Carita Beach, Pandeglang, Banten

 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.

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.

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.
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