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Which Sri Lankan Southern coast beach would you recommend ? I'm planning on spending some days in at least, 2 areas there in end July /beginning August. First time on the way from BEntota to Yala ; and then again on the way back.

I'll be with my wife and 2 kids -- a 5 year old and a 3 year old. So aside from powdery smooth sands and clear waters, we would also prefer :
a) safe & easy wading/swimming.
b) easy access to places to eat
c) not too much of a party place. A bit more quiet and popular among families with young kids
d) reasonably priced accomodations near the beach (+/- US$75/night)

Thanks

Eric B.

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