Kuta is where the modern era of tourism in Bali began. It is known for its long sandy beach and great waves for surfing (beginners and intermediate), as well as its wild nightlife and high concentration of bars, nightclubs, and hotels. It is popular with younger travelers and those on a budget s there is still plenty of cheap accommodation to choose from. Traffic is really mad sometimes and it can get really busy, but it is still a great place to meet people and have fun.
Kuta attracts a very international and mixed set of travelers. Some travelers find Kuta to be overdeveloped and overwhelming, while others love the action and liveliness. As a historical center of tourism, it should not be missed. Many Australians love this place and come here since decades - first as backpackers and now with their families. It's simply a very easy going place, yet very busy. It offers everything you need for a fun holiday while the prices are still low compared to Seminyak for example.
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In Kuta you can find many decent accommodations, that come at a very reasonable price. Some hotels here have been built in the 80ies and 90ies, and although they might have lost a bit of their glamour, they still represent the "old" Kuta and Bali.
List of hotels and resorts in Kuta
Jalan Pantai Kuta, the street that runs parallel to Kuta Beach, has restaurants of all types, most of which are neither cheap nor expensive. The alleys of Poppies I and II hold many excellent budget restaurants, and the many bars, where a cold Bintang beer is often already served in the morning hours.
List of restaurants, pubs and bars in and around Kuta Zoom into the map, because there are so many!
Entertainment Kuta Beach is often a site of events, including festivals, surf contests, and concerts by local bands. Hundreds of people flock to the beach for sunset drinks every day, and at night, the bars and restaurants along Jalan Pantai Kuta are packed with partiers from around the world
Sunset & Beach
Kuta Beach is famous for its sunsets. After the sunset tourists hit the town and go for shopping or visit one of the countless restaurants. A wide variety of local souvenirs can also be bought from vendors on and along the beach. Bargaining is essential here.
Bali is famous for its beaches, and none is more famous than Kuta Beach. Traditionally an unimportant place for the Balinese, it was first popularized by visiting surfers, and then by backpackers travelling through Southeast Asia. Restaurants and hotels began to spring up to accommodate visitors, and the area grew from there, becoming the most popular and crowded in Bali.
Today, a busy street runs along the beach, lined with apartments, malls, hotels, convenience stores, restaurants, and bars blasting music. The beach is full of chairs and loungers for rent (50.000Rp per day) and vendors are everywhere. Many local and visiting families with children play in the water, which is safe but can have strong currents at times, and is dirtier than in other places. Kuta Beach’s, small and gentle waves and soft sand bottom make this a popular place for people learning to surf, and there can be hundreds of surfers out on any given day, even if there are no waves. Add in joggers, yoga enthusiasts, and groups playing football, volleyball, and beach tennis, and you have a beach that is always alive and full of action.
If you are looking for a place to relax in peace and quiet, this is not it, but if you want to experience the heart of Bali’s busy beach culture, or see one of its most historic tourist locations, Kuta Beach is worth at least one visit. Be advised that the traffic here is some of the heaviest on the island and parking is often non-existent, especially for cars, so try to get dropped off by a driver or taxi, or park far away from the beach and take a long walk through the busy alleys of Kuta to get here.
To beat the crowds (maybe) come early in the morning, when everyone is still sleeping, but for the full-on Kuta Beach experience, come at sunset, when mobs of tourists watch the sun go down with a drink, snap photos of each other, and gear up for a wild night on the town.
Crime, Drugs & Prostitution
Although Bali is a safe place compared to many other holiday destinations in the world, one still needs to be aware that crime does indeed exist. Particularly in an area like Kuta, where the exotic mixture of sun, holidays, cheap alcohol, and party mood attract the dark side of doing business.
Most people who get harassed, mugged or hurt are very drunk. Because they are of course, the easiest targets. Your safety is If you give into the temptation to follow the call of many street hustlers selling you drugs and propose to take you to young women, after they offered you harmless transportation services, then anything can happen and your safety is at risk.