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Jakarta Post

Tourists swarm Marunda Beach despite pollution

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 30 2008   /  01:10 pm

PACKED: Large families prefer to spend holidays on the beach because it is free.(JP/Triwik Kurniasari) Marunda beach in Cilincing, North Jakarta, is still a weekend haven for many local tourists, despite its poor condition. Many come to the beach to enjoy sailing and swimming in the Java Sea. Aisyah and 25 of her relatives visited the beach Sunday morning. They rented a truck to travel from Bekasi to the beach. "We just want to have fun here. The beach is quite close to our homes. It was about a 30-minute drive to get here," said Aisyah, whose entourage was made up of mostly children under 12. She only spent Rp 120,000 (US$13.79) to rent the truck and paid no entrance fees. "We bring a packed lunch for a picnic, so we don't spend any money on food either," she added. Aisyah and the children spent their time sailing, han...