Things to Know About Kuta
Renowned for its beach and plethora of resorts and bars stretched along its shoreline, Kuta is the center of tourism in Bali. Kuta is also home to culturally rich markets, museums and local restaurants, courtesy of the government’s unyielding commitment to preserving Balinese culture, local townships, natural resources, and wildlife. As such, it is common to see less developed areas amid the upscale accommodations, which give Kuta its natural and exotic feel we know and love.
But, Kuta wasn’t always this way. The district of Kuta was historically a fishing village. In fact, it was one of the poorest places on Bali. The soil was poor for farming, it was swarmed by diseases, and had rough seas that provided little protection for shipping.
Kuta’s tourism potential was first realized in 1936 when a young Californian surfer and his wife were trekking along the coast and they came across the miles-long white sandy beach, which we all know as Kuta Beach. They opened the very first hotel in the area called Kuta Beach Hotel. Despite a reasonable start, post World War 2, tourism in Bali ceased to exist and Kuta was once again off the grid for travelers.
It was not until the late 1960s when tourists started to return with their surfboards, and changed the history. As more surfers began coming in from Australia, entrepreneurial locals realize the potential and began renting rooms to these odd travelers. Within few years, Kuta’s deserted and serene beaches began filling up with home stays, restaurants, and shops, shaping the area to the one we know today.
Jump few decades ahead and you can see how the area developed rapidly into a major cross-cultural meeting spot rich in culture, food, and natural wonders.
To learn more about the history of Kuta and visit some of the local sights, contact our Concierge.