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Best Beaches in Sri Lanka – Lazy, Hazy Beach Days

Your Sri Lankan vacation will not be truly fulfilling if you don't spend part of it lazing on the beach surrounded by turquoise hues and silky sand. Here are some of the island's best beaches.

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Unawatuna

One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka's southern coast, Unawatuna has become one of those places that frequent travellers call their home away from home. The relatively shallow and still waters of the sea around Unawatuna are ideal for swimming and snorkelling while the wide beach itself is a haven for sunbathing. You could start your morning with a chocolate banana roti and a swim in the ocean. The rocky patches in certain sections make great natural 'sea bathing pools'. In true beach village style, some resorts in Unawatuna host beach parties where you can dance until dawn and sip intoxicants.

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Bentota

Bentota Beach is ideal for those who seek luxury beach experiences. You can stay at one of the luxury resorts in Bentota and seek to enjoy the ocean and the nearby River Benthara. You can indulge in a few water sports both in the ocean and the river and lounge on the beach sipping a fruity cocktail. Don't forget to go for a spa treatment each day for a couple of hours. Many resorts in the area offer both local and international spa treatments. If you are looking for the best tourist destinations in Sri Lanka similar to Bentota, contact a travel agent like Jetwing Travels in order to obtain more information.

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Arugam Bay

Surfers love Arugam Bay for its break point better known as Sri Lanka's finest. You could either take part in one of the surf competitions during the season or relax on the beach. You will find a sprinkling of good restaurants and resorts in Arugam Bay where a weary traveller can rest for a few days. Lounge on the beach with a drink and sun yourself during the day; come dusk, tuck into a delectable dish of fresh seafood paired with your favourite white wine.

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Mirissa

Mirissa Beach is a pretty little stretch of white sand flanked by the mysterious blue green ocean. If you research well and find a good resort with a peaceful beachfront you can spend a few magical days on soft sand flanked by elegant palm trees. Tranquillity will be your boon companion. If you visit Mirissa from November to April, you can get in some whale watching action. Pick a responsible operator and watch the majestic blue whales, common whales and even killer whales dominate their patch of the sea. Dolphins too will frolic in the waters near Mirissa and you can follow the fanciful flight of flying fish to escape into a world of wonder.

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Uppuveli

Uppuveli is probably the best beach in Sri Lanka for honeymooning couples. The peaceful beach is blessed with soft, golden sand and an otherworldly charm. You and your loved one can spend a restful few days in Uppuveli and soak up the soulful quiet. Don't forget to sample the fresh seafood dishes and go for a walk in the moonlight and listen to the ocean whisper mysteries of the world.