Secret Beach Mirissa is a quiet little cove enclosed by many palm trees and large boulders. As the name suggests, this beach is more hidden and secretive so you won’t find large crowds of people. It’s the perfect beach to spend an afternoon relaxing at the beach front bar and watching the sunset.
How to get to Secret Beach Mirissa
There are a few different ways to get to Secret Beach Mirissa. You can walk, drive yourself on your moped or take a tuk tuk. We decided to walk from our accommodation in Mirissa Beach which took us roughly 20 minutes. Walk along Harbour Road until you see signs pointing you in the direction of Secret Beach. We’ve pinned the location on the map below. You’ll know you’re going the right way if the hills start to get very steep. Once you’re at the very top, you can walk through the bush and along a pathway that leads you right to the beach. If you’re driving yourself, you’ll have to stay on the concrete road so you can park.
You can also take a tuk tuk to drop you off. Most tuk tuk drivers will typically drop you off at the bottom of the steep hill or will charge you extra to go that little bit further. If you want to skip the steep walk up, this is the best option. Just be sure to agree on a price with the driver before jumping in.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Secret Beach is early in the mornings. Even though the beach is a lot less touristy than Mirissa Beach, you’ll still find a few people hanging around during the day. If you visit in the mornings you’ll most likely have the whole beach to yourself.
Keep in mind that if you visit in the afternoon, the tide may start to go out. The rocks become exposed and it won’t be as pleasant to swim. Most people that visit in the late afternoons don’t swim but instead enjoy the peaceful sunset. Secret Beach is a great option to watch the sunset and is usually less crowded compared to other popular sunset spots.
The best part about Secret Beach Mirissa is that they don’t charge an entrance fee. You might come across some locals trying to sell you drinks and food.
What to expect
Secret Beach Mirissa is a super cool place to hang out during the day away from the crowds. We visited later in the afternoon around sunset and found a few tables out on the sand where you could order drinks and watch the sunset. We found the beers to be slightly expensive so instead we just sat along the sand. Secret Beach is a gorgeous little beach although it’s not the best for swimming if you happen to arrive during low tide like we did. The water was quite shallow and there are lots of sharp rocks and sea urchins close to the shore. It’s still a great place to have some peace and quiet among the palm trees. If you visit during the day, the water will be bright blue and will be much better for swimming.
The little bar down on the beach also rents snorkel gear and day beds for around 500 LKR ($4 AUD). If you plan on going snorkelling, keep your eyes out for turtles as they are sometimes found along the coast. Be aware of the sea urchins as we did come across a few. Once you’re done swimming, there is a little restaurant nearby to get yourself some refreshments.
If you’re visiting Mirissa, be sure not to miss out on this awesome little beach. Be sure to also check out the famous Coconut Tree Hill which is close by!
Where to stay in Mirissa
There are a variety of places to stay within Mirissa, as well as a range of different accommodation types. We found that the best area to stay is right near Mirissa Beach. Here you’ll find the most food and shop options.
Three Gables Boutique Villa – Luxury: This luxury villa features its own private beach area and is the perfect place to unwind and relax away from all the tourists. The modern and clean rooms have their own view of the beach or you can enjoy a swim by the pool.
Triple O Six – Midrange: Triple O Six is perfect if you’re looking to stay close to Mirissa Beach. It has a central location to all the good places in Mirissa and tuk tuks are easily accessible. The spacious rooms have their own private balconies that overlook the pool and ocean. The staff are also super friendly and will make you feel right at home.
Little Pink House – Budget: We stayed at Little Pink House which is a short walk from the beach in a quiet local street. We definitely recommend staying here as it’s like having your own home. You’ll find a little pink house on a small block of land with its own garden, kitchen and bedroom. Every morning the lovely owner also comes by and makes a delicious breakfast! You definitely won’t want to leave here.
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