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Best Beaches Around Goa

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Long known as India's hotspot for all-night beach parties, the sands of the tropical state of Goa have more to offer than just a raging nightlife. Here are some of the best places to party, as well as swim, or simply watch the sun set into the Arabian Sea.

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  • Beach Goer

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6 Places

Anjuna Beach

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Arambol Beach

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Ashwem Beach

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Mandrem Beach

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Palolem Beach

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Vagator Beach

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margotbigg's City Tips

  • The easiest way to get around Goa is on a motorbike or scooter, which can be rented in most of the state's major beach towns.
  • While bikinis are acceptable on Goa's beaches, make sure to cover up when you're away from the sand.
  • While bargaining in convenience stores and restaurants is not appropriate, it's expected in touristy shops and markets.
  • Anjuna Beach
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    margotbigg Says:

    Although Anjuna isn't the best place in Goa for swimming and sunbathing, it is an excellent spot for partying and shopping. The sand here is a bit redder than further north, but it’s still a pretty enough beach, and its lack of huge resorts has kept it popular with the backpacker set year after year.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Don't miss the famous Anjuna Flea Market, held near the beach every Wednesday during the high season (winter).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Bardez
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Far from City 09/12/2018
    • Worst beach in Goa? 06/12/2018
    • Anjuna Beach
    Address:
    North Goa District
    Bardez  403 509
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99704 44637
    Other:
  • Arambol Beach
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    margotbigg Says:

    On the northern coast of Goa, Arambol is one of the last bastions of the state's long-celebrated hippie culture. The main road of this little beach town is flanked by shop after shop selling inexpensive clothing popular with the backpacker set, while most of its best restaurants are set right on the beachfront. A cliffside footpath also leads north to a second, smaller beach, with its own freshwater swimming hole.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • In the jungle behind the northern stretch of beach, there's a small creek with deposits of white clay, perfect for DIY facials.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 18 things to do in Arambol
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quite and nice beach 07/12/2018
    • Mesmerizing beach 05/12/2018
    • Arambol Beach
  • Ashwem Beach
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    margotbigg Says:

    An ideal home base for those seeking a calm, laid-back vacation, Ashwem is among the quieter spots in Goa, but still has a fair few restaurants, yoga retreat centers, and low-key guest cottages. The water is among the calmest in North Goa, making it ideal for swimming, plus its beach is also a favorite nesting spot of Olive Ridley turtles.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • The best opportunities for spotting nesting Ridley turtles are late autumn through early winter.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 90 things to do in Panjim
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Hidden Gem of Goa 03/12/2018
    • Goa trip 30/11/2018
    • Ashwem Beach
    Address:
    North Goa District
    Panjim 403509
    India
  • Mandrem Beach
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    margotbigg Says:

    One of North Goa's quieter beaches, Mandrem is a good spot for travelers looking for lots of whitish sand and clean water, but without the party scene prevalent on many of the other nearby beaches. Here, while there are a few beach shack restaurants and lounging areas, the vibe remains pretty low key.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you come to watch the sunset, bring a flashlight. The beach is accessible via a rickety bridge crossing a river, and it can be challenging to find your way back after dark.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Mandrem
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Like private beach 25/11/2018
    • awsome 24/11/2018
    • Mandrem Beach
  • Palolem Beach
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    margotbigg Says:

    South Goa's Palolem Beach was until recently considered one of Goa’s last hidden gems. Yet while this beautiful southern beach has become an increasingly popular vacation spot over the past decade or so, it's still among the prettiest stretches of sand the state has to offer. The water is also calm most of the time, making it an ideal spot for those who prefer swimming to sunbathing.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • If you plan to visit Palolem as a day-trip from North Goa, leave early. This southern beach takes a few hours to reach by road from many of the more popular northern towns.
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Canacona
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach is unclean 08/12/2018
    • Less crowded beach 06/12/2018
    • Palolem Beach
  • Vagator Beach
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    margotbigg Says:

    If you're headed to Goa for the beach party scene, Vagator may very well be your ticket. Surrounded by beautiful red cliffs (one of which is topped with the ruins of the 18th-century Chapora Fort), Vagator is a reasonably relaxed stretch of sand that's popular with domestic and international tourists alike. Though the swimming isn't great, the party scene is lively, and come sundown, you'll have a good selection of spots to drink and dance at.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you're in Goa for New Year’s Eve, don't miss the all-night party at Vagator’s famous Hilltop nightclub.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Bardez
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • really nice beach.. 08/12/2018
    • Clean and less crowded 06/12/2018
    • Vagator Beach
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