So you enjoy Sun, Sand and Beach all together! When in India, simply think of Goa and its pristine beaches. World-famous tourist attraction, Goa is known for its lively beaches, churches and historical significance. Lip-smacking food and cashew-feni are not far behind in weaving the network of fascination. As many of you are already aware, ‘East meets West’ culture makes Goa a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. In this article, we will discuss some of the best beaches to visit in Goa🙂
• Baga Beach
One of the most popular beaches of Goa, Baga Beach is located in North Goa. It is named after Baga Creek, the tidal estuary that empties into the Arabian Sea. The three-beach stretch ‘Baga-Calangute-Candolim’ attracts thousands of tourists every day during peak season.
* Closest airport – Dabolim – 39.9 km.
*Closest railway station – Vasco da Gama – 42.7 km.
There are many water sports activities on Baga. Banana Boats, Bumper Boats, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Cruises, and Parasailing are more than sufficient to pamper yourself. Hungry? No problem! A number of shacks and restaurants will take care of your hunger pangs.
• Colva Beach
Located in South Goa, Colva Beach is about 25 kilometres of fine, white sand with coconut palms lined along the shore. A buzzing hub for the tourists and locals, Colva Beach has Food stalls, restaurants, shacks, pubs and everything you could ask for.
* Closest airport – Dabolim Airport- 21 km.
* Closest Railway Station- Madgoan – 17 km.
Colva Beach remains crowded throughout the year. Lifeguards monitor the beach 24×7, a must because of the beach’s popularity. Swimming areas are marked with coloured flags according to the depth of water.
• Vagator Beach
Vagator Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. Nature has blessed plenty on this otherwise secluded beach. A popular beach, Vagator is surrounded by red cliffs. People gather here to experience the magnificent sunset through the rocks. The beach is not very crowded yet you’ll find some good eateries there.
A seaside headland divides Vagator into two parts- Big Vagator and Little Vagator. For party lovers, there are many places that play music for tourists. A good place to indulge in water sports, dance/music, delicious food while you enjoy nature at its best.
Nearest Airport – Dabolim – 43 km
Nearest Railway Station – Thivim- 19 km
• Sinquerim Beach
A spectacular view of Aguada fort built by the Portuguese, Sinquerim Beach and a four-storey lighthouse attract tourists to this beautiful place. It is the oldest beach well preserved by the authorities. Relatively calm, people come here for long walks along the coastline while enjoying the historical view.
Sinquerim Beach attracts people who want to run away from the noisy crowds and relax in the lap of nature. It is a clean beach with Dolphin-spotting trips and good food shacks.
*Nearest airport – Dabolim Airport- 36 km
*Nearest railway station – Thivim- 18 km.
• Palolem Beach
A mile-long, crescent-shaped Palolem beach in South Goa’s most popular beach. Though a mile long, the beach witnesses a variety of travellers visiting everyday. The ocean doesn’t get very deep in the northern part that’s safer for families and children. South part is apt for adventure lovers. Take Boat rides, go for Dolphin-spotting or just relax; Palolem beach has something for everyone. Shopping enthusiasts will find a variety of shacks selling local goods.
Reaching Palolem Beach:
Nearest Airport – Dabolim – 67 km
Nearest Railway Station – Canacona that can be reached from Madgoan Station in just 30 minutes.
• Agonda Beach
Agonda beach is one of the four beaches designated as turtle nesting sites under Coastal Regulation Zone. If lucky, you may get mesmerized by the sight of Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Your SIM will get no signal here, so visit Agonda if you really want to relax on the beach and enjoy your vacation. Less crowded than other beaches, Agonda beach is perfect for romantic walks and swimming.
Nearest Airport –
Dabolim airport is about a 90-minute drive away.
Agonda is 15 minutes from the more popular Palolem beach.
(Cola Beach lagoon near Agonda)
• Candolim Beach
Candolim Beach is considered as the most popular of all beaches. It stretches from Aguada fort to Chapora beach. Famous electronic dance festival Sunburn Festival that attracts lakhs of tourists is held here every year for three days. The beach presents you a perfect mix of fun and serenity. The tranquillity of water and sandy shores rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.
A variety of water sports like jet-skiing, bump rides, banana rides, sailing, parasailing, water skiing, wind-surfing are hard to ignore. One can also try Diving at Candolim Beach and explore the wreckage of Portuguese and Spanish vessels.
Nearest Airport – Dabolim Airport – 46 km
Nearest Railway Station- Thivim- 30 minutes ride
Having read about the Goa-beaches, you must be eager to romance with the enchanting Goa. What’s stopping you? Plan a memorable trip and remember to share your experience with me:)