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All About Jakarta
Indonesia’s capital city, situated on the northwest coast of the island of Java, is the country’s political and cultural hub and the home to some of Indonesia’s most iconic landmarks, including the presidential palace and Indonesia’s national art and history museums. You can also find one of the largest religious sites in the world here, Istiqlal Mosque, which holds up to 120,000 people.
Embrace recreation in Jakarta’s massive center city and visit one of its 170 shopping centers. For antiques and vintage finds, seek out day or night street markets such as the Jalan Surabaya Flea Market and the Ancol Art Market. Make your way around Kota Tua, the Old Town set around the Ciliwung River, for a glimpse of the past. And head to the enormous Merdeka Square, where you can relax and people-watch in Jakarta’s lush city park.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Jakarta
Jakarta has a wet and dry season, and the city stays warm throughout the year. The dry season usually lasts from May to September, and the rest of the year is rainy and humid. Spend a gloomy day learning about Jakarta’s history and seeing some of Indonesia’s most important landmarks at Merdeka Square. The National Gallery of Indonesia, the Jakarta History Museum, and the National Museum of Jakarta are all in this part of town.
On warm, sunny days, take the bus or taxi to Ancol Beach for a break from the city center. You shouldn’t swim at Ancol Beach, but you can relax and meander along the pier. Be sure to check Jakarta’s local events calendar this time of year to visit one of the area’s festivals, such as the annual jazz festival or the art fair in August.
Top things to do in Jakarta
Visit Merdeka Square, one of the most extensive plazas in the world. It’s home to Indonesia’s national museums and the 450-foot National Monument, also known as Monas. The monument symbolizes Indonesia’s struggle for independence. Enter the monument and head to the observation deck for sweeping views of the city, or visit Merdeka Square at night when you will see Monas fully lit.
Spend the day wandering through Glodok, Jakarta’s Chinatown. Be prepared to shop, and be sure to try authentic food at Glodok’s Chinese restaurants. End your visit at the Dharma Bhakti Temple, the oldest temple in Jakarta, established in 1650.
Taman Mini Indonesia
This cultural museum and park will educate you on the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia. Taman Mini Indonesia presents many aspects of the country’s heritage, with traditional homes, temples, and native plant life placed throughout the park along with indoor museum buildings. You can move around the property by minibus or on foot.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Jakarta?
Jakarta has a tropical monsoon climate. The average temperature is usually around 30°C (86°F). The city sees a dry season from June to September, and a wet season from October to May, with the heaviest rainfall typically occurring in December and January.
What are some of the best things to do in Jakarta?
Visitors frequently explore the National Museum of Indonesia, shop at the vibrant markets in Kota Tua, or taste local cuisine at bustling street food stalls. Relaxing walks at the Monas, Jakarta's national monument, are also quite popular.
What is the best time of year to visit Jakarta?
Jakarta is usually most visited between June and September during the dry season. The Jakarta Great Sale Festival, a city-wide shopping event in June, and the Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival held in March, are popular annual events.
What are the best places to stay in Jakarta?
South Jakarta, known for its upscale neighborhoods and shopping malls, and Central Jakarta, the city's bustling business district, are often recommended areas to stay. North Jakarta, with its proximity to the sea and numerous amusement parks, is also a popular choice for many travelers.
What are the best places to visit in Jakarta?
Jakarta Cathedral, Istiqlal Mosque, and the National Gallery of Indonesia are often visited by tourists. The old town area of Batavia, packed with Dutch colonial buildings, and the Sunda Kelapa Harbour with traditional Indonesian Phinisi schooners are also frequently suggested places.
What are some hiking trails in Jakarta?
While Jakarta itself is a bustling urban city, a short drive away, you can find Mount Gede Pangrango National Park, which has several hiking trails with varying difficulty levels, including the popular Cibodas-Cibereum waterfall trail and the Gunung Gede summit trail.
What are some family activities to do in Jakarta?
Families often enjoy a trip to Ragunan Zoo, home to a variety of Indonesian wildlife, or SeaWorld Ancol, with its marine exhibits and touch pools. You could also spend a day at Ancol Dreamland, a large amusement park with rides for all ages.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Jakarta?
Consider a trip to Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, a theme park that showcases Indonesian culture, or explore the Bogor Botanical Gardens, a large garden with over 15,000 species of plants. You might also enjoy a visit to the Thousand Islands, a stunning archipelago in the Bay of Jakarta.
Are there vacation home rentals with a dedicated workspace in Jakarta?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 10 vacation home rentals in Jakarta featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.
How much does it cost to stay in vacation home rentals in Jakarta?
Experience the best of Jakarta with our vacation home rentals, starting at about $10 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.