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Only for surfers

This beach is beautiful and the city is well developed (and consequently overpriced relative to the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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Clean beach for surfing

Arugumbay is popular with all those interested in surfing. However the beach is ideal for... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Beach Road, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This beach is beautiful and the city is well developed (and consequently overpriced relative to the rest of Sri Lanka). But what makes this place a world class surfing spot also makes it a mediocre place to simply swim for us less cool non surfers.

Thank martyetmoi
Reviewed 2 days ago

Arugumbay is popular with all those interested in surfing. However the beach is ideal for relaxation anmd walking, and general swimming. Interesting little town with many cheap eateries.

Thank fjp4564
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

All the hotels are soooooo average. Do some googling and what is offered for the same money in other places. Number one thing... get proper beds! Do not just push two single beds together. That happened in all 3 hotels we stayed in.

Thank Sharon F
Reviewed 6 days ago

this is a great spot to visit, specially if you are a surfer. great weaves, could be crowed in high season. In low season was good! a local and friendly place.

Thank Joana R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yeah, there's a lot of people there, but it all works out and you quickly get caught up in the relaxed atmosphere of the lifestyle there (for tourists). Wake up, surf, eat, surf, chill, beers, maybe surf, have fun, sleep, repeat!

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arugam Bay is a very quite and beautiful location , if you want to get away from the city life, it has some good surfing places, National safari park, nature reserves, lakes, rivers and lagoon, people are super friendly, foods and tasty and plenty with...More

Thank Roy D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to come and relax (even if you don't like to surf!) lots of places to explore and great variety of food and drink venues!

Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is like alternative for mountains in the winter if you go with friends snowboarding or skiing 😉 There just changed snowboard for surf and clothes for swimsuit! During day you can enjoy surfing or beach and at the night party. There are a...More

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arugambay is a very chilly place. Surf at main point or relax at the nice beach on the northern end. But don't miss it. And if you want to see some of the other beaches around Arugambay call Jaya (+940773221466). He's a good guy and...More

2  Thank silvergold2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have stayed here for 2 nights and it was very relaxing. This is a surf point but you can swim as well. A lot of restaurants and place to enjoy .

Thank Kristina M
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Becca G
15 May 2017|
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Response from Pasalaka T | Reviewed this property |
U can visit lagoonroughly 2000slk rupes for boat ride in lagoon, also safari can be aranged around 4500 per person. Or just explore the town by hiring a bicycle or scooty(need international licience). 1 temple nearby.
Sharon C
29 July 2016|
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Response from 835chuckieh | Reviewed this property |
No this is not a good place for children, especially if they are girls. If they are girls they will be stared at and harassed by locals and generally for kids there is very little to do there since there are very few good... More