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.
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 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.
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.