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Jalan Pantai Kuta is the road that skirts a 2km stretch of beach from the heart of Kuta through to Legian in the north. Parallel to Jalan Pantai Kuta and the beach and 500m inland is Jalan Legian, where many shops selling clothing, sunglasses and handicrafts are located.

Officially, Kuta stretches as far north as Jalan Benesari, a road that connects Jalan Pantai Kuta to Jalan Legian, but we're stretching it a block further to the north to Jalan Melasti, which forms a more obvious break between Kuta and Legian. The area bounded by these roads is a maze of laneways consisting of hundreds of accommodation options, restaurants and bars.
Two of the most popular laneways are called Poppies I and Poppies II where bars and restaurants are packed in among shops and guesthouses. It is easy to get lost in this area and just as easy to pop back into civilisation again as most roads lead either to Jalan Legian, Jalan Pantai Kuta or one of the Poppies lanes.

The main backpacker area is on a lane that runs in a northerly direction off Poppies II and is confusingly referred to as Jalan Benesari even though this is also the name of the road further north that travels east to west and connects the beach to Jalan Legian.

ATMs are located every few hundred metres around Kuta, as are convenience stores and internet cafes. Some cafes offer WiFi for free to their customers when a meal is purchased.

Medical clinics are dotted around the laneways of Poppies I and II, but serious medical concerns should be referred to Sanglah hospital in Denpasar.

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