Carita Beach : The Magnificent View Of The Krakatau Volcano

A vast stretch of white sandy beach decorated with rows of sheltering trees and the magnificent view of the  Krakatau volcano on the horizon, that is what awaits at Carita Beach. Situated pleasantly on the shoreline facing the Sunda Straits at the western end of Java Island, in the Pandeglang regency, in the province of Banten, this indulging beach is only a three hours drive away from the bustling capital city of Jakarta.

Here nature graciously offers some of her best features, from the majestic sunrise beyond the hills of Mount Aseupan Pandeglang all the way to the romantic sunset on the horizon over the sea. The various planktons on the surface of the sea would glitter under the brightest moonlight radiating a beautiful scenery. When the young Anak Krakatau is active, its spewing burning lava offers a fascinating scene unlikely to be easily found elsewhere.

Carita Beach, Banten
Carita Beach, Banten (Source :

With relatively calm waves, anyone can enjoy swimming safely and conveniently along the beach. For a different sensation mixing swimming and surfing, visitors can try the swim boards rented at many spots along the beach at a very affordable price. The beach is also a perfect place for various funs and exciting water rides such as the Jetski and Banana Boats.

As a tourist destination, Carita Beach has complete supporting facilities that range from an extensive parking lot, restrooms, tourist information center, children playgrounds, shelters, swimming pools, sunbathing area, excellent communication and internet networks, and professional lifeguards to ensure safety and convenience. There are also renting facilities for diving and fishing equipment. For accommodation options, there is a wide range of hotels and inns available nearby.

The panoramic of Carita beach, Banten
The panoramic of Carita beach, Banten (Source :

While the beach offers enough reasons to visit, Carita boasts another attraction which lies in the forest area. Established as a protected forest in 1975, the 95 hectares forest area is a sanctuary to various flora and fauna. Among some of the animal dwellere here are the long-tailed monkeys (Macaca fascicularis), the lutung ape (Tachypitechus auratus), giant lizards (Varanus salvator), Python snakes (Phyton sp), wild boars (Susvitatus), bats, eagles (Falco moluccensis), hawks (Spilornis cheela), and various other  bird species. The vegetation found here include teak (Tectona grandis), Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), African Mahogany (Swietenia khaya antoteca), and Bungur (Lagerstromia speciosa).

Located not too far from the capital city of Jakarta, offering magnificent sceneries and a wide range of activities fit for every age, and supported with all the necessary facilities, Carita Beach is a perfect vacation spot for the entire family.


There are a number of food and drink stalls in the beach area that can ease your hunger and quench your thirst. Accompanied by the sound of the waves and calm breezes of winds, a cold iced coconut milk available in these stalls is surely something that you cannot resist. Here are some of the restaurants you can find at Carita Beach:

  • Panineungan, Jl. A Yani.
  • Ibu Eni, Jl. Raya Labuan KM. 14.
  • Carita Krakatau Sea Food, Jl. Raya Carita.

As one of the prime tourist destinations in the province of Banten, Carita Beach comes with a wide selection of accommodation options including hotels, cottages, villas, homestays, and inns. There is also a spacious camping ground inside the conservation forest for those who wish to set up tents.

Carita Beach offers a wide range of activities for everybody of every age. On its soft white sands, you can play Beach Volley, Beach Futball, building sand castles, or simply just lie down and enjoy the indulging sunshine. Swimming, Jet skiing, and banana boat rides, are some of the exciting activities that you can have as you jump in the clear blue water. As the sun descends in the afternoon, get ready to witness one of nature’s greatest performances of a fascinating sunset.

Heading even further off the coast, fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the sensation of reeling the big fish of the Sunda Strait. Or, for an up close and personal experience with the dwellers below the surface of the Sunda strait you can dive into the marine park.

For an alternate activity, venture into the conservation forest of Carita for a totally different experience.


Since Carita beach is located on the main road on the northern coast of Java, you can rent a car from Jakarta or take a public bus in the direction of Labuan. Taking approximately 2.5-3 hours drive, take the Anyer toll road and continue on the Carita main road. Alternately you can take these routes:

  • Jakarta-Serang-Anyer-Carita Beach (Approximate distance 170Km)
  • Jakarta-Serang-Palima-Batukuwung-Carita Beach (Approximate distance 160Km)
  • Jakarta-Serang-Pandeglang-Labuan-Carita Beach (Approximate distance 160Km)
  • Bogor-Rangkas Bitung-Pandeglang-Labuan-Carita beach (Approximate distance 150Km)
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