Jordan’s Dead Sea

Jordan Dead Sea

I might be biased, but I believe that Jordan’s side of the Dead Sea is the most beautiful side. While the Sea is also bordered by both Israel and the West Bank, these two regions do not have such inspiring vantage points.

Jordan has the sunset as a natural resource of beauty as it sets in the west and creates unbelievably stunning sunsets to be viewed from the Jordanian shores.

There is just something about the way the sun glows across the salty waters, almost with a hazy orange hue that fades away into a rainbow of fiery shades before the sky goes dark.

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Cool Facts About the Dead Sea:

  • Its surface and shores are 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level
  • It is Earth’s lowest elevation on land
  • It is 377 m (1,237 ft) deep
  • It is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world
  • It has 33.7% salinity
  • However it is not the saltiest lake in the world (Lake Assal in Djibouti is saltier)
  • It is 8.6 times saltier than the ocean
  • The salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name
  • It is 55 kilometres (34 mi) long and 18 kilometres (11 mi) wide at its widest point
  • It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River
  • It was one of the world’s first health resorts

 

Facts aside, swimming in the Dead Sea is somewhat of a comedic routine and is really more like floating. I spent a mere five minutes flip-flopping around with the grace of a newborn pony before retreating to dry and un-salty land.

Ouch.

My skin stung so much that I wanted to crawl into a freezer and never leave. Instead, I opted for the forgiving refuge of the cold water shower beside the beach.

Relief.

Another fun activity at the Dead Sea is to cover yourself in Sea mud. The mud holds properties which have proven therapeutic qualities and naturally nourishing effects on skin.

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I didn’t personally go all out with a face mask (I was still recovering from the swim), but I smeared a bit on my stomach, legs and arms.

The ideal location to enjoy the sunset and play in the mud is at the 5-star Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, with its traditional village setting and modern conveniences amongst lush gardens.

Located on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, this resort is an oasis of tranquillity and gooey Dead Sea mud.

 

Here are a few images from my time at the Dead Sea in Jordan:

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Liz from youngadventuress.com

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Me watching the sunset

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Nate from worldwidenate.com

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This trip was made possible by My Jordan Journey.
All thoughts & opinions are my own. 

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17 Responses to “Jordan’s Dead Sea”

  1. Erin
    July 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    I have always wanted to try swimming in the dead sea.

    • Seattle Dredge
      July 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      It had always been high on my list too. I hope you get to do it one day.

  2. Karla
    July 11, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    What an amazing sun set!

  3. nicole
    July 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I might have missed this, but why was the water stingy?

    • Seattle Dredge
      July 12, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

      Haha, because it’s SOO salty. I even made sure not to shave legs etc that day, but it still got to me!

  4. Cam @ Traveling Canucks
    July 26, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    We enjoyed swimming in the Dead Sea. The beach was kinda dirty, we went to Amman Beach Resort, but we found most of the beaches to be more “dirt” than sand.

    We jumped into a fresh water pool right after swimming in the sea, such a weird transition. We lost all buoyancy!
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  5. Must for Wanderlust
    September 3, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Breathtaking photos, definitely on my bucket list! x

  6. Alyssa
    February 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    It’s such a beautiful place. I can’t wait to travel there, especially after seeing these amazing pictures. Thank you so much for sharing and for the tips!

  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    July 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    The sun glowing across the Dead Sea is most definitely unique! Thank you for sharing these incredible photos!

  8. Ticking the Bucketlist
    October 18, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    Is this the Crowne Plaza? We were here in March…the sunset is magical! Do check out our blog:

    http://www.tickingthebucketlist.com/2014/10/dead-sea-myths-and-tips.html?

  9. Ticking the Bucketlist
    December 22, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Where did you stay? We stayed in the Crowne Plaza…and loved it! Your pool pic reminds me of the infinity pool at the Crowne Plaza!

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