A GUIDE TO GOA’S BEST BEACHES

Despite being one of the smallest states in India, Goa certainly isn’t short of attractions, especially when it comes to its coastline. Stretching for just over 100 kilometers, Goa’s coast is home to a virtually uninterrupted string of golden-sand beaches. Combined with a tropical climate and temperate waters, it’s little wonder this is one of India’s top beach destinations.

Palolem Beach in Goa - main image

Top 10 Beaches in Goa

Far from being the hippy destination of the sixties, Goa’s beaches have each developed their own characters and reputations. With such variety to choose from, there’s a beach to suit every kind of holiday style, whether you’re after relaxation and luxury or partying and watersports. No doubt you'll find one that's just right for you.

Cola Beach in Goa
Best for: Escaping the crowds

Cola

Located on a private bay, Cola Beach is an undeveloped paradise in the south of Goa. Offering its few visitors a sense of peace and serenity, Cola is cut-off from the rest of the coast and has its own lagoon of calm blue waters. Its soft golden sands boast a backdrop of pretty coconut groves, providing shade from the midday sun. There are very few accommodation options and the beach is best reached by boat, making it the perfect place to get away from it all.

Recommended Accommodation:
Dwarka Eco Beach Resort – rustic thatched cottages with stunning views over the sea

Patnem Beach in Goa
Best for: Yoga retreats

Patnem

Just a 10-minute walk from the busier Palolem Beach, Patnem’s isolated position between two cliffs gives the beach a calm and relaxed vibe. And thanks to this peaceful atmosphere, Patnem is a great spot for yogis. There are several retreats to choose from, offering classes to suit a range of abilities. There’s also plenty of chilled-out beach shacks as well as stalls selling Kashmiri jewelry and trinkets. Whilst this is a wonderful place to chill out, you’re not far from the nightlife of Palolem, offering the best of both worlds.

Recommended Accommodation:
Bamboo Yoga Retreat - voted one of the top ten yoga retreats in India by Conde Nast Traveller

Sunset on Baga Beach in Goa
Best for: Buzzing nightlife

Baga

Once a quaint fishing village, Baga now boasts some of the most vibrant nightlife on Goa’s coastline. By day, it has a thriving beach scene and a variety of watersports, but after the sun goes down the entertainment really begins. You’ll find the main strip of clubs running behind the beach, playing everything from psychedelic trance to Bollywood beats. And if you head back down to the sands, the beach shacks are serving drinks all night.

Recommended Accommodation:
The Beach Box Hotel Baga – unique accommodation made from upcycled materials and shipping containers

Sinquerim beach in Goa
Best for: Luxury Resorts

Sinquerim

Home to some of the best hotels in the north of Goa, Sinquerim is the place to go if you’re looking for a little luxury. Its endless golden sands are studded with bamboo beach shacks, hiring out sun loungers and offering delicious seafood. Close by you’ll also find Fort Aquada, a 16th century fort with stunning views along the coast. But despite its obvious attractions, Sinqueirim has retained a quiet and peaceful feel. And as beach vendors aren’t allowed, you can truly enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Recommended Accommodation:
Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa: 5-star accommodation with manicured gardens sweeping down to the sea

Anjuna Beach in Goa
Best for: Budget Travellers

Anjuna

Anjuna was once the hangout of hippies, who held their famous moonlight rave parties in the 1960’s. And although the beach now exudes a slightly different vibe, their legacy remains with a heady beach party scene and the Anjuna Beach Flea Market. Held every Wednesday, the market is ideal for souvenir shopping and sells everything from fruit to clothing. The beach itself is also renowned for its natural beauty, with white sands, red laterite rocks and swaying coconut trees. Numerous funky hostels have opened in recent years, making this a great beach destination for budget travellers and backpackers.

Recommended Accommodation:
Radha Guest House – located just footsteps from Anjuna Beach and Anjuna Flea Market

Agonda Beach in Goa
Best for: Family Holidays

Agonda

Agonda is a quiet beach offering simple accommodation and a golden arc of powder soft sands. A handful of restaurants serve kid-friendly dishes such as omlettes and pancakes and, being set right on the beach, you can enjoy a drink or two whilst your children play in the sands. There’s also the option of going dolphin watching or hiring a bodyboard or surf board, so there’s more than enough activities to keep the whole family entertained.

Recommended Accommodation:
Seastar Resort - comfortable beach huts and a seafood restaurant close to Agonda Beach

Morjim Beach in Goa
Best for: Spotting turtles

Morjim

Also known as ‘Turtle Beach’, it’s no surprise Morjim is most famous for its turtles. As the nesting ground of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtle, the smallest sea turtle species, this beach is the setting for several local conservation efforts. You may be lucky to see a mother coming ashore to lay her eggs or even tiny hatchlings as they shuffle down to the water’s edge. There’s playful dolphins and a number of seabird species to be spotted as well.

Recommended Accommodation:
Papa Jolly's Eco-Resort - features a swimming pool and multi-cuisine restaurant within a short walk of Morjim Beach

Sunloungers and awning on a beach in Goa
Best for: Fresh Seafood

Arossim

Nestled in a landscape of coconut palms and rice paddies, Arossim Beach offers picture-perfect white sands and a low-key vibe. But aside from its natural beauty, one of its main highlights is its culinary offerings. A scattering of colourful beach shacks and eateries serve delicious fresh seafood to hungry beach-goers. And after you’ve eaten your fill of fresh lobster or Goan shrimp curry, nothing beats kicking back with a cold beer and watching one of Arossim’s stunning sunsets.

Recommended Accommodation:
Treehouse Nova - set in an elegant Portuguese colonial–style villa surrounded by palm groves

Parasailing in Goa
Best for: Watersports and activities

Calangute

As one of Goa’s most famous and developed beaches, Calangute is well-known for the variety of watersports it offers. From kayaking, banana boating and jet-skiing above the waves, to snorkeling beneath them, you’ll be spending more time in the water than on the beach itself. There’s also plenty of shopping to be had, with Calangute Market Square offering traditional handicrafts, souvenirs and jewelry. And for a truly exhilarating experience, why not try parasailing? Alongside the adrenaline rush, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the coast as you soar through the sky.

Recommended Accommodation:
Happy Inch - Waves, Calangute - comfortable apartments set around a pretty outdoor pool and garden

Sunset at Vagator beach in Goa
Best for: Watching the sunset

Vagator

One of Goa’s most beautiful beaches, Vagator offers extensive golden sands, dramatic rocky cliffs and a 17th century fort. Following the release of Bollywood blockbuster movie Dil Chahta Hai, Chapora Fort shot to fame and is now renowned for its incredible sunset views. Simply sit on one of its walls or climb the nearby rocks for the best vantage point. Then soak up the views as the sun sinks below the sea, leaving behind a dappled sky of pink and orange hues.

Recommended Accommodation:
Aria Beach Resort - boutique resort featuring wooden chalets and panoramic ocean views

Best time to visit Goa for a beach holiday

Located midway between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, Goa enjoys a hot, tropical climate with two distinct seasons. Monsoon season runs from June to September and with this season comes high humidity and rainfall. However, there are definitely some perks to visiting at this time, with the landscape being at its most lush and beautiful. It’s also the low season for tourism, so you’ll find hotels often offer discounted prices.

Goa experiences its dry season from October to May. This is by far the best time to visit for a beach holiday as this season brings clear skies, warm weather and lower humidity. And when you’re not soaking up the sun, this season also offers some of Goa’s most popular festivals. December sees extensive Christmas and New Years celebrations, as well as Sunburn – one of the world’s biggest music festivals. October to January is also Goa’s peak tourist season, so be sure to book accommodation in advance.

Recommend tours for beach time in Goa

To help you plan your beach holiday, take a look at our recommended tours that include time spent on Goa’s coastline. Alternatively, if you already know where you want to go or prefer the idea of a private tour, contact our tailor-made team who will be happy to put together your dream trip.

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Golden Triangle & Goa

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Tropical Goa

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Cooking Course in Goa

8 days FROM $2,749

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