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Tangalle vs Mirissa vs Unawatuna vs Benota

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Tangalle vs Mirissa vs Unawatuna vs Benota

We will be in Sri Lanka in January with our 3 young children. We want to enjoy 10 days on the coast but are undecided on which beaches. We don't want to move around to much and are keen to enjoy the most child-friendly but also beautiful beaches. We are looking at character villas versus hotels, esp larger ones. We also want to feel like we are in Sri Lanka and not 'anywhere'. The places that keep coming up are Tangalle, Mirissa, Unawatuna and Benota. Which of these are the most suitable and how different are they? i.e. is it worth moving from Mirissa to Unawatuna when they are only 40 minutes drive away? 4 beaches in 10 days seems excessive so I'd like to strip it down to 2.

Thanks so much.

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1. Re: Tangalle vs Mirissa vs Unawatuna vs Benota

Hi,

Beaches down south of the country are nice hence, the beaches you have mentioned are very popular. Unawatuna is more crowded than the others and Mirissa is more quieter.

Rgds,

Treshi.

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2. Re: Tangalle vs Mirissa vs Unawatuna vs Benota

All the 4 beaches are interesting but for your concern you might avoid Unawatuna and Tangalle because unwatuna is crowded and not so much to do Bentota is nice and have many to do..........you can easily reach mirissa form bentota other than travelling to tangalle.......cheers!!!

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3. Re: Tangalle vs Mirissa vs Unawatuna vs Benota

Hi,

Traveling with kids and wishing to stay at one place for long, you can rule out Unawatuna with ease. Bentota is a better destination for you to begin your tour.

Deciding between Mirissa and Tangalle, my personal opinion is that Tangalle is a little bit more suitable for you. There are many villa type accommodation and specially if you plan to take a few day tours, there can be more options compared to Mirissa.

Thanks

Shane

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4. Re: Tangalle vs Mirissa vs Unawatuna vs Benota

i am sure your kids will prefer Unawatuna, the reef, snorkeling, lots of activity, lots of vendors, lots of beach beds, umbrellas and beach bars etc etc, not a dull moment there, even at night.

While Mirissa and Tangalla are much more quiet, lot more beach, very less bars/restaurants than Unawatuna.

Bentota... is not my cup of tea

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