Mirissa Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is not short of stunning beaches. With a coastline that is over 1,585 km long it is not hard to find your own spot of tropical paradise. We visited quite a few beaches during our stay and decided that Mirissa beach Sri Lanka was our favourite.
Before we list the reasons why it’s our favourite beach, why not see if yourself in the video below:
Mirissa Beach Video:
Mirissa beach is stunning with a lovely laid back vibe. Below are another 6 reasons why we found it hard to leave.
The great thing about staying in Mirissa beach is that almost all the accommodation is made up of guesthouses run by local families. Most of them are located on the streets just off from the beach and most offer a free breakfast. We would advise you to skip the free breakfasts and head to one of the many cafe’s scattered around the town. Here are some of our favourite hotels in Mirissa:
Hotel Caminra is walking distance from Mirissa Beach. Guests rave about the breakfasts and the terrace to chill out on. The rooms are large and clean and the family that run the place will help you out with nearby trips and attractions of Mirissa. Click here to see the latest prices.
Oasis Hotel Mirissa
Oasis Hotel Mirissa is a family run gem right in the heart of Mirissa. It is one of the best value hotels in the area with friendly staff, clean rooms, a/c, and hot water. What more do you want? Click here for the latest prices.
Hotel Casa Colombo Collection
Hotel Casa Colombo is located just 2 miles from Mirissa Beach. As you can see it sits right on the beach with a spectacular view. Most rooms have sea views and come with a/c and a tv. Breakfasts are a real highlight and the staff and owner are always on hand to help. Click here to see the latest prices.
We visited Mirissa in February and the ocean was calm for the 7 days that we stayed. There is a reef not too far out from the shore that is great for beginner or intermediate surfers.
Okay, even if we had to pay for them we would have still loved Mirissa but the money you save from the sunbeds can be spent on more Lion beer!
Our favourite place to have lunch was The Dewmini Roti Shop. Like the guesthouses it is just off from the main road in one of the side streets. They make the most delicious savoury and sweet roti’s at dirt cheap prices. One day we even had their daughter play the violin for us as we ate! She recognized us from our guesthouse as she was friends with the owner’s daughter so she decided to put on a show for us. It was so sweet.
Sunsets from the rock overlooking Mirissa Beach
Even though it took us 5 days to get up to the rock to watch sunset (we were ultra chilled out!) once we did we were smitten. As I write this I am instantly transported back to that moment and I can hear the waves crashing on the rocks below me and feel the sun on my face.
We would spend all day down at the beach. After the sun dipped below the ocean we would head to one of the many beach bars offering cheap drinks for a few hours. We never bothered to head back to our guesthouse to get changed and neither did anyone else by the looks of it. After having a few beers or cocktails we would then end the day by having a delicious feast. The nightlife in Mirissa is a pretty mellow affair just they way we like it.
Fresh fish and seafood on the beach
Most of the Mirissa Restaurants are right on the beach. This would be our nightly ritual and was the highlight of our day. Almost all the restaurants on the beach would set up stands with the day’s catch. We would walk along checking out who had the freshest fish (check the eyes and gills) and then sit down and wash it all down with an ice cold bottle of white wine.
The Secret Beach Mirissa
Sadly we never made it to Mirissa’s secret beach, we were having too much fun on the main beach. The secret beach is lying next to the main beach. You can either walk there or take a motorbike. There is a restaurant and bar near the secret beach but no accommodation.
Whale Watching Mirissa
Unfortunately, we didn’t go whale watching in Mirissa but our cousins did a few months after we visited. They raved about their day out on the water. They got to see whales and dolphins during their day. Depending on the time of year you can see Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, and sometimes Orca whales.
That is why Mirissa beach was our favourite in Sri Lanka. It had the perfect mix of chilled out vibes with a hint of a party. I am talking more reggae style party than drum and bass though.
Have you been to Sri Lanka? Where was your favourite beach?
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