We had now been travelling around Sri Lanka for a week, and it was finally time to hit the beaches, with our first stop being the small coastal town of Mirissa, well known for its beach and whale watching trips. After another very stressful (but very cheap) two hour bus journey from Tissamaharama, we arrived into the small but busy town centre.
We were looking forward to some proper relaxing for the first time since we arrived in Sri Lanka, and for this Mirrisa was perfect. The laidback and relaxing atmosphere was immediately obvious as we strolled along the beautiful beach, its edge lined with restaurants and bars. However despite only being small, probably a 15 minute walk from one end to the other, the beach did not feel crowded at all.
We had been looking forward to seeing our guesthouse since we had booked it and it didn’t disappoint. An example of AirBnb at its best, we were staying in a tree house built next to our host Ravindu’s family home, and just a few minutes walk from the beach. We were also provided with a traditional Sri Lanka breakfast, which surprisingly enough was made from rice!
We spent most of our day in Mirissa switching between sunbathing, swimming and trying out a number of the beach side bars, the pick of which was Paragon Beach Resort. Compared to some of the other places we had stayed, beer was in plentiful supply here and it was only right to take full advantage! As evening approached we took a walk across the beach to the rocky outcrop at one end, and were treated to a perfect sunset across the beach.
Later on the beach came alive, with many of the restaurants offering up a variety of fresh seafood caught that day by local fishermen. With candlelit tables on the beach, it was the perfect setting for a romantic evening meal. We took the foolproof option of picking the busiest restaurant we could find, and were not disappointed. The food and service at Zephyr was excellent and we would definitely recommend it.
Mirissa was quite possibly our favourite place in Sri Lanka, and definitely the best beach. Our only disappointment was not spending more than 24 hours there!