Kartini Beach is located at 2.5 km westward of the hall of Jepara Regency. This tourist object belongs to Bulu village, Jepara Sub-district. Various supporting facilities such as port, a part of Kura-kura aquarium, motel, and children playground (komedi putar, mandi bola, perahu arus) are available. Quite cool atmosphere around the beach gives different impression to the visitors, for this place is appropriate for family recreation or just for relax.
In jepara beach especially kartini beach, visitors are able to take a rest by sitting under the gazebo and the breathing the fresh air. Area with 3.5 ha large is strategic area, because it is functioned as sea transportation port toward Karimunjava National Sea Park and Panjang Island.Kartini beach can’t be separated from traditional event called “LOMBAN”. It is all day long Jepara’s people annually event held on 8 Syawal (a week after lebaran feast day).
LEGEND AND HISTORY
Actually, Kartini beach is more popular as “PEMANDIAN”. This nickname is common to most of Jeparanese. If someone mentions a word “Pemandian”, that he or she thinks Kartini Beach, not the other thinks Kartini Beach, not the other places.
The word “PEMANDIAN” means a place for taking a bath. The use of the word “Pemandian” is common, because there is a special bathing place for tourist while visiting the beach. The place is located on the western park of Kartini Beach. Visitors usually take bath at dosk and down. Until now this location is still used for taking a bath especially by people who have skin irritation with a hope that the irritation will recover soon.
Kartini Beach area was an island sprouted up with Kelor Plan, so it was know as Kelor Island. At that time, the island was separated from Jepara land. Because of the sedimentation, among the island was lived by Encik Lanang.
The Netherland Indies Government lent the island to Encik Lanang for his achievement on a war in Bali.
Kartini Beach also used as Encik Lanang graveyard, and always attended by the local fishermen before the Lomban Party.
Besides that, Kartini Beach can’t be separated from RA Kartini’s childhood. She and her parent and also her sisters spent their vacation in this beach. That’s name is purposed to respect and remind us to Kartini’s struggle.