Sri Lanka proves that islands are not created equal…some are just better than others. Due to both nature and nurture, it’s hard to find a country that offers as many spectacular beaches in such a small space. While you’d be hard-pressed choose a bad beach, here are two favorites that must be seen to be believed.
Hikkaduwa Beach in Southwestern Sri Lanka.
Imagine a surfing town. Picturing a laid back town where hammocks outnumber beach chairs? Imagining a place where Jack Johnson is the music of choice? That’s Arugam Bay. Rated by CNN Go as one of the world’s top 50 surf spots, Arugam Bay is what surfing dreams are all about. Even though the beach is unbelievably great, there are no mega resorts, no nightclubs, and no peddlers. Just hanging out and surfing.
Honestly, idea of a real-life surfer’s paradise intimidated me. I imagined huge waves trying to knock me down. I dreamt up ripped dudes hitting on my wife. Having no surfing experience I wasn’t sure I even wanted to have a go. Immediately after arriving I was at ease. In the main bay, directly in front of the hotels, the waves are perfect for beginners: small, consistent, and not requiring much swimming. The real surfers head to nearby breaks at sunrise, leaving the beginnings to have their own place to practice.
Best of all, Arugam Bay doesn’t have thumping nightclubs that have overwhelmed the islands of Thailand and Indonesia. Nights are about hanging out, conversing and kicking back cold beers. If this is what surfing is all about then a surfer is what I want to be!
Enjoy the stunning sunsets of Sri Lanka with a beer on the beach! Negombo Beach
Negombo Beach doesn’t get the respect it deserves as a magnificent beach. Used as a convenient place to enter or leave Sri Lanka due to it’s proximity to the international airport, the reality is that it’s a really nice, accessible, beach. While it isn’t the zen paradise that Arugam Bay is, the comforts offered here will delight more visitors. From larger, more luxurious, hotels to a plethora of dining choices, this is vacationer’s Sri Lanka. Instead of just passing through enroute to the airport, stop and enjoy Negombo.
WHEN YOU GO
- Have enough time. While tiny, the country of Sri Lanka has a lot to offer, so give yourself time to enjoy.
- It’s cheap. Sri Lanka was the cheapest place we’ve gone in two years of travel. Check out our Sri Lanka Travel Guide to learn about the many wonders of the country, learn travel secrets, and plan your trip!
- Get some custom-made board shorts. For less than $20 a pair you can choose fabrics, designs and patterns to have your very own board shorts. I actually bought two pairs…