At 1,412 feet below sea level, the dead sea in Jordan is Earth’s lowest elevation spot and the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water and has a density that makes swimming similar to floating. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, and that is how the dead sea gets its name. Today, tourists visit the Dead Sea in Jordan as a natural wonder perfect for relaxing and fun in the sun with the family. The Dead Sea’s leading attraction is the warm, soothing salty water itself, allowing visitors to effortlessly float on their back, relax and soak up the sun.
Things to see
Located between the Dead Sea and Madaba, Mount Nebo is a historic site that provides a panorama of the Holy Land, and to the north, a more limited one of the Jordan River valley. The excavated remains of a church and a monument commemorating Moses’s biblical story and the bronze serpent stand atop the mountain. Mt. Nebo is a 15-minute drive from the Dead Sea, and Visitors can plan to spend less than half an hour at the site for approximately 1 USD.
Dead Sea Panoramic Complex
Dead Sea Panoramic Complex, also known as the Dead Sea Museum, is a new complex of the regional museum about the Dead Sea, which contains a panorama lookout, a restaurant, and a conference hall on a cliff, high above the Dead Sea and near Hammamat Ma’in, and it is accessible by car from both the Dead Sea and Madaba. As the name suggests, it has a magnificent view of the Dead Sea and the hills beyond it, and watching the sunset from there is a wonderful experience. The entrance fee for the museum is about 3 USD.
It is located at the Jordan River, the location archaeologists claim the baptism site of Jesus by John the Baptist, and it is a 10-minute drive from the Dead Sea resort area. Buses transport visitors down to the river basin, and guided tours include visits to a Jordan River overlook, the Baptismal Site’s excavated remains, John the Baptist Church, and down to the river bank are available for a 16 USD fee.
Amman Tourist Beach
It is a public resort with mostly clean facilities that include toilets, changing rooms, freshwater showers, the beach, the changing rooms, a pool, and a restaurant. The cost to enter the public tourist beach is 35 USD, and the locker and towel rental are each 2.12 USD. However, if you are staying at a hotel near Amman beach, you should know that many hotels sell day passes that include full use of hotel facilities as well as their Dead Sea beachfront.
In Jordan, tourist areas are accessible from the main road that runs along the eastern side of the body of water and connects to Jordan’s Desert Highway. The Highways leading to the Dead Sea are marked by brown tourist signs. There are bus lines that run from Amman, from Muhajireen bus station to Rame, that costs 1.42 USD. On good weather, on Fridays and Sundays, buses leave from Muhajireen bus station directly for Amman Tourist Beach. The national Jordanian bus company, JETT, offers a daily shuttle from Amman to the Dead Sea and back, departing in the morning and returning in the afternoon for 9.87 USD.
Taxi services for travel to the Dead Sea can be purchased for the day for 28 USD if you hail a cab; however, downtown hotels charge 50 USD for the same service. Many of the local hotels and resorts have shuttles that travel from Amman to the Dead Sea. A taxi can be hired for a full day From Aqaba in southern Jordan to the Dead Sea, a 3-hour drive. For this service, if booked through the reception of a hotel, you should expect to pay approximately 140 USD. From Madaba, in central Jordan, there are Taxis available for the price of 10 to 14 USD.
Hotels and Restaurants
Hilton Dead Sea Resort Set
Hilton Dead Sea Resort Set along a sandy beach on the Dead Sea. Refined rooms provide free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and minibars, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add terraces and/or sea views and the 1 or 2 bedroom suites feature separate living and dining areas. There are also restaurants, bars, and a cafe, Bacchus Restaurant, located poolside, is most desirable for its freshly hand-made pasta and Italian specialties with satisfying and friendly service. Various amenities include an infinity pool with a swim-up bar, a gym, a kids’ play area and direct beach access, plus a sundeck. On average, it would cost 132 USD per night to stay in Hilton Dead Sea Resort.
Crowne Plaza Hotel – the Dead Sea
Crowne Plaza Hotel – the Dead Sea is next to a private beach along the Dead Sea, Jordan. The hotel provides Polished rooms with free Wi-Fi, TV, and Upgraded quarters add balconies and/or sea views. Room service is available 24/7. There are multiple restaurants and bars in the hotel Burj Al Hamam restaurant. It has a lovely view overlooking the Dead Sea, providing great food quality and memorable service. We recommend you to try their Lebanese cuisine. It also includes a spa, a gym, outdoor pools, and an indoor pool with a waterslide. Check-in time is at 3 PM, and Check-out time is at noon, and the fee for the superior room with one king bed is 80 USD per night.
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea sets on a secluded beach along the Dead Sea that offers private, free access to the beach. The resort’s bright rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, minibars, sofa beds, and whirlpool tubs. All the rooms have balconies or terraces, some with sea views. Here Kids age 12 and under can stay at no charge with an adult, and room service is available 24/7. There are 4 restaurants, including Al Deera restaurant, where you can find the most delicious food in Jordan hotels and restaurants along with a friendly staff, plus outdoor dining, bars, and shisha service. The resort also includes an infinity pool, a spa, a gym, and a playground. Check-in is at 3 pm, and a king leisure room’s cost is 63 USD per night.
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