Arugam Bay - World Famous Surfing Beach Town
Arugam Bay regularly tops the lists on Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor as one of the best surfing spots in the world. The world famous surfing draws adventurous travelers to chilled-out Arugam Bay. Time your visit from May to October to score the best surfing conditions. Beginning surfers can book private or group lessons. Well-reviewed surf schools teach you everything you need to know and provide all surf equipment for rent. Advanced surfers can register for one of the international surfing competitions. Popular surf breaks include The Point, Pottuvil Point, Peanut Farm, Crocodile Rock and Okanda Point.
The small town displays a distinctly laid-back atmosphere. A stretch of town popular with tourists runs right along the beach, giving you plenty of dining and drinking options with decor ranging from tropic rustic to beach chic. You can browse the surf shops and boutiques, or get a relaxing massage at one of the ayurvedic spas to ease your surf sore muscles.
Favorite Things to Do in Arugam Bay:
Sign up for surf lessons! Many Arugam Bay surf schools offer private or group lessons for surfers of all levels.
Spent all day in the ocean? Ease your aching muscles and soothe your sunburned skin with an Ayurvedic spa treatment.
Take a boat tour of Pottuvil Lagoon to experience the rich aquatic life of the mangrove swamp. Snap close up shots of exotic water birds, monkeys and even crocodiles!
Dance on the beach after dark. There’s always a beach party happening in this friendly, seaside town. Simply head to the sand and listen for music. You’ll stumble on a welcoming party in no time at all.