Filled with vibrant street markets, relaxing beach clubs, and high-street fashion malls, Kuta is a robust city 2 miles (15 min drive) from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
If you are looking for a place to stay for a couple days, Kuta is a good stop-over for when going or coming from the airport. I say this because, of course, when here in Bali, a city atmosphere is probably not at the top of your list, given the island’s much gorgeous landmarks.
Places to stay: In my three days in Kuta, I stayed at Captain Moose hostel, which is located in the heart of the city, and a few minutes walk from the beach. At the time of my travel, it was $6/night.
Captain Goose ($6/night, 2018) View from my dorm room
Places to visit: There are many relaxing beach clubs along the coast including the Azul Beach Club, and the Potato Head Beach club, as shown in the pictures below. Also, do visit the Kuta Beach, and the street markets.
A must-go place is Sky Garden, Kuta which is a buffet/ night-club that is an absolute deal! In June 2018, $10 (100,000 Indonesian rupiah) has unlimited food and drinks until 10pm! Another to-visit place is the hip brunch places that Kuta is home too, you will feel like you are in a completely different part of town here, see pictures below.
Note: Kuta is also called the “foreigner’s land” because it’s very touristy and there is minimal local culture here. I would suggest keeping visits to a minimum here, and visiting more secular landmarks of the island to truly get to know the local Balinese culture. Read my blogs on other Balinese places to know for where that is.
Kuta Beach The ‘hip’ brunch places to die for
My first Goreng dish (yum yum) Balinese architecture
Azul Beach Club, Kuta Street markets- a paradise for bargain hunters
All in all, Kuta in a good stop to make at the start or end of your trip as it is near the airport, before going on to other more exotic places. In my other posts, I write about these exotic places so read on.