The line, ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’ succinctly describes Goa tourism. With its legendary sun, sand, and surf, Goa remains the most popular beach destination in the country. In fact, it is also one of the most popular, if not, the most popular Indian destination among overseas tourists. Hardly a matter of surprise, considering the fact that with its deeply entrenched Portuguese heritage, Hippie connection, easy going denizens, and association with fun and frolic, Goa is probably the most permissive and merry place in India. As far as the beaches are concerned, they come in many colorful varieties. Right from hot party beaches thronged by huge crowds to peaceful secluded ones – there is a beach, nay, there are beaches for every mood and taste. So, here are a few of them.
The Baga-Calangute beaches are probably the most well known of all beaches in the Goa tourism circuit. These are two joint beaches and it’s tough to say where Calangute ends and Baga starts. While, both beaches are overwhelmingly happening, Baga is slightly less crowded than Calangute. There are lots of options for indulging in water sports in both Baga and Calangute. There is also no end to the number of restaurants and beach shacks. During season time, Calangute overflows with sunbathers. The nightlife is more high voltage at Baga owing to its proximity to Cafe Mambo and Club Tito. Baga-Calangute are situated in North Goa at a distance of around 16 km from Panaji and 9 km from Mapusa.
This famous North Goa beach is about 18 km from Panaji and 8 km from Mapusa. An erstwhile home to hippies in the 1960s and 70s, the beach still has strong remnants of Hippie legacy. As the sun starts dipping into the Arabian Sea, beats of psychedelic trance start floating in the breeze. The largest crowds are usually to be found at Curlies, located at the beach’s Southern end. While most shacks shut down by midnight, a few of the ones on the beach’s rocky northern part stay open longer. This part of the beach also has the infamous Paradiso Disco. Even the famous Wednesday Flea Market held here has Hippie origins.
Varca, Cavelossim & Morbor
These beaches are situated close to each other in South Goa at a distance of around 40 km from Panaji and 8 km from Margao. These are among the most virginal and cleanest beaches in Goa with soft white powdery sands. These places form part of the luxury resorts of South Goa. The nightlife is largely restricted to the resorts and casinos and includes cultural performances and live music. However, the area around Cavelossim has some low-key bars. Perhaps, the best thing is that the beaches are very peaceful and isolated, barring the presence of some local vendors, watersports, and beach shacks.
Another fabulous South Goa beach, which is slowly but surely becoming a rage in the Goa tourism scene. It is situated at a distance of about 76 km from Panaji and 43 km from Margao. This semi circular beach is dotted with palms and boasts milky white soft sands. Very popular among backpackers! While the beach is definitely getting more commercialized every year, you are not likely to see any permanent structures here. The ones who want to stay here, need to make do with the coco huts put up every year.
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