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Address: Beach Road, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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A Beautiful Surfing Beach

A beautiful beach. Attracts many tourists and surfers every year. You can see a lot of food outlets in the area.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
parakrama_k
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Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
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Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful beach. Attracts many tourists and surfers every year. You can see a lot of food outlets in the area.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best seas for surfing during the season. Also some good restaurants when you walk along the beach road in the evenings. Best is to check in at any hotel on BB basis and then go out for the meals.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the long journey getting there. Stunning secluded beach if you go the the main bay and continue walking right (south). Waves are v strong though even in off season. A bit more expensive than other Sri Lankan towns but better atmosphere. For getting back to Colombo there are three handy overnight buses that leave Potuvil in the evening... More 

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Basel, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really i have seen many beaches in Sri Lanka and.... There are far more better beaches here to find. Only if you are looking for travellers you will find here plenty of them. But the beach unfortunately is not clean.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017 via mobile

Very little to do in the off season. Most restaurants closed or only open for dinner or with restricted menus. Most shops were also shut. 2 days was too many

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

Really enjoyed our visit to Arugam Bay. Low-key easy going place. During low season (january) it was really relaxing. Still lots to do even if you don't surf. Lagoon boat tour, strolls on the beach, Kumana safari, cooking classes, homestay visits in villages. Go out with a fisherman, you name it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

A little surfers village with good (reggea) bars and quite some tourists, in comparison with other places in Sri Lanka. We stayed in a little house near the 24 hours reggae bar. Always something to do!:-)

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

Suitable for surfer during season. There are many other places you could go instead. Hard to reach and very overpriced for what you get. Dudes offering drugs on the streets, alcohol problems, and men trying to ripe you off. Really, there are many other experiences you can have, don't bother unless you meet the criteria above. Local authorities should pay... More 

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Pune
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

You and the sea, that's why you come here in off season. You can do this if you are not a surfing enthusiast as this is world famous place for that. We are not even swimmers. So for us soaking the waves on our feet is fun. Off season gives the sea to you. Only other people are fishermen. Its... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I would recommend this place out of season if you want to get away from it all. A really great alternative to the south coast. And you get it all to yourself - well almost.

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