Goa is surrounded by Maharashtra to the north and Karnataka to the east and south, with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast and there are quite a number of beaches. There are close to 40 known beaches which are very popular among tourists coming from around the globe. Here we have handpicked 9 of them which we consider are the best of the lot.
Candolim & Calangute Beach
Calangute is the largest beach in north Goa and along with Candolim, Baga and Anjuna form part of the beach stretch extending from just outside Panaji city to Fort Aguada. Calangute is home to one of the largest and commercialized beaches in Goa. Calangute beach is located between Baga and Candolim beach.
Calangute and Baga became popular after hippies started travelling overland in the ’60s. The beach is large enough to accommodate the thousands of tourists that visit during the high season. Unlike Baga which is popular with tourists who want to drink, dance and party, Calangute is more of a family destination. Nightlife in Calangute is tame, as night clubs and bars shut down at 10 pm. The beach is popular among tourists due to the availability of restaurants, clubs and shopping activities. Calangute is also famous for its water sport activities.
Anjuna beach is known for its various trance and rave parties and a extravagant nightlife attracting tourists from all over the world. This beach is one of the most famous ones due to its beach parties and happening environment. Anjuna is known for its full moon (acid house) parties. Parties’ celebrations on the beachside calls on large number of visitors round the year. The everlasting fun and frolic atmosphere make this place a funky destination where tourists can enjoy their holidays at their best. As there is no dearth of party places in Anjuna, it is a perfect place for party enthusiasts seeking a happening destination to drink and dance till wee hours.
Located about 43 km north of the state capital, Panaji, Arambol is a small village with about 5000 people. The beach attracts many international tourists, mainly during the winter season between November and March. Arambol beach is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. A handful of shacks offer unforgettable sea food and a mix of cuisines to delight you. A short walk north off the main beach is a smaller beach with a “fresh water lake” close to the sea is always suggested. A few tourist attraction spots are Arambol Drum Circle and Sunset Beach Market The beach also offers paragliding and kite surfing during tourist seasons.
Baga is 15 Km away from Panji airport, and all it takes is half an hour to travel to the beach from Panji by taxi. The source and the destination are well connected by a lot of local and government buses. You can also hire cycles and motorbikes at a cheaper rate to ride between the locations. The beach is named after “Baga Creek”, the tidal residuary channel that drains into the Arabian sea. It is one of the renowned beaches and i popular since 1960s among foreigners. It is well organized with parking facilities and maintained by the local authorities.
Candolim Beach is situated 12.5 kilometers from Panaji. The best time to plan your trip to Candolim Beach is from November to March. During that time of the year, the weather will be comfortable and cool. The beach offers a peaceful environment to the tourists as well it also indulges them with many beach and water sport activities like snorkeling, fishing, and diving. Tourists can stop at a small taverna or bar for a drink of feni which is a locally brewed drink made from cashew or coconut.
Colva is a beautiful beach in the village of Salcete in South Goa. This beach is a tourist darling, it is known for its beaches, food, pubs and bars. It is also known for its Portugal significance with a number of buildings which speak of history, elegance and architecture. Extending from Bogmalo beach to Cabo de Rama beach; its a beach filled with coconut reefs lined out.
With less crowd and limited shacks, this beach is clean, nice, and a popular choice for many tourists. It is a good alternative for tourists seeking a quiet place to spend calm and tranquil moments with their loved ones. It is thought of as one of the best beaches precisely due to its neatness and calm atmosphere prevailing there. Its seclusion, privacy and the tranquil green shades of trees are not the only thing that distinguishes it from other beaches. Tucked on the northern bank of Chapora River estuary, it houses many species of birds and is also the habitat for Olive ridley sea turtles. It is also known as the Turtle beach. It is popular for birding enthusiasts and to enjoy some dolphin sightings
Named one of the cleanest and the most scenic beaches of Goa, Palolem beach has so much to offer. This beach is one of the southernmost developed beaches of Goa, situated approximately 40 kms from Margao by the NH 66 and located between Patnem beach to the south and Agonda beach to the north. There are lots of activities to do in Palolem Beach such as scuba diving, backwater cruising, trekking, dolphin sighting, canoeing, partying, and many more. Palolem beach hosts silent noise parties. You can also visit the Canacona Island near Palolem Beach.
Vagator beach is of crescent-shaped that has become a favorite tourist among tourists for midnight parties also. Vagator beach is also famous as the 500 Old Portuguese fort of Chapora which is situated nearby. There are 2 beaches known as Big Vagator and Small Vagator.