Parangtritis is a popular tourist beach and village area on the southern coast of Java in the Bantul Regency within the province of the Yogyakarta special region. There is a good road to the area which is about 30 km south of thecity of Yogyakarta, located just on the border between Bantul and Gunung Kidul regencies. Small ponies or horse-drawn carts can be hired for rides along the beach. Tourists also visit some of the various caves and springs in the cliffs and hills near Parangtritis, such as the Gua Tapan cave and the Beji spring, which are quite close to the beach.
Parangtritis is sometimes said to be a place to meet the legendary Nyai Loro Kidul (also known as Ratu Kidul) or 'Queen of the South'.Local folklore warns visitors not to wear green clothes or the queen is likely to try to entice the wearer into the ocean to drown.