Considered a surfer’s paradise, the Indian Ocean-front town of Kuta is arguably some of the best beachfront in Bali. A fixture on the Southeast Asia backpacker route, Kuta was once considered part of the backpacking “three K’s” along with Kathmandu (Nepal) and Khao San Road (Bangkok). Its reputation as a backpacker nirvana fuels an energetic nightlife scene which perserveres despite the tragic nightclub bombings of 2002 that killed 202 people. A memorial marks the site of the bombing but tourism to the area has rebounded. Today, Kuta remains a top spot to sip a Bintang on the beach, learn to surf or enjoy a Balinese spa treatment.