Destinations in Indonesia
Scrumptious Fresh Seafood any style at Jimbaran Beach
For anyone that has visited the world famous island of Bali, or even those who haven’t, many of you have likely heard of Jimbaran Beach, one of the favorite spots amongst the multitude of interesting places scattered across the island. Jimbaran beach offers a host of mouth-watering treats and could very well be the center of culinary tourism on the southern coast of Bali. Jimbaran beach is located in the village of Jimbaran within walking distance from the fishing village, Kedonganan.
Located so close to the center of fresh fish and sea food, the coast stretching between Jimbaran and Kedonganan has been established as a hub of restaurants, food stalls and seaside cafés serving a range of fantastically fresh and perfectly prepared seafood dishes, to a backdrop of sloping white sands and gentle rolling waves, and in the distance planes taking off and landing at Bali’s international airport, creating the perfect setting for a romantic evening meal.
Rows of tables and chairs are arranged along the seaside, where visitors can sit, eat and relax to the glow of the setting sun and candle light. The range of dishes served is quite diverse in choice of species, size, style of cooking and of course, taste. Fish, squid, lobster, crab, scallops and shrimp either baked, boiled, fried, sautéed, or steamed are just some of the options on the menu, and many restaurants offer a blend of Balinese and international flavors. Not a big fan of seafood? Not to fear. You can still enjoy the breezy beach atmosphere, and have a taste of the non-seafood dishes offered by many of the waterfront eateries.
Needless to say, Jimbaran beach is most popular, and extremely crowded in the evenings, where the dinner hour coincides with the Sun’s slow and spectacular journey westward – a bonus that can be enjoyed for free. Live music performances along the shore also add to the ambience of the sea breeze, fresh food and setting sun.
Aside from the range of restaurants and cafes along the beach, a variety of other facilities are also available. Done eating? Or at the beach before sunset? Hire a boat for a cruise around Jimbaran. Want to try more adventurous activities? Surfing and parasailing equipment are available for rent. Take a stroll down the beach, or just lounge in the sand. Whatever you need, there’s something for everyone.
There are several hotels located in the area as well if you like Jimbaran so much, you want to spend your entire holiday there. Five-star hotels and international class resorts, spas and villas as well as more simple lodgings are found along the road to Jimbaran Beach. Events are often held at the hotels, adding to the festive atmosphere of the beach at night.
Jimbaran Beach is about a 30 minute drive from Denpasar, the capital of Bali, 20 minutes from Nusa Dua, or about 10 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
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