Not too far away from the famous, lively Kuta Beach, in less than 30 minutes, we can find Jimbaran Beach. In 1970s, this beach is still a tiny village, a backwater where the local fisherman sold their fish at the traditional fish market. The fish market is still exist now, stands intact a little to the south of the present stretch of Jimbaran Beach. But now, it is not the busy fishermen that go in and out of the beach, but tourists, domestic and foreign. Most of them are drawn by the romantic atmosphere of the seafood restaurants and of course the breathtaking sunset view.
Jimbaran Beach is divided into three main areas, namely Kelan at the northern part, Kedonganan at the middle, and Muaya at the south. These three areas are occupied by fine seafood restaurants that actually serve the same menu but with different appearance. As to the recommendation, if possible, we should go to the restaurants at Muaya in the southern part as this are is most popular these days. The area, we will notice briefly, is closer to the Four Seasons resort. But of course the other restaurants are also worth your visit.
While the menu of all restaurants are similar, it is the appearance that makes the difference. The names can be various and suggestive. But one thing that you will find a fun thing to do is that you can order your meal directly. Instead of ordering for your foods when you are sitting on your table, it will be much fun if you go to the aquarium and catch the live sea fish yourself. With the prices ranging from $15-60 per menu, depending on the weight of the animal, this method of ordering is indeed pleasant. Waiting for the meal to be served, sitting on the beach is most pleasant too.
The sand on this beach is white and smooth. The sea is calm and safe as you can see children are playing in the water. Far ahead, you can see the boats of the fishermen. But most possibly your eyes will be drawn to the beautiful scenery on the horizon. If you can start from your stay, which is suggested to be one of the Jimbaran villas for faster access to the beach, on five o’clock, you will not miss the breathtaking sunset view, one of the most wonderful that you can find in a tropical beach.
The romantic atmosphere continues also even after the sun has fully set. Torches will be lit up until the restaurants are closed, which is around 10 pm. Sitting there with your gastro fully satisfied with delicious seafood, and the light of the torches, with the sea breeze cooling down your body and your mind, it is truly memorable dining. Sometimes, you can also watch traditional dancers dancing on the stage, if the restaurant provides a stage. And musicians with appropriate manners will also ready to add to your romantic sojourn at this lovely Jimbaran Beach.