Stunning Watu Karang, about 13km southwest of Pacitan, is an evocative fishing village with an arc of fine white sand and turquoise water offshore. For years the village was virtually unknown to tourists, but then in 2009 the international surf media lifted the lid on two epic surf spots in the bay here, and since then increasing numbers of surfers have been heading to Watu Karang.
If you're not a surfer then you're going to be in the minority, but the gorgeous beach is easily one of the best in East Java, and with increasingly good accommodation, Watu Karang makes for a charmed spot to chill out for a few days.
This is also agate country, and hawkers sell reasonably priced polished stones and rings.
Watu Karang is not served by public transport; you'll need to hire a car in Pacitan or arrange transport with your guesthouse.