Mention the word Goa, and the first image which comes to mind is that of its lovely beaches. Long stretches of glittering sand decorated with rows of happily swaying palm trees. A visitor to these wonderful beaches finds pure bliss and experiences sheer thrill in a number of ways.
However, the beaches of North Goa offer something more than just tranquility and mesmeric scenery. They are famous for hosting the most happening parties in town, and are scenes for dancing, singing and vigorous merrymaking. In other words, these beaches promise to make your holidays memorable. This blog brings you the most enchanting beaches in North Goa for your vacation.
1. Miramar Beach
Miramar Beach is located about 3km from Panaji, and is a lovely stretch of beautiful glistening golden sand facing the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. Originally known as “Gasper Dias Beach”, this is also the point where the Mandovi River meets the Arabian Sea. This beach is regularly frequented by adventure seekers, honeymoon couples and beach lovers.
During the nights, one can get a splendid view of the Aguada Fort from here. Besides, bird watching is a popular activity. The beach also offers a great opportunity to engage in dolphin sighting tours. Besides, the beach is lined with several resorts, hotels and guesthouses that provide a comfortable stay.
2. Calangute Beach
Calangute Beach, thronged by thousands in both peak and off-season, is one of the enchanting beaches in Goa. The sudden rise and fall of the waves here are a particular delight for experienced swimmers. Perhaps, the overall beauty of this beach, located 15km from Panaji, has led it to be termed as the “Queen of Beaches.”
Moreover, its also one of the best beaches for swimming, and is always flooded during day time with both tourists and locals looking to have a good time. Several souvenir stalls, shacks and other stalls selling everything from trinkets, beer and pawn line the beach.
3. Baga Beach
Baga Beach, another favorite with the locals and tourists, is located about 30km from Panaji, and lies in close proximity to the Calangute Beach. This beach offers mesmeric views of sunsets and sunrise. However, the main attraction of this place is its happening nightlife, and attracts some of the most famous clubs like Titos, Brittos and Mambos.
During the evenings, the shacks here come to life with foot-tapping music, dance and a general scene of merrymaking. Besides partying and celebrating, this beach is also the hub for various adventure sports like parasailing, jet skiing, boating and banana riding.
4. Sinquerim Beach
Sinquerim Beach is counted among the best beaches of Goa. Located about 13km from Panaji, this uninterrupted stretch of firm sand stretches all the way to North Baga, allows visitors to take long refreshing walks at sunrise and sunsets. Here, tourists can also enjoy a variety of water sports, from parasailing, waterskiing, scuba diving, windsurfing and fishing.
Lying adjacent to the Aguada Beach, it offers magnificent views of the historical Fort Aguada. Several restaurants are located in close proximity to the beach. Besides, there are several good accommodation facilities available here, in the form of hotels and tourist resorts.
5. Vagator Beach
Vagator Beach, the most photographed beach of Goa, is a wonderful arc of sand located about 22km from Panaji. It’s part of the 30km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa. Compared to the other beaches in North Goa, this one is relatively quiet and calm. It’s the perfect place to head to for enjoying a picnic with friends and family.
A part of Vagator Beach, also known as Disco Valley, has been the scene for trance parties in Goa since the 1980’s. A few open air clubs also attract a lot of visitors to the beach.
6. Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach, located about 18km from Panaji, is one of the most popular beaches of Goa. It endears itself to visitors through its happily swaying palm trees, soft sand and the eccentric rocky formation sitting on top of a cove of whitish sand that juts out into the sea. This place is also popular for hosting full moon parties during New Year and Christmas.
A major attraction of this beach is the Flea Market, which takes place on Wednesday of every week. One can purchase and make great bargains on a variety of items, ranging from footwear, apparel, chess sets, jewelry and yak cheese.
7. Ashwem Beach
Ashwem Beach, situated about 30km away from the capital city of Panaji, is the best place to witness the scenic white sand beaches of Goa. This place is a hidden gem of North Goa, and is visited by the people mainly due to the magnificent views and sunbathing opportunities offered by it. One finds solitude and tranquility in abundance here.
Further, a number of shacks and resorts line this beach. They are perfect for enjoying a mid-day meal or a short stay. It’s a wonderful experience to taste the Goan delicacies served here. Swimming is another activity greatly enjoyed by the visitors to this beach.
8. Morjim Beach
Morjim Beach, located in Pernem district, owes its eminence to the Olive Ridley turtles that visit here in large numbers. During the past few years, this place has also earned the nickname “Little Russia”, due to the huge influx of Russian tourists. Apart from the many signboards in Russian, one also finds restaurants, shacks and guesthouses run by Russians here.
The Olive Ridley turtles that come to nest here are helped by a group of volunteers that guard the nests and help the hatchlings return to the sea safely.
9. Arambol Beach
Arambol Beach is counted as one of the best beaches in North Goa, and for various reasons. Located about 50km from Panaji, it’s also known as Harmal Beach. One can approach this beach by a winding road through a grove of cashew trees. One of its main attraction is that its quite pristine and has a distinct Bohemian feel to it.
The main part of the beach, which is a long stretch of curving sand, is the perfect place for swimming for family and friends. If adventure is what you are after, then the cliff located in close proximity to the beach offers opportunities for paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips.
10. Mandrem Beach
Mandrem Beach is the place to head to when you want to leave all your worries behind and lose yourself in the comforting arms of nature. Located in North Goa, this stretch of beautiful sand is dotted with rows of elegantly built small huts.
One can catch mesmeric views of the sunset here, as well as spot white-bellied fish eagles. Due to its relative isolation, its frequently visited by honeymoon couples. Whether its taking a simple stroll on the beach, or indulging in meditation, yoga or exercise on its vast expanse of empty sand, it delights visitors immensely.