Negombo Beach
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  • teddy5877
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia356 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Negombo beach
    A huge wide beach with reddish sand. Close to Colombo Airport. As reported by many other reviewers, it is a working beach and mainly visited by locals and their families. I visited out of season and noted very few tourists. I was approached by some locals trying to sell things, but a polite firm no generally does the trick. There was evidence of rubbish but it wasnt the worst beach i have encountered. Sea can be rough and swimming is not always possible. There are a hand full of bar/restaurants further back overlooking the beach. these are mainly frequented by tourists. lots of hawker stalls on the beach area selling mainly snack foods. There were no sunbeds or umbrellas that i could see. Worth a quick walk in the early evening but not a relaxing sunbathing/swimming beach.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Tom S
    Glasgow, United Kingdom122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sand between your toes
    A beach with a lot of potential but needs work. The sand is nice and the sea very pleasant, but getting from one to the other meant negotiating a tricky slope ( we're pensioners ). The sea has strong waves so not ideal for swimming but nice to sit at the edge and let the waves wash over. Only a couple of beach shacks offering sunbeds, food, drink and WiFi. We used Sea Look which can be found down a lane opposite Queen's Restaurant on Lewis Place. They don't charge for the beds and the food is reasonable. Toilets are fine as well. No loud music from them and a peaceful way to spend the day.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
  • BobsHols99
    Livingston, United Kingdom121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value and good fun.
    Sri Lanka is just getting back on its feet after covid and then a bomb attack decimated the tourist industry. This is an excellent time to visit. People are desperate for tourists to come and are very welcoming. The exchange rate is also very attractive…we got 406 rupees/£ at the airport which is the best place to exchange. We stayed at the Heritance hotel for 5 nights at the end of our three week visit. The hotel was excellent. This is the Main Street of Negombo and is gradually coming to life as restaurants and shops get busier. The place looks better at night when everything is lit up. There are many tourist souvenir shops and bars restaurants. Terrific value for money. Our fav restaurant was Boho half way up the street and then Prego right across the road from the hotel. There are other restaurants highlighted on Apple Maps but either had changed name or have yet to reopen. Heritance have developed a restaurant and Swiss cafe right across from the hotel. In our 5 days there we didn’t see anyone use either. The restaurant has a Middle Eastern menu, I suggest this was a big part of the problem. The souvenir shops we used all offered discounts without asking. We loved Diane’s just across from the Gelato cafe. We met the owner and it turned out she had visited U.K. and Edinburgh where we come from. Lovely lady…give her your business. We also used Maya which had some great hippy chic clothes but the staff need a shake to get them away from their phone screens….it was also full of moths and mozzies the night we were there. The beach itself is public so you share it all with the locals and it gets very busy at weekends. During the week it’s perfect for some yoga on the beach early morning or just walking off breakfast. You will get approached by tat sellers but just be polite but firm. Don’t be rude, they’re just trying to make a living. Finally the folk have seen really hard times over the last few years. So be prepared to tip. A little goes a long way for them. If we are at a small hotel we will “adopt” a waiter or pool guy and ensure they get a decent tip at the end of our stay. If we all did that it would make a huge difference to their families and be a great incentive to improve their understanding of service. Go, you’ll love it.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2024
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,623 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a quieter beach front as compared to the Galle Face Beach. A nice place to relax on the beach; enjoy the sea breeze; enjoy the sunset view with peaceful surroundings. We were told by our driver/ guide that Negombo is usually a starting point or ending point of Sri Lanka trip since it is closer to the International Airport. We were so glad that we made Negombo as our last destination during our Sri Lanka Trip as it is indeed a relaxing place to end the trip after the extensive tour around Sri Lanka Island.
Written March 26, 2020
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Saldazamsta
Pembroke, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stayed in goldi sands hotel right on the beach from with a sea view of this beautiful beach. Morning is very pea full all you can hear are the birds and see squirrels running around in the trees. Afternoon the you see people chilling on the beach then in the early evening it comes to life with locals play volley ball, football and even weddings. Lovely to just sit and watch the world go by
Written February 9, 2020
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Phillips family UK
27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We visited Negombo beach, the bit outside Goldi sands. It is the most filthy and disgusting place you can find. The plastic pollution is appalling on its own but in addition an army of stray dogs patrol the beach leaving their mess. Also they seem to now have local dog walkers who use the beach as a toilet and instead of picking up they just kick sand over it.

All this filth while an army of idle beach vendors patrol the hotels hoping to sell over priced rubbish to tourist at ridiculous prices.

Can someone not convince this idle lot to clean the beach and earn some money doing a real job rather than sitting under trees all day long.

It is perhaps ironic the authorities make such a fuss of the plastic nurdles. It is the least of their problems.

Clean up your act or tourist will go elsewhere.
Written August 15, 2022
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Sampath L
Panadura, Sri Lanka365 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
Very dirty beach.
We stayed at jetwing beach, Negambo.

If you love the sea & sand this is not your destination.

This beach is so dirty , don’t walk without slipper’s so many broken glass & plastic, very important to understand this beach is very generous to swim since very high level of ocean currents.

Our family didn’t go to the sea or you find so difficult to take few steps in this beach it’s so dirty & dangerous too, we r very disappointed.

Be very careful if you walking on the beach bikes & ATV they ride very fast , most dangerous situations is the SUV & CARS driving very fast in this beach.

You cannot sit & relax on this beach lot of local crowds be extra careful with your belongings.

Try to avoid this beach if you can otherwise you will be very disappointed.
Written January 2, 2022
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Am0512
Queniborough, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lovely big beach there are sun beds and restaurants on the beach but they are at the end of the row of big hotels .
The beach restaurant we used was called port restaurant and bar vey good.
There are four restaurants in a line brilliant for a cocktail, cold beer or a coconut pancake sit back and watch the sun go down
Written January 16, 2024
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Renata S
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I have lived in Sri Lanka for years, but I recently moved to Negombo for family needs. It's the worst place on the whole island. The people of Negombo are extremely racist and dishonest, even if they pretend to be nice waiting to take your money. prices for foreigners (Tuk tuk, private shops, fruit and vegetable stalls etc) are tripled compared to local prices. Be careful and don't get robbed by these scoundrels.
Written April 28, 2024
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Phil M
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The setting, sand, views and people are fantastic. It is just such a shame it is dangerous to bathe and the sand covered in litter. To be honest we did see a group of 40 or more people clearing litter one evening but the next day it was covered again.
Written March 3, 2020
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babykong
London, UK1,223 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I arrived in Negombo around 9am, as it was too early to check in to my hotel I dumped my bag and headed to the beach to explore.

From the moment I set foot onto the beach I was continuously hounded by numerous locals, each trying to sell me something - either a boat trip, or various wares they were trying to flog.

I just wanted to be left alone, explore, feel the sun on my skin, and enjoy the views. But I didn’t get one minutes peace. After about half an hour I’d had enough and left the beach.

Yes, they’re relatively friendly, but it’s just damn annoying! When one of them is talking to you, you can see about four or five other vendors circling, waiting for them to leave, so they can then pounce. Not a good experience, unfortunately.
Written March 25, 2023
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Mette T
Svendborg, Denmark8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Went to the beach for xmas holidays and it was pretty crowded with locals which is fine but they threw thrash everywhere. It is a large beach with grainy yellow sand, but unfortunately several insisting salesperson trying hard to make you buy bracelets while talking about money to support his kids. So not a place to chill - I went once and never again.
Written January 6, 2020
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chriszen97
Bengaluru, India3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
The locals should be ashamed. The beach is littered with plastic and junk .
Cant blame it on the tourists because there are hardly any here. If the locals want tourists to come, then they need to treat their own backyard with more dignity.
So bad and such a disappointment.
Plus the sea is rough and brown.
If coming to Sri Lanka, choose elsewhere on the island.
Written February 16, 2022
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