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Kuta-Legian area

The white sands of Kuta are still arguably the best beachfront on Bali. The beach is much cleaner than just a few years ago, although the vendors remain annoying. Kuta is a booming Pacific resort and its streets are clogged with tourists and traffic during peak seasons. Legian is more of the same, just as crowded, but more suitable for longer stays, although in many ways it has become an extension of Kuta. Further north, Seminyak, Petitenget and Canggu offer more tranquility.

Introduction to Kuta-Legian
The tourist center of Indonesia

Once a lonely village on the road from Denpasar toward the Bukit Peninsula, Kuta is now a thriving tourist resort, popular mainly among the young. It owes its claim to fame owes to two factors: it's beach (originally Bali's best) and the sunset. The beach front is now host to many hotels, except for Legian and Seminyak, where much of the social scene is now centered. The main shops are located along Legian street.

Kuta has become one of the most dynamic places in Indonesia. It is a place to encounter new ideas and lifestyles and a place to experience all manner of pleasures. It is a popular beach for surfing although, currents make it less suitable for swimming. Life guards are on constant duty during the day. Kuta faces the West, offering beautiful sunsets.

The popular Kuta Beach, overlooking the Bali Strait, attracts foreign and local water sport enthusiasts and sun worshippers. Throngs flock to this 1.5-kilometer stretch on weekends. The period April to September/October promises favorable reef and beach breaks, enabling surfers to take to the waves. Amateurs should stick to the milder beach breaks for safety reasons. You can also swim here - make sure you do so only within the designated area or just join the carefree sunbathers. Wandering hawkers and guides offer their wares and services, while others provide a relaxing massage for a reasonable fee.

Its very easy to reach Kuta beach and only 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar-Bali. At the airport there are taxi's available that can bring you to Kuta and anywhere else on the island. Be sure to purchase your taxi coupons at the service desk just outside the main gate of the the arrivals terminal to get the standard price. Moving around Kuta itself is quite simple. You can go around on foot or you can rent a bike or motorcycle.

Beside watching sunsets and surf, the other things that you may see or do here are shopping, watching performances of Balinese music and dance in Kuta, staged specially for tourists and anywhere else in Bali and some of them are staged nightly. If you're looking by night, various foreign and locally restaurant, clubs, pubs and bars start to fire up.

There are many accommodations ranges from star hotels to Home stays along Kuta-Legian road. You may choose one of them to stay. There are various foreign and local restaurants that offering international and local foods. These restaurants are available along Kuta. There are many souvenir shops along Kuta that offering you many kind of Balinese souvenir, starting from clothes, paintings, handicrafts, wooden crafts, etc.

Almost every evening there is a performance of Balinese -dance somewhere in Kuta. To know what is on just ask around. Dont forget to equipped yourself with sun protection. Bring a bathing suit and extra clothings. If you are a backpacker, and looking for cheap accommodation in Kuta, just go to Poppies Lane Alley 1 & 2 where you can find cheap accommodation and restaurants. Warungs offering cheap food are within a 2 minute walk on Poppies Lane 1, so no need to get sucked into a beach-side restaurant and high prices.

Last revised on December 15, 2009
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