The lowest spot on the face of the earth at more than 1,300 feet below sea level, and known for its healing qualities as a natural health spa, travelers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea for your family vacation or as a solo traveler. That’s why when given the opportunity to travel to Israel, I didn’t want to miss the Dead Sea experience, even in January when the salty sea (really a lake) is quite chilly! And experience the Dead Sea I did – twice!
Swimming in Israel’s Dead Sea makes you feel like a fish out of water. You know, it’s water, and you think you should be able to swim in it, but swimming is a useless activity. Not that I’m an ambitious (or even good) swimmer, so leave your flotation devices in the hotel room, lean back, try to relax and enjoy your unsinkable swim in the Dead Sea.
Interesting Facts about the Dead Sea
Completely landlocked, the Dead Sea is actually a saltwater lake, replenished by the Jordan River.
The quantity of water that evaporates from it is greater than that which flows into it, such that this body of water has the highest concentration of salt in the world — 30 % which is about340 grams per liter of water.. Because of its salt content, the Dead Sea is aptly named as its salinity prevents any living forms to survive in the lake.
Bordered by Israel on Jordan on the east, tourists are drawn from all over the world to bathe in this unique body of water, in part due to its therapeutic benefits from that same salt. The salt provides tremendous relief to the many ailing visitors with respiratory and/or skin conditions, such as psoriasis. Dead Sea mud baths are also said to be healing for your skin, and I have to admit that my skin did feel much softer after my two dips in the Dead Sea.
Dead Sea TIPS:
• Don’t shave at least 2 days before bobbing in the Dead Sea, and be aware that open cuts will fee like “putting salt on a wound!”
• Don’t put your face in the water! Salt burns the eyes! If Dead Sea water gets in your eyes, get out and rinse with regular water.
• Wear shoes! The salt-lined bottom can cut!
• Have fun!
Photos courtesy of Diana Rowe