Dead Sea Beaches can be found along the Israeli shore of the Dead Sea and are, of course, the lowest beaches in the world. Many of the beaches at the Dead Sea are, relatively uniquely for Israel, privately owned and managed and charge an entry fee. This is partly due to the constantly changing level of the Dead Sea (each year it shrinks by 1-1.5 meters) meaning that every few years, the beach is in a new location and the supporting services also must move.
Having said this, there are some public beaches although if you are visiting the Dead Sea as a once in a lifetime experience, it is worth to pay a small amount and get the best experience.
The major Dead Sea beaches (from north to south):
Kibbutz Kalia operates the most northern-most beach at the Dead Sea. It features great facilities including a bar (perhaps the lowest in the world), restaurant, gift shop, and is friendly for all ages. The sea has natural mud which is there for visitors to immerse themselves in. Don’t miss the 360 degree view over the desert and the Dead Sea. It’s just a 25-minute drive from Jerusalem.
Typical visitor: International tourists
Best if you want a conservative and unsurprising Dead Sea beach.
Just south of Kalia Beach is Biankini Beach, a Moroccan-style oasis and holiday resort. Besides the beach, Biankini has a big Moroccan restaurant and some accommodations. It’s a very unique place which you’ll either love or hate. During Israeli holiday periods, Biankini can get very busy, but in the off-peak times, it is a fun and interesting Dead Sea experience.
Typical visitor: Israeli families.
Best if you want a more unusually-themed experience at the Dead Sea.
Neve Midbar Beach
Off the same access road as Biankini Beach, Neve Midbar Beach at the north of the Dead Sea in the Megilot Region is the least commercialized of the three northern-most beaches at the Dead Sea. With a great beach area, lawned areas for barbecues, a bar (maybe also the lowest in the world) as well as a gift shop, it has great facilities and attracts a younger crowd than the two other beaches.
Typical visitor: Younger crowds from Israel and abroad.
Best if you want to sit and relax in a fun, laid back atmosphere.
Unfortunately, Mineral Beach is currently closed as workers are trying to repair sink holes in the area. Hopefully, this list will give you plenty of other ideas about which Dead Sea Beach to visit.
Ein Gedi Public Beach
Free to enter, the public beach at Ein Gedi has showers and some other basic facilities although the ‘beach’ area is pretty rocky and not so pleasant to walk over. Once you’re in the water it’s the same great experience, though. There is a spot to the south of the shore with natural black Dead Sea mud. Also, the beach has a large area for picnics and tents.
Ein Gedi Beach is currently closed due to sinkholes in the area.
The Dead Sea beaches at Ein Bokek, in the southern Dead Sea, are lined with resort hotels so can be busy during the peak season (as with the other beaches).
Tourist Israel Suggestion:
Want to combine the Dead Sea with other interesting sites in the region? Check out these tour options to make the most of your visit.