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Beautiful sunset at Legian Beach

Cool beach bars, chilled music, cold Bintangs, lots of great food and magical sunsets. It’s all here at Legian Beach when the sun goes down.

See why this is such a fabulous place to be with your mates before you head into town for some more fun and excitement.

The place to be at sunset in Bali is, without a doubt, Legian Beach. Come down to witness not only the crowds of people but also the absolutely gorgeous sunsets.

If you happen to be staying in a villa in Legian and are close to the Double Six area, or if you are in a Seminyak Villa, you should really make the effort to come down and be among all the action and excitement that Legian is famous for. There are dozens of really cool beach bars, most notably La Plancha, where you can sit on a bean bag, have a few cold beers or some cocktails and enjoy the atmosphere. It gets packed between 4 pm and 6 pm, so you have to get down there early so you can get the best front-row position. Weekends are absolute madness, with local families and people from the main island of Java coming over to have some fun in Bali. It’s not only ex-pats or Aussies that come here, but there is a massive Indonesian middle class that is starting to explore the delights of Legian.

Most of the Bali beach villas we rent are within a 1- 2 km radius, so getting to Legian is a matter of hopping into a Blue Bird taxi, and you will be there in no time.

If you have rented a scooter, even better. You can avoid the traffic jams along Jalan Legian, weave through the traffic jams and pull upright on the beach where there is parking. Our tip, once you are here, is for you to walk up and down the Legian Beach area and choose a beach cafe that’s not too crowded or busy where you and your friends can enjoy the vibe. It tends to get very noisy at the more popular beach bars like La Plancha, but if you’re into that, then go for it. The quieter bars tend to be at the fringe of the main beach area. From the video above, you can really get a much better idea of just how busy the main beach area can become.

Legian Beach Bali at sunset

The place to be in Bali is definitely Legian beach to watch the best sunset.


But just remember there are many options available to you. Most of the bars serve delicious Indonesian, Western and local Balinese dishes and there are also hamburgers, pizzas and small finger food options for the kids. For those who like to party a bit and enjoy louder music, the bean bag beach bars are definitely the go. Here, they have live music that can be pretty loud, so be warned.

Just off the beach area, the famous Double Six intersection also has a host of places to eat and can technically be termed Legian Beach. For the young twenty-somethings, try Cocoon (which is famous all over Bali as a day club by the beach that has a pool and serves the most amazing cocktails), and for the families, you may like to head south along the road where you will find many restaurants that have sensational beach views and where you can sit in the comfort of a chair and be served by a waiter. Far more civilised and laid back for some people.

legian beach at sunset

What an amazing sight: Legian beach at around 5 pm. Photo Credit: laplanchabali @ Instagram


As you wait for the sun to set, don’t be surprised if the local vendors make their way over to you, trying to sell you everything from fake Gucci handbags, Genuine Rolex watches for less than $10, sarongs, t-shirts, fake tattoos, wood carvings and in some cases and you really have to be careful about this drugs ( stay well clear from this and simply walk away). As the sun slowly dips over the horizon, the mood changes and amps up a notch as people work out exactly where they are going to go and what they are going to have for dinner. Most tend to hang out and eat and drink nearby in Legian, where there are many options for every taste and budget. The whole atmosphere at Legian Beach has to be seen to be believed.

Make sure you do come down here for at least one sunset. You really won’t be disappointed.


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About the author

Steven is a die-hard Bali island addict and committed surfie. When he's not writing or taking videos of the latest restaurants or cool places, he's at Echo Beach surfing or riding his scooter around Seminyak, Berawa or Canggu. Steve is part of the Bali Villa Escapes marketing team and has been living in and out of Bali for the last 15 years.

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