Negombo Beach
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  • MattwalesNorthWales
    Chengdu, China2,246 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to chill
    Beautiful golden sands, relatively litter free, quite a few local vendors who don't really want to take no for an answer. Unfortunately the red flag was flying signalling no swimming today so we had to settle for a paddle in the warm water. Generally quite quiet, except for a few feral dogs. A nice place to unwind in the sun.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • teddy5877
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia352 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Negombo beach
    A huge wide beach with reddish sand. Close to Colombo Airport. As reported by many other reviewers, it is a working beach and mainly visited by locals and their families. I visited out of season and noted very few tourists. I was approached by some locals trying to sell things, but a polite firm no generally does the trick. There was evidence of rubbish but it wasnt the worst beach i have encountered. Sea can be rough and swimming is not always possible. There are a hand full of bar/restaurants further back overlooking the beach. these are mainly frequented by tourists. lots of hawker stalls on the beach area selling mainly snack foods. There were no sunbeds or umbrellas that i could see. Worth a quick walk in the early evening but not a relaxing sunbathing/swimming beach.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Tom S
    Glasgow, United Kingdom122 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sand between your toes
    A beach with a lot of potential but needs work. The sand is nice and the sea very pleasant, but getting from one to the other meant negotiating a tricky slope ( we're pensioners ). The sea has strong waves so not ideal for swimming but nice to sit at the edge and let the waves wash over. Only a couple of beach shacks offering sunbeds, food, drink and WiFi. We used Sea Look which can be found down a lane opposite Queen's Restaurant on Lewis Place. They don't charge for the beds and the food is reasonable. Toilets are fine as well. No loud music from them and a peaceful way to spend the day.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 January 2024
  • BobsHols99
    Livingston, United Kingdom121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value and good fun.
    Sri Lanka is just getting back on its feet after covid and then a bomb attack decimated the tourist industry. This is an excellent time to visit. People are desperate for tourists to come and are very welcoming. The exchange rate is also very attractive…we got 406 rupees/£ at the airport which is the best place to exchange. We stayed at the Heritance hotel for 5 nights at the end of our three week visit. The hotel was excellent. This is the Main Street of Negombo and is gradually coming to life as restaurants and shops get busier. The place looks better at night when everything is lit up. There are many tourist souvenir shops and bars restaurants. Terrific value for money. Our fav restaurant was Boho half way up the street and then Prego right across the road from the hotel. There are other restaurants highlighted on Apple Maps but either had changed name or have yet to reopen. Heritance have developed a restaurant and Swiss cafe right across from the hotel. In our 5 days there we didn’t see anyone use either. The restaurant has a Middle Eastern menu, I suggest this was a big part of the problem. The souvenir shops we used all offered discounts without asking. We loved Diane’s just across from the Gelato cafe. We met the owner and it turned out she had visited U.K. and Edinburgh where we come from. Lovely lady…give her your business. We also used Maya which had some great hippy chic clothes but the staff need a shake to get them away from their phone screens….it was also full of moths and mozzies the night we were there. The beach itself is public so you share it all with the locals and it gets very busy at weekends. During the week it’s perfect for some yoga on the beach early morning or just walking off breakfast. You will get approached by tat sellers but just be polite but firm. Don’t be rude, they’re just trying to make a living. Finally the folk have seen really hard times over the last few years. So be prepared to tip. A little goes a long way for them. If we are at a small hotel we will “adopt” a waiter or pool guy and ensure they get a decent tip at the end of our stay. If we all did that it would make a huge difference to their families and be a great incentive to improve their understanding of service. Go, you’ll love it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 February 2024
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Renata S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I have lived in Sri Lanka for years, but I recently moved to Negombo for family needs. It's the worst place on the whole island. The people of Negombo are extremely racist and dishonest, even if they pretend to be nice waiting to take your money. prices for foreigners (Tuk tuk, private shops, fruit and vegetable stalls etc) are tripled compared to local prices. Be careful and don't get robbed by these scoundrels.
Written 28 April 2024
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Nilushen
Colombo, Sri Lanka874 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We, a group of friends, chose Negambo Beach to spend our vacation. It's really beautiful and a beautiful beach .lot of people Spend time this beautiful beach . It's a perfect place to spend a ur holiday with family or friends . A lot of people came with their families. so many kid enjoy this beach .Some of them were walking and swimming on the beautiful beach. We relly enjoy . Negambo Beach is highly recommended for fun with a variety of food and drinks and toys.
Written 13 April 2024
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Lonely Laowai
174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This beach is vast, faces west for sunset, and has a very shallow gradient allowing you to go quite a ways out. It was our last day here, and this beach convinced me to come back for another trip, just so I could hang here a few evenings.
Written 20 February 2024
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BobsHols99
Livingston, UK121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Sri Lanka is just getting back on its feet after covid and then a bomb attack decimated the tourist industry. This is an excellent time to visit. People are desperate for tourists to come and are very welcoming. The exchange rate is also very attractive…we got 406 rupees/£ at the airport which is the best place to exchange. We stayed at the Heritance hotel for 5 nights at the end of our three week visit. The hotel was excellent. This is the Main Street of Negombo and is gradually coming to life as restaurants and shops get busier. The place looks better at night when everything is lit up. There are many tourist souvenir shops and bars restaurants. Terrific value for money. Our fav restaurant was Boho half way up the street and then Prego right across the road from the hotel. There are other restaurants highlighted on Apple Maps but either had changed name or have yet to reopen. Heritance have developed a restaurant and Swiss cafe right across from the hotel. In our 5 days there we didn’t see anyone use either. The restaurant has a Middle Eastern menu, I suggest this was a big part of the problem. The souvenir shops we used all offered discounts without asking. We loved Diane’s just across from the Gelato cafe. We met the owner and it turned out she had visited U.K. and Edinburgh where we come from. Lovely lady…give her your business. We also used Maya which had some great hippy chic clothes but the staff need a shake to get them away from their phone screens….it was also full of moths and mozzies the night we were there.
The beach itself is public so you share it all with the locals and it gets very busy at weekends. During the week it’s perfect for some yoga on the beach early morning or just walking off breakfast. You will get approached by tat sellers but just be polite but firm. Don’t be rude, they’re just trying to make a living. Finally the folk have seen really hard times over the last few years. So be prepared to tip. A little goes a long way for them. If we are at a small hotel we will “adopt” a waiter or pool guy and ensure they get a decent tip at the end of our stay. If we all did that it would make a huge difference to their families and be a great incentive to improve their understanding of service. Go, you’ll love it.
Written 8 February 2024
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Sudhasen
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Its a beautiful place and many street food around the beach. The food was good and clean. You want to watch sunset, can consider this place if you are in the town
Written 6 February 2024
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Tom S
Glasgow, UK122 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A beach with a lot of potential but needs work. The sand is nice and the sea very pleasant, but getting from one to the other meant negotiating a tricky slope ( we're pensioners ). The sea has strong waves so not ideal for swimming but nice to sit at the edge and let the waves wash over. Only a couple of beach shacks offering sunbeds, food, drink and WiFi. We used Sea Look which can be found down a lane opposite Queen's Restaurant on Lewis Place. They don't charge for the beds and the food is reasonable. Toilets are fine as well. No loud music from them and a peaceful way
to spend the day.
Written 16 January 2024
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Am0512
Queniborough, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Lovely big beach there are sun beds and restaurants on the beach but they are at the end of the row of big hotels .
The beach restaurant we used was called port restaurant and bar vey good.
There are four restaurants in a line brilliant for a cocktail, cold beer or a coconut pancake sit back and watch the sun go down
Written 16 January 2024
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Dhanushka A
Nugegoda, Sri Lanka3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
superb beach children like it very much. We spend the best time with family. The sunset is mind blowing . Sea is not deep. We like it
Written 17 November 2023
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Negombo Beach is only 4-5 miles from Bandaranaike International Airport and 24 miles from Colombo. It has many hotels and restaurants and a friendly local community
Written 14 November 2023
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Suranga J
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Hi to all...its all best in srilanka specially in negombo.... but sorry to say that the tuk tuk drivers around beach park are so bad..... they are charging too much guys. Its better to book with UBER or PICKME...no any complaints more than this...have a nice day
Written 14 October 2023
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