Ein Bokek Beach
Located near all the main hotels on Israel’s Dead Sea coastline is Ein Bokek Beach. A wide, clean, sandy beach this is arguably the best beach on the coast. With year-round sunshine, anytime is a good time to visit; there is a lifeguard service (even in the winter), beach chairs, sunshades, facilities, and food outlets. Ein Bokek can be busy as it is in the heart of the resort area.
Access to the beach is free, and there are spots where camping is allowed. The real attraction though are the waters of the Dead Sea, which have eight to nine times the salt content of standard ocean water. This has the effect of making you incredibly bouyant, in fact to the point where you can’t do much swimming because the water is so thick, but you can float.
The Dead Sea sits 400 meters below sea level, and it is the lowest point on the earth. The air is dry and warm, and the waters contain magnesium, bromide, and sodium. As the sun evaporates the water salt encrustations are left behind on the beach at Ein Bokek. The reason the sea is named is becuase there are no fish that can tolerate the salt. Boats can’t sail on it, and animals can’t drink here.
The beach runs the entire length of the hotel zone, and it is very sandy. You can travel just three kilometers south to visit the Zohar Hot Springs, which is rich in sulfur. People often travel here as the water is said to help treat muscular ailments, joint disease, and allergies.
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