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World's Coolest Surf Towns: Batu Karas

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Batu Karas, Indonesia

This fishing village is free from the tourist buses common in the resort town of Pangandaran, 18 miles away. Relax on the beach, catch a wave, or simply watch them roll in from the tranquil JavaCove Beach Hotel, and you’ll understand why surfers prefer to keep Batu Karas a closely guarded secret. The lush green jungle tumbling into turquoise seas is pinch-me scenery (as in, Pinch me—am I dreaming?) and extends into the village. It’s a one-dirt-lane cluster of thatch-roofed warungs, where locals will rent you a surfboard or serve some homemade grub.


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