Parangtritis Beach in Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region
Bantul Regency has a significant role to lure tourists from other regions. The best tourist attraction, in this case, would be the beaches. These are located in the south part of the region and the location is close to each other. In terms of popularity, the best one is indeed Parangtritis Beach! The number of visitors is higher than nearby beaches and it even has a legend for tourists to learn during the visit. When it comes to the name, it derives from two words. “Parang” means corals and “Tritis” means water droplets.
Instead of featuring a white sandy landscape, Parangtritis Beach comes with the black one. It looks more exotic indeed. As for the nuance, it depends on when tourists visit the beach. In the morning, the air and wind are fresher. Even visitors have the chance to witness a beautiful sunrise! At noon, the atmosphere becomes warmer and the wind becomes stronger. More people and vendors are seen in that area, though. Many services and fun facilities are also available at the time. What about the evening? Well, tourists can even explore the beach at night and rest at nearby inns later.
Exploring Parangtritis Beach
Perhaps the most noticeable feature in Parangtritis Beach is the great waves. No wonder, no one is allowed to get in the water for swimming. Still, some people keep violating this rule and play water on the edge of the shoreline instead. For the information, the waves even can reach up to 4 meters in the hot season! The locals even associate the beach’s waves to the Nyi Roro Kidul. It is said this Goddess’s kingdom resides in that sea!
Even though Parangtritis Beach is not safe for swimming, it becomes a good place to enjoy other activities instead. For example, it is to play in the sandy shoreline. Usually, kids would run and explore the shoreline barefoot. The soft texture won’t hurt their feet at all! As for the adults, they can build sand castles or other objects. After it is done, they must take photos of it as well! Later, when resting, it is recommended to buy fresh coconut drinks and some snacks or seafood!
There are more things to do in Parangtritis Beach. For example, tourists should rent an ATV and get around the shoreline while riding this comfy vehicle. However, the price is considered more expensive during weekends or holidays. As an alternative, tourists can spend some money to ride a “Delman”!
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How to Get There
For those coming from Jakarta City (Soekarno – Hatta International Airport), their flight may take around 1 hour and 10 minutes in order to reach Adisucipto Airport at Yogyakarta City. From the airport, tourists must head directly to Bantul Regency. The distance is 20.8 km and the best route to take is Imogiri Timur Street. That means the trip would take around 27 minutes or less depending on the traffic. From Bantul, they can directly head to Parangtritis Beach by taking Parangtritis Street. The distance is 18.9 km, so this trip would take around 30 minutes.
Where to Stay
- Budi Inn Hotel
- Aditya Inn
- Gandung Hotel
- Family Rest Hotel