Famous for: Family destination; Food; Accessibility to other beaches
Known as the Queen of Beaches in Goa, Calangute Beach is the longest one in North Goa stretching from Candolim to Baga. Due to its sheer size and popularity, it is a favorite among travelers from all over the country as well as from abroad. It is well-connected with the other beaches in the north namely Baga, Anjuna, Candolim, Aguada and few more. The accommodation availability and choices are huge on the Calangute Beach, ranging from resorts to luxury hotels to villas as per individual preferences and affordability. The lively beach is always active with the sound of waves blending perfectly with the rhythms of trance music from beach shacks, and with the flavors and aroma of fresh seafood served with the best quality liquors. Being one of the busiest and most commercially crowded beaches of Goa, Calangute doesn?t fall short of eatery joints, shacks, and clubs always bubbling with a nightlife that remains alive till the sun rises. Tio Tilly's Bar and Kitchen, Carvalho's and Spice It are among the most happening places. The irresistible water sports at Calangute Beach are one of its most exciting aspects. It is also a paradise for the shopaholics with a wide spread roadside stalls selling antiques, junk jewelry, keepsakes and beachwear.
Famous for: Party scenes; Nightlife; Night Flea Market; Britto?s
If you want to experience Goa nightlife the best, go straight to Baga Beach. Located close to Calangute Beach, Baga is among the most popular beaches in North Goa which got its name from the Baga Creek flowing into the Arabian Sea. The signature places like Britto?s, Tito?s and Mambos are the names that remain in the hearts and mind of every party-goers. The beachside shacks come alive only after the sun sets making alive a nightlife, complete with pumping music and lip-smacking food. Baga Beach is equally famous for its designer stores as well as for its street markets. Lined with an array of tattoo parlors, tarot shops, palmistry shops, spas, sun decks and some legendary shacks,Baga has shopping options for one and all. Arpora Saturday Night Flea Market is one of the most favorite destinations for the shopaholics. Baga is an absolute fun place when it comes to water sports and activities like banana boat rides, bumper boats, water scooter, Jet Ski, dolphin cruises, and parasailing, and more challenging and adventurous ones like body boarding, single and double kayaking, paddle boarding, knee boarding, speed boat rides, surf board lessons, and wakeboarding to pump your adrenalin rush high. You may also take a dive close to the lagoon near Baga River to explore the wonderful underwater life.
Famous for: Live music; Anjuna Flea Market; Water sports
Anjuna Beach in North Goa is for the ones who want to feel the free and happy vibes of the region.Known for its hippie culture and rocking nightlife, Anjuna Beach is a favorite especially for the young crowd. Rocky shores, plunging waves and the swinging music of the electric bygone era ? all contribute for a positive and energetic ambience at the Anjuna. While a night out at the Curlies, or an EDM tuned dance floor at the Caf? Lilliput are worth experiencing for the night owls and party lovers, a quick bite devouring the delicious culinary goodness at Burger Factory, Baba Au Rhums, or Basilico bring out the overall essence of the place. The choice is entirely yours as a tourist ? whether to lose yourself in the famous trance music of Goa or to perk your adrenalin rush up b y trying the different adventurous sports. The exciting bungee jumping from an 80-feet tower along with paragliding and windsurfing are the most favorite for the adventure freaks. Other activities like jet skiing, banana boat rides, parasailing, bumping ride, water scooter and paragliding are equally popular. The famous Anjuna Flea Market held every Wednesday is a shopper?s paradise with its variety of items on display for sale.
Famous for: Scenic beauty; Exceptionally picturesque sunsets; White sand
Palolem Beach, on the southern tip of Goa, is a white sand paradise, especially for those who seek some tranquility and peace. Also known as the Paradise Beach, the coastline stretches between two magnificent headlands, lined with towering coconut palms for almost a mile. The beach was secluded till the 1980s after which it got noticed and today, it is one of the cleanest and least crowded beaches in Goa making it a relatively virgin one. One of the common attractions of Palolem Beach is the ferry rides that exclusively serve to take tourists to see dolphins on the way to Butterfly and Honeymoon Beaches. The stretch of a mile-long shoreline offers you with ample of options to pick from ? to treat your taste-buds, to relax and entertain, and to chill at the beach shacks. The sea here is among the calmest and most suitable for swimming and walking by the shore. The families mostly flock to the northern end of the beach, while the young crowd generally occupies the central and southern part of the beach which is known for its parties, nightlife and entertainment. Unlike most of the other beaches in Goa, Palolem doesn?t have a big party scene, though the famous Silent Noise Parties held at Neptune Point draw quite considerable crowd. The basic accommodation style at Palolem is straw huts which have all the amenities and comfort.
Famous for: Powdery white sand; Dazzling nightlife; Sunset view
Talking about the most visited beach of Goa, none can beat the Colva Beach. The 25-km long stretch of coastline extending from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama is distinctly famous for its powdery white sand topped with the beauty of swaying coconut trees. The stunning view of shacks, nightclubs and souvenir stalls complete the overall look of the beach. There are several villas, bungalows and striking houses of the elite class portraying their luxurious lifestyle and choice of living by the seashore. Colva is a family destination and a favorite for the ones looking for some adventure. The engaging water sports like paragliding and banana boat rides are must try to explore the beauty of the water and the coastline from above. The amazing nightlife of Colva is yet another attraction for the tourists ? especially for the peppy music and appetizing seafood along with drinks at reasonably low price. Street shopping is an experience by the busy local market that has everything from glow tshirts to junk jewelries to local delicacies and knick-knacks for souvenirs. Above all, a stroll by the seaside on the white sand is a pristine experience especially during the sunset when the entire region turns golden, reflecting a vivacious atmosphere to pluck the romantic strings of your soul.
Famous for: Bohemian culture; Beach parties; Yoga at beach
Arambol Beach is among the best beaches of North Goa and is quite different from the other beaches which are mostly crowded and active. Arambol Beach, instead, is known for its serene and composed ambience, unexploited by huge crowds. The beach is a rocky cum sandy beach with lush greenery on one end and the sea facing the other side. It has a unique Bohemian feel all around that attracts tourists from all over the world. You will notice several distinct minute things ? be it the random Yoga classes on the seashore, or a drum circle, or the popular weekend market that unveils at sunset, or some yogi on top of a hillock. Being the northernmost beach in Goa, it is geographically bordered by Keri or Querim beach on one end and Morjim on the other. There is a sweet water lagoon located at the end of the adjacent Kalacha Beach. The shallow water of the lake makes it amazingly calm to swim in, while the sand found here is known to have healing properties. The soft white sand and the clear water not only offer the perfect visual treat, but is also great for sunbathing. The small hillock near the beach offers some genuine options for the adventure freaks who can opt for paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips.
Famous for: Scenic beauty; the View Point
Dona Paula is a beach which is filled with romance, stories and legends of eternal love in its air. It is one of the most happening beaches in North Goa which derived its name from the tragic love affair of Portuguese Viceroy?s daughter Dona Paula and a local fisherman. Their match was not accepted, which lead the young Dona Paula to throw herself off a cliff into the Arabian Sea. The Viceroy named the area Dona Paula as an eternal tribute to the forbidden romance and love. A black stone statue of the couple stands on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea with a sweeping view of the Marmagoa Port in the background. With the legends sweeping off the area, there is an unarguably mystery and charm in the beach. Dona Paula beach has spectacular scenic beauty doubled by fronds of palm trees breaking the silvery shimmer of the beach sand. There are lots of options in water sports as well as in food, shopping, accommodation and sightseeing. There are multiple water sports options available to perk up the mood of those in need of some serious adventurous experiences. Dona Paula has loads to offer and there is no dearth of options to keep your holiday spirits high.
Famous for: Rocky cliffs; Local art and music
Vagator Beach is for those who want it large and happening. One of the most revitalizing beach holiday destinations in North Goa, Vagator Beach sits perfectly as your preference if all you want is to soothe your eyes. The beach is characterized by a combination of its soft white sands and spectacular rocky cliffs overlooking the sea. There are two major parts of the beach ? the Little Vagator (Ozran Beach) and the Big Vagator. Not only the view, but the exceptional dining option at the shacks is also a heavenly experience for every foodie. Vagator Beach has gained international recognition as a place of preference in the hearts of tourists mainly for its cuisine culture. Thalassa ? an artistic Greek-themed beach restaurant is a must visit for its stunning gourmet adventures. Lined up closely are the Villa Blanche Bistro, Antares Beach Restaurant, and Fusion Restaurant known for their lip-smacking cuisines. Mostly ruled by its local art, music and nightlife, Vagator Beach is a lively affair. It has its own charm that guarantees an escape full of fun, frenzy and an unforgettable rendezvous with the cool breeze and trendy waves. There is a stay option available for each near the beach varying in preferences and pocket pinch, Choose anything from the luxurious resorts, luxury hotels, and guest houses that sits perfectly in your choice.
Famous for: Olive Ridley Turtles; Russian influence
Morjim Beach is one of the cleanest and most tranquil beaches of North Goa. Famous as a nestling spot for Olive Ridley Turtles, the beach is also named as the Turtle Beach. Since the species of the turtle is endangered, Morjim Beach is a protected area and no beach parties or shacks are allowed. You will find a few at quite a distance from the beach, though they don?t play loud music. The beach is also identified as ?Little Russia? as a huge number of Russians visit the area for almost a month long holiday. Consequently, the place is full of Russian signboards and shops that sell Russian cuisine. The untouched beauty of the beach is mainly because of the protected nature, which results in vast vistas of sand stretched endlessly soothing your eyes with the pristine beauty. However, adventure lovers must not lose heart as there are ample of fun elements and multiple cuisine options to devour on. You may also grab a chilled beer while enjoying the nature by the beach, or get into some shopping action on the beach. Since the water has shallow depth, it makes the Morjim Beach an excellent spot for kite surfing.
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