Baga Beach is situated on the periphery of the village of Calangute. It is around 9km from Mapusa and 15km from Panaji, and is in very close proximity to Baga Beach.
Most visitors arrive at Baga Beach via rail; taking the train to Thivim and from there, a short taxi ride to the beach. Access by air is also popular, with the nearest airport, Dabolim, around 55km from Baga and from there, a taxi to the beach costing around Rs.900/-.
The Baga Beach is around 1.5km long and offers pristine, fine white sand and a real local feel with many traditional huts still used by the local fishing population.
It is also one of the widest beaches in Goa and provides its visitors with an increased sense of privacy. This is something that many of the more popular beaches in Goa lack, and consequently, Baga Beach has been widely regarded as an escape from the nearby, popular Calangute Beach.
Baga is also very family friendly and features a river and creek just a short distance away.
This provides tourists the opportunity to relax in still and safe waters.
Baga Beach is very well known for its water sports; one of the primary attractions of the beach for tourists. Everything from jet skiing to parasailing, wake-boarding, windsurfing and kite surfing is offered, along with almost every other type of activity imaginable.
Diving expeditions, boat trips in Goa to nearby islands and the ever popular dolphin watching excursions to observe the large pods of dolphins which often congregate about 1km out to sea are also in high demand from visitors to the beach.
It is therefore highly advisable to pre-book any trip early in the morning upon your arrival to avoid disappointment.
As with all other beaches in Goa, there are also markets on Baga Beach almost every day of the week, offering everything from hot snacks to souvenirs.
Visitors indulging in some casual retail therapy are then able to relax in one of the many hammocks dotted along the shoreline and can enjoy the many local cocktails on offer.
Calangute Beach is situated in northern Goa and is on the periphery of the town of Calangute which is home to around 17,000 people, making it one of the largest beach populations in Goa.
As a result of this relatively large local population, Calangute is also one of the most accessible beaches in the whole of Goa, well served by bus and train lines from almost every major town in the area.
In light of this, many tourists choose to approach the beach via Vasco or Margao, with a single bus ticket costing around 50 rupees and taking on average 30 minutes.
Calangute Beach has made a name for itself as the “queen of all beaches” in Goa due to its sheer size, stretching all the way from Baga to Candolim and attracting the vast majority of tourists visiting Goa.
Whilst the beach might not possess the natural beauty on offer at other beaches such as Anjuna and Bogmalo, it makes up for it with its wealth of attractions of both water-based and cultural nature.
Calangute Beach is certainly the beach to visit if you are looking for excitement and entertainment beyond basking in the sun alone. There are vast numbers of water sports providers situated on the beach with prices being very favorable due to the level of competition present between companies.
Jet skiing, parasailing, snorkeling, diving and sailing are incredibly popular amongst visitors whilst there and also things to do for those looking for more of a cultural experience.
For instance, set just back from the beach is the Church of Saint Alex, featuring a large dome, two intricately designed towers and a wealth of architectural delights which can be found inside.
As you would expect of a beach dominated by tourists, Calangute Beach offers a wide range of cuisines to suit every palate. A firm favorite amongst visitors is the Oriental restaurant, a small Thai kitchen style outlet which has become a hit amongst European tourists.
In addition, the Tibettan Kitchen, the Temptation Shack and Xavier’s Beach Café also offer reasonably priced food of exceptional quality.
When contemplating where to stay in Calangute Beach, you can’t help but notice the wide range of luxury resorts situated on the beachfront. If you have a high budget, then the Hotel Golden Nest, Hotel Villa Theresa or the Chalston Beach Resort are options well worth exploring, each offering high quality rooms with stunning views of the coast.
However, the aforementioned are often fully booked, so inquiries made well in advance are highly advisable. However, staying at a luxury resort is not the only accommodation option available to tourists in Calangute.
There are many guesthouses and lower cost hotels located just a kilometer or two away from the beach front, so visitors shouldn’t feel limited in choice to just the five star resorts located directly on the beach.
If you are seeking a beach which offers more than just a place to relax and sun bath, Calangute Beach certainly fits the criteria.
Due to its ever increasing tourist popularity it provides a wealth of attractions and entertainment and is only a few kilometers away from many of the smaller beaches in Goa.
Vagator Beach is located in northern Goa, just a few kilometers from the ever popular Anjuna Beach and as with all beaches in Goa it is easily accessible via train or bus from the popular intermediary towns of Margao and Vasco.
Vagator Beach is one of the quietest in Goa, situated in a rural location and away from the main tourists hubs, it offers a retreat for undisturbed relaxation.
Interestingly, Vagator is not one single beach, rather it is split into two beaches by a small area of headland, leading to the creation of Big Vagator Beach and Orzan Beach (or Little Vagator Beach) with Big Vagator Beach being the most popular of the two. Both beaches are to a significant degree unique in their offering of an emerald green sea, as opposed to the crystal clear waters seen elsewhere.
Furthermore, both feature undulating red cliffs and fresh water springs; the only beaches in Goa to possesses such geology. Vagator Beach very much remains a locals beach, though this is by no means to say that the local population is unwelcoming of tourists, rather, the opposite is true and this lack of tourists adds to the attraction of the beach.
Activities on the beach are extremely limited so you may want to bear this in mind if you are looking for the water sports and go-karting offered at some of the more popular beaches in Goa. Rather, at Vagator Beach, the main activity is simply relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.
This being said, many tourists take the opportunity over the course of the day to explore the cliffs surrounding the beach.
Furthermore, a significant number also choose to hire a bicycle or motorbike to discover the surrounding area and town of Vagator, where it is possible to observe the daily life of a traditional Indian town without the imposing tourist developments seen elsewhere.
Whilst there are minimal accommodation options directly by the sea front due to years of successful campaigning by the local population against such developments, a number of resorts and guesthouses are located around 700m inland.
These resorts vary greatly in quality all the way from the Leoney Resort which offers villas and suites with private swimming pools, to the more basic but comfortable Asterix Hostel. A word of caution here, however, is that in light of the limited accommodation, often hotels are fully booked well in advance, and therefore pre-booking is essential.
Vagator Beach is not only conveniently located with great transport links to popular tourist towns in Goa, it possesses unique geology and a wealth of natural beauty.
Vagator truly represents the perception of paradise that many travellers to Goa hold, and does not disappoint.
Miramar Beach is situated in very close proximity to the capital of Goa, Panaji, whilst it is also just a few short kilometres away from the popular tourist beach of Dona Paula. Due to its closeness to the capital, it is easily accessible with regular public services running throughout the day and into the late evening on a daily basis.
Miramar Beach is known locally as ‘Gaspar Dias beach’ and offers visitors in excess of 4 kms of soft white sand in addition to a deep forest which follows the beach for its entire length.
The beach is well known for the solitude it provides and is ideal for those midnight moonlight walks across the sand. In addition, the views it offers of the surrounding area such as Fort Aguada and many more sites of cultural and historical significance nearby is a factor which continues to drive tourists back to its shores year upon year.
Miramar Beach is often viewed by both locals and tourists alike as a base for further exploration of the beaches directly to the North and South.
This is for many reasons, but primarily due to the strong undercurrents that are often present which mean that the sea is highly unsuitable for the average swimmer. Some say it is for this reason that the Portuguese named the beach “Miramar” during India’s time as a colony, a name which translates to “watching the sea”.
Therefore, the main activities on offer are simply sun bathing or exploration of the surrounding area on foot. Miramar has much to offer in terms of its landscape, with rolling hills, tropical fields and a mass of palm trees all very close to the beach making it ripe for investigation by visitors.
The popular Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is also located nearby and makes for a memorable experience as it houses a wide variety of exotic birds that are both migratory and native to the local area.
Due to the capital of Goa, Panaji, being situated less than 3 kilometers away, many visitors also choose to venture inland to take advantage of the rich culture it provides. From the ancient temples to the sought after river cruises and jungle treks, there are a wide variety of tourist activities to choose from.
Miramar is very commercialized so as you would expect, there is a wealth of accommodation options for tourists, ranging from serviced apartments to luxury 5 star resorts and popular locally run budget hotels. The vast majority of hotels offer spectacular views of the sea.
There’s also a wide variety of dining options available at Miramar; from the traditional food stalls which characterize Goa serving predominantly local cuisine, to more mainstream restaurants catering specifically to the Western tourist market.
Whilst Miramar Beach might be unsuitable for swimming, this really shouldn’t be viewed as a negative factor. Not only does it more than make up for this with its immense natural beauty and wildlife, but it serves as the ideal base for exploration of both the surrounding area and other beaches which are located just a short walk away.
Anjuna Beach is located around 6 kms north of the towns of Calangute and Baga, with the nearest town being Mapusa which is around 2.5 kms to the east. Anjuna Beach is well served by public transport services with many tourists favouring a train journey to Mapusa, followed by a bus trip to the central bus station, Kadamba, and then a further short bus journey to Anjuna itself.
It is also possible to hire a rickshaw from Mapusa directly to Anjuna Beach, with this costing on average 400 rupees but allowing you to arrive at the beach in a far shorter period of time compared to public transport.
Whilst Anjuna Beach is perhaps not as picturesque and secluded as the beaches of Agonda and Aramabol, it is still one of the most idyllic of Goa’s beaches and has grown to become one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The beach itself stretches around 2 kms and features fine white sand interspersed with formations of laterite rock which are red in color and provide an intriguing landscape to explore.
There is much to keep tourists entertained at Anjuna Beach and generally speaking, the waters are ideal for swimming, but it is wise to consult with the lifeguards on duty as occasionally the beach can be subject to strong undercurrents. In addition to swimming, diving and snorkeling are also popular activities and are offered by many companies operating from the shoreline at very reasonable rates.
Anjuna Beach has long been regarded as one of the best locations from which to observe the barracudas, turtles and enormous variety of fish which frequent the waters around Goa and is an experience not to be missed.
For those looking to avoid the water, Anjuna Beach has developed over time to encompass a wide range of land based activities in response to increasing demands from tourism.
For example, set slightly back from the beach is a go-karting track. There are also daily markets on the beachfront, as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and bars where you can find a wide range of dishes including Italian, French, Israeli and Indian cuisine.
A firm favorite with tourists visiting the beach has also been the short elephant treks offered by the locals, exploring deep into the surrounding area with the assistance of knowledgeable guides.
However, what Anjuna Beach is historically renowned for is its nightlife and whilst parties are gradually being curtailed by the local authorities, visitors will usually find at least one event planned on the beach each night of the week.
Due to the ever growing popularity of Anjuna Beach, it has not avoided the commercialization other beaches nearby have successfully resisted. However, this is not necessarily a negative aspect as most developments are set back from the beach, allowing the area to retain its natural beauty.
As a result of this level of development, visitors to Anjuna Beach will always find a place to stay. Overall, Anjuna Beach offers visitors the best of both worlds, retaining a significant degree of natural beauty whilst also possessing all of the amenities that tourists are increasingly coming to expect and which are often not found in a number of the more isolated beaches in Goa.
At Moradia dos Quadros, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. Our Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and Homestay on Divar Island offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy people from all walks of life.
Candolim Beach is situated in Northern Goa and can be accessed via a short 30 minute drive from Dabolim airport or by taking one of the many train and bus services operating from the popular town of Margao.
The somewhat isolated location of the beach lends itself to relaxation. Offering a long expanse of golden sand and being up to 20 meters wide, Candolim Beach is extremely spacious.
It also features a vast network of sand dunes which visitors can explore, a feature which has long proved a firm favorite amongst those travelling with children. Candolim Beach also enjoys a great degree of shelter meaning that the water is often calm and therefore provides ideal conditions for both swimming and snorkeling.
The beach gained notoriety amongst tourists as a result of the 2001 monsoon which much of India experienced. Candolim Beach was the site of a significant ship wreck for over 10 years, which lay just 100 meters from the shoreline. This brought many visitors to the area up until its removal in June 2012.
In addition to the variety of water sports on offer at Candolim Beach, numerous other activities are available, such as fishing excursions, where you can try your hand at catching many of the exotic species of fish which inhabit the waters just a few kilometers from the shore.
Land-based activities are also offered for those looking to remain on the beach, with meditation and yoga recently exploding in popularity, with numerous classes and private sessions available to book throughout the day.
A visit to the Aguada Fort is another popular excursion; built back in the early 1900’s the fort is still largely fully intact and is steeped in history, whilst Aguada jail is also nearby and makes for a great break from the unrelenting sun experienced at the beach. The area of flat land directly behind the beach also makes for an interesting walk if you find yourself short of activities with numerous palm trees and coconut groves to be found and explored.
If you intend to stay into the late evening or overnight, it is highly recommended that you consider arranging a private sunset tour, offered by the local fishermen. This involves travelling far out to sea to watch the sunset from a small and traditional fishing boat. Most visitors regard this as an enjoyable experience as well as an excellent photo opportunity.
Candolim Beach has only recently gained popularity amongst tourists, and it’s popularity is predicted to continue increasing. In response to this predicted future demand, many luxury resorts are being constructed along the beachfront.
Currently, prices are fairly reasonable and should be within the budget of the average traveler. However, they do look set to rise in the future. As with most beaches in Goa, there are a wealth of locally owned and managed accommodation options on offer, including hotels and guesthouses. As such, whatever your budget, you will always be able to find somewhere suitable to stay.
Candolim Beach has become a firm favorite among many visitors to Goa. The beach is secluded and offers natural beauty in abundance. It also strikes a good balance between on and off beach activities, with many sites of cultural significance nearby. Candolim Beach is often regarded as one of Goa’s best kept secrets.
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