This is an absolute must when going to Jordan. The water is so warm even if the air is cold and your skin will feel amazing afterwards. I would recommend bringing water shoes as near the shore is extremely hard salt blocks which can be difficult to walk on and if you have any sort of eye conditions or really don't want salt in your eyes bring goggles because you are almost guaranteed to get some water in your eyes. If you do, DO NOT rub your eyes with your hands as they are covered in salt as well. Shut your eyes and let them water which will clear out the salt - this can take a couple of minutes so be patient. The water tastes disgusting as well so be prepared for that. Due to the amount of salt/minerals the water will push you around so if you have any sort of pain condition or back condition (such as me), stay nearer to the shore and lay down in the water so the waves will just come over you. We went with a tour group which I wouldn't recommend, this is the sort of tour which is great whist doing it but disgusting afterwards because your skin is oily and covered in salt. Take a taxi out there - go to one of the hotels rather than the private beach - this will be more expensive, however the taxi should be cheaper than the group tour price. Ensure when booking the taxi you negotiate the price before hand and MAKE SURE you have TRAVEL INSURANCE, as taxis aren't insured to cover your hospital stay/injuries should they get into an accident - we were told this by a local. We went to the private beach which was fine, however the showers were ice cold which is the last thing you want after going into the dead sea. I didn't shower as I can't handle cold water so I was stuck with the oils and salt until we got back to the hotel which was extremely uncomfortable. I thought considering we paid 80 dinar each for the trip, the least they could do is have warm showers. The price of dead sea products at the place was really expensive - don't buy them there as there are several places in Aqaba that are significantly cheaper.
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