Pantai Cinta, Love beach.
The words Pantai Cinta translate directly to Beach love. While that should be more like Lover’s Beach or beach of love it sure is a beautiful place.
It is quite incredible because it is a mixture of sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and a beautiful sloping green terrace area where little shops are set up.
In Bali, the sun sets at nearly the same time every day. It does vary a bit here and there with the season. When the roads get busy it is because of two things. People are either getting off work or heading out to see the sunset.
The ritual of a sunset.
To me, every sunset is special to watch. It never gets old because I love to people-watch during this time. The kids, the teenagers, couples, and families young and old all come out to experience the end of another day.
One cannot blame them. At times I have witnessed incredible colors and even lightning and sunset at the same time. This was something incredible to witness. Watching the sunset and the brilliant orange and gold colors light up the ocean. Yet as the sun was poking out the lightning could be seen in the clouds to the right.
No matter where you are the beach is not far.
Bali is not huge, so in general, the beach is close. Yet the farther you are from the main tourist attractions the more special the sunsets become.
Yes, besides the obvious of having fewer people around, the most amazing part for me is the locals. When you wander off the beaten path and head out further and further, you can experience the simple life.
Local families come out to the beach, with kids playing in the rivers as the freshwater rivers meet the ocean. These inlets are incredible. They carve their way down the mountain and towards the ocean, but they transform the beach every day. The sandy shores get moved, pushed, and eroded in different ways each day. The beach is alive, so each visit is different.
It is a calm and romantic time. Couples and families dance in the shadows while dogs chase each other up and down the beach. Kids playing soccer, throwing a Frisbee, or just chilling with coconut drinks.
Pantai Cinta is not different. But it is a special place for couples because of the stadium-like terraced plots that have been carved out. Usually seated on beanbags, it is a special time for locals to chill and watch the end of another day.
Then after the sunset, there is traffic to get back home. In the end, it is worth it. If one sticks around for another hour or so, they may witness further light shows when the sky turns orange, and turquoise blue before darkness sets in. If you are in Bali, you would be a fool to miss the amazing sunsets in Uluwatu, Pantai Cinta, or the ones in Seminyak and Canggu.
Photo credit: https://triponnews.com/pantai-cinta-kedungu/
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