Goa is a small state in India. Goa is famous for its lovely beaches, fabulous nightlife, beautiful shacks, delicious kinds of seafood and water sports activities.
Among them, beaches are the main tourist attraction centre of Goa. Every year millions of tourists come to Goa to enjoy its beautiful beaches. Some of India’s Best Beaches are present in Goa.
Goa is divided into two parts one is North Goa, and the other one is South Goa. From North of Goa to South of Goa for every five to ten minutes of travel, you will find a new Beach. More than 40 beaches are present in Goa, but it’s difficult for you to roam all the beaches.
Not to worry,
Today I am going to tell you about the best beaches in Goa. If you plan a Goa trip, then definitely keep these beaches in your list.
Best Beaches in South Goa:
01) Agonda Beach
Agonda is a big village in South Goa. Agonda is well known for its seashore. Agonda is more chilled out and has a spectacular clean beach which is fantastic for walking. This village is one long narrow street that runs parallel to the Beach. It is less crowded than other beaches of Goa.
Agonda beach is not safe for swimming, the waves and currents are dangerous, so if you want to swim then don’t go too deep.
There are different spots at the Agonda beach, where you can pursue water sports and appreciate an unmistakable assortment of experiences. They even train you for some water sports like stream skiing and surfing with the goal that you can appreciate them likewise if you are an apprentice.
This entire bundle of fun on one stretch of sand is not exactly a gathering. So, you need to come here and appreciate everything the Agonda seashore has for you.
How to reach: The nearest railroad stations to Agonda are Margao and Chaudi. These train stations are associated with all significant urban areas of India. Chaudi is around 20 minutes from south of Agonda, and costs around 300 rupees in an auto-cart. Margao is about an hour north of Agonda, and expenses around 800 rupees by taxi.
Best time to visit: The best and ideal occasion to visit Agonda Beach is from November to March. It is crowded in December and January.
Best Restaurants near Agonda beach: Mandala cafe, Sea breeze, Sonho do bar, Duck and Chill Bar Restaurant and Beach Huts.
Best Hotels near Agonda beach: Dunhill Beach Resort, New Common Home Resort, Agonda Paradise, Wild Berry Resort Agonda, The White.
02) Colva Beach
Colva is a small village situated on the Arabian Seabank, South Goa. It is around 40K.M from Panjim. The other names of this Beach are Sunset Beach and Baywatch Beach. This Beach is almost 2.5K.M long and covered with coconut trees which makes this place pleasant.
Colva Beach is a popular tourist place in Goa. Colva is famous for its beaches, cottages, powdery white sands, sunset view, water sports, budget restaurants, night clubs, street markets, kinds of seafood and bars.
This Beach has a lot to offer foreign and Indian tourists than other beaches in Goa. During the daytime, many tourists gaze sunbathing even in strong sunlight.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Colva is Dabolim. It is around 60K.M from Colva. All the transportation services are available from the airport.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Colva is Karmali Railway Station. It is around 25K.M from Colva. You may take a car, taxi, motorbike or bus to get Colva.
By Road: Buses service are available from other major cities of India like Mumbai, Bangalore etc. The nearest bus station from Colva is Margao and Vasco da Gama bus station.
Best time to visit: Between October to March is the ideal time to visit Colva. During these months the average temperatures range from 25 degrees Celsius (least) to 35 degrees Celsius (most).
Best Restaurants near Colva: Spicy Bella, Fishka Bar and Restaurant, The Garden, Silver Spoon Beach Shack, Dinha’s Restaurant.
Best Hotels Near Colva: Hotel Good Shepherd, Salcete Beach Resort, Vinson’s Cottages, Club Mahindra Acacia Palms, Casa Diniz.
03) Dona Paula Beach
Dona Paula is an old village and the most visited place in Goa. It is closest to the Panjim. Dona Paula is located on the southern part of the rocky headland, where the Mandovi and Zuri rivers meet the Arabian Sea. During the holiday this Beach is full with the crowd.
There is a sweet love story hidden behind the name Dona Paula. Dona Paula was a daughter of Goa Viceroy. One day she fell in love with a local fisherman, she wanted to marry him, but her father denied. Later in the year 1682, she jumped off a cliff. She was a Philanthropist and generous woman by nature. So, after her death, the villagers changed the village’s name from Oddavell to Dona Paula.
This Beach is famous for its various types of water activities like windsurfing, water-skiing, parasailing, snorkelling, ski-bob, kayaking, yachting, swimming, sport fishing, toboggan ski-biscuit, and harpoon fishing.
Apart from these activities, you can enjoy the street markets, bars, pubs, tattoo shops etc. Here you can also enjoy traditional festivals like Janmashtami that are held every year.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Dona Paula is Dabolim. It is around 35K.M from Colva. All the transportation services are available from the airport. You may choose the taxi, bus and motorbike to reach Dona Paula.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Dona Paula is Karmali Railway Station. It is around 15K.M from Dona Paula. You may take a car, taxi, motorbike or bus to get Dona Paula.
By Road: The nearest bus station to reach Dona Paula is Panjim Bus Station. It is around 8K.M from Dona Paula. This station is connected to the major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
Best time to visit: Between November to May is the ideal time to visit Dona Paula. During these months the average temperatures range from 25 degrees Celsius (least) to 30 degrees Celsius (most). Avoid Monsoon Seasons because of the rains.
Best Restaurants: Peep kitchen, Waterfront Terrace and Bar, The Red Ginger, The Black Sheep Bistro, Chulha Restaurant, Café Azul.
Best Hotels: Villa Dona, Prainha Resort by the Sea, Treebo Tryst Dona Paula, SinQ Edge, Villa Vivianna, The Hawaii Comforts.
04) Palolem Beach
It is around 3K.M from the Market town of Chaudi; it is located between Agonda Beach and Patnem Beach. The presence of Coconut and Bamboo trees make this place beautiful and pleasant. This lovely atmosphere attracts tourists to spend time.
It is the most beautiful, calm and cleanest Beach in Goa. You can spend the whole day here because many activities are happening here. You can go to monkey island, honeymoon island and butterfly island. These are the most visited islands in Palolem Beach. There are many shacks, Beach facing guest houses and big street markets are present only a few meters away.
Palolem Beach is famous for its Traditional Indian Food, Dolphin Spotting, Silent noise Disco, Ayurvedic massage, Adventuring, Monkey Island, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Morning yoga, Water Sports, Swimming.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Palolem is Dabolim. It is around 45 K.M from Palolem. Take a taxi from the airport, it will take approximately 50 minutes, and the cost is about 2000 rupees.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Palolem is Canacona Railway Station. It is around 4K.M from Palolem.
By Road: The nearest bus station to reach Palolem is Canacona Bus Station. It is around 5K.M from Palolem. This station is connected to the major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
Best time to visit: Between November to March is the ideal time to visit Palolem. During these months the average temperatures range from 20 degrees Celsius (least) to 33 degrees Celsius (most). Avoid Monsoon Seasons because of the rains.
Best Restaurants: Dropadi, Little World, Café Inn, The Space Goa, Zest, Ourem 88, Sundowner.
Best Hotels: Camp San Fransisco, Ciarans, Om Sai Guest House, Turiya Villa, Hotel my Soulmate, Oxygen Palolem.
05) Arossim Beach
It is around 35K.M from Panjim. Arossim is the cleanest beach in Goa with significantly less crowd. The sea is not rough and very suited to swimming too.
Sunsets and morning walk experience are out of the world, and maintenance is fantastic. Dolphins appear early evening, which is lovely to see. If you want to stay away from the crowd, then Arossim beach is right for you.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Arossim is Dabolim. It is around 20K.M from Arossim.
By Rail: The closest Railway Station to reach Arossim is Margao. It is around 15K.M from Arossim.
By Road: The closest Bus Station to reach Arossim is Panjim Kadamba Bus Stand, It is around 16K.M from Arossim.
Best time to visit: Between November to February is the ideal time to visit Arossim.
Best Restaurants: Poolside Bar, Pathio, Chutney, Mango Grove, Forrest The – Restobar.
Best Hotels: Heritage Village Resort &Spa, The Village Inn, Royal Orchid Beach Resort and Spa, Kenilworth Resort, Alila Diwa Goa.
06) Cavelossim Beach
Situated about 12 km from Benaulim, this white sand beach is one of Goa’s most popular beaches. Cavelossim Beach is located between the Arabian Sea and Sal River, South Goa. If you like to spend your holidays on the beaches then, this Beach is the right choice.
Cavelossim is perfect for long walks and dolphin rides, in addition to the water-based adventure activities available here. This Beach is famous for some water activities like Kayaking, Jet Ski and parasailing.
The night life of this beach is something you must try. It is the most loved destination for honeymooners and couples; this romantic getaway is far from the bustle of the city’s busy life.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Cavelossim is Dabolim. It is around 25K.M from Cavelossim.
By Rail: The closest Railway Station to reach Cavelossim is Margao. It is around 8K.M from Cavelossim.
Best time to visit: Winter season is the best time to visit this Beach.
Best Restaurants: The Fisherman’s Wharf, Mike’s Oasis Beach Shack, Kinara, Dom’s Beach Shack, Betty’s Place, Vernons Beach Shack.
Best Hotels: Holiday Inn Goa, Radisson Blue, Leela Palace, Gato Loco, Gaffino’s Beach Resort.
Beaches in North Goa:
07) Candolim Beach
Candolim is a small town in the western Indian territory of Goa. Standing on the Arabian Seabank, it’s known for Candolim Beach and, Located in North Goa. Candolim beach is about 12.5 km from Panaji.
Candolim is a part of Baga, Calangute, and Candolim beaches where all the happening parties take place. If you are a beach lover, then Candolim beach is for you because it is cleaner, less crowded, and sandy.
The nightlife at Candolim attracts locals and tourists a lot. In reality, it is one of the most searched after seashores with regards to encountering water sports or different exercises like parasailing, banana ride, swimming, boat ride, fly skiing, and scuba diving.
How to reach: The fastest method to get from Goa Airport (GOI) to Candolim is to taxi which costs ₹900 – ₹1,200 and takes 35 min.
Bus- The bus takes half an hour to reach Candolim Beach from Panji, and the bus fare is about 30-40 INR.
Car/ Taxi- It takes around 15-20 minutes by taxi to reach Candolim Beach from Panji.
Best time to visit: The best and ideal occasion to visit Candolim Beach is from April to November.
Best Restaurants near Candolim beach: Claudina’s Shack, Teama, Inferno, Sunny Side Up, Angaara.
Best Hotels near Candolim beach: De Alturas Resort, Casablanca, Ginger Tree Village Resort, 360 Degree Beach Retreat, Holiday Beach Resort.
08) Sinquerim Beach
Sinquerim is a village in Bardez, North Goa. It is about 15K.M from Panaji. It is closest to Baga, Calangute and Candolim Beach. Sinquerim Beach is calm, less crowded like South Goa beaches. . It is the first tourist’s destination Beach in North Goa.
Drinking alcoholic beverages is not allowed on this Beach.This Beach is famous for its fantastic water sports, Night clubs, lovely cottages, Sunburn Festival, Scuba Diving, Dolphin spotting, windsurfing, and seafood kinds. The Beach has a great view of Taj Fort Aguada.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Sinquerim is Panaji airport. It is around 15 K.M from Sinquerim. Take a taxi from the airport, it will take approximately 30 minutes, and about 900 rupees.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Sinquerim is Thivim Railway Station. It is around 20K.M from Sinquerim. You can get to your destination by local transports.
Best time to visit: Between November to February is the ideal time to visit Sinquerim. You can enjoy the Sunburn Festival held in December. During these months the average temperatures range from 23 degrees Celsius (least) to 31 degrees Celsius (most).
Best Restaurants: Himalaya Restaurant, Amigos Bar and Restaurant, Mikey’s Place, Calamari Bath and Binge, Shivers Garden Restaurant, Floyd’s Hut.
Best Hotels: Phoenix Park Inn Resort, Whispering Palm Beach Resort, Acron Candolim Regina, Citrus Hotels, Dewdrop Le Seasons Beach Resort.
09) Anjuna Beach
Anjuna is a village located on the Arabian Sea, North Goa. It is around 17K.M from Panaji. It is Stretching, almost 2K.M long.
Anjuna Beach isn’t only another famous beach of Goa but a destination that has seen Hippie culture long back and whose marketplace still stands within the favourite position! The foremost renowned Beach amongst foreigners; this seaside is well-known amongst backpackers, hippies, long-stayers, and so the ones who are trying to find cheap stays or guesthouses.
This Beach is famous for its jet skiing, paragliding, yoga, ayurvedic massage, liquids, kinds of seafood, fantastic nightlife, Wednesday Flea market, the Mascarenhas Mansion, the Chapora Fort and the Acid house party.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Anjuna is Dabolim. It is around 45 K.M from Anjuna.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Anjuna is Karmali which is 29K.M from Anjuna.
Best time to visit: The period from November to February is the best time to visit Anjuna. During these months the average temperatures range from 21.4 degrees Celsius (least) to 31.8 degrees Celsius (most).
Best Restaurants: Chef Cantando, Purple Martini Goa, Basilico, Nata Goa, Sunset Bar, Eva Café.
Best Hotels: Fairfield by Marriott, Passions de Goa, The lvy Anjuna, Mulberry Suites, Hotel Bougainvillea Granpa’s Inn, Mamta Courtyard.
10) Morjim Beach
It is situated on the bank of Chapora river, North Goa. It is widely known as a reproduction ground for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.
This Beach is also the home of many beautiful birds. If you are a nature lover, then you love this place.
The other name of this Beach is “Little Russia” because it has a large settlement of Russian residents, who stay more than a month in this lovely Beach.
Tourists like to spend their spare time in beautiful shacks and sunbeds. It is famous for its Olive Ridley Sea Turtles, water sports, watching dolphins swimming in the deep sea, diving for seagulls, water birds, shopping in local markets and excellent nightlife.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Morjim is Panaji. It is around 25 K.M from Morjim.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Morjim is Thivim Railway Station. It is around 15K.M from Morjim.
By Road: The nearest bus station to reach Morjim is Panjim Kadamba Bus Station. It is around 27K.M from Morjim.
Best time to visit: Between November to February is the ideal time to visit Morjim. Rainy season and Summer are not suitable to visit Beach Places.
Best Restaurants: Taphouse Bar & Restaurant, the Tibet Café, Meat and Fish, Tomato’s, Marbela Beach.
Best Hotels: Ciroc hotel, Manthan Beach Resort, Buena Vida Beach Hotel, Red Fox Hotel, Safira Riverfront resort.
Calangute is a town in North Goa. It is about 15 K.M from Panjim. Calangute is the longest beach in North Goa.
Because of its beauty and peace, the other name of this Beach is “Queen of Beaches”. It is famous for Water sports, Parasailing, Sandy pleasures, Shopping, Nightlife, Medicinal Springs, Baga Retreat House, Charming Cottages and resorts.
How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to reach Calangute is Dabolim. It is around 40K.M from Calangute.
By Rail: The closest railway station to reach Calangute is Karmali which is 23K.M from Calangute.
By Road: The nearest bus station to reach Calangute is Panjim Kadamba Bus Station. It is around 27K.M from Calangute.
Best time to visit: Between November to February is the ideal time to visit Calangute.
Best Restaurants: Souza Lobo, Alif Restaurant, Anand Restaurant, Tulips, Shree Sagar, Honest Restaurant.
Best Hotels: Citrus Goa, La Calypso Hotel, Alor Holiday Resort, Neelam The Grand, Hotel Calangute Towers, Ocean Palm Goa, The Park Calangute.
These are the Best Beaches in Goa. If you ever plan a Goa trip then make sure to revolve this famous Shores.
I have a tip for you if you ever plan to visit Goa, choose Winter season because winter is best for roaming around these best coasts, while in Summer season it’s too humid and in monsoon due to heavy rainfalls, you can’t enjoy the water activities.
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Frequently asked questions about best beaches in Goa:
Q: Which part of Goa has the best beaches?
A: North Goa: North Goa beaches are always full with the crowd. It is famous for its nightlife, pubs, bars, restaurants, Casinos and Street markets.
South Goa: South Goa beaches are calm, clean, and not very crowded. If you want to spend time calmly, you should visit South Goa.
Q: What are the cleanest beaches in Goa?
A: Palolem, Calangute, Mandrem, Morjim, Arambol and Anjuna.
Q: What are the best beaches in Goa for Honeymoon?
A: Anjuna, Morjim, Vagator, Arambol, Ashwem, Palolem, Sinquerim and Mobor.
Q: What are the best beaches in Goa for families?
A: Baga, Candolim, Colva. Cavelossim, Agonda, Ashwem, Patnem and Palolem.
Q: What are the best beaches in Goa for couples?
A: Butterfly, Sinquerim, Vagator, Arambol, Ashwem, Mandrem, Agonda, Palolem, Anjuna and Cavelossim.
Q: What are the best beaches in Goa for Nightlife?
A: Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Anjuna, Morjim, Arambol, Palolem and Vagator.
Q: Which is better, Baga Beach or Anjuna Beach?
A: Whoever you ask about Goa’s beaches, Baga beach name will come. But all the fun you will be able to enjoy in Baga, you can enjoy all this in Anjuna at a reasonable price.