The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea (The Salt Sea) Do’s and Don'ts
Located in the wilderness of Judah, lying at 1300-1400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. It is also one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. As such, there are a few things one should keep in mind when visiting the Dead Sea.
Below are a few do’s and don’ts to remember:
1) Don’t drink the water.
With over 33% salinity, ingesting the water from the Dead Sea may cause one to lose their lunch! (I’ve seen it happen).
2) Do float.
Because of the density of the water, almost anyone can easily float without sinking!
3) Don’t go in barefoot.
The buildup of the salt and minerals on the rocks along the sea floor may cause some sharp edges and could result in some nasty cuts if stepped on without some type of water shoes. Better to be safe.
4) Do enjoy the beauty of the salt and mineral formations.
Although the salt and mineral buildup can cause some sharp edges on rocks, it can also form some beautiful, natural art. Be sure to admire it.
5) Don’t go in the water with an open wound.
In addition to not drinking the water, one should avoid allowing the high-salt-content water to get into an open wound…it will hurt…a lot.
6) Do enjoy the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of the sea.
The minerals found in the Dead Sea have long been known for their medicinal and cosmetic value. According to BiblePlaces.com, Aristotle, the Queen of Sheba, Solomon, and Cleopatra all knew this. People today will travel to the Dead Sea to bathe in its waters and smear its mud on their skin.
7) Don’t forget to rinse off.
Once you get out of the waters of the Dead Sea you will want to remember to rinse off…the minerals can leave a slimy feeling if you don’t.
8) Do enjoy the surrounding scenery.
To the east lie the highlands of Jordan, and to the west, the Judean Mountains. Also, if you have the opportunity, visit En-Gedi, a beautiful nature preserve with plentiful springs. (This is the place where, according to 1 Samuel 24, David hid from Saul).