a day’s visit to this region. It is normally as calm as a millpond, with barely a ripple disturbing its surface, but it can become turbulent. During most days, however, the water shimmers under a beating sun. Where rocks meet its lapping edges, they become snow-like, covered with a thick, gleaming white deposit that gives the area a strange and surreal sense.
Pro Tip: The baptismal site at Bethany on the Jordan River is only ten minutes from the Dead Sea, making it a convenient and worthwhile side trip once you’ve had your fill of lounging, floating, and laying in the sand.