Also popular as ‘Rome of East’ or ‘Pearl of the Orient’ - Goa is the best beach destination in India that lies on the shimmering Konkan coast. Lined with myriad beaches, Goa throbs with buoyant nightlife, elfin shacks, and entrancing resorts. Divided into two parts, North Goa and South Goa, both these places are brimming with innumerable beaches that offer unlimited options for enjoying a lazy vacay to never-ending parties.
Some of the beaches in Goa are quaint and serene that are ideal for a relaxing holiday, while others are busier stretches of sand that are perfect for party animals. With a massive stretch of coastline that is as long as 110km, this holiday place in India is dotted with as many as 48 beaches that become mind-boggling when it comes to finalizing the holiday.
The swooping number makes it obfuscating for the tourists to decide which beach to explore. To make it easy for you, we have handpicked these 10 most beautiful beaches in Goa that are stunning and breathtakingly beautiful.
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Another beach located in the vicinity of Baga Beach is Candolim Beach. Though this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, it somehow escapes the attention of the visiting tourists due to the overpowering presence of Baga Beach. This area is also popular as the Candolim village, the first village that converted to Christianity. The beach attracts many visitors, especially during the Supersonic Festival, which is held every year in the last week of December. This festival is perfect for EDM music lovers and a perfect platform for both national and international musicians to showcase their talents and drive music lovers crazy with their pulsating music.
If you are into BBQ, you can visit the Arabian Shack, where you will not only enjoy a lot of amazing delicacies but fireworks night to boot. The combo is simply marvelous. Bobby's is another popular shack known for good food. Then there is Bayview, which is as famous for its clean toilets, a rare sight on a beach, as its amazing food.
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It is one of the famous beaches in Goa, unique because of its silvery-white sand and azure blue waters. It is a good spot to watch the sunrise and setting sun on the horizon. Another aspect of this beach that makes it stand apart from other beaches in Goa is that it is located close to the confluence of the Arabian Sea and the Mandovi River. Also referred to as "Gasper Dias," the beach also offers a stunning view of Fort Aguada in the distance. People fond of seafood can enjoy seafood meals influenced by Portuguese culture at Pompane Joe's. Pizza lovers can enjoy Fat Clemenza's Special Pizza. Live music and lip-smacking delicacies can be enjoyed at Ocean Club Restaurant.
Without a visit to the famous Vagator Beach, a trip to Goa is incomplete. It is one of the top beaches in Goa, a little ahead of Anjuna Beach. This laid-back beach is known for its rave culture. The unique feature of this beach is the red cliffs that look quite dramatic, overlooking the majestic sea. On the little Vagator Beach, you will come across "our shack," an amazing place that offers fun, excitement, perfect ambiance, and delicious food. It is romantic walking down on the path towards the shack bordered by orange lights, the signature color of the property, on both sides. If you would like to enjoy awesome pizzas with some unique toppings, head towards Baba Au Rhum. If you love dancing, you can visit Club 9 Bar, a place known for its epic parties and excellent cocktails.
The quintessential hub of nightlife, Baga Beach is one of the most famous beaches of Goa where party animals drop by. Baga is a seaside town in Bardez, Goa. The beach is named after the Baga Creek that empties into the Arabian Sea at the north end of the beach. Baga is the perfect destination to witness the dazzling nightlife of Goa. Being the most visited beaches of North Goa, Baga also offers a wide range of water sports. All the shopaholics, who can crack the deals consider this beach destination as a paradise for shopping.
The streets here are lined with an array of designer stores as well as street-side markets from where one can buy souvenirs. Mostly a party destination, however, Baga beach also offers some great indulgences for all the not-so-party animals. One can start the day with long morning walks with some beach yoga, followed by a nutritious breakfast by the seashore, and then spend the entire day lazing on the beach recliners. There is definitely something for every kind of traveler who wishes to explore the mesmerizing Baga Beach.
Morjim Beach is also referred to as ‘Little Russia’. It is one of the popular but less crowded beaches in North Goa. The crowd that you see around here is mostly Russian. Consequently, this place in Goa bustles with Russian signboards and restaurants that offer authentic Russian cuisines. Located around 12km away from Morjim, a little south of Ashwem Beach, Morjim Beach, sans doubt is one of the serene beaches on the massive coastline of Goa. Morjim Beach serves as a nesting habitat for Olive Ridley Turtles hence, it is also called ‘The Home of Olive Ridley Turtles’.
Goa Tourism Department has taken steps to protect verdant nature, especially in this part and that probably is the prime factor behind its untouched beauty. Morjim Beach is the quieter one of the lot and a perfect getaway for travelers who are looking for happening but peaceful holiday places in Goa. However, maintaining its tranquil vibes, Morjim does not lack behind in the fun aspect any way! One can indulge in some exhilarating water sports activities and of course, a quick dip in the saline seawater instantly refreshes the mind. Not to forget, this one is a perfect place for all the shopaholics out there who have an eye for interesting pieces. With a love for all the wild things, Morjim Beach is a must-visit!
Situated 15km from the capital city Panjim, Calangute Beach in Goa is the longest, busiest, and most commercial beach that stretches from Candolim to Baga. Due to its incredible beauty and serenity, it is also referred to as the ‘Queen of Goa Beaches’. It is one of the beautiful beaches in Goa that offers some authentic seafood that is divine in taste. This beach in Goa is a hub for tourists and backpackers who come here from all corners of the world.
Also known for water sports such as parasailing, water surfing, banana ride, and jet skiing; Calangute Beach in Goa has marked its spot as one of the best adventure sports places in India. As the sun sets, the inside party animal of every person calls for upbeat parties. Brimming with innumerable clubs, nights at Calangute Beach are perky and full of life. There cannot be anything more gratifying than a relaxing day, gazing at the calming waves of the sea and partying hard at the electrifying nightclubs of Goa. A blend of both worlds, Calangute Beach is one of the best places to visit in India.
Anyone eager to steer clear of the party crowd of North Goa, then Palolem Beach is just the perfect holiday destination for you to enjoy the relaxing summer afternoons. Situated in the town of Canacona in South Goa, this mesmerizing beach attracts many tourists from all over the world, majorly during the winter season (November and March). Palolem has scored itself a place in one of the most sublime beaches in India that has undeniable charm.
Palolem Beach, also known as an ideal place for yoga in India has retained a cool calm vibe of a yogi compared to the rest of Goa. Marked as one of the popular yoga retreats in India, this beach is surrounded by the best revitalizing centers. The shoreline is dotted with wooden bungalows and amazing restaurants where you can dine with your feet immersed in cool water. This is a perfect tourist destination that also has plenty of souvenir shops, clothing shops, and a string of hotels. It is pristine and far cleaner than other shorelines in India. Palolem Beach is essentially the haven to take respite from all the stress and worries. Let yourself be a tad carefree to untether your mind, soul, and body.