The Dead Sea Resthouse is an ideal spot from which to explore the lowest point on earth. Offering access to Jordan’s public Amman Beach, it’s the most affordable way to experience the unique sensation of floating in the Dead Sea’s ultra-salty waters. After a sea dip, take a swim in the resort pools or bathe in the mineral-rich black mud.
The Dead Sea Resthouse makes an easy half-day tour from Amman. Opt for the value of a small-group tour or the flexibility of a private tour with your own dedicated guide and private driver as you make your way through the Jordan desert to the eastern shores of this natural salt lake. No matter which option you choose, you’ll have plenty of time for floating in the waters or lounging on the beach. After swimming and mudding yourself at the Dead Sea Resthouse, one of the many resorts located on the salty sea’s shores, you can can learn more about this unique natural wonder—the only sea in the world where there are no living fish—and find out why it is shrinking each year.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Dead Sea Resthouse is a must for travelers wishing to visit the Dead Sea from Amman.
- A half-day private tour or small-group tour to the Dead Sea Resthouse typically lasts four hours.
- Take water shoes and an old bathing suit, as the mud and water can discolor fabric.
- Avoid shaving a day or two before swimming in the Dead Sea; the salt can sting.
- Towels and lockers are available on Amman Beach.
How to Get There
The Dead Sea Resthouse is located at Amman Beach on the Dead Sea coast, around 37 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of Amman. While there are public buses from Amman to the Amman Beach area, most travelers find it more convenient to visit as part of a guided tour.
When to Get There
The Dead Sea’s low altitude makes it one of the hottest places in the area—expect temperatures over 100°F (38°C) during July and August. Plan to visit between October and April for the best weather for exploring other attractions in the Dead Sea region.
The Dead Sea Museum
If you’d like to know more about this fascinating body of water straddling the Israel-Jordan border, make a quick stop at the Dead Sea Museum. Situated on Jordan’s Dead Sea Highway, the museum gives a thorough introduction to the history, geology, and ecology of the Dead Sea—a good context to have before experiencing the hypersaline sea for yourself.