What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Goa? Beaches… Right? And I think this is the only reason why Goa is a hot spot for many tourists, not only from India but also from abroad.
These beaches in Goa are an ideal location for all those who like to escape the crowd and be a loner, or the one who likes to embrace the buzz of people. These quiet and serene beaches of Goa become electrifying and colourful at times, where you can enjoy several water sports activities.
Also, for honeymooners, these beaches create a romantic ambience where couples can spend quality time together and will completely be lost in solitude.
Be it a honeymoon trip, family vacation, friends tour or foreigners visit, these Goa beaches have something for everyone!
So, here is a list of top 20 beaches in Goa that you will love to visit.
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1. Arambol Beach
It is a 16 km long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water Lake (which is fed by hot springs and lined with sulphurous mud which is believed to be have healing properties and is a favourite among the hippie crowd who take mud baths here) and chirpy markets nearby. Arambol beach is considered to be one of the best beaches in North Goa. Simple huts, very close to the cliff, are perfect for people looking at budget accommodation with extraordinary views and awesome food options.
2. Morjim Beach
Referred to as the Turtle Beach, Morjim Beach is nestled amidst verdant locales. One of the most secluded beaches of Goa, it is a great place to spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food. The villages beside the beach have a large Russian immigrant population. That’s why it is also called ‘Little Russia’. The beach is blessed with scenery and greenness. Moreover, the presence of the Chapora River compliments the aesthetic appeal of this place.
3. Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach is ideal for having a fun-filled day indulged in watersports, and enjoying the nightlife. It is amongst the best beaches in Goa for foreigners. Not only this, the flea market at the beach popularized by the hippies exists. People from all over the country, also from other beaches in Goa and the world visit the shacks here to listen to psychedelic music. In addition to this, unusual rock formations impart a unique mystical appearance to the beach. It’s a must visit beach in Goa. So always add this lively beach in your Goa itinerary.
4. Calangute Beach
It is a crowded yet beautiful sea beach and if you are above 18 then it is advised that please visit this beach with your friends or partner. It is a queen of Goa Beaches famous for its golden shimmering sand and it is lined with amazing shacks which offer authentic Goan cuisine and drinks. Its nightlife is thrilling and the famous pubs of Goa including the Tito’s and others on Tito’s lane are located closeby. The beach also is known for some exhilarating water sports in Goa like surfing, parasailing, and water skiing.
5. Baga Beach
If you are looking for a buzzing nightlife, Baga beach is a place to be in. It is the best beach in Goa for nightlife and famous for the water sports and fine dining restaurants. This beach is part of a contiguous formation of beaches that includes Calangute beach. The Baga beach starts where the Calangute beach ends. It is a picturesque beach with parties, music, beach shacks, karaoke, good food, water sports, good accommodation facilities, and is easily the most happening place in Goa.
6. Candolim Beach
Despite the visitor traffic, the Candolim beach is clean. It is one of the lively sandy shores in Goa amongst north Goa beaches. The long straight stretch of Candolim Beach is lined with shacks and restaurants, which back onto scrub covered sand dunes. Its contrasting black rocks and white sand make it a delightful beach for a pleasant evening. It has the Aguada fort overlooking the sea and the beach
7. Colva Beach
It is one of the best beaches in Goa for Honeymoon. Located in South Goa, this beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa. A candlelit dinner, a violin being played in the background in sync with the sound of water, followed by a long walk along the coastline- what can be more romantic than this?
8. Palolem Beach
One of the most stunning and beautiful beaches in South Goa, it boasts of white sand, long stretch of serene beach, palm groves, shacks and a lot more. Visited mostly by the fisherman and foreign tourists, Palolem gets to enjoy its own piece of serenity. The crescent-shaped beach is perfect for an evening walk around the shallow shores. Also, the Dawn and dusk views are amazing and must see.
9. Benaulim Beach
A famous, yet serene beach in South Goa, Benaulim is perfect for couples looking to spend some quality time together. There is a myth about this place which says that Lord Vishnu’s arrow landed here and so came the name Banavali. The name later transformed to Benaulim during the Portuguese regime. The beach is lined with a long row of shacks and bars, which often feature live music.
10. Cavelossim Beach
One of the most famous beaches in Goa, Cavelossim is ranked 19th in Asia, and 5th in India, by the most popular travel site, Tripadvisor. The Beach is ideal for walking or enjoying dynamic interests like going for kayaking or getting a charge out of sailboat cruising. Dolphin trips and the black lava rocks make this beach among the most happening beaches of Goa.
11. Siridao Beach
Siridao beach is said to be the paradise of shell collectors since one can find myriad types of shells there. It is a rocky and sandy beach and its most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus Nazareth. The Siridao beach does not offer many options for accommodation.
12. Bogmalo Beach
One of the ravishing beaches in South Goa, Bogmalo beach is the best way to enjoy authentic Goan cuisine and culture. Here tourists can try activities like windsurfing and water skiing. It is also famous among BITS Pilani Goa Campus students
13. Vagator Beach
Red-cliffed Vagator Beach is known for its rustic beauty and picturesque greenery. Quiet and calm beach, Vagator is one of the best beaches in Goa. It is beautifully set amidst the cliffs with soft and white sand and is perfect for relaxing.
14. Ashwem Beach
Situated in the south of the famous Arambol Beach, Ashwem Beach is another example of an isolated beach in Goa. The palm-fringed coastline and silvery sand create the perfect party setting at Ashwem. Beachside huts are available at this beach for accommodation. You won’t find many people there, but yes, it’s also true that Ashwem beach is another favourite beach location for foreigners.
15. Butterfly Beach
It is a good place to spot fishes, crabs and even dolphins. It’s dotted with Palm trees, lots of greenery and of course butterflies. Located to the North of Palolem Beach, it is highly recommended for people wanting a tranquil time, away from the crowd.
16. Majorda Beach
It is believed that Lord Rama was brought to this beach when he was kidnapped in his childhood days. It is a calm unexplored sea beach with long stretches of clean sand, clean water ideal for swimming, lush green countryside, lovely bakeries. Also, there are the number of restaurants and beach shacks that offer tasty Goan dishes, seafoods, drinks, etc.
17. Sinquerim Beach
Among beautiful Goa’s beaches, another one which you should not miss is the Sinquerim Beach. The Sinquerim beach is a wonderful shoreline that has dynamite extends to sand. Near this beach is the most famous Aguada a Portuguese Fort that was built in the earlier days to defend the attack from the sea route. Here you can try water rides and other water adventures.
18. Querim Beach
Also known as Keri Beach or Kerim Beach, it is one of the famous beaches of North Goa located close to Tiracol fort. With the little crowd and stunning vistas to offer, this beach is definitely worth a visit. One can often see tourists and locals fishing on the beach.
19. Kakolem Beach
If you want to experience adventure when you are in Goa than Kakolim beach is the correct place for you. You cannot reach this beach by foot as it will require to climb up many steps and pass through narrow paths. The view of Kakolem Beach from the cliffs above is amazing and something you shouldn’t miss atleast when you’re in Goa.
20. Agonda Beach
One of the best beaches in South Goa, it is a quiet beach ideal for chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. Slightly secluded, the quiet nature of this beach adds to its true beauty. A small and traditional fishing village nearby makes this one of the most culturally engaging seaside parts of Goa.
Still in doubts and wondering which are the best beaches in Goa? I hope this little quick overview(below) will solve your queries:
Which are the Best Beaches in North Goa?
Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim and Arambol are the beaches that can be covered in the North Goa Circuit.
Best Beaches in South Goa
Colva, Palolem, Cavelossim, Mobor, Majorda, Betalbatim and Varca Beach are the major attractions of South Goa.
Best Beaches in Goa for Foreigners
Arambol, Baga, Colva, Candolim, and Anjuna beaches are in the foreigners hit list. Beaches like Candolim are great for sunbathing and relaxing. While, Baga Beach and Anjuna Beach are ideal for having a fun-filled day indulged in watersports, and enjoying nightlife.
Which is the Best Beach in Goa for Nightlife?
Most asked question by the youngesters. Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, Calangute and Colva offer some buzzing nightlife.
Best Beaches in Goa for Honeymoon
Anjuna Beach, Mandrem Beach, Agonda Beach, Baga Beach and Candolim Beach are some romantic beaches for couples which are sure to mesmerize you.
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