Beautiful oasis in the burning Dead Sea
can be boring if you are looking for action
Reaching an All Time Low Can Provide an All Time High!
Just across the street from the tourist complex of Ein Bokek is the amazing Ein Bokek nature reserve. Entrance to the reserve is free, there is no guard and no gate - just a trail marked in a black line between two white lines, which leads from the main Dead Sea highway straight into the stream.Imagine finding yourself in the middle of the desert,...more
Ein Bokek is a hotel and resort district on the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea.Situated at the foot of the spring which gives its name, this tourist and therapeutic complex is the biggest and most developed along the entire Dead Sea coast. Ein Bokek is now a modern oasis and panacea for health seekers and tourists alike and lies in stark contrast to...more
Do you want to feel as light as a feather? To feel buoyancy work miracles on your body? Letting yourself float on your back in the Dead Sea is a unique experience. It's probably the closest you'll ever get to a sensation of levitation!It feels weird the first time, then it's fun, and very relaxing (see first photo).Besides the outdoor natural...more
The Beach Pub and Restaurant serves hotdogs and other fast food and most important: cold drinks. I really had no appetite in hot food with air temperatures at 43 degrees C.!Best thing that there where fans on the terrace that spraued a fine cool mist: refreshing! Cold drink, ice cream, cold drink, ....more
You dont have a lot of options for nightlife in this area.
Dont try to leave your hotel's area because this is still a desert and you can fall or find a dangerous animal (leopard , snake).
You can enjoy in your hotel's lobby or sit outside and enjoy the desert silence.
Dress Code: The desert can be very cold place during the night so i think you should take warm clothes with you
I had looked into getting to the Dead Sea by bus 384 of the Egged company. With only 3 rides a day, this was not the transport I had in mind. Luckely when the time came close, we had a group of 8 people and hiring a minivan taxi at Arad was a reasonable option. I was glad we went for that option, because the bus stop at the Dead Sea was an open...more
Ein Bokek is located 1.5 hour by 90th and 1st National roads from Jerusalem (100 km) or half an hour from the nearest town of Arad (25 km) by 90th and 31th National roads. We passed it twice. First on our way from Ovda airport to Jerusalem. Second – on our way from Tel-Aviv to Eilat. You can watch my 5 min 34 sec HD Video Arad-Dead Sea (En Boqeq)...more
We had a short stop at the “Alonit” shopping centre near Beersheva on our way from Tel-Aviv to Ein Boqeq. Various goods from the Dead Sea were in sale there. The most pleasant thing for me it was to see advertisements in Russian, haha! (Dear guests, there is a toilet in the Alonit supermarket). Russian is the second language after Hebrew! And no...more
There are a couple of small shopping centers in Ein Boqeq; near the Hod Hotel you will find the Petra shopping center. There are a few shops for souvenirs from the Dead Sea and Israel in general and for beach equipment and accessories, but the most typical items on sale are the Dead Sea products. Body and face kits, mineral salt for soles (and...more
Believe it or not, I found the best place to purchase famous Dead Sea Salts, Bath minerals, Mud, and other items was right here in the hotel boutiques! Often times you'll find a specific brand on sale, so go for it. The items were usually more expensive in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Also, if you're doing a side trip to Petra in Jordan, don't spring...more
On the Dead Sea beaches and in the Dead Sea spas you will come across strange looking human-like creatures with a smooth, grey surface. These are neither aliens from Mars,nor local Dead Sea mutants. These are people like you and me, covered from top to bottom with Dead Sea mud.Why should you apply mud to your skin?Dead Sea mud is rich in minerals,...more
The Dead Sea, as everybody knows, has very high salt concentrations. The caution sign at the entrance to the public beach is in Hebrew, so here is a brief translation: - Take care not to drink or swallow the Dead Sea Water. - Take care to avoid getting water in your eyes; this may be harmful. - Do not attempt to dive or even dip your head in the...more
Watch out for shops at the Dead Sea plugging the 2-for-1 deal. It's no deal! prices are doubled here. To shop for dead sea products, the best option is the smaller pharmacy shops on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem for example, or visit a large pharmacy shop at the bus station or mall. You can always catch duty free on your way out at the airport in Tel Aviv - these are some of the fairest prices but unless you have a direct flight, you may have a problem getting through customs on your way to Canada or the USA.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You need good walking shoes , hat , a lot of water , walking stick is good for unstable rocks , a map of the area.
Large industrial complex at southern tip of the Dead Sea; its intricate system of dykes and evaporation pans exploits the enormous mineral wealth of the water for the production of raw chemical materials, essential for industry, agriculture and medicine. The plant is one of Israel’s most important exporters of fertilizers and chemicals such as...more
In biblical times the area supplied salt to the world from the huge deposit known as Mount Sodom just south of Ein Bokek. Because of the great value of salt as a meat preserver, it was widely desirable. Roman fortresses were erected and manned to protect the caravansaries transporting these shipments, one of which was situated at Ein Bokek.Still...more
Arad is a city in the South District of Israel. It is located on the border of the Negev and Judean Deserts, 25 kilometers west of the Dead Sea and 45 kilometers east of the city Beersheba. Arad's population grew significantly with the Aliyah from the Commonwealth of Independent States in the 1990s. It is one of the biggest city with Russian...more
Route 90 along the Dead Sea has long flat stretches, and most uphill segments have a mild slope, making it quite convenient for biking. It's a scenic route, with the Dead Sea on the east and the cliffs of the Judean Desert on the west. The road shoulders are wide and paved, which makes biking on the shoulder easy and relatively safe.Bikes can be...more
Nahal Bokek we found to be an excellent place to cool off after we have done either a night ride through the dry canyons of the Amiaz area (Nahal Pratziem, Nahal Sdom) or come off the very hot high plateau overlooking the Dead Sea.There is a perfect small pool that is just big enough for a group of friends if you don't mind sharing. ^O^more
The Dead Sea is also probably the most phenomenal body of water on earth, and its surroundings the most wondrous.At 400 meters below sea level, it is the lowest spot on earth. It is apart of the 6000km Great African Rift Valley. It is 55km long by 17.5km at its widest point, with a depth of up to 400m. This inland sea is flanked by the Judean Hills...more
At the Ein Bokek center there is a center for tourist information where you can find out about accomdations, trips and other things for the entire Dead Sea area.They have an e-mail, but no web site as yet, it is: email@example.com telephone is : 00972-08-9975010Open Mon-Saturday 10:00-17:00 summer 09:00-16:00 wintermore