Located at Parigi, Pangandaran in West Java, Indonesia, Pantai Batu Karas is one of the best beach destinations to escape to from the city.
Let me introduce you to one of the famous beaches (or pantai) at my paternal grandpap’s hometown, Batu Karas.
This is the most famous of all “non-famous” beaches among young Bandungnese folk since the first decade of the 21st century. It’s perfect to go here when you recently got your heart broken, or if you’re stressed out with the hectic and demanding urban city life in Bandung.
Anto Arief and Rekti Yuwono, two famous musicians from Bandung, told me that Iyo, their ex-boss at Ripple magazine, met my favorite French actress Audrey Tautou at Batu Karas before she starred in a Hollywood movie. They actively chatted via e-mail afterward. Iyo eventually realized that she is a famous actress but she never replied to his e-mail anymore. I don’t know if it’s a true story or not, but I choose to believe it because just how great is that? I’ve adored Audrey Tautou since the first time I watched “À la folie… pas du tout,” way before “Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain” and “Dirty Pretty Things.”
But enough about that story; let’s go back to our topic. Batu Karas is quite a quiet, relaxing beach if you come there on weekdays. A perfect spot for escaping from the city.
The waves here are not as big as those in pantai Batu Hiu, the most famous surf spot in Parigi, but this one is the perfect spot for beginners to learn and practice surfing.
There were a few tourists – perhaps they’re bored of Bali and wanted to look for a quiet beach to enjoy surfing at.
Want to take a panorama from above? Just climb the rocks to this tree, which is above the seashore. This tree is my favorite object to snap a photo of.
I snapped a photo of the tree two and a half years ago. It’s so magical because it looked as if the tree is levitating above the sea.
This beach also offers scenes from the daily life of local fishermen. Ah, I love my grandpap’s hometown.
But after going back from the beach, I saw the saddest view. Capitalism stole the purity of my grandpap’s hometown and there is nothing I can do.