Kuta, Bali's party hub, has something of a fearsome reputation as a place of all night drinking and nightclubs
That said, it is also popular during the day time with families who want to make the most of the sandy strip of Kuta Beach, and its perfect sunsets that draw people from all over the island.
Kuta is considered as the centre of Bali, and if you want a quintessential Bali experience, then this is the place to visit. If you are looking for cheap accommodation, rocking nightlife, and a sandy beach, then Kuta is perfect for you. Plus, you will be able to take in the splendour of Bali in one of its most famous enclaves. Kuta also offers the most diverse choice of accommodations in all of Bali, including backpacker lodgings and high end resorts.
The Kuta area is known for its main strip of beach that runs along the coast, as well as its relaxed shopping and dining options along the main road of Jalan Legian. Other attractions in the area also include the famous Bali Bomb Memorial, which makes for an emotional visit for those who make the trip.
You can easily get to Kuta from Ngurah Rai Airport via a taxi, as public transport is not particularly comprehensive in Bali. The journey takes around 20 minutes during non-peak times.
You will find ATMs that accept international cards all over Kuta and money changers are plentiful. However, some ATMs could be rigged to take your bank details and money changers may not charge the best rate.
Bali has a monsoon climate and the seasons here come in either wet or dry. It is hot all year round, even during the rainy season. Peak season in Bali is in July and August, and you can expect large crowds and fully-booked accommodations. Low season usually runs from October to April, which also corresponds to the rainy season, and as such, could possibly rain every day. Some of the best times to visit are during the shoulder season in May, June, or September when the weather is stable and prices are usually lower.
A majority of of Kuta, can be accessed on foot. Accommodations are within walking distance from the beach, and so are the nightlife spots. If you do need to go further from the centre, then taxis are easily available to take you where you want to go. Some public buses run on Bali, however these are difficult to navigate and can be rather uncomfortable.
Jalan Legian, the main thoroughfare in Kuta, offers a mixture of dining options that include local Indonesian cafes mixed with European choices and fine dining restaurants. The huge array of food choices should suit all diets and budgets. The usual fast food restaurants are also available such as KFC and McDonalds.
Kuta is popular with solo travelers, couples, and families alike, and you will find a strong backpacker scene here that will please those on a budget. For anyone in search of some peace and quiet, Kuta is most likely not the best choice, but if you are looking for some active nightlife and a range of dining and accommodation options then this is the place for you.