Photo: Fish for dinner?


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Blazing sunsets, the glow of seafood barbecues and golden sands are Jimbaran’s principle lures. Combine these with calm waters ideal for families, a combination of luxury resorts and traditional life, and proximity to the airport and popular attractions in southern Bali, and you’ve found a semi-laid-back alternative to Kuta, Legian or Seminyak.

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Immediately south of the east-west runway at Ngurah Rai International Airport which cleaves Jimbaran’s gently sweeping arc of sand from frenzied Kuta to the north, the bulk of the area is a mix of residential and small businesses punctuated with a few rather grand hotels along the coast. Historically, the west coast of Jimbaran was foremost a fishing village, and this remains a significant industry—well that is to say fish is big business here, even if there may not be that many to catch in the sea anymore. Interestingly, in the past, the east coast was a notable producer of salt and lime, nowadays a thin strip of mangrove forest.

A great beach for kids. Photo taken in or around Jimbaran, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

A great beach for kids. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Jimbaran Beach with its generally clean sands, and placid waves is a pleasant spot for swimming and sunbathing with fewer of the hassles of the beaches in Kuta and Legian. However, this stretch isn’t one of the shadiest, brutally exposed to the beating Balinese sun, so do slap on the sunscreen. It’s also possible to rent a shady deckchair—kick back, take in the serenity and watch the endless stream of planes arriving and departing to the airport in the north, which surprisingly, you can hardly hear.

While Jimbaran is a surf beach, the break is small and most of the time a long way offshore, giving toddlers and young children plenty of shallow, relatively safe waters to run amok. In fact, the whole vibe in Jimbaran is chilled out in a mass tourism kind of way. The accommodation options on offer tend towards the higher end but a handful of budget and midrange digs are tucked away in the ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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