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Not what it must have been

I had read a lot about Arugam Bay. We spent 3 days, 2 nights. While it's not a bad beach and there... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Konstantinos V
via mobile
What Bali was in the 1980's

Great location with good selection of surf spots. The beach is great and clean but in July was... read more

Reviewed yesterday
disneddon
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Melbourne, Australia
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“nice beach” (15 reviews)
“off season” (19 reviews)
“sri lanka” (46 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Beach Road, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
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"nice beach"
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"off season"
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"sri lanka"
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"tuk tuk"
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"the east coast"
in 10 reviews
"other places"
in 10 reviews
"laid back"
in 7 reviews
"fishing boats"
in 7 reviews
"beach hut"
in 5 reviews
"main point"
in 10 reviews
"peanut farm"
in 10 reviews
"place to stay"
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"surf resort"
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"friendly locals"
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"few days"
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"one night"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had read a lot about Arugam Bay. We spent 3 days, 2 nights. While it's not a bad beach and there are many restaurants and cafés, it makes you wonder what it must have been years ago, when everything must have been less civilized,...More

Thank Konstantinos V
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Reviewed yesterday

Great location with good selection of surf spots. The beach is great and clean but in July was very hot, Try and stay at a place with a pool if you have young kids. There were so many great places to eat, avoid beach restaurants...More

Thank disneddon
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful location, great spot for surfing over just relaxing by the beach. It is a touristy spot in Sri Lanka so just expect that, however it is perfect destination if you are planning on living at the beach and enjoying the great local restaurants around....More

Thank Holly H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arugam Bay is an amazingly overrated surf spot. Surfwise expect a slightly above average wave with 100-300 drunk idiots in the lineup on main point with 0 etiquette from dusk till dawn. All the other spots within 30 minutes are mobbed as well. Some like...More

1  Thank sperling1988
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stop for one nigt during our Sri Lanka trip. Beach and restaurants near beach need more than one night for better understanding. Perhaps next time?

Thank Kimmo H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As I'm not a beach person, it's hard to appreciate these kind of places but this was a nice place with an incredibly long stretch of sand. Waves were a bit scary but that's the power of nature for you! Lots of accommodation and food...More

2  Thank Ollie L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’re non surfers, but loved Arugam Bay. We went in June, which is ABay’s on season and it was buzzing, which is refreshing if you’ve been travelling the hill country, or the south and not really seen anyone. The weather was fantastic - really, very...More

Thank Jasper_Rees01
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are going just visiting puttuvil in 1st day same day we wend part of puttuvil bech. So good but no one there.2nd day we wend arugam bay bech wow amazing place .we are really enjoyed.thank you

Thank Anto S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovable place to visit all the times, beautiful beaches, beautiful lagoon, good for safari and more... everything’s in one place.

Thank Fayaz A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Happens in arugam bay between the main point and elephant rock. be careful this message is to warn that what happened to me happens 3 days ago because it's just terrible. I was alone, just going to walk on the beach between the main point...More

1  Thank Vanessa P
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124trish3
June 1, 2018|
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Response from kellypatrick123 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I would wear something more modest in the street, but it’s fine on the beach.
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aaazzzzzz
May 26, 2018|
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Response from Ayman M |
Its not an answer am just asking you if you are there .. because am planning to go two days from after tomorrow ? What is the weather and what if i want to see whales in mirrisa is it possible these days?
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Ahmed B
May 21, 2018|
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Response from donarugambay |
Salam Ahamed No boxing /MMA in arugambay You can find the gyms center in bule wave hotel
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