It all depends on what you are looking for, doesn't it?
I am not very interested in beach nightlife, surfing, or tanning myself on a sunbed. Guess I am just too old for it. But I love to stroll on a beach, watch the sea, go for a dip ,and sit at a restaurant table watching life go by.
Mirissa has changed a lot in the 12 years I have been coming here. The east end of the beach is now largely infested with sunbeds, mountains of baking bums and bellies, and loud russians who seem to be here for the cheap booze.
But there is still a wonderful haven at the far west end of the beach, hidden behind a bend in the bay. There is a beach restaurant with shady trees, a safe paddling area for kids, a conspicuous lack of loud rock music, and a civilised clientele. (Psssssst.....don't tell anyone about it! I don't want it to get crowded!)