Americans have been flocking to Bali for years. Its reputation for being ultra-luxurious while also offering a total escape (as well as the Eat, Pray, Love effect) has travelers heading to the gorgeous island in droves. For many, the idea of a Bali vacation seems out of reach. Fortunately, that’s not necessarily the case. Backpackers find themselves trekking through the jungle and napping on the many beautiful beaches every day. There really are opportunities for any budget, not to mention the most popular activity (lounging on a beach) won’t cost you a thing. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to spend their days lounging on a beach in southeast Asia?
The white and black sand that line each beach is as iconic as the waves that crash into them. Each beach has its own perks, and visitors of all types can find one to fall in love with.
Surfers travel from all over the world to get in on the action while challenging their skills. For die-hards, Balangan Beach's waters can get so rough that non-surfers are often advised to stay near the shore. The nearby cliffs offer a breathtaking view.
Adventurers will be happy to know that there are plenty of hidden beaches waiting to be found. Both Karma Beach and Nyang Nyang require hefty treks on rough terrain, but the outcome is worth the effort. Both are largely isolated and left unattended throughout the year, so it's almost like having your own private beach.
Romantics will love beaches like Jimbaran and Karma Beach, where restaurants serve sunset dinners on the sand and nighttime films are shown under the stars. Additionally, Padang Padang Beach may prove to be a good luck charm, as it’s widely known as the beach where Julia Roberts’ character falls in love in the Eat, Pray, Love movie.
No matter your preference, Bali is stocked with wonderful beaches. Their sheer beauty will give anyone reason to add the island to the ultimate bucket list.