Discover the best and most sandy beaches of Sri Lanka. Boutique Sri Lanka’s country experts have explored Sri Lankas beaches and reviewed all Sri Lanka’s beach hotels so that they can advise you on the ultimate beach holiday. Choose from wide sandy Bentota beach, snorkeling in Unawatuna, Diving in Galle or surfing in Hikkaduwa.
South Coast of Thalpe or Kosgoda : Stunning quite beaches with a few fisherman to admire early morning and dusk. Home to private villas and many safe lagoons for year round swimming. The Ocean can have a strong undertow.
However, the South does boast the best snorkelling reefs in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna. Unawatuna is a well-established family beach resorts with many ‘easy’ beach restaurants, albeit slightly more commercial.
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).
Further East still you will arrive at the very secluded and quiet Tangalle on the South corner which is less commercial and home to many private and exclusive villas, some permanent homes, and some to rent.
South West in particular Bentota has the most beautiful, wide and sandy beaches but is also home to many large hotels and tourists. More lively bars if you are seeking that atmosphere. A large river estuary inlets from sea , giving rise to watersports and river boat trips.
The East Coast has some stunning beaches for the April-September season, and the tourist areas of Trincomaleeand Aragum Bayhave developed well since the 2004 Tsunami. 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.
The West Coast, including Negombo and North are more recently developed. Negombo is a great airport stop but can be overcrowded with fishermen and touts, and the seas can be rough. Further North-West towards the Kalpitiya Peninsula is quieter ideal for the new eco retreats. The prevailing coastal winds also make the seas ideal for kite-surfing.