Kuta Beach is located near Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, only 15 minutes’ drive by car from the airport. It is the most famous beach resort on the island. Kuta Beach is the bustling area with the most tourists in all over Bali. In the past, it was only a very small village. Nowadays, it has developed into a prosperous tourist resort. On Kuta Beach, there are many peddlers along the street, selling various local specialties, such as crafts, T-shirts, beach clothes and accessories. As the beach is windy with high waves, it is not suitable for boating or swimming there. But it is an ideal place for wind surfing, which is favored by the young who look for excitement.
It is also an ideal place for watching the beautiful sunset. At night, there are local Balinese singing and dancing, performing especially for tourists. Kuta Beach is just like a holiday paradise with beautiful clean beach, numerous shops, bars, restaurants and shopping centers. Kuta Beach is not only a unique scenic spot for sun bathing and water activities, but also a perfect place for watching sunset. The commercial area in the center of Kuta Square is a new and modern shopping skyscraper.
Since the 18th century Kuta has served as the entry for foreigners visiting southern Bali. In the 1830s Kuta was a thriving slave market, attracting a wide variety of international ‘lowlifes’. Since its rediscovery by hippies and surfers in the 1960s, Kuta and Legian have expanded so rapidly that the district is now one of the busiest tourist areas in the world. At three hundred year ago, in this place had been built a Konco (Buddhist Temple) located beside of Tukad Mati ( Dead River) where it river can be navigable at that time.
The boat steps into the hinterland of Kuta, so that Kuta is a port trade. Mad Lange is a merchant from Denmark in 19 century had built its trade station in the river periphery. During living in Bali, he often becomes the medium between king of Bali and Dutch. Mad Lange has mysteriously died and his grave is located inside of Konco ( Buddhist Temple ) right in the river periphery. Kuta is quiet fisherman countryside in the past, but now it has been turned into the hilarious town and it is completed by post office, police office, market, pharmacy, photo center, and shop. There are a lot of hotels which are designed luxury and comfortable set in a long side of white sandy beach of Kuta .
As Party central, Kuta at night refers to the area extending about 7km north of the original village of Kuta. This area now includes Legian, Seminyak and even Basangkasa. The Kuta area is the epicenter of Balis nightlife. The majority of Bali’s better entertainment places offer anything and everything a ‘night owl’ would want. Located at the center of the original village are Kuta’s many open-air pubs and discos. Entrance to bars is usually free with special drinks promotions and Happy Hours from 6pm to 9pm, and sometimes even longer. Jalan Legian and Jalan Padma have the biggest concentration of watering holes.
Take up the option of joining surfers to guzzle beer, play pool and watch surfing videos at Tubes Cafe. Or drop by the eye-catching and uniquely sailship-shaped Bounty Restaurant I, which sways to the music of its dance floor till dawn. Other happening outlets in town are the trendy 66 Club (but say ‘double six’) and hyper chic Gado Gado. For Kuta’s magnetic live music, The Maccaroni Club is irresistible. One of Bali’s latest and most extraordinary; this place jazzes it up every Sunday from 10.30pm and invites guests to jam along on Friday nights. For a rare and special combination of Balinese dancing and rock bands near the beach, head straight for the Zero Six in Tuban; while the new Hard Rock Cafe draws the crowds with live music and pricey drinks. Other live music spots include the Aussie-style ‘pubs’ along Jalan Melasti and the semi-submerged Joni Sunken Bar & Restaurant. Classier up-market hotels like the Bali Padma Hotel on Legian beach offer more relaxed entertainment.