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Goa Beaches

Beaches of Goa

Anjuna Beach

Anjuna beach is the most wonderful one for those loving full moon parties. This is 8 kilometers off Mapusa. Once a hippy hang-out, the beach is adored with unending palm groves and white sands. The sea is so calm that one cannot hold the urge to swim in the sea for long. Sea bathing is preferred here than anywhere else. There are a number of small stalls selling food and Kashmiri handicrafts. The beach is also an ideal place to watch and enjoy the sunset.

Baga Beach

Baga is 10 kilometers off Mapusa, is really a continuation of Calangute Beach. The beautiful blend of land and sea can be seen and felt here. A small river reaches the sea through the beach exposing the beautiful white sands. Red tiles fishermen’s stalls are there in a row here, an eye catching thing to every traveler. Night parties are so special in this place too. The best hotels in all of Goa are on Baga beach.

Benaulim Beach

The long beach is scenic with wooden boats ashore. The sea is safe for swimming and is free of jelly fish. The restaurants serve good food at most competitive prices in Goa. There are shack cafes in beach-front area. There are also smaller terrace restaurants that serve better food. Fresh seafood is succulent here. Buses from Margao, Colva, Varca, Cavelossim and Mobor pass by Benaulim almost every half an hour. Accommodation in Benaulim is principally budget houses in about a kilometer.

Bodmolo Beach

Bodmolo beach is for those who seek silence on seashore, as this beach is so quiet and calm. The place is also ideal for diving. Redbrick huts and palm groves flank the Bogmolo beach. Cafes that blare out western music and Kashmiri handicrafts stalls have sprung up. For a peaceful stay at Goa with no night parties the location is congenial enough. The beach is not crowded and the water is fine for swimming. Open water diving courses are offered at Bogmalo. Contact Goa Diving, House No. 145P, Chapel Bhat, Chicalim, Near Bogmolo for details. Bogmalo can be reached by bus or taxi from Vasco da Gama. Walk-in-places are fewer here. Advance booking of places of stay is recommended to obtain midrange guest houses.

Calangute Beach

Calangute Beach is Goas’ busiest and the most famous beach and one of the earliest destinations. Just 45 minutes drive from the capital takes you there. The road to beach is littered by stalls of Kashmiris and Bhutanese. Himalayan curios and jewelry are also available in their shops. You can find fishermen mending their nets in the shade beside old wooden boats.

Cavelosim Beach

Cavelosim Beach is 11 kilometers south of Colva. There are beautiful paddy fields that add a touch of greenery to the area. One can reach Cancona from here. The Assolina river reaches into the sea here. Palolem beach is just 2 km away from here.

Chapora Beach

Chapora beach is 10 kilometers from Mapusa. Adored with a beautiful Portuguese fort the beach is a leisure paradise. Fishing, boat building and tourism are the major means of living in the village. There are plenty of bars and cafes in Chapora. For accommodation guest houses are available. Chapora could be reached from Panjim and Mapusa. Motorcycle taxis are also available at the bus stop.

Colva Beach

Goa’s oldest and largest of resorts are in Colva. There are a number of hotels and stalls that sell curios and snacks with a middle round about. Swimming is safer in Colva beach; the shell strewn beach is pleasant. Young package tourists arrive here in large numbers and night life is colourful with dance and merry making. A big MTV satellite screen and a disco that keeps open until 22:00hrs. Candlelit dinner with succulent seafood is served at the restaurants. For the budget minded there are stalls along the Vasco Road.

Dona Paula

Dona Paula is 7 kilometers from Panjim. Sunbathing and water scootering are the major attractions here. Dona Paula offers good view of the Marmagao Harbour. The place is between two estuaries, Mandovi and Zuari. The official residence of the Governor of Goa is on Dona Paula Beach. On can also see a fort built by the English to ward off the French. Facilities for water sports are the best here. There are a number of clubs offering training and materials in water sports. Water scooter ride, Motor boat ride etc are available here. Buses head for Dona Paula from Panjim and Mapusa every fifteen minutes.

Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach is just 3 kilometer from Panjim. The spot is perfect for evening walks, with the Aguada Fort in view.

Palolem Beach

The crescent shaped beach with long stretch of coconut groves is so scenic. The beach is increasingly explored for its potentials in the last six years. There are cafes and restaurants to try a hand at. Freshly baked western whole food and cakes are a specialty here. The place caters to the budget travelers. Cycles are available on rent. Except for a handful of resorts and guesthouses the place has plenty of budget range accommodation.

Vagator Beach

A beautiful cliff separates Vagator beach from Anjuna beach. With a view of the red Chapora Fort in view, the Vagator beach looks so scenic. If you would like to loiter on a calm spot proceed to Ozran Vagator beach. This is just ten minutes walk from Big Vagator. One finds accommodation on budget scales on Vagator beach. There are a number of sea food restaurants behind the Vagator Beach. Buses leave from Panjim every fifteen minutes.

Varca Beach

If you like to explore a beach away from the town, away from the sizzles of traffic and crowd, this is the one for you. With a bicycle and cooking equipment one may find it so comfortable here. There are long rows of palm thatched houses of fisher folk, next to grassy dunes. Budget range guest houses are available.
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