Berawa Beach is one of Canggu’s beaches closest to Seminyak. It’s within only a half-hour drive north from Seminyak’s main dining and shopping hubs. The beach is only a minute hop north of Batubelig. This dark grey and black sand beach features the largest lagoon along the Canggu coastline. To reach the beach, take the namesake Jalan Pantai Berawa, ending right at the Legong Keraton Beach Hotel. Berawa Beach is also one of the last stops in Canggu for avid surfers. Especially, for those who prefer to escape the more crowded coasts of the south. There are some rocky reefs that anchor the sand and which help shape up some nice rights and a few lefts at high tide. The waves are too big and currents too strong for swimming. However, as a casual visitor you are offered calming scenes around sunset. A number of unique bars and chill out spots in the area make good use of these settings.
Just across the lagoon is one such venue, La Laguna. The beachfront venue features an ornate wooden bridge over the southern part of the inlet – a great spot to capture the sunset. On the black sand are sunbeds with parasols available for all-day rents. These start from a low USD 3.5 (IDR 50,000). Ice boxes with ice cold Bintangs and soft drinks are sold cheaply nearby. You can also nibble away on some roast corn. Peddlers aren’t as numerous when compared to Legian and Seminyak. If you didn’t bring your own surf board, some of the local sunbed and parasol owners offer mostly ding-repaired but ride-able boards for rent. To the north, Berawa Beach ends at another lagoon where the fisherman’s landing of Nelayan Beach conversely starts. Both Berawa and Nelayan feature sparsely placed fishing huts and outriggers parked up on the sand. During the monsoon, usually between December and February, expect slight flotsam and jetsam due to westerly winds.