What are the best beaches in Bali?

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A trip to Bali would not be complete without a visit to the beach. Kuta Beach is a popular destination for families and groups – it’s a busy beach with white sand for laying out in the sun and manageable waves for first-time surfers. There are a good number of locals selling everything from bracelets to ice cream, or offering their services for a quick massage of foot pumicing on the beach. This can be either convenient or irritating depending on the kind of day you are trying to have, so if you are not interested in what is being offered, the trick is to be friendly but firm!

Canggu Beach is located not too far from the Seminyak area and boasts black sand and waves fit for intermediate and expert surfers. There is a restaurant that overlooks the sea and a handful of shops that are set a little further back from the beach, but not much more than that. Petitenget Beach in Seminyak is an amazing place to be at sunset. Take a stroll on the beach as the sun sinks into the horizon and watch the sky become filled with vibrant orange, red and purple hues.

Heading south past the airport, you will find beaches such as Pandawa Beach in Ungasan and Padang-Padang Beach in Uluwatu. In these areas, the sand is white and the sea is a gorgeous turquoise color. Getting to Padang-Padang Beach requires descending down a hundred or so stairs between boulders – if you think this is challenging you will soon think differently when a surfer passes you barefoot in the narrow pathway with a surfboard in tow, eagerly heading to the sea to tackle the massive waves. If you don't mind paying to get to some fantastic beaches in the same area, try Finn's Beach Club at Semara Resort or Nammos Beach Club at Karma Kandara Resort – their stunning beaches are quiet and clean and great for a leisurely day outdoors with your family.

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