Baron Beach might not be as popular as other beaches in Yogyakarta. Mainly because of the crowd of local fishermen boat. Flooding the entrance with their wooden boats. Making the beach more looking like a fish market than a tourism site. The big cliffs surrounding the beach even makes the coast looks small.
However, as people pass the entrance, there is nothing to see but a stunning natural beauty. A shallow, wide, and long puddle lay before the beach. Creating an extraordinary landscape that will amaze anyone who steps in. The sand rests after the river, warm and mild. The cliffs stand green and huge as if they are a gate to the high sea. Such a perfect spot to just chill and relax.
River & Puddle
There is a unique natural rarity that Baron beach has. In the west part of the site, there is a large, thunderous river. Lies side by side with the sea. The strong sea surf makes a huge stream of the river. Making it loud and shrill.
The river flow stops thundering before the tall enormous cliff near the beach. Rather than making this “crash” a disaster, the flow creates a stunning, blue puddle instead. This long puddle cuts the beach into two parts. It boils down to the edge of the beach, creating a strong fusion with the salty seawater. A mesmerizing view to witness.
As the puddle lays one meter high, visitors need to pass the puddle with wooden boats. On the edge of the beach, colorful wooden boats line up. Ready to bring anyone to the main beach. However, in particular days, the water puddle does not set that high. Beachgoers can pass the puddle by walking straight.
Not only welcome with the stunning landscape of the sea. Guests will also be welcome with huge cliffs that surround the beach. In the north cliff, a track to a huge lighthouse sets in. Although the track has yet to develop. The views that people will find upstairs is worth the walk.
Here, the whole scenery of the beach with green cliffs around is ready to please the eyes. In addition to the scenery, some photo spots are also available there. Some decorations like Indonesian eagle, flowers, and heart wooden backdrops set around the lighthouse. Also, a small café is also placed nearby for visitors to see the scenery while enjoying some drinks.
Baron beach is well-known for its richness of the seafood. Fresh fish, crabs, shrimps, lobsters, and other seafood are sell in the fish market. Guests might also choose and pick seafood themselves and cook it right away in the restaurant.
Compare to other beaches, seafood in Baron is cheaper. Tips, come in the morning to have fresh seafood brought right after the fishing boats arrived.
Baron Beach Events
As with other beaches in general, Baron beach has an annual celebration held by the locals. The annual event is held in the first month of the Javanese new year. And part of the celebration is giving offerings and floating it to the sea. The ritual symbolizes the fishermen’s gratefulness to God. For the blessings that God has given for their livings.
Locals believe that God has opened a new way of livelihood for them. Long before Baron beach opens for the public, most locals were farmers. However, the job did not give a better livelihood for them. Hence, one day, villagers start to fishing at the edge of the beach. And was then followed by thousands of people.
Until the amount of fish decreased day by day. Forcing villagers to sail to the sea. One day, a tragedy happened. When a villager sailed far-off to the high sea. His little wooden boat catches a shark’s attention.
The shark came closer, closer and attacked the fisherman. Making the blue sea turns to red, leaving nothing but the man’s name behind. Afterward, the local government starts to fund villagers with better wooden boats to prevent danger happens.
Although the beach has a quiet wave, it is not as humble as it seems. The “roaring” part of the beach starts from the underground river. On rainy days, the flow of the river gets wider due to tropical phenomena.
The river gets higher, to 3 meters high. The water is no longer light blue, it is turning brown with dirty dust flowing together. It completely makes the beautiful scenery into a haunt. Hence, skip the beach before summer comes.
Baron Beach Opening Hours
Baron beach is open 24 hours a day as well as the fish market. Except for the small stall selling snack or water.
|Baron Beach Opening Hours|
|Every day||Open 24 Hours|
Baron Beach Entrance Fee
The entrance fee costs Rp10.000 per person. An additional fee costs Rp5.000 to enter the lighthouse. Another Rp3.000 for car parking fees and Rp2.000 for motorcycle. Also, the wooden boat ride costs Rp10.000 per person.
|Baron Beach Entrance Fee|
|Children & Adult||Rp10.000|
|Parking||Rp3.000 (car) / Rp 2.000 (motorcycle)|
The beach has toilets, changing rooms and a mosque site around the beach. A playground is also available for kids. A parking area also lays spacious before the market. In the entranceway, a fish market fills up space together with souvenir shops. They mostly sell brooches, lamps, mirrors, and curtains made with shells. Colorful umbrellas and beach mats are rented for Rp20.000 per day.
How To Get To Baron Beach
Baron beach is located in Tanjungsari, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. To get there from the city, follow the main road of Sisingamangaraja street. Ride to Imogiri Siluk street for around 30 minutes. Turn to Raya Panggang Wonosari street and follow the road to Pantai Sel. Jawa street. After going straight for around 20 minutes, turn to Ke Puncak Tim. Follow the road for 5 minutes straight. The beach sites right at the end of the road.
Since the beach is placed 57 kilometers away from Yogyakarta, there is no public transportation available. Hence, the only option to come there is by hiring a car or motorcycle. In Yogyakarta, the price for hiring a car starts from Rp250.000 and Rp65.000 for motorcycle rental.