Best beaches to visit in Goa
1. Baga Beach
If there is one beach in Goa that remains alive day and night, it has to be the Baga Beach. It is one of the most popular of all Goan beaches. Guarded by rocky foreland, Baga Beach is the perfect place for spending a peaceful vacation. The serenity of this wooden headlandand its scenic beauty in itself is a tourist attraction. Beach parties or candlelight dinners, cool morning breeze and the sunset are some of the major attraction of this place. Tourists can enjoy traditional Goan cuisines at roof top restaurants, beach-side shacks or coffee cafes. It is generally during the night time when the beach comes virtually alive. Lots of great party options makes Baga Beach a party heaven every night.
Tips: Try out jet skiing, banana ride, para sailing and boating water spot.
2. Calangute Beach
Also known as the ‘Queen of Beaches’, Calangute Beach is the largest beach in Goa. Situated 15 km from the capital city of Panaji, the beach is a hub for backpackers and tourist from all over the world. The scintillating water and the golden stretch of land with gentle rhythm of pop music ranks Calangute Beach among the top ten beaches of the world.
Calangute Beach offers some of the best water-sports like water snorkeling, wind-surfing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing etc. All these activities starts early with the first sunlight and can be carried out till 4 PM. Here, you can also join the Indian Yoga Center which will teach you how to keep your body and mind fit, or you can also go for Ayurvedic massage. Calangute Beach is connected with most other important tourist place of North Goa, so it is a good place to be in during your Goa visit.
Location: Calangute Beach, North Goa, Goa 403516
Tips: Beaches here are quite crowded, so it is advisable to keep less cash in hand. Use Debit or Credit cards and avoid total strangers.
3. Candolim Beach
Lies 15 km ahead of Panjim towards North Goa, Candolim Beach is a popular tourist destination specially for the honeymooners. The beach is popular among the tourist owing to the scrub dunes present on the shore. This beach is usually less crowded and the uniqueness stands in the number of foreigners who visit everyday.
In addition to the natural beauty, the best thing to do around is to in water sport activities like banana rides, paragliding, jet skiing, parasailing, catamaran sailing and many more. You can also join the Indian Yoga Centres or go for the Ayurvedic massage. The SUNBURN FESTIVAL is also celebrated for 3 days during the winters which is filled with music, dance, food and many more other entertainments.
Location: Candolim, Bardez, Goa 403515
4. Colva Beach
Located 6 km away from the city of Margao in South Goa, Colva beach is a must-visit Goa tourist place. It is one of the most beautiful beach known for its food, pubs and bars. The beautiful glimmering sea and the sand are Colva beach’s most famous attraction. With nonchalant ambiance of the villas and mesmerizing view of the endless beach, Colva beach is perfect to feel life in its true sense.
Though, Colva beach is generally known for its peacefulness but it perks up at night for party lovers. A number of well-known restaurants and bars offer high music and dance with complimentary drinks. If you are searching for a place where you can rewind and relax, this beach is just the perfect place for you.
Location: Colva Beach Road, South Goa, Goa 403708
Tips: Take a stroll on the beach in the evening, the sunset with golden reflection on the pristine water makes the place worth visiting.
5. Arjuna Beach
Known for its unmatchable natural beauty and picturesque background with hills, Arjuna beach is arguably among the best beaches in India. Blessed with beautiful red laterite rock, people from all around visit everyday and enjoy themselves by relaxing on the beach. This place is well-known for its small rock by sea-side and the atmosphere during the full moon is that of absolute bliss with soft waves shinning under the moonlight.
Some of the most carried out activities of Arjuna Beach includes jet skiing and paragliding. If delicious food is your calling, Arjuna Beach has got many options for you. Trance music and wild rave parties are hallmark of this beach during the night time.
Location: Bardez, North Goa District, Goa 403509
Tips: A flea market is held every Wednesday and people from all around comes to this place to buy amazing products at cheap price.
6. Chapora Beach
Being a lesser known beach of Goa, Chapora beach is a beautiful, serence beach along the coast line which is filled with coconut palm trees and white sand. The green hills in the blackcloth, with stunning Chapora Fort at the top, makes this place a perfect spot for relaxing. Some of the major activities includes ringo rides, wind surfing, fishing and many more. It is a perfect beach for those who are looking to stay low and soak in the magnificent coastal view of the beach.
Tips: Try out the Feni-drink- a local brewed coconut and cashew drink. You can also try out the Goan exotic cuisine.
7. Majorda Beach
Filled with swaying palms and golden sands, Majorda beach is one of the most admired and beautiful beach because of its location. The tourist here loves to play sand games and read books by the sea side.
Like most of the other beaches, Majorda beach also offers water sports activities as paragliding, banana ride, skiing etc. It is also known for the famous Goa Christmas Carnival which is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm. Nightlife is another thing Majorda beach is famous for. Most of the nightclub and pubs offer huge entertainment. Along with some brilliant coastal amusement, it also famous for a large number of churches and Portuguese architecture.
8. Dudhsagar Waterfall
Situated on the Goa-Karnataka border, Dudhsagar Waterfall is one of the must see sights of India. It is a four tired waterfall and the fourth tallest waterfall of India. The fall of water from 310 m height creates the illusion of milk falling from the top. The waterfall is surrounded by lush green jungle that provides an additional beauty to the location.
There is a railway bridge which passes right in front of the waterfall and the trains always tend to slow down so that the passengers can see the waterfall closely. People tend to get down at the Dudhsagar Station and walk backwards on the railway tracks so that they can get the view of the waterfall. The fall is best experienced during the monsoon season.
Prominent for: Waterfall, View
Location: Sonaulim, Goa 403410
The multitude of beaches in Goa offer something for everyone. The beach that’s right for you will depend on the kind of experience you want to have. Here’s an glimpse of what to expect at each of the best Goa beaches:
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