At Parangtritis village the long stretch of black sand beach south of Yogyakarta meets the equally long stretch of limestone cliffs to the east.
I have been to Parangtritis several times, starting in 1975 an lastly revisiting in November 2012. In the course of those 37 years the place has changed a lot. When newly discovered by “hippie” backpackers it was a remote destination, the only accommodation some primitive rooms at the village head's. Nowadays the beach is flooded with domestic tourists every weekend and holiday, and home-stay accommodation has proliferated.
The surf is not quite safe for swimming, there are strong undercurrents.
So what reasons can you have to visit?
There is one attractive resort on the cliffs overlooking the beach, the Queen of the South resort, for those who just want to relax and enjoy the views and the breeze.
And for the more adventurous there is Langse Cave. The cave lies at the foot of a cliff about an hour's walk from the beach. To reach it one has to make a precarious descent without safety ropes. Villagers go down and up all the time, but frankly I did not have the courage to do it last time I came to the cliff's edge - even with a good local guide.
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