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Bentota Beach, Bentota Overview

Perhaps the most popular beach town on Sri Lanka’s western coast, Bentota is known for its namesake Bentota Beach. Stretches of golden sands lined by palm trees swaying gently in the breeze, crystal clear waters, a relatively untainted, tranquil and family-friendly atmosphere, and plenty of water sports—Bentota Beach has all the makings of a topnotch seaside getaway.

The clean and quiet surroundings make Bentota Beach a preferred spot for unwinding for locals and tourists alike; the sunset at the beach is nothing short of gorgeous. The peak season in Bentota witnesses moderate currents, which is excellent for a light swim and water sports such as water skiing and boogie boarding, to name a few. Indulge your taste buds with a hearty Sri Lankan meal or continental delicacies at any of the oceanfront restaurants in the vicinity.

The beach, along with the islands is also home to some of the high-end luxury resorts that offer its visitors to stay at the mesmerising beach with world-class facilities. Apart from that, some of the resorts even provide its customers with the service of ayurvedic spas and ayurvedic retreats. In a few words, a picture-perfect vacation on the Sri Lankan seashore is a guarantee on a trip to Bentota Beach.

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Things to Do at Bentota Beach

1. Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Because of the clear blue waters, the visitors have the advantage that they can indulge in snorkelling and deep sea diving along with scuba diving.

2. Water Sports
Bentota Beach is a water sports hub in the country, with myriad activities on offer. They include windsurfing, water skiing, jet-skiing, snorkelling, tube rides, banana boats, surfing and scuba diving. The beach has several water sports centres that organize lessons and provide equipment for an immensely enjoyable time amongst the waves. The expenses vary according to the operator, the water sport and the duration of the chosen activity.

3. Cycling Trips
The visitors can also indulge in cycling trips, wherein the visitors can rent bicycles at minimal rates and take tours through the entire span of the beach.

4. Island Tour
There is also an island tour. In the island tour, the visitors can along with local fishers embark on a journey to various islands and spend a day or just a few hours and discover the undiscovered.

5. Enjoy the Nightlife
One can go to the parties organised by the beach resorts and enjoy the nightlife. The beach parties are also a great way of connecting with the locals on the first-hand experience and learn more about the beautiful beach and its town.

6. Fishing
Another activity that the visitors can enrol themselves into is fishing. The town of Bentota is known for its fresh seafood and the unique way through which the fishermen catch the fish. The visitors can not only indulge in catching the fish but also learn more about how the fishermen catch the fishes.

7. Cooking Local Delicacies
One can also get a first-hand experience of the local seafood delicacies and can also learn to cook the treats from the locals. For those who seek for a more mellow time on the beach also have the perfect facilities and amenities to do so.

8. Visit Sea Turtle Conservation Projects
There are also various turtle hatcheries at the beach. The turtle hatcheries have been set-up to protect the turtle eggs until they hatch, and provide them with the perfect environmental and temperature conditions. There are other turtles as well who sick and receiving treatments are or who have been in an accident.

Cafes and Clubs at Bentota Beach

Regardless of whether you seek a rustic setting or fine dining, Bentota Beach has a few restaurants on its shores. Due to its prime seaside location, seafood is undoubtedly the speciality here. Note that there is practically no nightlife on Bentota Beach, but there are pubs in the nearby streets.

Swimming at Bentota Beach

Although the currents can be relatively forceful at Bentota Beach, swimming is possible depending on the condition of the sea. Lifeguards are occasionally available at the beach, and coloured warning flags are hoisted to indicate if it is safe for swimming.

Best Time to Visit Bentota Beach

The best time to pay a visit Bentota Beach is typically from November to April, when the southwest monsoons have receded, and the sky is clear for merely lounging on the beach or trying your hand at water sports; of course, this is also a busy time in terms of tourism so hotel prices might skyrocket. The dawn or dusk is perfect for a peaceful stroll along the shore, and the morning is preferred for water-related activities as the ocean is often rough during the noon.

The off-season at Bentota Beach is from May to September. During this time, the town receives plenty of rainfall, which makes it unsuitable for all kinds of water sports.

Tips While Visiting Bentota Beach

The best time to pay a visit Bentota Beach is typically from November to April, when the southwest monsoons have receded, and the sky is clear for merely lounging on the beach or trying your hand at water sports; of course, this is also a busy time in terms of tourism so hotel prices might skyrocket. The dawn or dusk is perfect for a peaceful stroll along the shore, and the morning is preferred for water-related activities as the ocean is often rough during the noon.

The off-season at Bentota Beach is from May to September. During this time, the town receives plenty of rainfall, which makes it unsuitable for all kinds of water sports.

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