Kuta is a very popular surfing spot amongst backpackers and tourists. With it’s wide beach and good waves it is a good place to learn how to surf. Just walk to the beach and you can rent a surfboard with an instructor. Sunbeds are offered for a full day or 3 hours but bargain about the price.
Besides surfing, Kuta has many restaurants in all sorts of priceranges and enough bars to get a nice refreshing drink. Also for souvenir shopping, the small streets have enough to offer. Some people avoid the crowd and go to Canggu or Seminyak, but we liked Kuta, even though it is touristy and crowded.
From Ubud we took the Perama Tourist Services bus to Kuta. The bus leaves 6 times a day (8.30 am, 10.30 am, 12 am, 1.30 pm, 3 pm and 6 pm) and costs 60.000 Rupiah p.p. Book your tickets a day in advance to make sure you can get on the bus.
Gong Corner is a really nice restaurant where the food is cheap and really good! They have both Western and Indonesian dishes and good milkshakes. You can find it in Gang Bedugul which is 200 meter from the Perama stop. Walking around the area between Jalan Legian and the beach, there are a lot of restaurants and bars where you can find both cheap and expensive food from Greek to Chinese.
Walking around there are a lot of guesthouses and hotels. We ended up at Homestay Kempu Taman Ayu. A cheap place (140.000 Rupiah including breakfast) near Jalan Legian and the beach, but make sure when you go here, that the fan in your room is working. Ours didn’t so especially at night, it is really warm in the room. We woke up in the middle of the night because it was so warm, that we had to take a cold shower to be able to get back to sleep again.
Even though Kuta can be described as the Sodom & Gomorra of Bali, and is completely focused on people who want to (learn to) surf and party, it's one of those places you have to visit. Spent a day at the beach and watch people learning how to surf. Or take a lesson yourself! If you want, you can get a mani & pedi, buy ice-cream and fruit, get a fake tattoo, buy some souvenirs like sarongs and bow & arrows and drink a beer, all without leaving your sunbed or towel. If you're done at the beach, you can go to the Waterbom Waterpark (435.000 Rupiah p.p.). It is also nice to rent a motorbike (about 70.000 Rupiah) for a day, but be aware of the police. This is the first time we've been pulled over by the police to 'check' our drivers license. If you can't show an International drivers license, you can buy your way out by slipping 100.000 Rupiah in their dirty hands. Unlucky for them we have one, and the police let us go without even really looking at the paper.