Sun, Sea & Sand

If sun and sand is your thing, look no further as your search ends here. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean lapping at golden, sun-kissed beaches provide the idyllic setting for both sun worshipers and surf lovers alike.

The Western coast, which includes Colombo, is ideal for that retail fix or a dose of nightlife. Its iconic Mount Lavinia beach has long been the source of outdoor family recreation for city folk. Negombo, a bustling fishing town with excellent beaches, is recommended as a start or end point to travel in Sri Lanka being just half an hour away from the main international airport. Souvenir shops, restaurants and bars line its famed Golden Mile, making it perfect for last minute shopping to take holiday memories back home. Further North, lies the Kalpitiya peninsula which is a fast emerging destination for dolphin and whale watching as well as kite-surfing.

The South coast is by far the most popular, with a vibrant mix of modern and traditional influences. Beginning with Beruwela, the hub-bub of Colombo’s urban sprawl abates and opens up to the magnificent Southern beaches of Sri Lanka. The beaches between Bentota and Hikkaduwa offer excellent water sports and present a unique party atmosphere. Look out for the arts and craft shops in this belt, which are famous for the traditional mask carvings.

Galle, and its historic Dutch Fort offers a fascinating glimpse of post-colonial life with numerous period era buildings converted into chic, boutique style properties. Just outside Galle, Unawatuna beach, with its horseshoe bay and surfing-culture, is a must do for the young at heart. Further down the coast, Mirrissa and Polhena beaches and the seas off it boast some of the best waters for whale watching in the world.

For a more laid back and private atmosphere, the East coast would be more your cup of tea – perfect for that long dreamed of pampering. Nilaveli Beach in Trincomalee, and Passikudah in Batticloa have stunning white sandy beaches and shallow, near glass-like waters making it ideal for snorkeling amongst the shallow reefs. For surfing buffs, Arugam Bay offers world class conditions and should not be missed.

Fair weather prevails from November to April on the Western and Southern coasts, and May to October on the Northern and Eastern coasts.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for

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