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The most beautiful, wide and sandy beaches can be found in Bentota (South West) a thriving tourist resort with many hotels. However tucked away are many private boutique hotels like Taru Villa, River House and Club Villa that enjoy pools and awesome beaches. The South Coast has pockets of wide beaches Nov - April and lagoons for safe all year round swimming but generally the South coast suffers with the seasons and many beaches narrow off April - October. However, it does boast the best snorkelling reefs in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna.

Unawatuna and its surrounding beaches are very narrow, but there are excellent snorkelling reefs. There are a number of secluded and quiet bays along the south coast which kiss the gardens of private villas like Southpoint, Apa Villa, The Beach Hut and If Villa.

Mirissa is a sleepy southern town which boasts a fabulous beach and very few tourists. Mostly Guesthouses and worldwide travellers discover this corner but we have discovered a few magnificent villas which are on the cliff overlooking Mirissa beach (just 20 mins away). Cinnamon Mount and Point Sud are in the premier league of villas and are ideal for large groups/ families.

Further East still you will arrive at Tangalle on the South corner which is less commercial but the home to many private and exclusive villas like Mahawella, the last house and the Claughton House.

The East Coast has some beautiful beaches and an April-September season, but the tourist areas of Trincomalee and Aragum Bay are still slightly underdeveloped. If you wish to enjoy soaring hot temperatures, world-class surfing, great diving and simple living, then the East Coast is very up-and-coming.

Negombo and Unawatuna are well-established family beach resorts though slightly more commercial. However, Negombo can be overcrowded with fishermen and touts, and the seas can be rough.

Sri Lanka's best beaches on the south coast and southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Bentota and the South Coast are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving and bathing all year around. East coast beach is great April to November. Our Sri Lanka specialists have reviewed over 100 beach hotels in Sri Lanka. Book on-line for the best beaches through Sri Lankan experts BoutiqueSriLanka