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Jakarta may not be so much a holiday destination but more a base to explore Java. Or just visit for a day while on holiday in magical Java, Whichever, Jakarta with its unique blending of old colonial with ultra modern and countless historic buildings, there's much to see and do in Jakarta. Below is a brief guide to Jakarta or go here to see our top holiday recommendations in Jakarta.
Anco beach in Jakarta
Other top places in Indonesia:- Bali - Ubud

The capital of Java, Jakarta is the gateway to Indonesia and very congested full of tuk-tuks, cyclists and motorbikes. Though its sites of great culture attracts many tourists each year. Many visitors use Jakarta as a base to explore other parts of Java. Traveling east will lead to a land of unparalleled beauty with rolling countryside, tea plantations, mesmerising temple complexes, palaces and ancient buildings.
The construction of Jakarta has a unique blend of ultra modern standing alongside old colonial buildings. One should visit the Jakarta History Museum and explore the city's chaotic and many times turbulent past. Other magnificent buildings surround the plaza where tourists pass the day in the many cafes and restaurants.

Set in the heart of Jakarta's modern part is Merdeka Square park where tourists and locals alike take refuge from the sun on benches shaded by the many trees. The parks towering obelisk National Monument marks the 1950 Indonesian independence. Overlooking the park is the magnificent gleaming Istiqlal Mosque which is the largest in Southeast Asia accommodating over hundred thousand people.

There are beaches along Jakarta's coast some of which are incredibly beautiful. Though don't expect the same pristine clean glisten. There's also a few decent beach resort hotels though suggest only 4 star as many of the 3 star should only be 2 star at best.
The best of the bunch are Grand Dafam, The Media, The Mecure and possibly Sparks Life. Accommodation is relatively cheap with good 4 star beach hotels between £40 to £60 a night for twin room.

No matter where you plan to holiday in Java, the itinerary must include a trip to Jakarta.

To avoid the hot humid and most crowded months from May to September, March and April are better times and should avoid much of the rainy season.

Economy of Jakarta:
Jakarta is the capital and the largest city of Indonesia, located on the northwest coast of Java island. It is the center of the economy of Indonesia, contributing more than 10% of the nation’s GDP. The city is home to a range of major companies, including pharmaceuticals, electronics, finance and banking, and consumer goods.

Jakarta’s economy is booming, with a steady growth rate of around 5% for the past few years. The city’s GDP per capita has risen from USD$1,310 in 2010 to USD$4,100 in 2019. The services sector is the major contributor to the city’s GDP, accounting for over 60% of the total. The manufacturing sector is also growing rapidly, primarily driven by the strong growth in the automotive, electronics and textile industries.

The city has also seen significant investments in infrastructure, with the government investing heavily in transportation, water management, and waste management. This has helped to improve the quality of life in the city and attract investment.

The city also has a large informal sector, which accounts for almost half of the city’s GDP. This sector is largely composed of small-scale entrepreneurs and street vendors.

Jakarta is also one of the most important financial centers in Southeast Asia, with a number of major banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions based in the city. The city is also home to a number of major stock exchanges and financial markets, including the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).

Overall, the economy of Jakarta is strong and has been growing steadily over the past few years. The city has seen significant investments in infrastructure and the services sector is the main contributor to the economy. The city is also home to a number of major financial institutions and is an important financial hub in Southeast Asia.

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