Best Beaches in Goa for Tourists

Best Beaches in Goa for Tourists

The smallest state in India, Goa is synonymous with beaches and the most sought after tourist destination in India. This place provides facilities to sit back, relax on a leisurely vacation or gear up and explore for a backpacker's adventure trip. Whatever be the purpose, a visit to Goa is not fulfilled without spending enough time on its beaches. Tourists flock the 105 km stretch of beautiful beaches that dot the Konkan coastline. The best time to visit the beaches would be from October to March, with December being the most busy.

Beaches in Goa

Beaches in Goa

Here are a few of the best beaches not to be missed while in Goa.

Baga Beach:
Baga is not the ideal place to come for tropical tranquillity. Baga’s beach consists of tourist-friendly shacks, abundant with water sports and boat-trip touts, and rows of sun-beds. The crowd here is young and excitable, the music loud, and the atmosphere runs from cheerful to chaotic. This is the place for drinking and dancing, with clubs open until 4am – very unusual these days in Goa. A relaxed morning, sun-bathing with endless options of cocktails, juices and food is an added attraction at Baga. Interesting sights to visit close by include Portuguese forts at Aguada and Chapora.

Anjuna Beach:
The tourist season in Anjuna is world famous for its trance parties held on the beach. It is also the place to be for unwinding & experiencing a Goan sunset! Curlies is one of the original beach shacks on Anjuna Beach, offering an eclectic and expansive menu, chilled cocktails and a fabulous beachfront location.  There are many such beach-hut accommodations and shacks that dot the beachfront. At the north of the Anjuna, is its famous flea market, held on Wednesdays, which offers pleasurable shopping experience with quality products at reasonable prizes.

Tourists on Goa Beaches

Tourists on Goa Beaches

Calangute Beach:
The oldest beach to have been inhabited by the hippies during the 1960's, Calangute is the most popular beach in Goa. The peak tourist season, Christmas & New Year holidays, sees the maximum tourist influx but the crowd deters none from visiting this scenic beach. Right from the cozy and welcoming shacks with delicious seafood to the thrilling water sports and shopping , this beach has everything to offer for all its visitors. The art lovers also have an opportunity to visit exhibitions at the Kerkar Art complex during Summer.

Colva Beach:
This beach is similar to calangute in many ways, but the crowd is practically non-existent in the mornings and lesser during the nights. Situated in south Goa, this beach has sparkling white sands along its 25km stretch and houses nightspots that are livelier than anywhere else in Goa. The most popular alcoholic beverage in Goa and enjoyed in Colvá is feni. Cashew feni is made from the fermentation of the fruit of the cashew tree, while coconut feni is made from the sap of toddy palms. The beach is particularly busy in October, when hordes of religious pilgrims come and visit Colvá Church, famous for its statue of Menino Jesuse.

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Cavelossim Beach:
This beach in south Goa is famous for its contrasting black rocks and white sand providing a picturesque location to lay back and enjoy. Cavelossim is situated between Sal river and Arabian Sea. It is again a clean & beautiful beach and a must visit for anyone travelling to Goa. Around this beach are many luxury hotels and upscale resorts, thus the crowd is comparatively lesser and more posh. Nightlife takes a backseat as this extraordinary place is frequented by the solitude seekers.

Adventure water sports in Goa Beaches

Adventure water sports in Goa Beaches

Candolim Beach:
This the most perfect beach for those who want to do absolutely nothing and spend some peaceful time on the beach or probably go for a safe swim. This is a clean and less crowded beach situated in North Goa with a few tourist attractions too. The Aguanda fort, the lighthouse & the church are to be definitely seen whilst here. Adding to the scenic beauty are the scrub covered dunes on the back side of the beaches, quite popular with the tourists. Those with a thirst for Goan history and architecture shouldn't miss a visit to Candolim’s Calizz (which means ‘heart’ in Konkani)

Palolem Beach:
The beach is featured as the Goan residence of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) in the film The Bourne Supremacy (2004). The initial footage in the movie gives a good idea of the natural beauty of the beach - the distinctive tree covered rocks at one end (known locally as Green Island - to which tours are run) and beach shacks. The beach is approximately 1.6 km long and crescent-shaped. The depth of the sea increases gradually, being shallowest at the northern end of the beach, making it safe for average swimmers. At the top of the island adjoining Palolem beach there is a stone sculpture created by an American conceptual and land artist Jacek Tylicki called "Give if you can – Take if you have to" also called the "Money stone". At the low tide it is a tough jungle walk and a guide is recommended. People can leave or take money at will at the Money stone.

 

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