Top 10 Beaches near Jakarta

If you are looking for beaches near Jakarta to get away from the city, you have come to the right place. Our list of beaches are reachable from Jakarta on just land or plus boats, from as little as 3 hours and up to 6 hours or more. Paradise is worth some effort!

Nobody would ever think that the landlocked Jakarta city has beaches, but you will be surprised how you can get to some beautiful ones in no time. Beaches are one of the best getaways from the hustle and bustle of this metropolitan city. Here is our list of beaches nearby Jakarta that you can get ti

Beaches at Jakarta

Ancol Beach

This beach is located in the North Jakarta. It is the most well-known beach and the closest one from the city center since you don’t have to cross the sea by boat to get into this place. Ancol beach is inside the main complex of Taman Impian Jaya Ancol (Ancol Dreamland). It is divided into six different beaches; Pantai Karnaval Ancol, Pantai Festival Ancol, Pantai Ria Ancol, Pantai Indah Ancol, Pantai Beach Pool or Ancol Lagoon, and Pantai Marina Ancol. Besides staying in the best hotels in Jakarta and just visit this place, or stay at this nearby well rated Hotel Grand Mercure Jakarta Kemayoran * which has free shuttle to this place or a new up and coming cozy Peggy Apartment * with a sea view.

Ancol Beach, Jakarta, Indonesia
Beautiful sunset at Ancol Beach, Jakarta. Photo by Starco

Beaches around 3 hours from Jakarta

Beach at Macan Island

This is an exclusive and private island with only 30 minutes away by boat from Marina Ancol, Jakarta. Scuba diving is a favorite activity here. This exclusive island allows only up 30 guests each time. Hence, it is reserved for those who are out to splurge. This island is well known for combining eco concept with modern technology. It is also no doubt a favourite of many romantic getaways.

Macan Island, a private paradise.
Macan Island, a private paradise. Photo by Christine und David Schmitt

Anyer Beach

The next nearest beach is about 150 km away from Jakarta and it is called Anyer Beach. This beach is famous for its beautiful sunset here. While for those who like activities, there’s water sports, snorkeling and surfing at this beach. Staying for one or two nights here would be enough. Accommodations are available from hotel, villa, cottage, and homestay. Best place to stay on Anyer Beach * itself is at the Hotel Aston *, a luxury villa with Indonesian charm. If you prefer nearer to Anyer town, then Hotel Aston * is for you with its own private beach and sunset dining option.

Anyer Beach, Jakarta, Indonesia
Anyer Beach, Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Rudi Ardiansyah

Carita Beach

Beside serving as a gate to into Peucang Island, Carita Beach is worthy as a destination itself. This beach has a wealth of resources such as fish, seaweed, and other marine products. Together with a long sandy beach and an amazing view of Mount Krakatau, you can enjoy the rhythm of the waves along with fresh breeze. Carita Beach can be found after you exit at Serang, coming from Jakarta. A good place to stay near Carita beach is the Villa Roca Layung *.

Beautiful sunset at Carita Beach near Jakarta.
Beautiful sunset at Carita Beach near Jakarta. Photo by Sita Basuki

Pasir Panjang Beach on Sangiang Island

If you are a big fan of underwater life, then Sangiang Island is a good choice. The route to Sangiang island is quite easy. From Jakarta, get to the city of Serang, Banten, and then you can use public transport or car directly to Cilegon and head directly to Paku Anyer Port. Take a boat about 45 minutes then you will find one of the hidden paradises in Banten. If you snorkel or dive here, you will find thousands of clownfish down there. Unfortunately, there are no resorts is built here yet but you can stay at the local houses or homestays.

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Pasir Panjang Beach, Sangiang Island, Jakarta, Indonesia
Leave Your Footprint on Sandy Beach. Photo by Isti

Beaches about 6 hours away from Jakarta

Sawarna Beach

Sarna beach is about 280 km from Jakarta. The fastest route is starting from Jakarta to Serang Timur – Pandeglang – Malimping – Bayah then Sawarna. This place is still very much off the radar since there is no public transportation that takes you directly here. Most visitors drive here themselves. A tourist attraction here is the iconic large rock which the local people call Batu Layar. The waves are also good for surfing at this beach. If you plan to stay longer, some resorts are available with sea-view rooms and other facilities. At such less touristed place, it’s your chance to try out an authentic homestay, such as Sawarna BimBim Seaview Homestay *

Batu Layar Beneath The Sunset
Batu Layar Beneath The Sunset. Photo by Jeffrey Manzini

Ujung Genteng Beach

Find a typical white sandy beach with the sun dancing on the sea which is safe to swim in at Ujung Genteng Beach. It takes around 4 to 5 hours from Jakarta to get here, first with a bus going to Sukabumi and then by public transport to Lembur Situ – Surede – Ujung Genteng. The route is steep and uphill but once your eyes finally meet this coastline, you will forget your long journey. Turtle Beach Hotel * is a good choice here with its own private pool and direct beach access, plus there’s BBQ!

Irresistable Ujung Genteng Beach.
Irresistable Ujung Genteng Beach. Photo by Deku Kertorahardjo

Peucang Island Beach

A province close by to Jakarta called Peucang has one hidden beach which you can easily visit during your weekend. Peucang Island is located inside Ujung Kulon National Park in the Pandeglang district, Banten. It is truly a heaven in the westernmost part of Java Island. Here you will find soft white sandy beaches, clear blue sea, and stunning coral reefs. There are also deer playing around at the beach! This place is accessible by taking a speed boat for 3-4 hours from Sumur Dock or Carita Beach.

Peucang Island, Ujong Kulon National Park.
Peucang Island, Ujong Kulon National Park. Photo by Wahyu Widhi

Tunda Island Beach

Nearby beaches to Jakarta are mostly located in Banten area and this one is another stunning beach on Tunda Island. The location is farther compared to Sangiang. Take a bus from Jakarta to Merak, get off at Pakupatan Serang Terminal then continue the journey by public transport directly to Karangantu Port take a 2 hours boat ride to the island. This place is great for snorkelling with rich coral reefs.

Tunda Island, Bahasa Indonesia
Tunda Island, Bahasa, Indonesia.  Photo by ASYFTRR11 via Wikimedia Commons

Pahawang Beach

From Jakarta, you can take the bus to Merak Port to cross Sunda Strait for 3 hours reaching Bakauheni Port in Lampung. After that, head to Ketapang Dock and take the boat for 2 hours to finally get to Pahawang Island. This remote island is worth the effort to get to, especially for marine life lovers. Snorkeling is the best activity to do here but besides that, it is great to walk down the beautiful white sand beach that is lined with rows of palm trees.

Pahawang Island, Indonesia
Pahawang Island, Indonesia. Photo by Fidelia Zheng

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Best Jakarta Airport Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel near Jakarta’s airport, here is our list of the best ones for you. Be it for a short layover or if you have a late arrival or early flight, these hotels would be your best pick.

Whenever you are looking for a hotel near an airport, always look out for shuttle services, best if they are complimentary. This will help a lot towards your peace, especially if you are going to catch a flight.

Here is our list of best hotels near Soekarno Airport in Jakarta:

Luxury Hotel (from 100 USD)

Bandara International Hotel managed by AccorHotels

Another one from the Accor group, this 5-star hotel is the nearest luxury you can find at the Jakarta airport. The hotel provides free airport transfer plus outdoor poo, relaxing spa treatments and gym facility. The are 4 dining options here and guests can also arrange day trips from here if you have some time to spare. The surrounding garden and lakes make this a retreat itself.
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Mid-range Hotel (50 – 100 USD)

FM7 Resort Hotel – Jakarta Airport

One of the best hotels near Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, it comes with a free aiport shuttle service. This 4-star hotel features swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massages. There’s also 24 hours restaurant to serve the late or early fliers. This would be a great choice if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
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Jakarta Airport Hotel managed by Topotels

What this hotel may lack from the other ones recommended here, it made it up with its location. Situated right inside Terminal 2 Jakarta Airport, this hotel has been serving many flyers for a long time and is well trusted by the locals.
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Budget Hotel (below 50 USD)

Ibis Styles Jakarta Airport

The trusted brand of Ibis comes to the rescue here with their budget hotel that’s situated just 7 minutes from the airport. You can be sure to find the standard Ibis quality here of clean and modern rooms with good facilities. Breakfast starts as early as 3 am for those who want to catch an early flight.
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Best Hotels in Jakarta

Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia and finding an accommodation here can be daunting. Here’s our list of the best hotels in Jakarta to help you out, if you are wondering where to stay.

As the main hub of Indonesia with its international airport, it serves many airlines to and from around the world. That is why despite it all Jakarta tourism is still rising and popular. Jakarta is famous for its buzzing nightlife and as a shopping haven.

The best areas to stay in Jakarta would be the north Jakarta * or central Jakarta *, having most of the tourist attractions here.


Luxury Hotels (from 150 USD)

The Hermitage, by Marriott, Central Jakarta

A really beautiful refurbished colonial house made into an elegant hotel. The location is also really strategic, being near a train station and quick access to the city center and beyond. With an outdoor pool, a gym, luxurious lounge area and restaurant situated in a courtyard, this hotel also gives a romantic atmosphere with some rooms opening up to a back garden. This is the place you would want to impress and indulge your partner.
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Ritz-Carlton Hotel Jakarta Pacific Place, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those who want a high security and well-known hotel with world-class services. You will find all the usual luxury here, with impressive outdoor pool and bar, featuring a view of the city skyline. Kuningan area is also well known for its upmarket, shopping malls and restaurants all well located with good sidewalks.
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Mid-range Hotels (50 – 150 USD)

Oakwood Premier Cozmo Apartment Hotel, Kuningan, Central Jakarta

For those looking for luxury and with comfort of a home. This hotel comes with apartment suites completed with kitchen, dining and washing facilities. Breakfast are also included and the location is also strategically located in Kuningan. This would also be a good fit for a family or a group.
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Harris Vertu Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those who are looking for the best value mid-range hotel in the middle of the action. It is situated smack in between all the top must see things in Jakarta. Recommended for smart travelers who wants to cover everything in a short time. Modern clean rooms, an outdoor pool with a view, spa, gym and restaurant. This hotel has good reviews from many travelers.
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FM7 Resort Hotel – Jakarta Airport

One of the best hotels near Soekarno Hatta Airport in Jakarta, it comes with a free aiport shuttle service. This 4-star hotel features swimming pool, fitness center, spa and massages. There’s also 24 hours restaurant to serve the late or early fliers. This would be a great choice if you want to skip the hustle and bustle of Jakarta.
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Budget Hotels (below 50 USD)

Yello Hotel Harmoni, Gambir, Central Jakarta

For those on a budget but wants an alternative to a hostel. This place comes with private rooms set in a hip and stylish budget hotel style. The location is great, just walking distance to the National Monument park. There is also a restaurant if you are too lazy to go out and brave the traffic at the end of the day.
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Wonderloft hostel, North Jakarta

For those on a budget and still want to be in the city center. Located in the north, this hostel is right at the corner to the famous Jakarta’s Old City, Fatahillah Square. It has a charming mix of old colonial style with hipster-inspired interiors. Best value for money!
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Top 10 Best Restaurants in Jakarta – Locals’ favourite

Indonesia has been known well for its thousand kinds of local food. In Jakarta itself, you can find all the food from around Indonesia ranging from street food to restaurants. We locals love to eat out too in search of our own favourite foods and here are our very own best restaurants in Jakarta. The restaurants here are mainly from Javanese and Balinese influence.

Eating out in Jakarta will definitely delight your palate with sweet and spicy dishes such as turmeric fish, fried duck with green chillies, mixed rice with all sorts of dishes, meat skewers and much more.

Here is a list of the top 10 locals’ best restaurants in Jakarta that you should try:

Café Batavia

This restaurant is located in the Kota Tua (Old Town) of Jakarta. Do not be surprised if see more foreigners than Indonesian people here. This restaurant preserved its colonial design and structure since 1837. Enjoy your seating in the classy wooden chairs with your selected local food such as Soto Betawi, Nasi Campur, or their signature Batavia Fried Rice.

Address: Jl. Lada No.14, RT.7/RW.7, Pinangsia, Tamansari, Jakarta Barat 11230

Café Batavia, Pinangsia, Tamansari, Jakarta, Barat
When foreigners and locals are hunting the same kind of cuisine at Cafe Batavia. Photo by Isti

Omah Sendok

Taken out from the Javanese language, Omah Sendok literally means “House of Spoon”. This restaurant used to be a house which has been turned into a restaurant. That is why you will find the authentic home ornaments such as its wooden chairs and tables. There is also a view of the pool while you enjoy your meal. I recommend to try Bandeng Priyayi, a dish made with milkfish with a touch of turmeric inside, covered with eggs on the outside, and served with crunchy crisps on the top.

Address: Jl. Taman MPU Sendok No.45, RT.8/RW.3, Selong, Kby. Baru, Kota Jakarta Selatan 12190

Bandeng Priyayi, Omah Sendok Baru, Kota, Jakarta, Selatan
The delicious Bandeng Priyayi. Photo by Omah Sendok

Bebek Kaleyo

If you ask the people in Jakarta about the best place to eat duck in Jakarta, they will definitely answer “Bebek Kaleyo!”. This place is especially for those who love spicy meals. The duck which can be a kind of tough meat can be found tenderly cooked here, with the taste of spices perfectly absorbed deep within. The favourite dish here is Bebek Goreng Cabe Hijau (Fried Duck with Green Chili). But if you still cannot live without red chillis, don’t worry as they are always ready on each table.

Address: Jalan Lapangan Roos No.49, RT.4/RW.1, Tebet Timur, Tebet, RT.4/RW.1, Tebet Timur,  Jakarta Selatan 12840

Best place to eat Duck Bebek Kaleyo, Tebet Timur, Jakarta Selatan
Spacious restaurant around Tebet. AC room is available at the corner of this restaurant. Photo by Isti

Smarapura Resto

Balinese food does not have to be enjoyed in Bali. It can be found in this capital city of Jakarta too. Just located not far from Bebek Kaleyo, Smarapura Resto has a homey ambience with a local touch of Bali. There are 4 wooden gazeboes adorned with typical Balinese fabric in its surrounding. The waiter and waitress here also wear a traditional Balinese suit. A famous dish from Bali you must try is Nasi Ayam Betutu. Another good option is Nasi Campur Bali.

Address: Jalan Tebet Timur Dalam II No.43, Tebet, RT.3/RW.3, Tebet Timur, Jakarta Selatan, 12820

Smarapura-Resto-Tebet-Timur-Jakarta-Selatan
Ayam Betutu, a grilled spiced chicken. Photo by Smarapura Resto Tebet

Mbah Jingkrak

From Bali, we move then to Java. Mbah Jingkrak is a restaurant which serves many kinds of Javanese dish with the typical taste of sweeti and spicy. The menu is displayed in the front and you may choose your own favourites here. There is also a live Javanese music called Keroncong every day starting from 7 PM until 9 PM here. Mbah Jingkrak is located in an ancient Javanese concept house. There is also a pool at the corner that contains colourful balls that you can use for your photo background.
Address: Jl. Setiabudi Tengah No.11, RT.1/RW.1, Setia Budi, Setiabudi, Jakarta Selatan 10220

Javanese food at Mbah Jingkrak, Setia Budi, Setiabudi, Jakarta
Mangut, fish spiced up with coconut milk and chili at Mbah Jingkrak. Photo by Andreas Surya

Dapur Solo

This is another Javanese restaurant which specifically serves a variety of dishes from Solo, Central Java. As the other Javanese restaurant, dishes at Dapur Solo comes laden with sweet and spicy. One of the most renowned food from Solo is Nasi Liwet or in Javanese, we call it Sego Liwet. Nasi Liwet is a kind of rice cooked with coconut milk and Indonesian herbs added with shredded chicken, cooked squash, boiled egg, and of course, sambal (chilli sauce).

Javanese restaurant at Dapur Solo, Melawai, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta, Selatan
Nasi Liwet in Javanese Restaurant Dapur Solo. Photo by @dapursolo1988

Address: This restaurant has few branches. One of them is located in Jl. Panglima Polim Raya No.1, RT.3/RW.6, Melawai, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan

Bunga Rampai

For some more Indonesian local cuisine, you should give this A-class restaurant which a Dutch architecture a visit. This restaurant is very popular among the expats around Jakarta. You will find the entire restaurant filled with luxurious furniture and wallpaper. For the food, you can try Nasi Buketan, a big portion of green rice accompanied with meat skewers, sweet fried potato, diced omelette, and chilli sauce.

A classy dutch style restaurant, Bunga Rampai, Menteng Kota, Jakarta, Pusat
Classy Dutch styled Indonesian restaurant, Bunga Rampai. Photo by Isti

Address: Jalan Cik Ditiro No.35, Menteng, RT.10/RW.5, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat, 10310

Bebek Bengil

Adopted from The Balinese language which means Dirty Duck, Bebek Bengil has been here in Jakarta since 2009. The first branch is originally located in Ubud, Bali. Their concept is actually to bring the Balinese ambience to this city. The signature dish here is the Crispy Duck served with stir-fried of string bean and bean sprouts. Don’t worry, the chilli sauce has been included in the package.

Address: The Ubud Building, Jl. H. Agus Salim No. 132, RT.1/RW.5, Menteng, Kota Jakarta Pusat 10310

Bebek Bengil, Menteng Kota, Jakarta, Pusat
Get used to the chili sauce just like the locals. Photo by Naotake Murayama

Sate Khas Senayan

This is one of the restaurants that has opened a lot of branches in Jakarta since 1974. Just like its name, Sate, meat skewers, is their main dish here. The decoration is dominantly filled with the Javanese touches such as the Wayang characters framed on each branch. Wayang is a popular puppet-shadow show in Java. If you visit Sate Khas Senayan, you should order Sate Ayam Campur which serves you chicken skewer layered with good fat and served with peanut sauce.

Address: They open so many branches in Jakarta. One of them is in Jl. Salemba Raya No. 59, Kenari Senen, RT.9/RW.5, Paseban, Senen, Kota Jakarta Pusat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 10440

Sate Khas, Senayan Paseban, Senen Kota, Jakarta, Pusat
Chicken satay is placed above the compressed rice cakes. Photo by Aulia Masna

Kedai Tiga Nyonya

When we recall in memory of our grandmother’s cooking, we would go to Kedai Tiga Nyonya. Before you even enter the restaurant, you will see a window styled in typical traditional windows of Batavia (the previous name of Jakarta). You will also find some pictures of old generations framed on the wall with a touch of sepia colour. The recommended food from Kedai Tiga Nyonya is Ayam Siao. It is a chicken dish cooked with ketchup and a touch of kluwak (one of the typical herbs which can only be grown in Southeast Asia)

Address: TIS Square Kav. 8-9, Jl Mt Haryono, Tebet, RT.11/RW.5, Tebet Barat, Jakarta Selatan  12810

Kedai Tiga, Nyonya, Tebet Barat, Jakarta, Selatan
Grilled Gurame accompanied with Stir-Fried Swamp Cabbage and Some Sambal. Photo by : Rollan Budi

As previously mentioned, Indonesia has plentiful of local cuisine, so it might not be enough to just visit one restaurant to have a representative of the Indonesian food. So, get your stomach ready and choose what typical local cuisine you prefer. Do not forget to always order sambal, which is really mandatory to accompany any kind of Indonesian food.

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