Poncosari is a coastal village on the Indian Ocean in Java, Indonesia. It lies in the Special Region of Yogyakarta, and is located in the southwest part of the sub-district Srandakan, Bantul Regency. It is around 40 km from Yogyakarta. It is bordered by the Progo River on the west, the village Sanden in the east, and Trimurti to the north.
The population predominantly works in agriculture (corn, peanuts, rice etc.) and animal husbandry (chicken, cows, goat, shrimp farming, fishing). The community also mines sand from near the Progo River, and many are employed in this field.
Poncosari is most famous for its maritime tourism, drawing many Indonesians to its beaches, most notably Pantai Baru, or Pantai Pandansimo. Weekends are very busy as tourists flock from Yogyakarta. Mid-week you will find yourself likely the only visitor, and can soak in the calm pace of life of the locals. The volcanic sand is a striking black, and the water is dangerous for swimming, with strong currents and large swell. However, there is a great deal of infrastructure for food and entertainment on the beach. There are countless warungs (small eateries) with fresh seafood, and a variety of local wares for sale on the beach. The adventurous can also opt to hire ATVs to explore the beach. A visit will cost a modest Rp2,000 (approximately 20c US) parking fee.
Poncosari is a sustainable village, invested heavily in sustainable development. It is energy independent with its use of local green energy generation. There is impressive biogas, solar energy and wind energy infrastructure. Tours packages of the green energy infrastructure can be arranged here [dead link].
There are camping sites on most of the developed beaches, and tents can be pitched here for a small fee.