There are a lot of things people associate with Goa: partying, sunbathing, adventure. But Goa and beaches are most synonymous with each other. The former Portugese colony boasts of some incredibly scenic beaches. Depending on the kind of experience you want to have, you can choose from the Goan beaches listed below:
- Calangute Beach: This is the most commercial and thriving beach in Goa.Tourists can also pick up unique trinkets and other handmade items as souvenirs from here. It also houses the Kerkar Art Complex, which a lot of tourists visit. If you’re a people’s person who loves to be amidst crowds, you should definitely visit Calangute Beach.
- Mandrem: Situated in North Goa, this is the beach to go to, if you long for some solitude and serenity.Counted among the most beautiful beaches in Asia, Mandrem is the beach most preferred by honeymooners. There is nothing much to do in Mandrem but to laze around, swim in the clear waters or visit the eateries to enjoy local food.
- Anjuna Beach: Once home to the hippies, Anjuna Beach located in North Goa is known for its parties, after the sun sets. Curlies, right at the southern end of the beach, is the most happening spot. The Wednesday Anjuna Beach flea market is also a popular attraction among tourists here. Anjuna beach is 18 km away from Panaji and the closest railway station is Thivim.
- Agonda: Among the relatively less crowded beaches of Goa, the long and isolated stretch of Agonda Beach is perfect for those who wish to enjoy the stillness and nature. The closest main railway station from Agonda is Marago and the beach is situated 76 kilometer from Panaji. Stay in a simple hut and you can even go dolphin spotting.
- Miramar Beach: Close to Panjim, Miramar Beach has a long coastline and silvery sands. Visit this beach between the months of November and March to spot migratory birds like plovers and gulls. Miramar also offers its tourists plenty of places to shop. Aguada and Dona Paula are the two other popular beaches near Miramar.
- Arambol: Located on Goa’s far northern stretch of coastline, Arambol Beach was once a small fishing village.Indulge in alternative therapies such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki here. Water sports and dolphin sight-seeing trips are on offer here as well. The closest railway station from Arambol is Pernem.
- Baga: One of the most popular tourist spots in Goa,Baga Beach nestled between the Anjuna and Calangute beaches is about 15 km away from Panaji. The beach is famous for its water sports and dolphin cruises. If you enjoy wind surfing, visit between January and March to enjoy this sport. Baga is also the hub of Goa’s famed nightlife. To sample some fine food and wine, eat at Lila Cafe and Britto’s. Dance the night away in the well-known Cafe Mambo and Club Tito, which are located right off this beach.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Goa has a beach to offer to every kind of a tourist. So choose your pick from the list above and laze around on the beach!