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Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka is widely known as surfers paradise and one of the best (and our favorite) beaches in Sri Lanka. The “Bay” is trendy and a great place to spend a good amount of time during your stay in Sri Lanka. The best time to visit Arugam Bay is from June until early September. In this guide to Arugam Bay, you’ll find some insight into our lodging, restaurant recommendations and things to do in the area!

We stayed at Wanderlust Inn during our time in Arugam Bay. We initially planned to stay in the area for 3 or 4 nights but ended up staying for a week! Our guesthouse was located on the main road of the town which was easy for us to walk to the beach as well as walk to all the restaurants and shops. The owner was great and gave us tons of recommendations. 

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Surfing – If you’re into surfing, this is a must do in Arugam Bay. There are several breakpoints (Baby Point, Peanut Farm, Main Point, Elephant Point) for every level surfer – from beginners to advanced surfers. Renting boards for the entire day are super cheap and most tuk-tuks can carry your boards on top if you plan on going to different breaks. If you’re not a surfer, don’t fret, there is plenty of space on the beach to relax and watch the surfers! 

Elephant Rock – Elephant Rock is located about 20 minutes on a tuk tuk. If you climb up to the top, you can get a great view of the whole area. Just a little side note, there are wild elephants in this area as well as crocodiles by the river so make sure you’re not wandering around alone and are always aware of your surroundings!

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If you’re traveling anywhere in Asia, TripAdvisor is without a doubt the best place to check out restaurant reviews. Dan’s TripAdvisor page has a more robust amount of reviews and pictures of our meals.

SqueezeMe – This place definitely has the best and most beautiful smoothie bowls in town! You have to check it out and tell the owner Michelle and Dan from Jetset for Good sent you!

Flo!This has to be one of our absolute favorite dinner spots in Arugam Bay! The food is delicious. We absolutely loved the calamari, prawn pasta and chicken pasta dishes. The family who owns the restaurant are so friendly and nice!

Bambini Cafe – This restaurant was close to our place and the staff here is great. They’re super friendly and the food is cheap and delicious! You can bring a deck of cards and play a round of rummy before you enjoy dinner. 

Cafe Secret Alley – This spot is a little hidden and that’s why we love it. Located in the same area as Hipster’s Hideout, Cafe Secret Alley serve delicious food options. Good vibes, spacious tables and definitely a spot to do some work on your laptop, if needed. 

Mr. Fisherman – If you’re looking for fresh seafood, this is where you need to go. We came here for dinner and the food was delicious. We got the vegetable fried rice and prawn platter, yum! The owner and staff were also very nice and friendly during the entire dinner. 

Garden Grown – another great spot to grab smoothie bowls and located on the main street. The owner is super friendly as well. 

Choco Lush – if you’re looking for some yummy desserts, you have to get a slice here. We both celebrated our birthdays while we were in Sri Lanka and this was a perfect spot to grab two slices of cake!

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That’s our guide to Arugam Bay but like always, all opinions are entirely our own. Above all, enjoy Sri Lanka!

Disclaimer: We have no financial incentive to promote lodging or any other services. This recommendation comes solely from personal experience.


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