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

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Beautiful beach, great surf break but too crowded

The beach is wonderful, and the sunset here is incredible overloking the palm trees. There is a decent nightlife in the summer season. Good wave for surfing but way too crowded... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Joturek1
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Mariefred
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48 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is nine hours drive from the AirPort so not many standard tourist reach this place. Is is many surfers here because the waves comming to the long beaches are wellknown. It is still a fishing place with a lot of fishermen comming in with fish, lobsters and prawns that you can eat in the restaurangs the same evening... More 

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Thank Per10000
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had 4 great days here, just laying on the beach, going to the lagoon, watched the fishermen, surfed and just had a great time!

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Thank Pia W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is wonderful, and the sunset here is incredible overloking the palm trees. There is a decent nightlife in the summer season. Good wave for surfing but way too crowded and have been in multiple collisions here for people not looking where they're going.

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Thank Joturek1
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a night at Arugam Bay in early April 2017. This wide clean beach, with golden sand, is still unspoilt, virgin and utopian. We strolled along the beach late in the evening and early morning watching the sunset and the sunrise from the eastern coast. Photographs attached. We could not swim though during this visit as the sea was... More 

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Melbourne
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here in April for 3 nights on our honeymoon. Really enjoyed our time here. The beach was fantastic and because it's off season there were hardly any others around. Not all shops and restaurants are open but plenty to choose from and the seafood is great. There is only one place to buy byo alcohol, it's at the rear... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Arugam Bay, stayed there for 2 days during the off-peak season (March). The beach tends to get crowded during the weekend, especially after noon. There are life guards as well in place.

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Thank Fahadh N
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 16, 2017

We spent a couple nights in Arugam Bay in March 2017 and it was really pleasant to have the place totally uncrowded. We essentially had the place to ourselves and the weather was great. Surfing conditions were pretty bad so not much in terms of beach activity going on, but still worth it. Very laid-bac and chill place, in high-season... More 

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Suva
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Reviewed March 4, 2017

We went here in the month of February and its not the season for surfing , we found lots of tourists on just casual visit. Its a nice place with clean sand and water

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Thank Aadhes
Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 14, 2017

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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Reviewed February 13, 2017

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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