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Dead Sea

Listed under Lakes in Jordan.

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I came all the way here; I couldn’t chicken out. No matter what, I had to get in that buoyant water. Winter be damned, I was going to go float on the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea.

One of the great things about the Conversation Corps program I’m participating in is that you have plenty of free time to see the sites in the area/country. This was my first adventure outside of Amman. However, as we drove out of Amman I was a bit skeptical about my floating adventure. It was foggy, cold (aprox 47 degrees), and gray. I didn’t really feel like getting in any water!

It was spectacular to come down the switchbacks and see the glistening sea. It gave me goose bumps as this was one of those moments where I felt like pinching myself. I had ever thought that I’d actually see the Dead Sea; if felt surreal.

There are plenty of beach resorts along the Dead Sea, however being a budget traveler, I passed up the Movenpick and settled on the cheapest option for tourists – the Amman Beach club. Basically for a fee it provided locker room facilities, a few nice looking swimming pools which no one was interested in, towel rental, and nice beach access to the sea. I decided to wear my modest ‘culture-appropriate’ option of running shorts, jog bra, and a running shirt. After all, the thought of getting in a bikini seemed painful in so many ways.

The Dead Sea is 1,240 ft deep, the deepest salt lake in the world with 33.7% salinity. This salinity makes for a harsh environment where animals cannot flourish, hence its name. I personally wondered if I would ‘flourish’ there, but I grabbed my camera and headed to the beach anyway. It was a windy day, but it was quite a bit warmer below sea level than it was in Amman. However, it wasn’t the kind of weather that made you want to jump in the water; I was going to have to force myself. I decided to ease into the experience and take pictures first. The water along the shore was a beautiful turquoise color with a white outline of crusted salt at the shore; therefore creating some stunning colors. Personally, the people on the beach were just as interesting as the water. It was mainly tourists from European countries and a few from the Middle East. I actually felt over dressed as the Europeans walked around in bikinis and speedos.

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Written by  Sherry Ott.

Other expert and press reviews

“Dead Sea Fun in Jordan”

At 423 meters below sea level, the banks of the Dead Sea of Jordan are indeed the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea has a salt level of a whopping 33%. To give you an idea of the saline levels, the ocean has a salt concentration of only 3.8%. And th… Read more...

Written by  Dave and Deb. Read more on The Planet D Blog

“Dead Sea”

The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth but it is far more than just a geographical wonder. Located on the edge of the Negev and S'dom Deserts, the Israeli Dead Sea region is home to an abundance of sites, cultural and leisure. Firstly, the town of Ein… Read more...

Written by  bherts.

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really incredible, but watch out if you have any cuts or scrapes on your body.

Are u crazyyyyyyyy..............................just joking.

well i feel its cool floating in the till far without knowing it.

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