Batu Karas is still a tiny beautiful fishing village blessed with two separated beaches, which have two surf spots, each nice in their own way. The one on Legok Pari, which has a legendary long and slow wave on sandy ground and is therefore ideal for beginners and long boarders, and a just as popular reef break at coconut beach. So there is lots of surf talk…Locals here grow up on a surf board and even ride the tinniest wave on the smallest surf board, flip it by 180 degrees, or just ride it while doing a headstand, no joke ! If you want to describe it in two words; very relaxed. Strangely enough it is not as popular as a swimming and sun bathing beach, as there you find coconut beach literally deserted, without any rocks and crystal clear water and hardly any waves for about 2 kilometres. On the weekends some tourists come from as far as Jakarta even on their motorbikes or on the all Indonesia favourite: the restored and tuned Vespa, while you find not more than about 20 foreigners around the week days. It is also a good starting point to explore the south coast to the west, which is utterly untouched by tourism, gorgeous landscape and lonely beaches up to Ujung Genteng, which will take you about 13 hours by car without stopping and not six and a half hours like some navigation systems pretend to know.
Batu Karas is only 32 km away from Pangandaran and much more accessible due to roadworks that will finish in 2015 and travel time is reduced from two hours to only 45 minutes and on a proper road.