Lovely Arugam Bay, a moon-shaped curl of soft sand, is home to a famed point break that many regard as the best surf spot in the country. It's a tiny place, with a population of a few hundred, and everything is dotted along a single road which parallels the coast. So in other words, the epitome of the laid-back beach scene that first drew surfers and sun-seekers to Sri Lanka.
Uppuveli & Nilaveli
North of Trinco, the indented coastline is blessed with fine beaches. Development is limited to two villages at the moment: the pretty, palm-lined sands of Uppuveli just north of Trinco, and the more expansive, more isolated beach of Nilaveli. The ambience is mellow at both places, but Uppuveli has a fun travellers' scene and a strip of good places to eat.