A Goa trip with friends hardly turns into reality and the famous flick Dil Chahta Hai inspires an impromptu program. However, if you are fortunate enough to have got the tickets done to embark on a journey of a lifetime, you may want to plan your tour meticulously, so that you can visit as many places as possible. Let me tell you at the onset that there is a myriad of beaches in Goa and many of them are quite similar. So, you just can’t visit all the beaches in Goa unless it’s some kind of a life goal for you.
Here’s our list of 5 best beaches in Goa that will save you from the hassle of prioritizing place in your visit –
1. Baga Beach –
Situated in Calangute, North Goa, with some of the best pubs in Goa namely Titos, Mambos, among the others located at that iconic street makes this beach the best in Goa. There are sports ride aplenty that will fulfill your whim for water. If you don’t like crowded places, then you may find this beach a little loud, but I would say spending an hour just lazing around in a cozy sunlounger will do no harm or if you aren’t a teetotaler, you can always get into a shack and spill some beers. There are some beach resorts at Baga Beach if you love the sea-facing view. Calangute Bazaar for shopping Goan artifacts is you can say a stone’s throw away if you are at Baga on a Saturday.
The best time to visit Baga beach is afternoon so that you can enjoy water sports before the tides chip-in and then you can then head to your favorite pub.
2. Morjim Beach –
If you are a comfort person and love tranquility, Morjim Beach is the place for you in Goa. There are so many cottages and restaurants which offer some of the best things for relaxation. It is famous for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. The eateries on the beach offer a lot of Russian cuisines as Russians often patronize this place. Apart from that, the beach offers a view of dolphins coming out of the water and plunging back headlong, which is a visual treat for a nature lover. If you are a bird watcher or a photographer, you will get to click some beauteous photos of kites and Kingfisher. You can visit the beach at any time, but the evening is ideal.
3. Anjuna & Vagator Beaches –
Well, if you are going to Anjuna then let me tell you, it’s just a half an hour walk through rocks and you will find yourself in Vagator. These may not have one of those vast expanses of sands that you will get to experience in other beaches, but Anjuna & Vagator Beaches offer coziness and comfort. The iconic Chapora Fort is not far from there. Anjuna flea market offers trendy jewelry, clothes, antiques, earthen masks, mirrored bags or other souvenirs, and if you have landed up the beaches on a Saturday evening, then do not miss the iconic Saturday Market which offers a variety of vintage items.
4. Bogmalo Beach –
This may come as a surprise for few of you, but if you are disembarking from a flight at Candolim Airport in the morning, and want to begin your Goa trip with a peaceful morning, then I strongly recommend Bogmalo Beach. This curvy sandy beach is located in the fishing village of Bogmalo. If you are interested in deep sea diving, there is also a dive school at Bogmalo where you can take your first plunge. The beach has restaurants and shacks that offer the best Goan cuisine and Joel’s is a well-known pub where you can head for some fun. The most fun activity on this Goa beach is windsurfing, which collectively combines the pleasure of sailing and surfing both.
5. Palolem Beach –
Natural beauty, rocky outfits and one of the cleanest sand expanses make this beach one of the best beaches in Goa. It is situated in Canacona. The best part about Palolem Beach is that it’s shrouded in green trees at one end, which is a delight for nature lovers. If you have watched the Bourne series, then let me tell you that Matt Damon’s house was on this beach, something that has made the beach a famous beach in Goa. You can also enjoy some food and booze at Titanic Shack, which is often favored by tourists. Also, you can enjoy fishing and dolphin spotting in the sea. If you are going into the water, then stay in the northern section of the shallow part of the beach.
Goa has a lot to offer and thus it is a favorite holiday spot for many. If you are someone who loves to collect souvenirs from the places you visit, then Goa is a heaven for shopping freaks.