How to Plan an Affordable Beach Holiday in Sri Lanka

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As an island that truly overwhelms the senses, Sri Lanka flaunts a rich landscape, warm hospitality and a horde of beautiful attractions. But for many people, a Sri Lankan holiday can be simply summed up in three words – “The beach. Wow!”

No matter what kind of beach babe you are, you will find a patch of palm-fringed, azure blue perfection here. And the best part? You don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to enjoy the perfect beach holiday. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices when it comes to a sun and surf beach vacation. All you need to do is think outside the box, do some extra research or simply read this article to plan an affordable beach holiday in Sri Lanka. We’ve got you covered!

The Right Timing

Thankfully, Sri Lanka is blessed with an all-round-the-year perfect climate which means that you can go on a beach vacation any time of the year. However, when planning a budget-friendly beach vacation, make sure to avoid the peak seasons and stay away from hotels or accommodation options that are off the beaten path because this would mean spending extra money on commuting.

Book a Budget-Friendly accommodation

Yes we agree – lounging in a luxurious beach holiday villa is a tropical dream but if you can’t afford it, you can choose one of the two following options:

  1. Book a cheaper beach holiday resort (because it’s the beach you are in for after all!)
  2. If a lavish beach resort is what you’re after, then invite friends or additional family members to go on the trip with you so you can split the cost of the rental (The more the merrier, right?)

Bring your Beach Toys and Accessories from Home

You won’t believe the additional costs that magically pile up when you go shopping for beach items at local tourist shops. To save money, bring your beach essentials from home or borrow the stuff you need from friends or family – these include swimsuits, tanning lotion, beach mats and even snacks!

Prepare your Own Meals or Dine at Beachside Stalls

With beaches lining the coastline, there are a string of restaurants that flaunt a delectable array of mouthwatering delicacies. While the street food is occasionally affordable, dining out at a restaurant can sometimes be a costly affair so stick to preparing your own meals (hello, grocery shops!) or simply stop by at those small beachside stalls or cafes as it would be a cheaper alternative. The food will still be great, we guarantee you that. 

Enjoy the Free Stuff!

You’re here for a beach vacation so enjoy the beach to the fullest. Bask under the sun, take a dip in the pristine Sri Lankan waters, build sandcastles and simply enjoy. Some great hotels such as these even give you free breakfast!

So when planning your next beach vacation, just remember that you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to have fun. We hope the above mentioned tips are helpful. At the same time, make sure to take some time out to do that extra bit of planning. It’ll always be worth it.

Afra Anwer - Yoho Creator

Freelance writer by profession, travel and shopping aficionado, vintage stuff hoarder, absolute cricket fanatic and hopeless day dreamer, Afra is a 20-something obsessed with a multitude of things. When she's not writing, scrolling endlessly on Tumblr or obsessing with what to eat next, you'll find her nose buried in a novel or hands stained with water paints.