It is perfect wether you want to swim or having a seafood bbq on the beach!! The waves are not too high so it easy to going for swim.
Mirissa is a small village, located between Weligama and Matara.
The history of the village is quite interesting, actually it's even hard to find in on the Sri Lankan map. It was completely unknown for the tourist even 10 years ago. The main business of the Mirissa citizens is fishing, there is also a small harbor located there. At the moment, Mirissa getting more popular each year. Wide and beautiful sandy beaches, small guesthouses, and a feeling of a real wild-nature-living, drive a lot of tourist there.
Mirissa looks especially good during the High season from November to April, during the low season the waves getting bigger and the beach smaller.
Recommended review time for sightseeing: 15 m
It is perfect wether you want to swim or having a seafood bbq on the beach!! The waves are not too high so it easy to going for swim.
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!)
Not as quiet as guide books say. There are 20 or so beach cafés and bars and it's a fairly busy place. Nice and clean. Big waves but you can swim if you are careful.
Water is just perfect!. Waves are not great for advanced surfers but GREAT for amateurs and boogie boaders. I have been to many beaches in the world, I think this is one of the best because of the perfect water temperature (like bath water) and the fact that the sri lankan sun does not burn.
The beach is ok. Great waves and clean enough! But the sand is too small. It is everywhere and nothing can be done to clean yourself from it.
A wonderful beach lined with restaurants. Very noisy at night so if you are looking for a peaceful time pick a guesthouse on the other side of the road. The village is charming and give yourself a treat and stroll around.
Remember to get dressed before leaving the beach. That means NO Speedos with a t-shirt or bikini/ bikini top with sarong if you are entering the village. I wonder if people would walk half naked in their own home towns? The local people of the village get embarresed and the behaviour is looked down upon.
Smoking is forbidden in public places and (can be) fined with 5000 rupees. So be a responsible guest to Sri Lanka. Dress according to the local tradition and don't smoke in public.
We did a 5-day road trip across Sri Lanka and this probably is the best beach of the country. Due to being in southern-most part of Sri Lanka, it is not very crowded and is very clean. There are lots of places to stay very close to the beach but nothing high-end.
Would advice all to visit this beach and skip all other 'dirty' beaches. There are lots of shack on the beach and couple of them host beach-side parties on Friday/Saturday night.
Although the servers were obviously wasted and running around in circles, dinner of fresh local fish in the sand is always great. There is a strip of a dozen spots which are all substantially similar. Pick one, pick out your fish from the table, order drinks and enjoy the scene. Just be prepared for a long wait. which shoould be fine given the setting.
The beach itself is amazing - it is not too crowded unlike other Sri Lankan beaches we found. Avoid some of the tacky hotel cafes on the beach and you will have an excellent time. In January the water is very warm and clear the surf is spectacular. Highly recommend.
Plenty of sand and rocks to keep you going, undercurrents can be strong and waves large so beware.
Still quiet enough to give you space and some smaller beaches within easy walking if you need them.
avoid the marrissa eye restaurant unless you are happy with bad service and waiting over an hour on average for your food
Not a great beach to swim on- dumper waves and dubious colour. Fun bars on the sand to sip cold beers and watch other tourists getting dumped. Bars become restaurants at night with fresh seafood.
During the day, you can enjoy the sea and the waves swimming or doing water activities. Or just lie down having your drink. If already at the beach so have lunch there and enjoy the view. When it's dinner time, there are many restaurants serving freshly grilled sea food that you select and pick yourself. Don't miss out on this fresh seafood grill but make sure to bargain for the best prices.
Stayed in Mirissa for 3 days - wish we'd stayed longer. Ace beach with a few basic but friendly places to eat and drink. There's a few quieter small bays to the left if that's your kind of thing. Not as idillic as some of the guide books would have you believe but excellent atmosphere and a beautiful beach
Dinning on the beach is amazing with most restaurants giving the options to choose your own fish / seafood that is laid out each night along the beach
Handagedara Colonial Villa is the best hotel in Mirissa.
Excellent clean Mirissa beach and ocean good for swimming and surfing.
This is a beautiful,scratch of coast, well served with hotels, restaurants and guest house without being overcrowded. Plenty of surfer hangouts and more upmarket places to,eat, drink and watch the world go by. It was raining when I first arrived and still managed to impress so when the sun came out things just got better.
On the downside, service tends to be very slow in the beachside places and if you're swimming rather than surfing the waves dumping over a sandbar can be challenging.
If you're deciding whether to stay here or Unawatuna - stay in Mirissa, the beach, sea and town are much much nicer.
Our favourite beach in the world is Patnem, Goa. Mirissa is the closest comparable beach we've found.
The beach is very nice in the good season ( nov-mar). After this period the beach becomes very narrow, up to 4m. In the highseason the beach is packed with tourist. A lot ofplaces provide sunbeds. In the left and right side is a surfspot for advanced surfers. When waves are high, you need to be carefull for undercurrent. When sunset is comming, the big rock on the beach is the place to be!
A good selection of accommodation and resterants along the beach front. There's an excellent value for money resterant on the main road' called, "I & I" the food we ordered was the best meal we've had in any of the tourist area's we,ve visited, beaware, it shuts at 9pm
Lovely setting for dinner making it a romantic meal out, fresh fish for you to choose cooked to your choice..would definatly eat there again..
Not as noisy as I was expecting from the other reviews, nice place to visit for a few nights, shame it rained the whole time we were there
Nice beach though quite crowded. Lots of shacks / cafes / restaurants on the beach with fresh seafood
I was under the mistaken impression that the only reason to come to Mirissa was for the whale watching. We started hearing so many great things about the beach that we backtracked to spend some time there and we were glad we did. The beach was clean with plenty of places to grab a chair and sunbathe. We were traveling off and on with a bigger group and many of them said Mirissa was their choice for best beach. It was one of my favorites- the top three in Sri Lanka being Mirissa, Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna.
We loved Mirissa beach and found that it had everything to offer that one could want. Lots of beach bars/restaurants with free sun loungers. Best cocktails and 4 hour long happy hour prices at some places. Amazing fresh caught fish, shrimps, crabs and lobster on display at night that one could pick from at multiple restaurants. The beach itself was one of the cleanest we visited in Sri Lanka and as it's a very long bay, there's is parts of it that has the prefect ocean for different activities. One end has amazing surf for the better surfers, the middle has great swimming and play in the waves areas and the other end even has a little area with coral, even though it was quite damaged in the Tsunami 10 years ago, it is still a nice area to snorkel around and see some nice fish and on some days even beautiful turtles.
We didn't find it overly crowded with tourist, but the locals did tell us that there where less tourist around than usual (probably due to the upcoming elections). What we also loved here is that the locals would come down for a refreshing cool off in the ocean or a nice surf and the locals boys sure rocked those waves. Which was great for watching in awe.
We came here 6 days in a row and still wanted more after that, so we are definitely coming back again for another amazing visit in a few years time.
Postcard beach with beach bars and great fish but packed with tourists and all night Techno Music. Doesn't feel SriLankan and not a place if you want quiet
this was a very nice beach, clean, lots of overpriced relative to the area restaurant options, places to sit, overall very nice, but there are lots of other nice areas along the coast that may be less crowded, still, a nice beach.
Waves were good, which is not so usual in Sri Lanka. The beach is safe even for children and for all humans who do not want to fight for their lives.
Clean, soft sand that stretches as far as the eye can see. The sea looks so pure. Could stay there for days and days.
Small clean beach with nice areas to relax, plus there are plenty of restaurants and hotels right on the beach to sit and relax and a have meal or a drink. The waves were rough whilst we were there and much calmer at Wiligama Bay a short distance away if you wanted to swim or surf.
Overall though it was a nice place to spend some time.
The only negative was the quality of restaurants as we had three meals at different beach restaurants and two were very average with slow service and only one was good. See the restaurant reviews.
variety of restaurants to choose with delicious cousin to match Getting traction for surfing and safe sea bathing.
This has to be the best beach in Srilankan down south area if you want to just relax and unwind. Plenty of shacks nearby offering seafood and beer at a nominal rate. I went with a party of 4 and we stayed nearby the beach itself (sorry, forgot the name of the place). The beach is face compared to other beaches , less beach boys and people who try to rip you off.
You can do that whale watching but the sea can be pretty rough , so hope you have a strong stomach. But personally I much rather prefer sticking to the discovery channel. Its a bit of a rip off they can charge you anywhere from 5k to 8k for a morning trip.
Over all a very nice beach to relax and chill.
Beautiful beach with surf spot at west end and hotel restraunt tables set-up in the sand where you can select your fish dinner from the days catch. Parts of the beach may be a little rough for swimming at times so watch the locals for best place to enter.
This beach is really nice and the waves was really big when we were there, if you are here with children you need to be very careful since the currents in the water are very strong. But this place was really beautiful and there are lot of places to eat and drink. The place we stayed at offered free parasols and beach chairs if we stayed and eat.
Beautiful beach which turns into one big fresh fish restaurant at night. There's parties at night, at different days a diffrent location. Happy hours start from 16pm and at several bars cocktails are offered.
The beach is amazing, great for catching waves and laying on the sand. There's a surfers area and a lot of restaurants with amazing seafood, definitely the best beach in Sri Lanka.
Only a few locals enjoying beach, seemed very deserted. Saw surfers out early mornings. Great place to relax
Had a great time swimming here. Spent our time eating, drinking, sunbathing and relaxing! Everyone was friendly and helpful. you are not pestered as you relax.
We could not fully experience the beauty of the beach here as our stay was quite short. During our evening walk around the beach, it was very pleasant. The beach is quite clean and good for entering the water. The water was quite choppy in the evening.
This is a beach ideal for surfers! If you're not a surfer like me, then this beach is a lot of fun to play with the waves and watch a lovely sunset over the Indian Ocean.
A beautiful beach which has been lightly developed however has not reached the saturation point that most good beaches succumb to.
The sand is fine and clean, and ideal for the young ones to build sandcastles and the water is clear blue. This said the surf rolls in almost constantly and although it wouldn't provide a challenge to surfers it is overwhelming for small children, so if you have young ones in tow, be with them in the water at all times.
Restaurants all serve similar fayre. A few western dishes, curry and rice and the usual seafood, grilled fish, chips, salad etc. The staff are surprisingly relaxed and do not jump on you as you take a sunbed, infact in most restaurants we used we had to approach them to get some service!
Cheaper food is available on the main road but it obviously lacks the chilled atmosphere of the beach.
The only downside is the close proximity of the main road to the beach. This is something that is unfortunately common in many sri lankan beaches, so you will inevitably hear some road noise.
Definitely worth a look if you like a quieter beach without too much hustle bustle.
We've loved our time in Mirissa more than anywhere else. So beautiful, and great food. Would definitely come back here again and Palm Villa Mirissa where we stayed looks like the best place in all of Mirissa.
big waves, beautiful beach. To have fun, not for relax swimming. A lot of restaurants and hotels on the beach
excellent trip saw 3 whales loads of dolphins and flying fish would highly recommend. take sea sick tablets as seas choppy and out for about 4-5 hrs. geeth and crew great and very good at spotting whales and being in the right place whilst keeping a respectful distance.
Excellent, clean, wide with very low number of people. Great for long walks, running or just suntanning. The waves are big so more suitable for surfing than swimming. Stunning sceneries around.
Beautiful, quiet beach. Loved having our dinner on the beach at night with the waves coming under the table!
Definately not as many beach touts as Hikkaduwa
Gorgeous little beach. A good variety of beach bars and restaurants. Not too busy. Avoid on the weekends if you don't want to hear nightclubs.
Belle plage où malheureusement les restaurants bars et boites de nuits (qui font souvent les 3 fonctions) empiètent sur la plage. La journée reste correcte mais le soir et la nuit impossible de dormir dans les hotels en front de mer car la musique des partys fait vibrer mes murs a des kilomètres de 22h a 6h du matin...
Dommage et cela se degrade d année en année.
If you like jumping up and down or boogie boarding in big waves, sometimes up to 2 meters or further down the beach in front of the lifeguard stand seemingly up to 2.5 or 3 meters, you'll like this beach. To escape the harsh sun I liked that a local bungalow let us sit under their sun shade of a hut for free and we bought food from nearby beach stands.
I like beach and go whell watching, boat trip for fishing. Looking big fish selling and buying, i love beach side more fun and more interest.
Mirissa beach hat sich in den letzten Jahren durch den Massentourismus verändert hat und gleicht abends einem Luna Park. Die Stille ist verloren gegangen.
Great food, every night dance party in different restaurant at the beach, very interesting gulfs around Mirissa.
You can find different activities along the coastal belt of Mirissa, including swimming, stilt fishing, boat riding, photo-taking, relaxing and eating. There are many sea-food restaurants on the way and you can find a seat there to watch the beautiful sunset views along the coast. Really relaxing.
Mirissa is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Witness the sun rise and sun set from atop the little mound that separates the beach into a green part and a blue part.
The green side with no waves is marvelous.
Enjoyed lounging there for hours.
The food served along the beach is terrific, excellent sea-food and other options.
If you come to Lanka, do make a trip to the beaches at the south.
I came to Mirissa for the first time in 2005. Then it was trying to recover from the tsunami - now 9 years later it is still one of my favorite places in Sri Lanka. Just relax and see the ocean.
What a beautiful place. The waves are awesome, and the hospitality is fantastic. If you are looking for a place to stay I would highly recommend Sira's Chalets.
Liked - surf/waves was enough for body boarding, surfing and playing in the waves. Nice bars at far west of beach to watch experienced surfers. Nice vibe to beach bars.
Disliked - narrow beach (possibly due to time of the year). Not many natural shade areas.
Good waves, great bars, great fish. Mirissa Beach has a great reputation and rightfully so.
Not so afflicted by litter as some of its neighbours, this golden stretch of bay has a good choice of fresh fish diners and bars, with romantic sunset walks to be had.
Mirissa Beach is beautiful however there were many rips and currents in the water. Be careful where you swim as we nearly had to rescue two Japanese Tourists today. Thankfully the locals jumped in.
This has been rated one of the best beaches in the world. This is a very happening tourist areas. Long stretches of golden sandy beaches. Don’t forget to visit the ‘Kande Pansala’, an ancient temple and climb ‘Gira Gala’, a rocky mountain on the beach - both places will give breathtaking views of the area. For swimming, whale watching, surfing or just relaxing ... this is the best place!
Mirissa beach is lovely, clean sand, clear water and a lovely place to stroll along with numerous local restaurants / hotels lining the shore line. The beach can be a bit rough so if staying here choose a beach front hotel with a pool. This is one of the nicest beaches in Sri lanka.
The beach here is excellent, not too much has been built on the coastline (for now) so you still get a decent feel of tranquility with the palm trees stretching along the beach. The waves are good fun and the beach bars, in particular the Reggae Bar, are excellent. Most do sun beds and it is a very easy place to spend a day sunbathing, swimming and feasting on good seafood and cold beer.
This beach was very clean (cleanest we saw in Sri Lanka) and not too overrun with tourists. It is stunning with beautiful colours and fringed with palm trees. It is a perfect place to relax.
I travelled to Mirissa in June, had excellent weather, and wonderful food. The small selection of bars and restuarants were very quiet, but all the better for it! Lovely beach, soft sand, and I enjoyed watching an impromptu cricket match on the beach with a long cool beer.
fantastic stretch of beach, the water is shallow for a good distance making it good for kids, a good mixture of bars to relax and eat at most having sun beds on the beach in front of them
Marisa's beach is awesome. It's beautiful, there are high waves and nice as well as tasty restaurants. You can rent big and small surfboards and will have a relaxing time here.
Loved the fact that the water was not too saline but gorgeous sand and waves...
Beautiful sunsets too!
high wave, not good for swiming but for surfing. also more for tourists, not for local people. there are other beaches better than here, like Unawatuna.
Amazing beach. Has to be one of my favourite places in Sri Lanka. Want to go back. Greet place to stop and ear and drink.
I spent two days at Mirissa Beach and it is a magnificent beach. Highly entertaining if you like big waves, garb a board and surf all day. On the left of the beach is a lovely lookout rock which allows you to view several bays at once and the surrounding jungle. Just a great place. The beach restaurants are also fairly decent and a great place to relax and enjoy a good curry and a few Lions. Highly recommend a visit.
I know this beach since more than 10 years and unfortunately it has become more and more a Party beach with Party Music, which can be heard along the whole beach as well as to some of the hotels and guesthouses on the Inland side throughout sometimes the whole night. The people who run many of these places are mostly uneducated and have arrogant and harassing business practices while the ones who do a god job are in the minority. Fortunately on the inland side there ares still many friendly restaurants and guesthouses. The enchanting dreamlike beach with palmtrees all along is only nice for your eyes but not any more for your ears. It would help the place if more of educated business people with a borader view would start.
Nice clean beach with good atmosphere good bars and restaurants on it sunbeds available excellent for relaxing and minutes away from most guest houses.
Mrissa beach is very clean and still not so popular among the travelers..According to me its on of the finest beaches in the world ...I like the fact that its still known to very few travelers which makes it a kind of private beach....
Great beach. Good surf for boogie boarding. Lifeguard on duty.
Numerous bars and restaurants with good fresh, but expensive, fish.
Not too busy and no pesky hawkers!
Narrow but clean. High surf but picturesque. And no pesky vendors!
All in all, an excellent place to while away a few (or many) hours.
I could have stayed longer than our 3 nights in Mirissa dont forget a trip to The Shack on the beach such a chilled place. loved watching the wind surfers with a cocktail in hand, soaking up the sun, just bliss
Was so happy with this beach, relaxing beach spend 3 days on hotel on beach. Only problem was the waves too big so we couldn't really swim in the sea but I think all beaches in Sri Lanka are the same during rainy season.
very nice place as a beach & specially for night parties on the beach. many many restaurants are conducting beach parties on each days. so enjoyable, but so crowded in this season time. also a best place for whales watching.
One of the best beaches in Sri Lanka! Beatiful sights, a lot of sand, big waves, nice places to eat! Will defiitelly come back to Mirissa!
I would highly recommend the spot. Mirisa offers one of the most stunning beach that I have seen. The spot might be a bit touristic after lunch, but who cares. Anyone will remain speechless in front of so much beauty.
beach is nice but waves are strong for small children swimming far is not advisable if youre nota good swimmer.
This is a beautyfull and relaxing beach.one of best beach in Sri Lanka.gold sand and bluewater,Once when you are there you will enjoy.sure !
The beach is clean with turquoise waters and it's nice for sunbathing and sipping a cocktail in a sun lounger - if you like that kind of thing that is. Other than that, it is lined with bars and restaurants and swimming isn't great due to the waves crashing onto the beach and both food and drinks are overpriced. It is very touristy. This can be annoying but at the same time it makes it ok to wear bikini.
There are some beautiful beaches just a little further east with good snorkelling and turtles.
Its really pretty and clean. The water is blue and very clear. its a really beautiful beach and everyone is super friendly.
Great beach, good waves for surf down one end as well. Amazing sea and loads of laid back cafes and bars leading onto it with a v chilled out vibe.
One of the few places on this island where you can actually get into the water and not drown. Very beautiful location indeed (if you bear with the crowds).
The beach is beautiful but pick your sunbed wisely if you don't want to be blasted with some rather varied music! Providing you get a peaceful spot the only thing that will trouble you is trying not to burn and, on windy days, possibly trying not to let the parasol get away.
fantastic beach, clear water (before the rainy season), great food, great prices. if you go, tread lightly and don't ruin it!
Had booked to spend 4 nights here and was really looking forward to relaxing by the beach and trying some surfing. On the 1st night there we were kept up until 4 in the morning by the bass of a tacky rave next door. There were drunk people walking up and down the beach and the whole place had an aggressive atmosphere. It's such a shame as the beach is wonderful.
Don't go to Mirissa for the best beaches in Sri Lanka. For that you need Tangalle. Go for the whale watching and, in season, the beach parties. Having said that, the beaches are relatively pretty and clean and the sea is suitable for paddling and surfing. There are also a few restaurants on the beach.
Pretty beach with lovely clear waters , watch out for the waves can be quite strong! so some caution! can't wait to visit again!
The beach of Mirissa is a very nice and not so big place to rest after discovering all the wonders of Sri Lanka!
A lovely clean beach with many cafes and restaurants which have chairs and loungers. You can relax and watch the waves, the swimmers and the surfers. The trees along the shoreline provide some natural shade in places and there are no hustlers or sellers on the beach. In the evenings the restaurants and bars get livelier and offer freshly caught fish and seafood for dinner. A great place for a beach break.
Was there today with my wife and two kids of 11 and 9. The beach is very wide with golden sand. Waves are good enough to body board. I saw people surfing at one end of the beach where the waves were a bit stronger. In general we found it less crowded and better than Unawatuna.