Last Updated: December 3, 2018 Tanisha Sharma
“Salty air, cool breeze, good vibes, heart-stirring happiness and everything else that excites your soul, that’s exactly what Goa is all about!”
Goa! Just the thought of this place inspirits so much energy, doesn’t it? Though being the smallest state in the realms of Western India, Goa is one of the tourist destinations in India for anyone who either yearns to skip their grey monotonous 9-5 schedule or craves to jazz up on its gorgeous beaches to revive their soul inside out. Goa is an infinite sphere of beaches full of lively parties, romantic resorts, wacky water sports, sunbathing recliners, and a lot more. In fact, it won’t be incorrect to call the beaches the lifeline of Goa tourism, as they add to the surreal beauty of this popular tourist place in India. If you’re planning a holiday in Goa anytime soon, then you must read this blog here, as we will be discussing the best 20 beaches to visit on your vacation to this paradisiacal destination.
Starting up with the MOST in vogue beaches of North Goa
Baga Beach: Spend Your Vacation on Brown Sand, in Brilliant Cafes and Bustling Bazaar
Stretching its beautiful brown sand all over the place, Baga Beach is the first pick from the best beaches to visit in North Goa. Carved up with Calangute beach, Baga has a number of international tourists in its guest list, who would surely like to accompany when you go out wearing your best party outfit to Cafe Mambos or Club Titos for the desi vibes. And as the sea casts its spell on you, you can sunbathe or get on one of the banana boats, bumper boats or say parasail and scribble on the sky with your thoughts.
With a variety of people coming to Baga, you can expect an art lover in a tattoo parlour or shopaholics coming from Mackie’s Saturday Nite Bazaar with their gang tired of holding bags visiting Aroma Thai Day Spa, Glamazon Salon & Spa, or the Ora Regenesis Spa for a much required relaxing massage! And how can we miss out on the foodies, who would be “chilling” at Cocktails and Dreams, Cape Town Café, Cavala, Zanzibar, Cafe Blue Moon, Bistro and Fiesta. And if you stand out from all of these people and breath in the fresh air and do yoga at the beach then well, you are amazing too!
Candolim Beach: Relish the Scrumptious Food, Boho Feel and Vibrant Nightlife
Did someone say food? Not a bad thought I guess, when you have such amazing restaurants like After 7, Bom Sucesso, Bombras, Lloyd’s Steak Grill, The Republic of Noodles where you can hog on all authentic dishes from Chinese to saucy steak. Bon Appetit! As the day goes by you can meet the sea by indulging in knee boarding and wakeboarding for which Candolim beach is famous.
Add that pop of red or maybe eccentric blue with bohemian jewellery to the customised shirts or dramatic Bollywood dress you craved for from so long, which you can easily buy from these markets in Candolim. As the night approaches you might be in the search of a club where you can sit and loosen up for the night, try out places like Shiro Nightclub, Club LPK, and Pharos that are best to witness in Goa for nightlife. After the tiresome last night, reveal the soothing Ayurveda massage here in the specially curated centres.
Calangute Beach: Build Sand Castles with Your Kids, Relish Water Sports and Keep that Epicurean in You Satiated
If you get a chance to gaze at the magnetic combination of sand and the blue sea, would you miss it? Of course not! Walk around this popular North Goa beach and leave footprints here with your loved ones or build castles with your kids as Calangute beach is one of the top beaches for family vacation. Enjoy the sunset here in the specially curated sun lounges and shacks and sip on the very famous Feni or try Goan curry and rice. Family vacation means kids being fussy about food and it’s made easier with the shacks around the corner serving almost everything, wooh what a relief! Calangute beach is also widely visited for their watersports like kayaking, sailing, wind surfing, water snorkelling and parasailing, it won’t hurt to be a kid again, so go AHEAD!
The more you hit the road, the more you will find more unhackneyed things to do like going up the hill to the Saturday Night Market for chunky jewellery or souvenirs to take back home as a memory and then maybe, just maybe, you might end up visiting the Literati Bookshop and Cafe to get lost in the world of unheard stories and create one someday.
Sinquerim Beach: Get Enchanted with Beauty, Luxury and Incredible Sunset Views
Heard of Fort Aguada? The fort which was constructed in 1612 to guard against the Dutch and the Marathas well it stands tall in Goa on Sinquerim Beach, enhancing the beauty of the Arabian Sea. The fort is so large that it envelops the entire peninsula at the south western tip of Bardez, built on the mouth of River Mandovi. You can reach out to this place without much hassle with Panaji the capital of Goa just 16 kms away, and rail service available at Carambolim. Some of the best luxury beach resorts like Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, Vivanta By Taj are designed extensively near the fort for the finest cuisines, best in class service and royal rooms and ambiance.Sinquerim beach outreaches its tourists by being the longest one among the rest, where you would not miss a chance of that oh so stunning sunset and fun fishing excursions.
Vagator Beaches: Celebrate the Art of Music and Relish the Best of Goan Cuisine
Music gives a soul to the universe and wings to the mind to soar high, and Vagator Beach is one place in North Goa where you want to be in to celebrate the art of music as it’s the host of the famous Sunburn Festival. The much talked about event takes places in December from 28 to 31 every year and you surely wish this time to last forever. Sing your heart out with the crowd and feel goosebumps of this one of a kind experience. To calm your taste buds, there a lot of Mediterranean and Indian Cafes and restaurants on this one of the best beaches in Goa, serving food and drink from where you can order small portions and dig into different varieties. Enjoy being on this beach from the months of November to February and feel the cold air rushing past your cheeks. Visitors from here can also hike up to see the scenic view from the Chapora Fort which got its fame from the blockbuster bollywood movie ”Dil Chahta Hai” shot in 2001. Besides this, one not to miss sight is the Shiva’s face that is beautifully carved on a rock located at a walkable distance from Vagator Beach.
Anjuna Beach: Go Crazy Shopping Cheap and Luxuriate in Different Cuisine
Pop some tags in the flea market, buying all sorts of jewellery, clothes, ornaments with a touch of Gujarati, Tibetan, Kashmiri in them from Anjuna Beach which stands number one in the list of housing one of the best markets in Goa. Endowed with small rocks where people come for a walk or just breathe in the fresh air, you have all the liberty to feel the freedom away from home over here which is located about 18 km from Panaji and situated in Bardez taluka. Luxuriate in different cuisine from the shacks around the corner like Banyan Soul, Cafe Diogo, Whole Bean Tofu or Casa Anjuna.
Arambol Beach: Soak Up the Sun, Rub Medicinal Clay and Be a Part of Stunning Evenings
Wish every traveller could wander around and end up discovering something so heavenly like Arambol Beach, the way some hippies looking for an escape from the fading flower power era of the west in 1960’s did. Arambol is an integral part of Goa tourism and is adorned with a rocky cum sandy setting which outreaches you with its warmth up to 16 km. Also one of the main attractions here is the Arambol Sweet Water Lake; soak some sun and dip your feet in the lake and just relax! And if you believe in miracles then there is a saying that the clay blocks nearby contain magical healing properties, so try the practice of rubbing the clay on your body in the water. Those keen to earn some karma can donate to the money stone with the mantra: “Give if you can. Take if you have to.”
This is one of the best unspoiled beaches to visit in India where you can find accommodation easily if you are up for living in small simply built houses in the woods or cottages behind the beach. Show off your dancing skills in a dance off at the clubs that happen to be here. All in all, the atmosphere and aura of the beach welcomes you for new ventures, so go ahead!
Morjim Beach: Meet the Olive Ridley Turtles, View the Gorgeous Night Sky and Taste the Best Russian Delicacies
Meet Olive Ridley Turtles on this silent yet serene beach of North Goa. Morjim Beach snuggles and makes its places in the embrace of lushful greenery of Pernem district. Considered to be one of the most peaceful beaches with not much to explore, but just to spend your lazy afternoons or nights laying under the sky watching it’s ever changing colors of the sea; spotting dolphins, seagulls kingfishers, kites and other species. You never know, you end up liberating the photographer, writer or a singer in you.
An interesting fact about Morjim Beach is that it’s called the little Russia due to the presence a lot of foreign tourists, Russians to be precise. So you can try on some great Russian delicacies like Borsch and Kasha, offered in shacks around the beach with some Goan brew, Feni.
Ashwem Beach: Bask under the Swaying Palm Trees, Swim in the Arabian Sea and Savour the French Cuisine
Classified as a hidden paradise with palm trees waving, Ashwem Beach is one of the secluded yet poised beach in North Goa ideal for honeymoon holidays. Reflect your inner self as you swim in the warm Arabian Sea and listen to the soothing sound of the waves when they meet the land. Treat yourself with a lunch from the huts between the trees where you find a number of vendors cooking delicious food for you from French dishes to Indian ghar ka khana.
Walk a little inland, through the forest, to see some traditional Goan villages and temples. A much talked about attraction is the eternally beautiful Morjai Temple, an ancient place of worship. To get there, you can rent a bicycle or scooter in Goa or take a taxi or bus. If you are done for the day with all the peaceful time spent at Ashwem then you can get all dressed up and travel to bars and clubs of Arambol beach.
Mandrem Beach: Feel the White Sand Under Your Feet, the Wind in Your Hair and Catch a Fish or Two
Tucked between Ashwem and Arambol in North Goa, Mandrem Beach stands out with its radiant white sand, tinkling in the light of the night sky. The ones who prefer waking up early and taking a view of the sun rising, can also to their delight watch fishermen unloading their daily catch from their boats painted in vibrant colors as Mandrem is basically a fishing beach.
Variation with simplicity is the keyword for Mandrem as you will be charmed by the coconut palms touching sky along the shore, with the rustic flare of the boats fishing boats. Restaurants around the beach are also built of bamboo and coconut palms. Being a calm and full of solitude beach, Mandrem might turn you into a great photographer and as every picture has a story to tell, what does your say?
Let’s now shift your focus to the beaches in South Goa
Colva Beach: Take a Long Stroll and Be Prepared to Fall in Love with the Stunning Views
The beach expanding to over 2.4 Kms of pure white sand, Colva is a popular beach in South Goa. Put on your flip flops and start exploring! While taking a stroll on the Colva Beach, you will keep on falling in love with the glimmering white powdery sand which looks beautiful in the day and enchanting in the night. As you take your eyes off from the beauty of the sand and the sea, the other main attraction for the tourists is the “Menino Jesus” statue at the local church of Our Lady of Mercy founded in 1630. Visitors coming to the beach don’t miss out on the annual religious fiesta that is celebrated here in October and is one of Goa’s most popular feasts.
Palolem Beach: Dive into the Sea, Enjoy Kayaking and Bask Under the Glorious Sun
Go off the deep end on this one of the top 10 beaches in Goa, Palolem Beach, which is situated in Canacona with a 1.5 kilometer of powdery sand having amazing huts; the beach doesn’t only leaves you awestruck but pleases every nerve of yours. Wear that swimsuit and dive into the sea which can help to rejuvenate your senses. You can enjoy kayaking too for which this one of the top tourist place is famous.
It’s a thing with every traveller that they want a touch of wildlife in their trip and as you travel a short distance from Palolem, you will be elated to find the Monkey Island near Canacona Island where you will find monkeys, of course and Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary. If you are lucky enough you might catch a glimpse of a wild boar and a few more animals, exciting much?
Agonda Beach: Rekindle Romance, Walk Hand in Hand and Watch the Perfect Sunset
Those unsaid words, eye contacts, random smiles and unconditional love that makes our heart pump a little faster when we are with our loved one, requires a perfect getaway, and Agonda Beach is one when it comes to Goa. Agonda is among the places to visit on your honeymoon or for that much dreamed about beach holiday. Scream and shout while you accompany a dolphin in the sea or tie your laces or go hiking around Agonda, and when finally tired you have your tents on the beach for the rescue!
Benaulim Beach: Enjoy Enthralling Water Sports, Buy Kashmiri and Tibetan Jewellery or Simply Stroll on the Golden Sand
With a constant temperature in Goa mostly throughout the year ranging from 35°C (being maximum in summers and 28°C, it actually depends on you that when you listen to your heart urging for a vacation! Benaulim Beach, a part of South Goa, is amongst the list of favorite beaches as it leaves its visitors allured by the golden sand and soaring high palm trees. Get that fear out of your mind by taking up water sports like jet skiing, snorkeling, parasailing, and windsurfing. Show some extra love to yourself or your friends as you buy some exquisite Kashmiri and Tibetan jewellery from the market on the beach. Benaulim is also known for Bull Fight that takes place every October to late May, so if you happen to be in Goa don’t miss out the clash! Attractive beats of Konkani music, makes the bullfights interesting which are usually held in an old rice field with no fences or barricades just outside a village, so be cautious too!
Bogmalo Beach: Spot Pods of Dolphins, Savour Goan Food and Enjoy Candle Light Dinners on the Beach
Up for new experiences? Then Bogmalo is one of the must visit beaches in Goa, which is within the reach from Vasco Da Gama. This deserted beauty is also a small beachside village in Goa, not too small indeed! It is situated in a small bay with around a mile of curving sandy beach, where you can enjoy spotting dolphins. Eat at any of the handful of restaurants strung along the beach front. Joets at the north end of the beach, and Full Moon at the south end (next to Bogmallo Beach Resort) are a bit more luxurious and therefore slightly more expensive. The food is excellent at all of the establishments and the service always friendly and efficient. At some of the restaurants (especially the smaller ones) the waiter will set up a table with candles on the beach for you if you prefer a more “intimate” dining experience.
Majorda Beach: Shop Till Your Drop, Stuff Your Mouth with Delicious Food and Witness Surreal Sunrise
Escape the Monday blues on this beach which is a worth visiting hassle free zone. Considered one of the best beaches for leisure activities in Goa, where you can flaunt your love for shopping and eating all of the junk food, because of course you didn’t come to Goa to eat Salad! Stand out from the crowd wearing those golden sneakers and dance like no-one is watching till the sun comes up. You must have heard of Goa Christmas festival for sure, well Majorda and its beach are places to address the lit up streets and markets decorated with tinsel and buntings. Enjoy the soothing melodies and songs as the fest begins from the Christmas Eve. The traditional tea is offered at this time.
Butterfly Beach: Make Friends with Colorful Butterflies and Relish a Canoeing Experience
‘If nothing changes there would not be any butterflies,’ rightly said! The way we all used to run after butterflies and look at them and wished we could fly too won’t be missed here. This one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa is the homeland to not just some but many adorable butterflies fluttering their wings here and there. Let your hair down and lay in the lap of the gorgeous sand and maybe give nicknames to some dolphins, crabs or gold fishes as you make them your friends. One would call it a diamond in the rough being such a lovely creation, where you can witness some of the best sunrise and sunsets which would thrill up your soul for sure! Besides this you can try riding in a canoe, or trek along new ways. To reach out to this place you can rent a boat from Agonda or Palolem beach, which are the closest beaches to this one.
Cavelossim Beach: Watch the Dolphins Swim By and Get that Adrenaline Pumping by Indulging into Enthralling Watersports
Making a place in the heart of South Goa, Cavelossim has a different setting altogether. With Lava black rocks and white sand it would remind you of a chess game, just kidding! On the map it’s located 15 km south of Margao, the major destination for those arriving by train. Some of the main attractions apart from the usual dolphin spotting and watersports, the place is popular for football, yaay! Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim, a Football club based in Cavelossim represents them in Goa’s top tier league, the Goa Professional League.
Other noticeable tourist attractions of the beach are Leela Kempinski Goa Spa Center, having its own soothing Spaaaaa which when you are stressed relieves it and makes you feel happy again! Let the believer in you take over and visit this Shree Shantadurga Devasthan, a holy temple which houses the remains of the Goddess Durga.
Velsao Beach: Find Your Place for Solitude, Go Ghost Hunting and Luxuriate in a Spa Later
There is something quiet yet addictive about this beach! Located in Consua, it’s a beach for a perfect South Goa beach holidays as it is far away from the other overcrowded beaches. It is where you see the swaying trees and rushing waves. Collect some sea shells, which is probably one of best things to do on Goa Beaches, and wave “hi” to the starfishes there who may remind you of Patrick from Spongebob squarepants! Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa, The Queeny, Heritage village club Goa and a varied number of relaxing resorts and clubs with great amenities are round the corner if you travel a bit and explore. Love haunted places? Then you should surely visit Three Kings Chapel, a small historic chapel boasting a ghostly legend with a not to miss picturesque view in a serene setting situated a few kilometers away from this beach.
Arossim Beach: Sip Some Tea while Watching the Time Go By and Savour the View of the Sun Taking a Dip in the Sea
This pick falls in the pleasant surroundings of Cansaulim, which is among one of the largest villages in Goa. Arossim Beach is one of those beaches where you can have long conversations and let your heart be at peace while sitting on the sand sipping some tea. Pray for the wellbeing of your loved ones in the beautifully structured churches which are at a short distance from the beach. Apart from these holy places there is one place you would love to visit if you love art, and colors attract you, the Carlo Menze Art Gallery. This absolutely stunning place caters the lovers of pure authentic and one of a kind things a variety of ancestral oriental furniture, porcelain and authentic China and its a 45 minutes drive from the beach and totally worth it.
No matter how many small details we present in front of you we might still miss out on describing how wonderful your trip can be, so why are you still sitting there? Pack your bags, take tips from our Goa beach travel guide and enjoy the topsy-turvy ride along the resplendent waves of Goa and experience what has not been beheld before. If you wish, Tour My India can help you plan an unforgettable holiday in Goa. You can give us a call at +91-9212777224 or drop an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiry on our best Goa travel packages. Tour My India guarantees excellent holiday packages at the comfort of your pocket.
Published: 08 Sep, 2017