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Dead Sea Tips: Do’s and Dont’s for your First Visit

If you are looking for comprehensive list of Dead Sea tips then you are in the right place. I have visited the Dead Sea several times, whether it was on a guided tour, or when I rented a car and came on my own. Visiting the Dead Sea is a once in a lifetime experience for most, so I want to make sure you know what to expect when you visit the lowest place on Earth! 

Dead Sea Tips

What to Expect at the Dead Sea Tips


Tips for Where to Stay when Visiting the Dead Sea

My personal favourite is the Dead Sea Spa. I have stayed there several times and their location is easy to get to, right on the beach and their food is good. If you have kids, they have a great kids pool.

Be wary of hotels that say they have a private beach, they may have “access” to a private beach but they are not actually on the beach.

Here are the best places to stay: Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea, Marriott Dead Sea, Hilton Dead Sea Resort and Spa, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Midrange places to stay: Dead Sea Spa (on the beach), Ramada Resort Dead Sea (not on the beach)

Facts on the Dead Sea

Before I get started with my best Dead Sea tips, I wanted to give you some facts about the Dead Sea and what brings visitors to it from all over the world!

Dead Sea Beach
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and its edges have amazing salt crystal formations

The Lowest point on Earth

The Dead Sea lies at the lowest point on Earth, 400 meters below sea level. It is so far away from the sun that harmful UV rays do not reach it. Although it is hotter than higher elevations in the area, those enjoying the sun are protected from its harmful, cancer-causing rays.

How is “Sea Level” measured?

Have you ever wondered how sea level is measured? It is one of those things that everyone knows of, but likely does not know how it is actually calculated.

Sea level is based on the Mediterranean Sea. Now you know! you can read more about it on wikipedia!

Dead Sea Jordan
What a typical beach looks like with floaters enjoying the water just off shore! This photo was taken after two days of heavy rain and that is why there are so many sticks on the beach. Every other visit I have not seen debris like this

Healing Properties of the Dead Sea

Its position at the lowest point on Earth offers more than a salty dip. The air has a higher oxygen concentration in this area and its mineral-rich properties bring people from all over the world who are suffering from various types of skin diseases and rheumatism.

Dead Sea Shrinking
Have a look at this sign, it is alarming how fast the Dead Sea is shrinking.

Get there before it is Gone

The Dead Sea is vanishing at an alarming rate. This is mostly due to the added pressure put on the Jordan River and neighbouring streams for a water source for Israel and Jordan. Some estimates state that it will be dried up in 30 years without some type of intervention. It used to be 57 kilometres in length and it is currently around 47 kilometres and its shores are shrinking about a meter each year. There are calls for bringing water from the Red Sea, but there are no projects underway.

Dead Sea Newspaper
Bring some cute props for your experience!

Dead Sea Tips

Keep these handy tips in mind when you are visiting the Dead Sea.

DO Bring Your Camera, But take Photos before you get wet!

The salt on the dead sea sticks to everything! Take some pics before you get into the water or before your hands are covered in mud! Also if you have a gopro, the salt will almost instantly stick to it when you take photos so keep dunking it into the water in between shots! Also some of the best instagram places in Jordan are at the Dead Sea, take some time to get some great photos if that is your thing!

Dead Sea Salt at the shore
These crysal salt shards are SHARP! Protect your feet

DO Wear Aqua Socks or Sandals or Protective Footwear

Part of the process of getting INTO the water is stepping on RAZOR SHARP salt crystals. If you wear sandals or water footwear, this process becomes much easier! Feel free to throw them back to shore once you are comfortably floating!

Consider purchasing a pair of these before your trip.

DONT Splash

There is not much that is as painful as getting water into your eyes. Be careful when you sit yourself down into the water and avoid getting it into your eyes and mouth.

Dead Sea Mud at the Dead Sea Spa
Most hotels and resorts offer guests mud to cover themselves with. Avoid the eye area and if you have sensitive skin, test a patch of skin beforehand

DO Enjoy the Mud

If you are not hypersensitive, enjoy the mud before you float! Avoid the eye area and I suggest you do not put it above your eyes because when you wash it off in the water, that stinging salt water will drip into your eyes (YES, been there, done that!)

DONT Shave a day or two before

Avoid shaving for at least a day before your visit. Otherwise you will end up having your skin stinging, BADLY!

Dead Sea Tips for Visiting
The shoreline of the Dead Sea varies from kilometre to kilometre! Some areas have tall cliffs and others have smooth beaches

DO Cover Cuts

If you have any recent cuts, get some liquid bandaid and spray it over them to protect them from the salt. My son fell the morning before our visit and even with liquid bandaid, he was very uncomfortable and said it stung a lot!

DONT Wear that new Bikini

Dont bring that brand new bikini as the minerals can stain or ruin it while you are swimming in the Dead Sea. If you plan on covering yourself in mud and show up in a brand new white suit, it may not be white again! While most darker fabrics seem to fare just fine, bring something that you will not be heartbroken if it gets discoloured.

DONT Linger

This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be over before you know it. 10-15 minutes is recommended for floating in the Dead Sea before you may begin to feel uncomfortable! But your Dead Sea visit does not have to end there, shower off and head up to the pool!

Dead Sea with Kids
Markus loved putting mud on himself (and ME) but Mattias wanted nothing to do with getting into the stinging water

Tips on Visiting the Dead Sea with Kids

Some kids are a lot more sensitive than adults and that can result in a bad Dead Sea experience. My son fell the morning before our visit and had some good road rash. Despite spraying it with liquid bandaids, he came out in tears before getting knee-deep. On a second visit, he said it was uncomfortable as soon as he got in.

My younger son, who was three on our first visit, enjoyed it but had a tough time keeping his mouth closed and not splashing, especially while trying to balance and float.

Make sure you have a bottle of fresh water to wash out their eyes and mouth. While my older son did not like getting in the water, he enjoyed collecting chunks of salt and examining the crazy formations that it makes.

After our “float” we went back to the hotel pool for the afternoon and they had their fun!

Overall, my suggestion is to manage your expectations when it comes to your little ones and it may not be the same experience for them as it is for you.

Kids floating at the Dead Sea
At three years old, Markus wanted a quick float, but preferred the Hotel Pool!

What to Pack for the Dead Sea

Depending whether you are staying at one of the local Dead Sea hotels or if you are visiting on a daytrip, have these items handy. If you are coming in for just a few hours on a tour, bring them in a plastic bag or a beach bag and leave the rest of your suitcase and daybag items in the vehicle with your driver

Towel: Hotel guests will likely be given a towel with a towel card, but if you are a day visitor, you will have to pay a deposit for one. If you are not a guest, bring your own towel (if you have one).

Bathing Suit: This one is pretty obvious : )

Cover Up: While bikinis are acceptable at the Dead Sea and around the pool, bring something to cover up while you walk down to the water (as in some places it is a few hundred meters due to its rapid receding.

Water: Bring a water bottle in case you get the salt water into your eyes. Also it is quite a bit hotter at the Dead Sea so stay hydrated while you float

Aqua Shoes or Sandals : The salt crystals feel like shards of glass as you make your way into the water, do yourself a favour and bring some aqua shoes or rubber sandals.

Liquid Bandaids: You will want to use on any cuts or scraps (make sure they are dry before applying it or it will sting). We carry it in our first aid kid now.

Dead Sea Spa
The Dead Sea Spa Hotel is where we usually stay with Kids at the Dead Sea. The property is huge and there is a great kids area

More Dead Sea Tips: How to Get to the Dead Sea for Jordan Visitors

For those who are visiting the Dead Sea from the Jordan side, there are only a few ways to get there. If you are staying in Amman, there are only a few ways to get to the Dead Sea, read about how to get from Amman to the Dead Sea. If you are on a fully guided tour, all of your transportation needs are taken care of!

Renting a car is perfectly safe to get to the Dead Sea from Amman and you can read more information about our experience traveling around Jordan here. If you are staying at one of the Dead Sea hotels (which i recommend), its probably cheaper than taking a taxi both ways.

Also, taking a taxi is pretty easy as Amman has lots! You can also try their ride sharing option, Careem.

There are no busses Amman to the Dead Sea. Your Amman hotel might be able to recommend a local day tour if that interests you.

Want to skip all of the planning and access my detailed Jordan Itinerary and Guide? I have been to Jordan several times and after being asked again and again for suggestions, not only did I build this website but I created an interactive PDF guide to help you plan the best trip to Jordan! It includes an interactive map, multiple itineraries for up to 10 days and as little as three days, and plenty of practical information about renting a car and driving in Jordan. Get the guide by clicking the button below. 

Step into Jordan Guide and Itinerary Preview of Cover

Further Reading:

If you are looking for more information on visiting Jordan, here are some more posts I have written

Is Jordan Safe?

The Best Souvenirs to buy in Jordan

How to Get From Amman to Petra by Bus

Packing List for Jordan

Top Things to do in Amman Jordan

Best Ecotourism in Jordan

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  1. Dr. Tareq Tamimi says:

    Experience the authentic therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea mud, salt, and water straight from Jordan with our high-quality products.

  2. Yolanda says:

    Thanks for sharing. I found it very helpful.

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  4. Kimberly says:

    Thank you for the helpful information! 🙂

  5. Petra says:

    Very useful information,thanks!
    One question:
    Are there any free showers at the beach? If your’e just visiting Dead Sea for just couple of hours by car and don’ t have a hotel room to wash off all the salt?

  6. Rajeev says:

    Thanks. Lindsay. One more question; does the Google map work as you get closer to Wadi Rum and off the highway? I will buy a Jordan SIM card. Also, where do we park the rental car at Wadi Rum if the camping site is way inside and a sedan is not allowed to go up to the campsite?

    • Hi Rajeev,
      Yes Google Maps will get you to the Wadi Rum Visitor’s Center. When you arrive, if you cannot drive to your camp, the camp will have a 4×4 vehicle to pick you up at the visitor’s center and take you into the camp. You will leave your car at the visitor’s center parking lot.

  7. Rajeev says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    We are thinking about driving to Jerash starting at noon, then drive from there to Dead sea before sundown, see sunset and then drive back to Amman. Do you think it is feasible? Just a 60 ear old couple from USA. Next day morning we are thinking of driving to Wadi Rum for a jeep ride and overnight stay. Any thoughts?

    • YES! totally feasible! BUT the sun probably sets earlier then you expect. It is going to be an hour to Jerash, then an hour visit, then drive to Dead Sea takes about 90 minutes. So check on the sunset depending on the time of year you visit. Driving to Wadi Rum next day is just fine. Its about 4 hours drive.

      • Rajeev says:

        Hi Lindsay,
        We are thinking about driving to Jerash starting at noon, then drive from there to Dead sea before sundown, see sunset and then drive back to Amman. Do you think it is feasible? Just a 60 ear old couple from USA. Next day morning we are thinking of driving to Wadi Rum for a jeep ride and overnight stay. Any thoughts?

  8. Cathy says:

    LOVING ALL of your information! Perhaps you can give us some advice?

    We are stopping at the Dead Sea on our way back to Amman from Petra on Wednesday, March 20. We want to just get a day pass to a resort that will get us:
    a SAFE place to park our rental car as ALL of our stuff will be in the trunk
    a mud pot and not too far a walk to the beach and water
    a place to shower off before getting back into the car
    maybe dinner as it looks like we will be there for sunset and then could eat.

    Can you recommend a day spa/hotel/beach? It doesn’t have to be super nice but clean is important. I don’t know if we will be wanting to swim. Happy to spend what it takes, a safe parking space is key as we don’t want to worry!


    • Hi Cathy,
      thanks for your message! Hightly suggest the Dead Sea Spa. You can email them or call them to ask about their Day Passes. Otherwise you can park at Amman Beach although I cannot remember what their parking lot looks like! I always have my suitcase in my trunk and have never had a problem while in Jordan. Enjoy your visit!

  9. Rita says:

    Hello,Lindsay,thank for your time…
    we are planning
    6days trip on the end of february to Jordan with 5 years our grandson(we are 60years old).What will be recomendation from you?We think abourt Aman 1-2days,Wadi Rumi ą night and Petra ą night,and Hotel near red sea.I think,it will be cold for him and not intresting in dead sea.May be, for several hours we can go to dead sea,just look,what is it…what is your opinion?
    thank you-Rita

    • Hi Rita,
      while at 5, the stinging in the eyes of the dead sea might not be a lot of fun, but my 4 year old at least tried it. And loved covering himself with the mud. There are pools in most resorts that you can use as well. I would not skip it! As for your itinerary, I would say one good day to see Amman, then ensure you have a full day for petra, often arive in the evening and spend the night, then visit the whole day and spend another night, but if you are short on time you could visit for 1/2 day then do 1/2 day in Wadi Rum and spend the night in Rum. That is what we did on our first visit! As for the Red Sea, I might say skip it being Feb, if you are not into diving. Spend time at the Dead Sea instead.

  10. Peter says:

    Excellent website, thinking of Jordan for next Christmas/new year. Would you recommend that time of the year, thank you.

  11. Award Hajjara says:

    Very useful information, thanks for sharing your experience.