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“unique experience”
Review of Kalia Beach

Kalia Beach
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Kalya
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Owner description: The most northern Dead Sea beach on the western (Israeli) side, Just 25 minutes drive from Jerusalem. Simple and very accommodating beach; an open cafe with special water-cooling fans enables a 360° view over the Judean and the Jordanian desert and the Dead Sea. The shore is large and allows shaded spots alongside sunbathing chairs. Another snack bar is located next to shore. Health treatments are available.
Montreal, Canada
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“unique experience”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

if you are in the area this is a must, covering ones self with dead sea mud and, going for a float in the dead sea was a unique experience that should not be missed.

Visited February 2012
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“you HAVE to take a dip in the Dead Sea”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

Nothing like this... we slathered up in the 'miracle mud' first, let it bake dry on us and then went into the sea to wash it off. Your skin felt sooo smooth from it. The sea itself is amazing. It is so hard to describe...you simply cannot sink. In Fact it is hard to get your feet under you once you are floating. Salt content is 30% here, most seas are 3%. It is a LONG way down to the beach so bring water and everyhing you are going to need. They do have showers and changing areas. Probably one of the neatest things We have done. A MUST DO.

Visited June 2012
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tel aviv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“beach in dead sea”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

i like this place very much beautiful beach clean very Convenient the toylet clean they have bathroom with hot water i went to there alot

Visited March 2012
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“Kalia Beach at the Dead Sea: An unusual and fun experience!”
Reviewed August 27, 2011

We decided to take a day trip to the Dead Sea Region to be able to experience the Dead Sea. We hired a car and driver to take our family, and after visiting Masada, we looked at the Ein Gedi Resort. We decided against it as we didn't intend to the spend the entire day in a spa. Instead, we drove north to a simpler, less expensive public beach area called Kalia Beach that had appropriate amenities. It is frequented by buses carrying tourists as well as as individuals. Admission is approximately 50 NIS per person (less for students and seniors) which includes beach admission for the day, a towel per person, showers/toilets, and access to locker facilities. Renting a locker is 10 NIS, and there are beverages, shade, a restaurant, and plenty of beach chairs, umbrellas, and fresh water showers near the water.

Floating in the Dead Sea and taking a mud treatment are a MUST! But be aware the environment is unlike anything else and the sand in summertime is scorching hot. I suggest wearing flip flops right to the edge of the water and taking very small steps in the water to acclimate to the buoyancy and the slippery mud underfoot. The heat and salinity of the water are both shocking, so any wound or even small cut will sting for a few moments. Do NOT get the water in your eyes, ears, or mouth. The resort has signage suggesting to slowly sit down in the water before trying to float and I think this is good advice as your center of gravity changes in this water. It's very easy and fun to float and raise your arms and feet out of the water. You can also easily lay on your stomach with your head out of the water and crawl using your arms. Everyone who visits packs the mud onto their bodies as it's great to remove dead skin cells and tighten your pores. If you have sensitive skin, don't get it on your face, and be aware that the water or mud will quickly remove any sunscreen or moisturizer that you might have applied prior.

The fresh water showers near the beach are key for cleaning off the bulk of the mud or salt from your dip, and near the lockers and changing areas are more showers that few people used but I suggest everyone use to insure you've gotten all the salt from your pores before the long drive back.

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after your visit, as the heat would strenuous without the Dead Sea which really takes its toll on your body's PH.

The Kalia Beach restaurant has a nice buffet spread in an air conditioned facility; we each took a hot main course with two hot sides, salad, pita and a drink for a total of about 210 NIS plus tax for the four of us. (Our driver identified himself as such and ate for free.) The buffet is very easy and fast, which is very convenient, and we enjoyed the food greatly- it was fresh, tasty, and well prepared.

Bring a change of clothes, other shoes to wear home than the ones you wore on the beach. Kalia's towels are convenient to use while there, and they have plastic bags to hold your wet clothes on your return trip.

If you go to this part of the world, a trip to the Dead Sea, (whether a day long trip to the Ein Gedi Spa or a shorter trip to a beach like Kalia) should really be a part of your visit, as there is nothing else like this in the rest of the world and the Dead Sea shrinks more every year! While Kalia isn't a fancy facility, it offers reasonable amenities at a fair price and we felt it was more appropriate than the Ein Gedi Spa which was more expensive, unless we wanted to spend the entire day taking advantage of the added treatments the Ein Gedi spa offers.

Visited August 2011
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