10 Reasons Why Goa is a Beach Paradise
Beaches in Goa are famous among beach lovers from all over the world. The smallest state in India enjoys a long coastline along the Arabian Sea, therefore a number of beautiful beaches, almost 50 in number. After visiting Goan beaches, I must say it’s never easy to choose only 10 beaches in Goa, especially when you’re in love with most of them.
Every beach has its own unique charm, giving you a reason to visit. While beaches in North Goa are crowded and offering tourist delights, the southern beaches are famous for relaxing. The shores are renowned for sunbathing, swimming, water sports, massage centres, beach shacks, restaurants, fishing villages, night markets, disco clubs, shopping stalls, etc. Whatever be your mood or wish, there is always a beach in Goa to visit.
So here are the top 10 beaches in Goa, selected among the best of the best which makes your vacation in Goa memorable.
Beaches in North Goa
1. Calangute Beach
Calangute beach is the Queen of beaches in Goa. The popular seashore offers the most exquisite experience for beach lovers in India. Popular among low-budget tourists and backpackers, the shores were popularized by the hippies in the 60’s including The Beatles who frequented it.
Get to the beach for water sports, markets, restaurants, good food, lots of accommodation options. Though a little crowded it is undoubtedly beautiful. Calangute is famous for its nightlife and the popular pubs of Goa.
2. Baga Beach
Baga Beach is a blessed beauty which inspires art creations. Named after the ‘Baga creek’, which flows into the Arabian Sea, the shores are pure natural bliss. Definitely a number 2 on my list as it has the best of amenities around it.
Enjoy beautiful sunsets, sunbathing, and clicking pictures. Try out the thrilling water sports, including parasailing and boat rides. The shores comes to life as the sun sets, shacks present delicious platters of food with upbeat music blasting and free-flowing booze.
3. Arambol Beach
A long stretch of unexplored shores, Arambol Beach is one of the places you visit to enjoy peace. It is surrounded by cliffs on two sides, a freshwater lake, thriving markets, and serenity.
One of the best beaches in Goa, be delighted in the bohemian feel here. Enjoy paragliding, kite surfing, swimming, and even hot mud baths, fed by hot springs. Arambol has a reputation of beach parties, a rich music scene and a soft corner for hippies.
4. Vagator Beach
Vagator beach is blessed with white sand beautifully contrasted with black rocks, and a 500-year old Chapora fort in the background. The crescent shaped beach has a laid-back feel, and as the sun sets it brings out its rave personality.
Enjoy view of lush greenery and aquamarine water which takes your breath away. Trek to the cliffs for a spectacular view of sunset. The serene shore is perfect for a day picnic or to escape the busy beaches.
5. Anjuna beach
One of the popular beaches in Goa, Anjuna beach is known for its stunning natural beauty. Swaying palms trees, soft powered white sands and the spread of blue waters, creates the characteristic experience of the tropical haven of Goa.
It has been the favourite haunt of the hippies and their famous rave beach parties. Check out the famous flea market, held on Wednesdays, snack on scrumptious delicacies and do attend one of the full-moon beach parties.
Popular beaches in South Goa
6. Majorda Beach
Majorda beach is one of the best beaches in Goa where you fall in love with, in one glance. The canopy of palm trees open towards soft white-sands and aquamarine waters, creating an ambiance of harmony.
One of Goa’s best kept secrets, it being relatively unknown, lets visitors enjoy the shores without crowds. The beach waters are ideal for swimming and some water sports. Drinks and snacks are available in the quaint cafes and eateries.
7. Benaulim Beach
Benaulim Beach in Goa is perfect to relax without disturbances. One can just laze the day off soaking in the sun or watching the waves, as it gives you the pleasure of being in Goa. The best thing about Benaulim is that it is still rather undiscovered. Only a handful of tourists, photographers and the fishing folk occupy the lands. Sunset is a magical time to spend here. Beach shacks and water-sports are also available. Plan your wonderful beach holidays in India with tastefully crafted India tour packages.
8. Betalbatim Beach
One of the quieter beaches in Goa, the Betalbatim beach is perfect for soul-seeking. Dolphins are a common site near the shores and the local fishermen offer a ride to catch a glimpse of the Dolphins, though for a small price. All thanks to its seclusion, you can go for peaceful walks or playtime in the water or enjoy a day at the spa at one of the various luxurious resorts nearby.
9. Colva Beach
Definitely one of the best beaches in India, Colva beach consists of the finest powder white sand lined by coconut palms. This Goan beach is what we call, a perfect blend of an enchanting natural harmony. Spend time sunbathing or playing in the water. Evening invites people on the beach to revel in the glorious sunset. Few beach shacks are available which offer delicious snacks and drinks as well as some water-sports.
10. Cavelossim Beach
Soft silvery sands, a mesmerizing vast blue sea in front of it, the Cavelossim Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. Laze around, go for walks or indulge in Ayurvedic massages right on the seashore. Perfect for all, couples, families as well as backpackers, the beach offers dolphin trips, water adventure activities, fishing and more. Cavelossim is the sort of beach where you sit down and watch the sunset in its entire splendour.