Kuta beach is the most popular and busiest beach. Located just 10 minutes walk from Ngurah Rai International Airport, you can walk from airport to the beach.
Kuta is very commercialized with hotel resorts, international restaurants sandwiched between local joints peddling tours, massages, surfing schools, diving excursions, handicrafts and even xbox or dvd rentals.
It is a bit commercialized and prices are a bit more higher at Kuta.
If you ask me, it is a typical tourist hotspot. Taxis and motorbikes buzzing around with tourist and touts. One good example of commercialization of this small town is Discovery Mall. There are many branded outlets bearing labels such as Ripcurl, Hurley, Billabong and even Prada. You got your Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery and Burger King. McDonalds is a bit further down. And there is also a DFS ( Duty Free Store )
Hotels come by the dozen and with so many, it is a hit and miss for most. Average of USD100 hotels give you some bed and breakfast with a nice pool. Budget hotels can range from IDR100,000 to IDR500,000.
Many taxi drivers will be seating by the streets calling out to you. Most are honest and it depends on your negotiation and gut feel about your driver. Most speak acceptable English.
Kuta faces the west which means the seas and skies are bluest in the mornings. Head down at these times to capture the blue colors of nature. Do wear sunblock as the sun will be scorching.
Sunset by the airport sounded like a good idea. Whilst watching the sun set, we watched travelers arrive and depart this beautiful island.
With the raining season of March, sunsets are a minimal and you should not expect postcard photos. The sun will probably be in the clouds around 5pm and if you are lucky, you may see it peak out red and round. Most times, you will only see the sky colors change a hue of pink and velvet.
Time for a jump into the pool.