Beach life is synonymous with Goa, and for a good reason. While the state offers a wide spectrum of tourist attractions, the beaches of Goa have become a benchmark for other beaches across the country. So, let’s ‘dive in’ into the list of the five best beaches of Goa.
- Morjim Beach
Morjim Beach in North Goa is not quite like the other famous beaches of Goa. It is peaceful, away from the high-octane activity that surrounds other beaches and a nesting place for the endangered Olive Ridley turtles.
So, expect to find nets around the beach protecting the turtle eggs. And if it’s your lucky day, you’ll find the little guys coming out of their nests and swimming into the ocean.
But ‘peaceful’ doesn’t have to mean ‘devoid of fun.’ The landscape here is an interesting mix of palm tree groves, forests, village cottages and Russian sign boards.
Yes, you read that right. Morgim is a favourite amongst the Russians, and such is their influence here that you’ll find a robust Russian community, and no shortage of restaurants serving Russian and Indo-Russian food.
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- Anjuna Beach
Set on a backdrop of hills, Anjuna is among the most famous beaches of Goa. The beach is beautifully littered with red laterite rocks and complimented by the white sands and the green hills in the back.
While a favourite amongst nature enthusiasts, Anjuna Beach is an A-Lister when it comes to nightlife and luxury accommodations. You’ll find a lot to do here as the nearby areas are teeming with seafood restaurants cooking the freshest catch and shopping stops offering everything from trinkets to designer clothing.
Anjuna is a beach where you want to bring your camera, as it offers landscapes and moments you’d always want to cherish.
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- Calangute Beach
Calangute is the largest beach in North Goa and attracts thousands of domestic and international tourists. The reason for such flocking is the presence of water sports activities such as parasailing, water skiing, surfing, among many.
While many beaches in Goa offer water sports, the rough tides of this beach make sporting and swimming especially challenging and a whole lot more interesting. But this is not the beach you visit during autumn, as swimming and surfing are not allowed in those months due to extremely rough conditions.
Calangute is also the venue of some of the biggest beach parties in India. While active all year round, you’ll find Calangute in its full glory during Christmas and peak summers.
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- Baga Beach
No list of the best beaches of Goa is complete without including Baga. If you’re bored of Baga, you must be bored of life, because Baga has all that life has to offer. Whether it’s authentic seafood, nightlife, high tides, shopping, water sports or luxury accommodation, Baga has got you covered.
If you happen to be a wind surfer, you can test your skills at the National Wind Surfing Championship held every year between September and November.
If surfing is not your cup of tea, you can take a boat ride spotting dolphins or fishing.
Located at a distance of only 15 kilometres from the capital Panaji, a visit to Baga is a given if you’re coming to Goa.
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- Candolim Beach
Candolim is a village in North Goa, and Candolim Beach is, in a way, an extension of Calangute Beach. Despite the continuum, the two beaches offer very contrasting experiences.
Set against a backdrop of rows of palm trees, Candolim Beach is perfect for those who fancy staying, shopping and dining close to the shore.
This soft sandy beach also prides itself in offering a relaxed experience, be it sunbathing, picnicking and relishing some of the freshest seafood.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available near Candolim, and you can choose between hotels, service apartments or inns, depending on your taste and budget.
So, this sums up our list of the top five beaches in Goa. However, this list barely scratches the surface of what this magical state has in store for you. Goa has to be visited and revisited to truly understand and appreciate its magic. So, whatever your idea of the ‘perfect vacation’ might be if you can imagine it, Goa can give it to you.
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