Beaches are love, especially to me who has always been more a beach person than a mountain person. And last year, I was able to spend time at the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles. Trust me, once you have been to the beaches of Seychelles and Mauritius, you have a hard time finding other beaches as charming.
But Goa is known for its beaches and parties. And even though it is not Seychelles, it is definitely one of the best beach destinations in India. There is a lot you can do in Goa apart from spending time in the water.
One of the best things to do in Goa is to spend some time on the beautiful beaches here. So, we have mentioned a few of the best beaches in Goa that you should visit for an amazing Goan experience. Do let us know if you like the content.
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One of the best places to visit in South Goa, Colva Beach is one of the top beaches in Goa. This place is perfect for families and friends and has several restaurants and shacks for an epic night out. You also have a few Karaoke places here to have some fun here.
If you are interested in water sports then Colva Beach is the best place for it in South Goa.
One of the largest beaches in North Goa, Calangute Beach is a popular tourist attraction. And it is really famous for water sports activities like parasailing, water jet, water skiing, banana rides, and so on.
So, you can spend a day here, indulging in a few of these activities. Known as the queen of beaches, this place is perfect if you are looking to spend some time in the beachside clubs, shacks, etc.
A popular beach to visit in North Goa, Candolim is just next to Sinquerim Beach and is quite popular among families and foreigners. Not as happening as Baga or Calangute, Candolim is quieter and really picturesque.
So, one can come here to relax on the sun bed without having to worry about excessive crowds. You can also indulge in water activities like banana rides, jet skiing, paragliding, etc. here.
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Another popular beach to visit in Goa, Benaulim is a quieter beach and perfect for relaxing with friends and family. You will find a couple of restaurants and pubs here as well but not as many as the Colva Beach. So, you can come here with a picnic basket and spend some quality time with your friends and family.
This is definitely one of the top beaches to in Goa and is a great change from all the North Goa beaches.
Another one of the top beaches in Goa, Baga Beach lies in the North Goa and is best known for its party street. Trust me, this is one of the best places to visit in North Goa if you are looking for an all-night partying scene. You have some famous clubs and pubs here like Mambo’s, Tito’s, etc.
But that is not all, the Baga Beach has been completely transformed in the past couple of years. So, when you reach here at night, you will find a lot of open-bar shacks with platforms here for partying. And usually, these beach parties continue till 12-1 a.m. After that, you can enter one of the local bars like Mambo’s.
And the best part is that entry for girls is free in most of these party spots!
A quiet and peaceful beach in North Goa, Ashvem is the ideal place to visit if you are escaping the crowd. Unlike the popular beaches like Baga, Calangute, etc., you won’t find a lot of people or shops here on Ashwem.
There are just a few restaurants and hotels here. So, you can get your beach towel and relax while listening to the ocean waves.
A quiet and perfectly secluded beach in North Goa, Morjim Beach is located to the north of the Chapora Fort. It is not as commercialized as other popular North Goan beaches like Baga, Anjuna, Arambol, etc.
As a result, you can spend some quality time with your friends and family here and just relax on the beach. There are a couple of amazing villas here where you can stay at to enjoy the secluded beach and ocean view!
One of the top beaches in Goa, Arambol has more of a hippy vibe. And you would see a lot of foreigners, especially Russians around here. So, spending a day or evening at Arambol Beach can be quite refreshing and exciting.
You have a couple of pubs/bars here where you can drink and dance and enjoy an epic night. Also, don’t forget to explore the Arambol market which is just next to the beach. You can also try a Pita sandwich here, in one of the Russian cuisine outlets for a different food experience.
Another popular place to visit in North Goa, Anjuna Beach is known for its amazing flea market and a few beachside pubs. This place is perfect for some afternoon chilling as you can relax in the Curlies shack here which is just next to the ocean.
Different from rest of the beaches in Goa, Anjuna Beach is a more of a hangout place. And also, it has a different landscape with rocks lining the ocean which makes it really mesmerizing to watch during sunset. So, if you want to just catch up with your friends and have some light fun then Anjuna beach is one of the best beaches to visit in Goa.
Dona Paula Beach
One of the most romantic beaches to visit in Goa, Dona Paula beach is just 7 km from Panaji and offers the most amazing sunset views. There is a Goan myth associated with this place which is why you would see a lot of couples strolling around here in the evening.
With its lined palm trees and beautiful hillock view, Dona Paula beach is a must visit when you are exploring Goa.
Another beach which is close to Panjim, Siridao Beach is not as popular as other beaches in Goa which is why it is such a delight to visit. One has to be careful while swimming here because this is a rocky beach. But for all the shell lovers our there, this is the perfect place to visit as you can easily find oyster and pearl shells here.
So, if you want to explore a new and quiet beach in Goa then Siridao is the perfect location for you.
Close to the Anjuna beach and Chapora fort is the Vagator Beach which is best known for its scenery. This beach is split into two parts and has gorgeous red cliffs surrounding it.
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Also, it is not as popular as Anjuna, Baga, etc., so you won’t come across a lot of tourists here which makes it a perfect place for introspection.
Situated at a distance of just 13 km from Panjim, Sinquerim beach is one of the best beaches in Goa if you are interested in water sports. Here, you can go for parasailing, Scuba diving, dolphin watching, etc.
Also, it is not as commercialized as the other North Goan beaches so you can enjoy a relaxing time on the white sandy beach as well. Lying adjacent to the Aguada beach, you can also get a glimpse of the historical Aguada fort which was built by the Portuguese.
Also known as the Keri beach, Querim beach is one of the best places to visit in North Goa. This is the northernmost beach in Goa and has a unique scenery with rocky outcrops and a river inlet of River Tiracol. Situated north to the Arambol beach, one has to walk between the Sweet Water Lake and Querim beach to reach here.
But the entire hike is worth the effort when you can relax on this quiet and gorgeous beach which is lined with rows of trees.
Close to the Vagator Beach, Chapora Beach can be seen from the ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort, i.e., Chapora Fort. It can be quite calm and peaceful to look at the ocean from this beach and spend some alone time with your friends and family.
You won’t find a lot of tourists on this beach as they usually explore other popular beaches of North Goa. So, you will be mostly accompanied by locals here.
A quiet and secluded beach in South Goa, Cansaulim Beach lies between Arossim and Velsao Beach. And you can find here equipment to go fishing, diving, windsurfing, etc. which makes it a popular spot for water activities.
This offbeat beach is a great place to visit if you want to escape the crowd in Goa and enjoy some quality alone time with your travel partners.