Beaches of North Goa – Among the very beautiful creations of nature in INDIA, Goa is one of the place which is blessed with nature and then its climatic conditions moreover, it became more beautiful with the crazy Goa parties, the nightlife, the markets and the ancient buildings etc.
Due to these things only, Goa has become one of the best places for spending vacation, doing party, exploring water sports. Goa has about 22 beaches while its most of the beauty lies in north Goa. So here is the information regarding all the top most beaches of north Goa, its specialty its culture, locations along with the tips to visit it.
#1 Calangute Beach
The beach is the largest in North Goa and is also called the “Queen of Beaches”, and is visited by thousands of national and international visitors alike. It is known for its large variety of restaurants, clubs and water sports like boat riding, parasailing, jet skiing, banana riding, scuba diving and bumper rides, Calangute beach market that consists numerous handicraft shops from different parts of the world, including India.
Locals believe that it is best during monsoons. While the peak tourist season is during Christmas and New Year, and during the summer in May. During the monsoon season, from June through September, the sea mostly be rough and swimming is prohibited.
How to reach Calangute beach by train
Once you reach Goa, take a train to Trivium railway station and from here you can easily get a cab or taxi till Calangute. You can also get prepaid taxis or cabs arranged by the tour operators till the beach.
Private cabs here generally take around Rs 1000 to go to Calangute beach. Buses are also available from Thimbu station which might cost too low but take time and you will have to change 3 buses to reach Calangute.
#2 Baga Beach
Baga Beach is a popular beach and famous tourist destination in North Goa. It contains lots of shacks and fishing boats, and at the time of high tide the beach becomes narrow. It is famous for water sports, such as parasailing and banana rides, and dolphin cruises, Scuba diving and open water diving or marine.
One can also go for jet skiing, motor boat ride, dolphin rides, river cruise or a banana ride. For those who simply love to sit by beach side can do so with fresh coconut water and lime! It also famous for most relaxing and beneficial ayurvedic massage which is not only general body relaxation messages but also helpful for various diseases like migraines, headaches, spinal therapies and so on.
For shopping Mackie’s Night Bazar is there with Hundreds of stalls, wide variety of handicrafts, trendy dresses and artificial jewelry, lip smacking cuisines. Light music and thousands of lights – that’s what a tourist gets here in Mackie’s Night Bazar. Walking down Tito’s Lane one walks down the little bars and live music cum dance like Cafe Mambo and Literati Bookshop & Café.
How to reach baga beach
Reaching Baga Beach is so easy. Direct buses running frequently from Panaji, Mapusa drop their passengers on Baga Beach. Taxis or cabs too carry passengers from Calangute and Baga. One can also take direct taxis from Airport. Hotels too have their own personalised services offering day tours to the beach. Also, In Baga Beach, new parking has been constructed for around 800 cars or more, and there is baga creek bridge which connects northern part like Arpora, Anjuna etc.
Tip for visitors – Since it is bit crowded, keep an eye on your kids by not letting them go too far . If not very necessary, do not mix with the locals.
#3 Candolim Beach
It is one of the most popular north Goa beaches for tourist destination especially for honeymooners. It is full of water sport activities like jet skiing, catamaran sailing, banana rides, surfing, bump rides, parasailing and paragliding.
All these activities begin early with first sunlight and can be carried out till 4 p.m. Except for rainy and windy days throught out years. it also has various points for Indian Yoga centers which teach how to keep body and mind fit (Weekly and monthly).
One can also go for Ayurvedic messages which will replenish skin and help to rejuvenation your body and mind .and also to treat ailments like migraine and backaches n also some diseases. Its also have clubs like Shiro Nightclub; Club LPK, Pharos and enjoy things like live music, cocktail, mocktail.
Another specialty of this beach is SUNBURN In winters around December SUNBURN FESTIVAL is celebrated on Candolim beach. for 3 days. This festival is filled with dance, music, shopping, food and other entertainment.
For shopping custom made clothes, artificial colorful stone and metal jewelry, highly crafted souvenirs and designs on metal and wood. Designer bags, elegant gems in the market.
How to reach
One can reach Candolim by air. Once reaching Dabolim airport, hire a cab to reach the beach which is 46kms away from the airport. If you go by train then you will have to reach Trivium Railway Station. From here take a cab to reach the beach which is around 2kms away. There are direct buses from Panaji Bus Station. From Panaji is 12kms away from Candolim beach.
Vagator beach is known for its dynamic cliffs that look down on the seashore and its freshwater springs that are a stone’s throw away from the sea. The Vagator beach is divided into two beaches, North Vagator also called Big Vagator and Ozran beach also called Little Vagator.
Vagator also has quite a few shacks around but Tourists take a fancy to this place because it is so well organized. Flea market is put up every Wednesday and is really popular among the tourists. Furthermore, there is a larger flea market at Arpora every Saturday, the largest in North Goa.
How to reach at beach
Since it is south of Vagator is the well-known Anjuna Beach.so by air one needs to first reach Goa Airport. A number of carriers take you to Goa. From Goa airport Vagator beach is an hour’s drive which can be covered by taxi.
Take a pre – paid taxi or get your tour operator arrange one for you. The nearest railway station is Tivium, Madgaon and Vasco da Gama. From all these three railway stations, it takes half an hour to reach the beach by taxi.
#5 Morjim Beach
It is one of the most tranquil beaches of North Goa as it serves as a nesting habitat for Olive Ridley Turtles that is why also called as Turtle Beach. Since Olive Ridley Turtles are an endangered species, hence it is protected area on which beach parties and shacks are banned.
The ones that exist are further away from the sea and do not play overtly loud music. So, the people who mostly loves their own company and want silence for them this is best place.
The beach is also locally known as ‘Little Russia’ as a significant number of Russians visit the area and make it a point to stay here for more than a month. Consequently, the place is full of Russian signboards and shops that sell Russian cuisine.
The protected nature of it is one of primary factors responsible for its untouched beauty. Vast vistas of sand stretch endlessly and the whole beachfront is pristine and beautiful.
Don’t ever think that it will be a fun less place. There are a number of restaurants and shacks offering quality cuisine, cafe like Beach Street, Lazy Dog Cafe, La Plage, The Rice Mil promises of good time. You can easily go for a quick dip in the sea, experience a day by the beach sipping chilled beer, and even indulge in some shopping on the beach street.
How to reach morjim
By Air — The Dabolim international airport is 51 kms far away from Morjim. Taxis are available for rent at the airport counter. Many flights connect the airport with Europe and the Indian cities throughout the day.
By Rail — The Vasco da Gama railhead is 52 kms from Morjim.
By Road — Panaji is 28.2 kms from Morjim.
#6 Arambol Beach
The beach is both rocky and sandy and pristine as there are fewer tourists and one of the cleanest North Goa beaches as the entire 16 kilometre long shoreline is lined with palm and other trees.
Red hills overlook the Arabian Sea and the beach. There is a thick forest and a sweet water lake at the northern end of the beach, and the famous Banyan Tree, where the famous music band The Beatles had meditated according to a legend.
You will still find a bit of the hippie culture here. It is still the cheapest today, and very cheerful. Most tourists are young people. You can to this day see foreigners singing and playing the Jimba at the Drum Circle,
So Arambol still retains its old Goa culture and fishing village ways of life. There are shacks and restaurants though, which stay open in mostly in the peak tourist season.
The winter season, between November and February, it is best and pleasant this time of the year .No big hotels or resorts here. Only beach huts, cottages, home stays, and villas. Arambol is cheaper than most North Goa beaches.
HOW TO REACH ARAMBOL
By Air — The Dabolim airport is 59.2 kms from Arambol. First take the NH566, then proceed to the NH366, proceed to the NH66, the Duler-Marna-Siolim Road, and finally the Querim–Arambol–Agarwada Road to reach Arambol. The airport is connected by many Indian and international airlines.
By Rail — The closest railhead is Pernem, which is 16.8 kms away. The Thivim railway station is at a distance of 26.8 kms.
By Road — The state capital Panaji is 35.5 kms from Arambol.
#7 Mandrem Beach
Mandrem is a beautiful coastal town located north of Ashvem and south of Arambol, 21 km (13 miles) away from the capital Panaji in north Goa. The sparkling water and the isolated beach offers ample opportunities to enjoy this calm and soothing locality in peace. Mandrem, Ashvem and Morjim beaches are the attractions that should top the list of every visitor’s itinerary.
Madream is blessed with many natural gifts so ensure that you don’t miss the nearby greenery. If you are up for a walk, head to a beach, such as Terekol beach, Vagator beach or Ozran beach. To get a feel of the area visit the Chapora Fortress in Vagator. Relive Goa’s colorful past at Terekol Fort in Terekol.
Whether you are a single or couple, if you are there for a day or week, Mandrem has something for everyone. You can go wind-surfing, water skiing, parasailing, Jet Ski or speedboat riding, motorbiking and so on. You can also engage in exciting and fun group activities such as the banana ride and bumper ride.
How to reach
The nearest airport to Mandrem Beach is Dabolim Airport, which is almost 44km away, while the nearest train station is Margao, almost 57km away. There is easy availability of taxis from airport and railway station to travel to the beach.
#8 Ashwen Beach
Ashvem beach is located in pernem region, in North Goa. The mouth of the river chapora is just south of the beach. It is a hidden gem in many shinning gems of north Goa with stunning scenery and range of nice beach hotels and resorts.
Most people come to this beach during the day for sunbathing and swimming, but there are some great options for dinner and accommodation too. A nearby attraction is the elegant morjai temple, an ancient place of worship.
Spreading along 1.5 km (I mile) of fine sand and listen to the soothing sounds of the lapping waves and the rustle of the palm leaves. Play in the waves and let the Arabian sea’s warm water relax your body, the music played by waves and birds rejuvenates yourself and feel you so happy and calm.
Despite all the resorts and restaurants, the beach remains remarkably empty and undisturbed. there is a noise curfew in the evening, so the sound of the waves rules the area.
To get there, you can rent a bicycle or scooter in Goa or to take a taxi or bus.
#9 Sinquerim Beach
Sinquerim is a coastal village in North Goa and is famous for its beach and scenes of nature. Many of Bollywood movies that were shot there. It is a very popular tourist attraction and the massive Sunburn Music Festival happens here each December.
This beach has a lot of pieces of attraction nearby to it like
- Fort Aguada: A stunning craft of engineering, the Agueda Fort was built by the Portuguese to protect Goa from a sea-based attack. It hast the water storage capacity of this fort was among the largest in the East.
- Agueda lighthouse Originally it was built in 1864, the Agueda-lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in Asia. Today, the lighthouse complex still doing its job by pointing a bright light towards the sea to guide ships along the coastline. It attracts plenty of tourists too.
- Sunburn festival which is Held between the 27th to the 29th of December, Sunburn is the largest music festival in Asia and among the top 10 on earth. It began in 2007 as an experimental electronic music event but has now grown into a monstrous commercial house music franchise.
- Along with its heritage and cultural things it also famous for water sports like boat rides, water scooter, rental para sailing.
How to Get There
Sinquerim beach is located in the Bardez sub district of North Goa and is about 50 minutes by car from Dabolim Airport. This beautiful village is around 16 kms from the capital, Panaji and is bordered by Goa’s famous Candolim beach. The Calangute-Baga beach stretch is a few minutes.
#10 Dona Paula Beach
Earlier it was just a sleepy side village but nowadays it becomes one of the foremost tourist attractions in Goa. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa and offers a marvellous view of the Mormugao harbour. A long row of stalls, vendors and cafes can also be found here.
At the head of the jetty you can find Menino’s, which specializes in Goa delicacy. The beach also offers excellent opportunities for water sports, besides providing magnificent views of the sunset. The best time to visit the place is from October to March.
The good accommodation options include Hawaii Beach Resort, Casa Amarilla, L’hotel Eden, Chances Resort, Piranha Resort and Sandalwood Hotel and Retreat.
How to reach
Dona Paula Beach is well-connected to the rest of Goa. Madgaon Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Dona Paula Beach, which is located at a distance of 41km from Dona Paula. From the station, tourists can take taxis and buses to reach the beach.
Dabolim airport, located at a distance of 27km from Dona Paula Beach. Tourists have the option of taking pre-paid taxis which are available outside the airport and railway station. It is also easy to reach the beach via road as a number of buses operate from Panaji’s Kadamba Bus Terminal on a regular basis. Tourists also have the option of renting a vehicle on per day basis (scooter, bike, car or jeep).