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Kuta Beach and its surroundings

29 August 2010 No Comment

Kuta Beach

Bali is well known for its beaches, many of which provide excellent surf, others idyllic scenery. Arguably the most famous of them all is Kuta beach, located near the southern end of Bali. Many decades ago, before the arrival of tourists, Kuta was little more than a sleepy fishing village. It all changed when the first tourism strip on Bali developed.

Kuta beach is long famed for its beautiful surf, which brought in early group of surfers who came to the island in search of the perfect wave. And although Bali now has several other well known surfing sites, the streams of tourists heading for Kuta never let up. The area is now teeming with hotels, restaurants, pubs, souvenir shops, and everything else that cater to the tourist market; making Kuta arguably the most touristy part of Bali.

kuta shopping

Main shopping street of Kuta at night

The beach strip of Kuta stretches for several miles into neighbouring districts of Legian in the north, and Tuban in the south. The most crowded part is the section near central Kuta (opposite Hard Rock Hotel). Consequently, this is also the area packed with street hawkers who will try to sell you anything from sunglasses to fresh coconuts. If you are not interested, just say a polite “no” or its equivalent Indonesian word “tidak” and walk away. As one walks away from this spot, there are fewer tourists, and thus fewer hawkers around. One tip to avoid the ghastly Kuta traffic to get to any beachside resort or restaurants in Legian or Tuban is simply to walk along the beach. It may take up to 30 minutes of walk, but still beats wasting precious holiday time sitting in a taxi along congested roads. Might as well enjoy the view and get a tan.

Kuta Beach

Deck chairs are available for rent at regular intervals along the beach; the owner will come to offer a chair to tourists if one is available. As with most things in Bali, negotiate a reasonable rate. As a rough guide, two hour rental (in 2010) cost 30,000 rupiah. Surfing boards and ‘instructors’ are available for hire

Vendors along Kuta Beach

Vendors plying their trade along the beach

The beach is usually packed in the evening around sunset, but after sundown most visitors move away from the beach into Kuta’s crowded pubs and bars.

kuta night life

At night, this congested road will transform into Bali’s premier night life cluster

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