India Holidays Destinations-About North Goa Beaches

The enchanting beaches of Goa are known the world over and each beach has its own special charm. The white sands are lapped by the cool blue- green waters of the Arabian Sea and are fringed by swaying coconut trees and other trees. Almost all beaches have beach shacks where one can refresh oneself with drinks and food. The most famous North Goa beaches are listed here:  Arambol, the beach is at its best during sunset because of the play of colors on the black rocks and silver beach. You need walk through narrow lanes to get to this beach. This beach is famous for its yoga and meditation centres, massage parlors, beauty parlors and tattoo centers. Morjim, this village is traditionally a fishing village. The Olive Ridley turtles nest on this beach. Some volunteers guard these nests ensuring that the little hatchlings reach the sea. This beach is a favorite of tourists coming from Russia.

Vagator, this beach is overlooked by steep laterite hills and has a crescent shaped beach. It is famous for its late night parties. ‘Big Vagator’ is lined with dense palm plantations. ‘Little Vagator’ has a face sculpted on a rock. Anjuna, in the 60s, this was the haunt of the hippies and a little later it was made famous by the trance parties. Although there are late night parties of less intensity, this place is thronged by tourists on Wednesday, when the Flea Market opens. You can bargain on clothes, handicrafts, footwear, trinkets and various other things. You will notice the unusual rocky landscape bordering the beach. An 80 feet tower has been set up for those who love a bungee jump thrill!

Baga, this is a much quieter beach and suited to those who love water sports or even fishing. It has its own special attraction due to its quiet beauty so one can really relax here. Calangute, swimmers frolic in the waters as the waves rise high although less experienced swimmers would have to be careful. There are numerous hotels and guest houses to choose from, some closer to the beach and some a little away. The nightlife is quite active which attracts those who love to party. Showrooms selling exotic Eastern handicrafts are found here.

Candolim, this place offers water sports options. There are fewer hotels here and so is much quieter than other beaches. Sinquerim, this is the place to go, watersports lovers!  The beaches offer wind-surfing, parasailing, water- skiing and scuba- diving. The 17th century fort here has been converted into a prison. The Taj Hotel Group occupies most of the land around the historic Fort Aguada. Miramar, this beach lies on the estuary of the Mandovi River. Miramar, in Portuguese, means ‘view of the sea’ and one truly finds a lot of people- tourists and locals alike- coming here to view the play of light on the glistening waves or to watch a beautiful sunset.

Most famous South Goa Beaches are listed here: Palolem, the beach is around 3 kms away from the Canacona Railway Station of the Konkan Railway Route. It is essentially a fishing village but the silver white sands, with the calm blue sea has made Palolem a tourist destination. The blockbuster movie ‘Bourne Supremacy’ was shot here.