Crystal clear sea lapping against pale and crumbly sand sums up the beaches you'll enjoy on your Negombo holidays. The town's waterfront venues do a great job of showing off these sights, but for the best experience get onto the shores yourself to soak up the sunshine. Coastal retreats like Browns Beach see plenty of local colour, thanks to boats brought up onto the shore to be repainted and tended to.
While it's peaceful and relaxing for the most part, you can also get stuck into Negombo Beach Park if the mood takes you. Fun and games rule the day here, from impromptu beach parties and little festivals, to games of volleyball and beach football. This is also where the bolder souls go to get stuck into watersports aplenty, as well as tackle bracing swims.
Holidays to Negombo dish up numerous ways to spend your time. Nature lovers can get away from it all and see the real Sri Lanka at Negombo Lagoon, where boats cruise rich green water amid interwoven canals and lush greenery. If you're a fan of fishing, you might get the opportunity to cast a line out into the lagoon itself.
For more colourful fun, some of the top amusement and waterparks around have made their home in the region around the town of Negombo. Guruge Park is a mix of natural wonders and more active rides and activities, and it's right next door to Mayan Waterpark, full of flumes and waterslides to get wild with.
On the more cultured side, Negombo can inspire as much as it invigorates. Check out Bodhirajaramaya, the vibrantly decorated temple that houses a magnificent six-metre-high statue of Buddha. There are touches of Western flair to be found here too, both in St Mary's and the Dutch Fort.
Dining every which way
Whether you're munching hoppers from the market – pancakes, not grasshoppers – or gazing at Negombo Beach from the terrace of a waterfront restaurant, this is one town that won't leave you on an empty stomach.
Tourists get the top pick of tucker here, with fast food options like King Coconut offering massive portions of burgers, fries and thick crusty pizzas for lunches and dinners. More authentic Sri Lankan food can be enjoyed in the cosy surroundings of Tusker Restaurant, whereas beachfront meals are a must at The Container. Here, you can see palm trees and verdant fields unfold along vast swathes of beach.
Explore Negombo enough and you'll find more exotic flavours awaiting you, including Japanese sushi. However you like your fish though, you're in luck when eating in Negombo. The town's fishing legacy shines in its seafood dishes, and even if you're dining in the inland districts you'll find plenty of those flavours to savour.
Beers after dark
Negombo is one of the biggest towns in Sri Lanka, yet its nightlife scene is mellow and enjoyable. You'll not find a great number of nightclubs, instead beach parties after sundown are a big part of local life. Moreover, there are plenty of bars and pubs where you can expect to find good beer, great cocktails and often a live music act.
Two of the more popular bars in town, sure to be a hit with tourists, are Lords and Rodeo. Music in these venues is crowd pleasing, with golden oldies and modern hits that set off happy memories as the pints are poured and cocktails shaken. In the daytime, these venues serve food too, meaning some families choose to have dinner here before settling in for their evening's entertainment.