Dead Sea, the Jordan Side

21 Jun

On our drive back to Madaba, we decided to take a detour to splash around in the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea separates Jordan from Israel and is a prime source of income for the salt and mineral mining industries. In addition, it’s a prime source of tourism on the Jordan side, with fancy Hiltons and Movenpick resorts starting to spring up. Because the Dead Sea has no natural outlet, the salt content keeps increasing. Currently the salinity is 8x that of seawater!

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We went to the only public beach on the Jordan side, and once again had to pay the special tourist pricing. Locals: 0.5JD. Us: 16JD each!

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The public beach had a swimming pool area as well. Many of the visitors pay a few bucks to coat themselves in the local mud–supposedly it’s rich in healthy minerals and good for the skin and body (as well as an effective sunblock).

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Floating in the Dead Sea is an amazing experience. The minute you sit down, you pop right up in the water! The feeling is akin to sitting in an inner tube, although you just happen to be in really buoyant water!

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You can do weird things in super buoyant water. Here, Jerry is literally suspended vertically in the deep water without treading. It takes no effort!

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It’s actually quite difficult to swim in the Dead Sea. So much of your body is out of the water that it’s difficult to propel yourself. You also have to take care not to get any water in your eyes. We also accidentally got some on our lips and boy, does it sting!

The Dead Sea is yet another highly recommended place in Jordan. Visiting Jordan has been one of the highlights of our trip so far. From the friendly people to the wonders of Petra to the uniqueness of the Dead Sea, Jordan has something for everyone!

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4 Responses to “Dead Sea, the Jordan Side”

  1. Rosalyn June 22, 2012 at 7:25 AM #

    Funny! Automatic floating is my kind of swimming! I never knew Jordan was such an interesting place.

    • Jeannie July 8, 2012 at 2:01 AM #

      Mom you have to go to Jordan one of these years! Maybe while you’re in France to take the sting off too many cross Atlantic flights. It’s such an amazing place.

  2. Christina June 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM #

    I’ve been wanting to go to Israel and now that you’ve raved about Jordan, I might need to convince someone to come to the Middle East with me. Ooh! The Dead Sea would be great for me since I can’t swim! Thanks for sharing. Did you end up glopping on the mud? Based on the pictures, it looks like a negative.

    • Jeannie July 8, 2012 at 2:00 AM #

      Our friend thought the Israel side was boring and undeveloped but then again he was there for work and not a full holiday. Plus being the super planner you are you’d find things to make Israel worth your while! We didn’t indulge in the mud cus it costs money and seemed gimmicky.

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