The island of Bali in Indonesia is littered with so many top-class beaches. It’s difficult to go to a wrong beach since they are all mesmerizing and picturesque. Many, however, consider Kuta Beach as the most popular beach in Bali, primarily because it is the first one that most people get to see. It is very near Benesari Street, Melasti Street and Poppies 1 and 2 where surfers and first-time travelers usually come for the budget hotels and cheap accommodations. The Poppies 2 area is just a 3-minute walk to the beachfront.
Kuta Beach is pretty dense with fun activities for you to enjoy since there are so many vendors selling drinks, sarong pieces, carvings, and all sorts of island souvenirs. The minute you sit down, vendors and massage ladies come selling all kinds of stuff, even offering to watch over your things so you can go enjoy the waters. They are trustworthy, but it is advised that you don’t bring a ton of cash when hitting the beach. People walk back and forth the length of the beach enjoying the view, meeting other people, and just letting their feet sink into the pristine sand path. Palm trees lining Kuta’s white sands are marked with a number of surfboards and body boards for rent. Surfboard rental costs 75,000 Rp and body boards at 50,000 Rp for two hours. This is of course negotiable since almost everything in Bali can be bargained down. In fact, you could rent a motorbike for an entire day for only 40,000 Rp.
If you wish to just sit down and take it easy, there are rows of stores selling a cool drink of fruit juices and smoothies. A Coke costs 5,000 Rp, while a bottle of beer costs 10,000Rp. (A dollar is about 8,450 Rp.) A must-taste beverage is the rujak, which is a smooth blend of unripe fruits with chili, salt, and caramel sauce.
If all of a sudden you crave a typical American snack, there is a McDonald’s across the beach at Poppies 1. There are also other snack areas, as well as ATM machines at Circle K. If you are a bit low in cash, there are cheap but delicious foods at Warungs along Poppies Lane. There are more restaurants and food areas at Poppies Halfway, which is halfway up Pantai Kuta Street going to Melasti Street.
Finally, Kuta Beach is known for its surf. Its gradual slope and flat waves are perfect for beginning and intermediate surfers. Flat waves means you could potentially stay on your board longer and enjoy the experience much better. Most surfers are locals and Japanese visitors. The best time for surfing is during a high tide. If you have not surfed before and finally decide to try it while in Bali, there are surf schools all over Poppies 1 and 2 just across the beach. You can get practical tips on how to get started and which surfboard fits you the best.
Kuta Beach is for everyone. Just in case you are in Bali for other reasons and have booked in another beach, a visit to this most happening beach in the island is definitely a must. Visit Kuta especially during the “Kuta Karnival”, which is highlighted by Balinese sunset dancing, fun water sports and tons and tons of food.