Goa, Venice of India, is one of the most beautiful places in India. Surrounded by water on all sides, greenery everywhere, cool breeze and its beautiful beaches, these all make it one of the favorite tourist destinations.
It is also a famous honeymoon destination and the best place to date. Apart from beaches, it has a number of world-famous churches, casinos, and markets. Ayurvedic massages, spa, fish foot spa are also very famous here. People who come here won’t miss tattoo making.
Food lovers will find a lot of variety of seafood and drinks here.Best time to visit Goa is from November to March when there a moderate climate.
Since all Goa beaches are unique in themselves so it would be tough to compare them or sort them. Some are liked because they are peaceful, some are liked because of their long coastline and some are liked because of their ambiance.
Here I am listing some of the beaches which are best of the best:
1. Calangute Beach:
This is the most famous beach among the tourists. It is India’s best-known beach both for high and low budget tourists.
Most of the tourists prefer to stay in hotels and resorts near this beach. This beach remains crowded whole day and night. It is also known as ‘Queen of Beaches’. There are a lot of options of activities here like water sports, paragliding, massage, retreats, shacks, sun bath, boat ride, scooter ride, clubs etc.
You can also find a huge variety of sea food here. You can also enjoy live music in restaurants and bars.
Some of the best hotels to stay nearby are: Pausada Tauma, Fahrenheit Hotels, and Resorts, Casa De Goa Boutique Resort, Kingstork Beach Resort, Casa Severina, Ocean Palms etc.
Best restaurants around Calangute are: Zuperb, Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen, Pousada by the Beach, A Reverie, and Oriental Thai-European Restaurant etc.
2. Baga Beach:
2 km’s away from Calangute beach, Baga is the second most famous beach among tourists. Calangute and Baga are interconnected beaches. When you walk 2 km’s on the right side on Calangut beach, you will reach Baga Beach. When compared to Calangute Beach, Baga Beach is quieter and also isolated. You will find more foreign tourists here who love fishing and sun bath.
Similar activities like Calangute are also available here.
Some of the best hotels nearby are: Acron Waterfront Resort, Colonia Santa Maria (CSM), Hotel Bonanza, Keys Ronil Resort etc.
Best restaurants: Jamies Restaurant, Go with the flow, Relish, Fire & Ice etc.
3. Palolem Beach:
25 km from Margao city, this beach is situated on the southernmost tip of Goa. It is ranked #1 among all the beaches of Goa. This is the most beautiful and cleanest beach in Goa. Water here is so transparent that you can even see fishes swimming there. This beach is far from the city so it is not very famous among local tourists but western tourists like it the most.
You may not find a lot of crowd and activities here but it is ideal for Yoga.
Other places nearby this beach that are worth seeing are : Cabo-De-Rama Fort, Fatorpa temple etc.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Art Resort, Tubki Resort, Dreamcatcher resort etc.
Best restaurants: Little World, Ourem 88, The Space Goa, Magic Italy etc.
4. Arambol Beach:
This beach is situated 40 km away from Panaji. This is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. This beach has a fresh water lake nearby. Due to strong winds, this beach is ideal for paragliding and kite surfing.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Famafa Beach, Lotus sutra etc.
Best restaurants: Cafe Maitree, This is It, Double Dutch etc.
5. Colva Beach:
This beach is situated 5 km from Margao city. Its shores are lined with coconut palms. This beach is ideal for fishing. It is less crowded compared to other popular beaches.
You will find a lot of stalls and hawkers here.I would not say it is too good but its fine to take a short break here.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Acacia Palms, Baywatch Beach Resort, Golden Crown etc.Best restaurants: The Garden, Jamies Colva, Fishka etc.
6. Candolim Beach:
Near to Calangute and Baga beach, this beach is situated at Candolim. It is not very famous among the tourists so it is less crowded. Most of its area is acquired by resorts and other tourist companies.
Fort Agauda is the nearest sightseeing destination from here. It is also one of the places of tourist attractions. Apart from that, Kingfisher Villa is also there. People are not allowed to enter but then also it comes in one of the worth seeing places in candolim.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Bougainvillea Guest House, Seashell Beach Suites, Santana Beach Resort etc.
Best restaurants: The Mermaid, Chocolatti, Tuscany Gardens etc.
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7. Vagator Beach:
This beach is 9 km’s from Mapusa city. This beach is unique in itself. Its scenic beauty is awesome. White sand with rocky headlands, greenery all around and clean bluish water, all these add to the beauty of this beach.
Chapora fort is very near to this beach. It is also a famous, worth visit tourist destinations.Sunsets at vagator are most beautiful.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: LivingRoom, Casa Vagator, Naked Space Boutique etc.Best restaurants: Thalassa, Blue Bird, One Degree etc.
8. Anjuna Beach:
It is located at 18 km from Panaji at Bardez. This beach is famous for its natural beauty and swaying palms. It has an unusual rocky formation of white sand and black rock that juts into the Sea.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Spazio Resort, Tamarind Hotel, Banayan Soul etc.
Best restaurants: Bean Me Up, German Bakery, Burger Factory etc.
9. Bogmalo Beach:
It is the nearest beach from Dabolim Airport. Originally, it was a small fishing place but now days it is growing as a tourist hub. It is not so much popular among tourists. Mostly local residents come here to relax and enjoy. Quality time can be spent here with family and friends.
Naval aviation museum is also there nearby, at a walking distance. It depicts the story of the liberation of Goa. In its outdoor section, you will also find different aircraft engines.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Coconut Creek, Stonewater Eco resort, Bogmallo Beach Resort etc.
Best restaurants: Joe’s Bar and Restaurant, Claudis Corner, John Seagull etc.
10. Miramar Beach:
This is the nearest beach from Panaji. It lies in the end point of the river Mandovi into the Arabian Sea. It was originally called as the “Gasper Dias Beach”. This beach remains crowded with locals and tourists at all times.
Since it is near to Panaji, there are a lot of places to see nearby like Dauna Paula, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Casinos like Deltin Royale, Casino Paradise etc.
Some of the best hotels/ resorts nearby are: Afonso Guest House, Miramar Resort, Goa Marriott, Vivanta by Taj etc.
Best restaurants: Fidalgo, The Blask Sheep Bistro, Fisherman’s Wharf etc.
Be there, enjoy and admire each part of such adorable natural beauties. Happy Visit !!!