Israel Dead Sea Beaches

Old Mar 11, 18, 10:53 am
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Israel Dead Sea Beaches

We're a family of four visiting in June. Staying in Jerusalem mainly.

We would very much like to experience immersing in the Dead Sea ! Kalia Beach was recommended to us, primarily for convenience (travel time from Jerusalem.)

Interested in hearing about people's experiences there - facilities, etc. - and other beaches...
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Old Mar 11, 18, 11:34 am
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We're a family of four visiting in June. Staying in Jerusalem mainly.

We would very much like to experience immersing in the Dead Sea ! Kalia Beach was recommended to us, primarily for convenience (travel time from Jerusalem.)

Interested in hearing about people's experiences there - facilities, etc. - and other beaches...
Not sure which is Kalia, probably 1 of the ones that are bunched together and is the 1st beach area after making a right turn onto the road that runs along the DS. Personally I always go down to Ein Boqek where the hotels are. I find the water to have alot more minerals in it in the Southern section then the Northern. North = Ein Gedi and North (Ein Gedi beach has been closed down but the Spa still is open and its beach

Most beaches have changing rooms,lockers, showers some you pay for others included with the admission price (sorry dont know the prices as where I go its free) when there was a crash 1 day and I turned around I found all the beaches at that 1st beach area were packed and no parking spaces left. I imagine its usually like that if its a holiday when Im there as most folks simply want to drive as little as possible and Ein Boqek is a good 40+ mins further South. I enjoy the very scenic drive
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Old Mar 22, 18, 8:29 am
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Why don't you go to visit Ein Boqek, you will find your hotel accommodation near to this one, while visiting with children it is more comfortable because being in Israel you have to go through screenings and checking everywhere. so living nearer and saving time is more important.
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Old Mar 22, 18, 10:08 am
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I've never been to Kalia, but I've been to Mineral Beach and Ein Gedi Beach in the north, and both of those beaches are pretty bad. I've heard that most beaches in the north are much the same. Also, there's an entrance fee to Kalia.

Ein Bokek in the south is a really good beach. It's free access, with free bathrooms available on the beach. There are lots of hotels, restaurants, and shops there too. I'd recommend taking a bus or a rental car to Ein Bokek.

Kalia is probably just 40 minutes from Jerusalem, while Ein Bokek is more like 90 minutes, so it's a longer drive, but it's also really scenic. If you have a car, I'd recommend that you take the cable car to the top of Masada on the say south, and that you take a walk in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve on the way north. In Ein Gedi, there are places where you can take a shower in fresh waterfalls, and that will feel refreshing after the salty sea. Also, in Ein Gedi you will often see lots of animals such as ibexes and hyraxes, which is great for the kids.
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Old Mar 22, 18, 10:42 am
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This is what Ein Bokek beach looks like. This picture was taken just 12 days ago.

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Old Mar 22, 18, 10:47 am
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And here's one of the waterfalls in Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, where you can take a refreshing shower.
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Old Mar 25, 18, 9:46 pm
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Mineral Beach has been closed permanently for a number of years now. ( due to sink holes) There are no screenings and checking everywhere you go in Israel. It is inaccurate to write such.
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Old May 15, 18, 9:47 am
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Hi
I highly recommend visiting Ein Boqek, a clean, neat and beautiful place. I have not visited Kalia so I do not really know how to give an opinion on the subject, but it is quite simple and close to reach from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, all the distances in Israel are very small relation to other places.
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