Parangtritis Beach

Go for the charm, not the swimming

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What we say: 3.5 stars

But if you're craving some sea air, this black volcanic sand beach can put on a spectacular sunset. It is a fun place to spend a quiet hour or so, eating corn cobs cooked over charcoal on the sand, flying kites or taking rides around on horse-drawn carts or horseback and wandering through the small village. But this beach is not safe for swimming, so don't even think about it.

The strong currents have claimed several lives in recent years, including those of seven high school students in early 2010. Also, because of the more conservative local culture, people tend to be fully clothed while enjoying this beach, so wearing a bikini here would probably result in many unwelcome stares.

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How to get there: Located about a 40 minute drive south from the centre of Yogya, Parangtritis is most easily accessed by car or motorcycle.
Last updated: 20th October, 2010

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