Kuta

Travel Guide
Jimbaran Beach which includes food and a sunset
With surf, beaches, amusement parks, buzzing nightlife and traditional Balinese culture and architecture, this city is one of the most popular island attractions in Indonesia.

Kuta is a tourist-friendly city near the southernmost point of Bali. The Balinese often call the area “downtown,” because it’s one of the busiest hubs on the island. The once sleepy fishing village, and former Dutch colony, turned into a vacationers’ dream when international investors discovered it in the 20th century. The beaches are the highlight in Kuta, but there is plenty of retail and culture to be found too.To surf, swim and sunbathe, visit Kuta Beach, which is also a great spot to watch the famous Bali sunsets. Take a short trip south of Kuta to secluded Jimbaran Beach where you can relax in a peaceful atmosphere and watch local fishermen bring in their catch. Also great for an excursion outside of central Kuta is the Bajra Sandhi Monument. This attraction tells of some of the major events in the country’s history.Back in downtown Kuta, go shopping in Kuta Square, which is surrounded by religious monuments and traditional Balinese buildings. Even though you can get American-style fast food here, the delicious Indonesian rice dishes and snacks are too good to resist. Take the kids to the various theme parks, including Waterbom Bali, or stop in for a one-hour comedy and illusion show about Balinese culture at the Kuta Theater.Kuta’s Bali Bombing Memorial is a grim reminder of the terrorist attacks on the tourists bars. More than a decade later, however, Kuta has moved on and the nightlife is as good as ever. Crimes are frequent though, so watch your belongings and drinks. Despite this, Kuta is a friendly place and most people have a hassle-free vacation.An international airport is just a 15-minute drive from Kuta. Get around town on foot or by “bemo” taxi. If you rent a bike or scooter wear protective gear, because accidents are common.

In lively Kuta, traditional and modern attractions provide a nice break after a morning on the beach. Many people return to this part of Bali year after year to enjoy a relaxing vacation surrounded by comfort.

Where to stay in Kuta

The Vira Bali Boutique Hotel & Suite - CHSE Certified
The Vira Bali Boutique Hotel & Suite - CHSE Certified
4 out of 5
Jalan Kartika Plaza No. 127, Tuban, Kuta, Bali, 80361
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $58 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Kuta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (993 reviews)
"Property was pretty much the same as when we were there in 2017 with restaurant layout changed. Hotel was clean and tidy, pool was cleaned everyday. The mall across the street had quite a few shops closed down. Other than that, it's still worth going"

Reviewed on Jun 25, 2022

The Vira Bali Boutique Hotel & Suite - CHSE Certified
Bali Dynasty Resort - CHSE Certified
Bali Dynasty Resort - CHSE Certified
5 out of 5
Jl. Kartika, South Kuta, Kuta, Bali, 80361
The price is $81 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Kuta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (642 reviews)
"Wish they changed their buffet menu frequently ljke 3 days new buffet. It was so boring to eat same food for 5days"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Bali Dynasty Resort - CHSE Certified
Hard Rock Hotel Bali - CHSE Certified
Hard Rock Hotel Bali - CHSE Certified
5 out of 5
Jalan Pantai Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali, 80361
The price is $118 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 18
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kuta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (990 reviews)
"Not a beach front property as mentioned in booking description. Would not have booked it as we want a beach front. Staffs are friendly and very eager to assist. Room smelled full of smoke although it is a no smoking policy. If you have young kids yes I would recommend. We didn’t even go to beach ..."

Reviewed on Jun 11, 2022

Hard Rock Hotel Bali - CHSE Certified
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coast Boutique Apartments
Coast Boutique Apartments
3 out of 5
Jl. Pantai Kuta Gang, Wina, Kuta, Bali, 80361
The price is $64 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Kuta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the overall value in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (56 reviews)
"Property location is great. Close to the beach, the beach walk mall, and a lot of local shops and restaurants. Breakfast was very good as well. Hotel itself is a bit older than appears in the photos. Bathrooms could use either a very good scrub or a reno."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Coast Boutique Apartments
Kuta Legian Villa
Kuta Legian Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jln Legian Gg. Lingga Murthi, No.7, Kuta, Bali, 80361
The price is $122 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 30
Stay at this 3.5-star villa in Kuta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private pools. Popular attractions Kuta Beach and Legian Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
Kuta Legian Villa
Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach, Kuta, Badung, 80361
The price is $775 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 4-star beach villa in Kuta. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Kuta Beach and Legian Beach are located nearby. ...
3/5 (1 review)
"At the beginning of my arrival they told me that there was no booking until I showed them via email from your site. They then gave me a different villa than the pictures in the booking. I had no other choice because I could not cancel the reservation because of the terms of cancellation and wasting ..."

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2019

Villa at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Kuta

Kuta itself is a reasonably small area, and most of it can be traversed on foot, particularly if you’re staying around the hotel and beach area. Renting a bicycle is a very popular way to get around on Bali, and bike rentals are offered by most hotels. Many people also rent motorbikes, but you should only do this if you’re an accomplished rider, as the roads can be frantic and dangerous at times. Visit the Ministry of Transportation Republic of Indonesia website.Browse Kuta rental cars.

Best time to visit

The best times to visit Kuta are dictated by Bali’s climate, which sees distinct wet and dry seasons. Rainy season runs from October to April, and thunderstorms are common, although they are often over quickly, and this can be a quieter and cheaper time to visit the island. The busiest and most expensive times are July, August and December. May, June and September are cheaper but have pleasant weather.

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