North Goa beaches
Goa is a beautiful state located on the western coastline of India. It is an enchanting land where swaying palms, sunny beaches and sparkling water go hand in hand to attract more than two million visitors annually. Most people classify Goa as North Goa, the party place and South Goa, the serene land. Each region consists of forts, beaches, churches, bars, shacks and markets which are favourite hangout places for people visiting Goa. If you are a beach lover and you are in India, then Goa is a paradise which you are looking for. There are plenty of beaches which are lined up on the 125 km long coast line of Goa. Some beaches are isolated and are famous for its serene beauty, while others are full of water sports and party lovers. Here is a list of some of the famous beaches of North Goa that you certainly shouldn’t miss.
Baga beach is one of the famous hot spots among people visiting Goa. It was discovered by the Hippies and is located around 16 km away from the state capital Panaji. It records a high tourist turnout because of the sea, flea market, nightlife, water sports, its watering holes and eateries. Para sailing, windsurfing, wake boarding, kite surfing or a ride on a jet ski are some of the water sport options available for the tourists. The beach also consists of many beach shacks and beach huts that sell delicious Goan food and drinks. Cafe Tito and Cafe Mambo are the most famous among them. Baga beach is also very popular with western tourists who love to go for fishing, Dolphin spotting and short island trips. Its nightlife is one of the liveliest in Goa. There are live band performances and beach parties which creates a carnival like ambience for the place. All in all, it is a place to rock.
Calangute is the largest beach in north Goa and is also referred to as “Queen of beaches”. It is one of the most crowded beaches of Goa. It has large number of tour operators and travel agencies which can facilitate booking for all other beaches. Hence it is a landing destination for people visiting Goa. The beach is full of hotels, resorts and guest houses. It is also famous for antiques and handicrafts made in Kashmir, Tibet, Indonesia and Rajasthan. Unlike Baga which is popular with tourists looking for drinks, dance and party, Calangute is more of a family destination.
Candolim is located around 5-6 km away from Baga and Calangute. It is one of the clean and neat beaches of Goa. It is also known as High class beach because of the existence of top resorts, hotels and boutiques. It is a beautiful beach with mixed crowd of domestic and international travellers visiting it. It is also famous for Supersonic festival which is organized around New Year’s period. Most part of the beach is covered by Fort Aguada beach resort.
Anjuna beach is one of the Goan beaches which are famous for parties and live atmosphere. It has some of the best fun activities to offer in whole Goa. Wednesday flee market, outdoor parties and live artist performances are the highlights of this beach. The beach is also famous for its natural beauty and its unusual rocky formation. The visitors consist of travellers and performers from all over the world. It is a very inspiring place for artists. There are also number of tattoo studios and health therapy centres situated along the beach. A flea market is held on every Wednesday. It is very popular among the tourist and is spread across the vast cost line of Anjuna. One can buy stuffs, Eat delicious food, get a tattoo and enjoy the music. Curlies beach shack and Shiva valley is a must in your list if you are visiting Anjuna beach.
Vagator was one of the first beaches discovered by the foreign visitors. This beautiful beach is located about 22 Kms from Panaji. It is a secluded and crescent shape beach which is famous for its midnight parties. Mostly Western backpackers throng this place. Since 2013, the famous Sunburn festival is being organized in Vagator. Its highlights also include the red cliffs looking down on the shore.
Sinquerim beach is full of mesmerising beauty and crystal clear water. It is known for the famous Taj hotel and a magnificent 17th century fort which has now been converted into a prison. There are large amount of sporting activities like water-skiing, para-sailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing. It is truly a beach with natural beauty and white sand making it a most suitable place for a long beach walk.
Arambol beach is a destination of budget travellers. It is less commercialized compared to other beaches and is visited by large number of international travellers. It is also a favourite destination of hippies. The beach is bit far from the major tourist destination of Goa. The beach is divided in two parts namely Arambol beach and Harmal beach. Harmal beach can be reached by a 20 min walk through the amazing rock formation and spectacular view of nature.
Clear blue water and white sand is enough to define the beauty of Mandrem beach. It is one of the isolated beaches with very few shacks where you can visit to gain peace and relax. The beach is clean and very large. People often tend to visit here to spend a peaceful time while enjoying the picturesque landscape.
Ashwem is another hangout destination for party goers. It is very adjacent to Mandrem beach. But there is a huge difference in the lifestyle. Mandrem is a bit isolated and peaceful, while Ashwem is a very busy place in party season. There are many clubs and numerous fashion events are organized. You might also get the opportunity to spend some quality time in the beachside huts. Ashwem beach is also famous among marine life lovers because of the existence of Olive Ridley Turtles.
Morjim beach exhibits a mixed lifestyle of relaxation and fun. It is one of the few beaches in Goa where you will find less crowd and visitors. But on the other end it also famous for its Trance parties. Morjim also inherits its title of “The little Russia”. Significant number of foreigners visits this beach, but the major portion of this crowd comprises of Russians. You might even find the banners, restaurant menu cards and signboards written in Russian language. Morjim is also an important nesting place for Olive Ridley Turtles.
Miramar beach is one of the closest beaches to the capital Panaji, located only 3 Kms away. The beach was initially referred to as “Gasper Diaz beach”. It is a popular sunset hangout place for the visitors. The beach is very long making it an ideal place for an evening beach walk. The beach also offers a beautiful view of fort Aguada across the Mandovi River. It is also highly commercialized and offers a large amount of options for accommodation. Each beach in Goa has its own story to depict. They are all different in terms of atmosphere, beauty, type of people and their significance. The true essence of this feeling can only be experienced by visiting it. So if you have not visited yet, just go for it! Goa is truly a beach paradise.