Picture yourself slipping into a hammock with a coconut in your hand, gently rocking in the breeze, just laying there watching the days and weeks go peacefully by. Yep, that`s Mirissa beach in a nutshell!

We came to Mirissa, the third Sri Lankan beach we visited, after Unawatuna Beach and Jungle Beach. We had high hopes for Mirissa, as we thought Unawatuna beach was too crowded and busy. Luckily Mirissa met our expectations!

It is a beautiful beach, with a relaxed and laidback atmosphere. Along the beach are plenty of small restaurants and cafes, serving delicious and fresh seafood. After dark, the restaurants put out tables on the beach, light lanterns, and candles, and serve seafood barbecues. Super nice!

Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

The beach is relatively large with plenty of space to put out towels, lay down and just relax and watch the beach life. Mirissa is designed for simply sitting and being! If one really wants to get up and do some action, the water is very clear which makes it perfect to go snorkeling around the small reefs and rocks.

Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

The waves at Mirissa beach can be pretty big, and the beach is popular for surfing at some places, particularly at the western end of the bay.

Surfer at Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

Maria drinking coconut at Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

I must admit, neither of us has been a big fan of coconuts. We have given them a try a couple of times in Asia, especially in Thailand, but never really gotten a hang of them. So we were a little skeptical when our driver on the way to Mirissa stopped at a coconut seller and bought three coconuts. Well, there was no other way out of the situation than to smile, say thank you and drink up.

We were both surprised how good it tasted, much better than the ones we have tried before in Thailand! The difference is that the once in Sri Lanka are yellow, and not the young green once they sell in Thailand.

So after that “mind-blowing” coconut experience, we drank coconuts every day in Sri Lanka! “One coconut a day keeps the doctor away!” (as a coconut seller said to us…..)

At one end of the Mirissa Beach was a small island, that one could walk out to in between some rocks. Nice walk up, and a good view at the top overlooking the beach and the sea.

Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

Maria in the sunset at Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

Sunset at Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

Surfer at Mirissa beach, Sri Lanka

We very much enjoyed our three days stay at Mirissa. Loved the laid back atmosphere and great seafood restaurants that popped up along the beach each evening!

We preferred Mirissa to Unawatuna, and some say Mirissa is a real glimpse of what Unawatuna was like 15 years ago. Hopefully, Mirissa will stay this way forever so that more people can enjoy its lovely and relaxing vibe!

Where To Stay in Mirissa

Imagine Villa Hotel
Imagine Villa HotelWe stayed here in February 2017 and had an amazing time. Imagine Villa is a boutique hotel run by Marnix, a friendly Belgian gentleman, that goes out of his way to make your stay very special.

The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished, with all modern amenities like flat-screen TV, air-con, wifi, safe and a minibar.

Imagine Villa Hotel

Sunset at the private beach at Imagine Villa Hotel

Every day the chef puts together a new five-course menu served in the beautiful garden overlooking the ocean. The food is so good that we ended up eating there every night.

Imagine Villa has its own private beach and a beautiful large swimming pool. Mirissa center is only a five-minute Tuk-Tuk ride away (3km).

If you’re looking for a quiet place to relax then Imagine Villa is a fantastic choice!
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Esprit d’Ici Hotel
This mid-range hotel, located on the hillside east of Mirissa beach, offers excellent value for money as long as you don’t mind the 10-15 minutes walk to the beach. Rooms are spacious, clean and modern with air-con and balconies, some have ocean views. There is a rooftop terrace and a large pool that looks lovely. The buffet breakfast is excellent. Wifi is unfortunately only available in public areas.
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Villa Peacock
This family-run guesthouse is the very definition of Sri Lankan hospitality. On two separate occasions, while traveling through Sri Lanka, we met travelers that raved about this place. Located in a quiet area just a short 5-minute walk from the beach in a beautiful modern villa. The rooms are large, spotlessly clean and have private bathrooms as well as free wifi and a fridge. The balcony offers a stunning view of the jungle and the wild peacocks. Downstairs rooms have air-con.
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Travel Guides

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