Dead Sea Travel Guide
The Dead Sea – bordering Israel, Jordan and the West Bank – is a salt lake situated more than 400 meters below sea level, the lowest point on dry earth. Its famous high content salt water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments at area resorts and Dead Sea spa products sold abroad. The surrounding desert offers many oases and historic sites.
In Israel, Ein Bokek is where many resorts are located, along with a public beach. To the north is the oasis Ein Gedi, with beautiful waterfalls and tropical vegetation, and Masada, the bluff-top ruins of a 1st-century B.C. fortress and previuosly a Royal Palace of King Herod, visited only by aerial tramway. The West Bank is home to Qumran National Park, the ancient caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Jordan has luxury resorts, nature parks and Biblical sites such as Mount Nebo, where Moses was said to have seen the "Promised Land."
When to tour
High season travel periods are during winter (Oct–Apr), the Jewish holidays of Passover (Mar/Apr, dates vary) and Sukkot (Sep/Oct, dates vary). In summer (Jul–Aug), the Dead Sea region, which has a desert climate, is extremely dry and hot. Winters are mild, warm and sunny.
Travelers from North America typically stay a day or two.
Current weather for the week En Gedi situated by the Dead Sea: