Despite spending five nights in Unawatuna, we spent so much time beach-hopping along the coastline that we actually spent only one day on Unawatuna beach, relaxing and swimming to our heart’s content.
To be honest, after the hustle and bustle of Colombo, the heat of Galle, and the crazy busy surf at some of the other beaches, it was perfect.
Unawatuna main beach is one of the most famous beaches in the country and is popular with both tourists and locals alike. The best place to swim is in the middle or to the south of the beach, where there are less people and less boats.
Alternatively, you can rent a sunbed and relax, order cocktails and curries from the beachside bars, or take an afternoon stroll up to the pagoda at the north of the beach and watch the sunset.
The only thing to watch out for is the numerous sellers plying their wares on the beach, who are pretty persistent and can get quite annoying after a while.