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Baga Beach

It all started from Baga…

Tourism first arrived in Goa in the late 1960s, with the arrival of the flower-children, or the hippies, after they gathered at San Francisco in 1967, the famous “Summer of Love”. Goa, at that time, had just become a part of India. Very few people visited Goa. Tourism was non-existent.

The hippies came in droves, transformed the Baga beach, and Goa was in news. Gradually, others started to arrive at Baga as well. Tourism was born.

That is what Baga means to Goa…

Baga beach is 10.5 kms from Mapusa, 39.9 kms from the airport if you take the NH66, and 42.7 kms from the Vasco da Gama railway station by the NH366 followed by the NH66

The Baga beach is located next to Calangute. A rocky projection separates it from Anjuna, another popular beach in Goa. Baga is one of the top party spots in Goa. There are plenty of shacks all around, nightclubs, and discos. The seaside is full of restaurants, cafes, shops, and resorts. Thai massage, tattoo parlor… everything is close. For the adventurer and water sports love, there is Jet Ski, windsurfing, and parasailing.

Baga beach on the world map Baga beach photo

Quick Facts About Baga

  • Baga is located in North Goa. It is named after the Baga Creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea at the northern end of the beach, just after the famous Britto’s restaurant.

  • The beach is located between Calangute in the south and Anjuna in the north. Actually, Baga is an extension of Calangute, and it is often difficult to determine where Calangute ends and Baga starts. The Baga side of the beach is more serene and tranquil, though.

  • Closest airport – Dabolim – 39.9 kms.

  • Closest railway station – Vasco da Gama – 42.7 kms.

  • The Casa de Retiros or Baga Retreat House is just across the creek, overlooking the Arabian Sea on top of a hill. It is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier.

  • It’s heaven for water sports lovers. Choose from banana boats, bumper boats, water scooter, Jet Ski, dolphin cruises, and parasailing.

  • Tito’s Lane leads up from the Calangute-Baga Road to the Baga beach. This lane is lined with the top Baga attractions – Café Mambos, Club Titos, Cocktails and Dreams, Get High, Cape Town Café, Valencio’s, Havana, and more.

  • There are also many tattoo, tarot and palmistry shops, the Aroma Thai Day Spa, and Café Coffee Day.

  • The beach is lined with sun decks, restaurants, shops, shacks like Zanzibar, Marin, Silver Sand, Café Blue Moon, Bistro, Britto’s, St. Anthony's, and more.

  • There is a new car park for 800 vehicles at the northern end of the beach.

Best Time Of Year To Visit

The best time would be during the winter, between November and February. It usually hovers between 31°-32°C this time of the year. The monsoon is a nice time too, but the humidity is likely to be higher. The sea may also be choppy. The summer months, from the middle of March to early June, will be hot. But there will be fewer people at the beach.

Weather

The best time would be during the winter, between November and February. It usually hovers between 31°-32°C this time of the year. The monsoon is a nice time too, but the humidity is likely to be higher. The sea may also be choppy. The summer months, from the middle of March to early June, will be hot. But there will be fewer people at the beach.

Climate in Baga
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high, °C 31,6 31,5 32,0 33,0 33,0 30,3 28,9 28,8 29,5 31,6 32,8 32,4 31,3
Average low, °C 19,6 20,5 23,2 25,6 26,3 24,7 24,1 24,0 23,8 23,8 22,3 20,6 23,2
Average precipitation mm 0,2 0,1 1,2 11,8 112,7 868,2 994,8 512,7 251,9 124,8 30,9 16,7 2926

How to reach

  1. By Air — Goa's airport is located at Dabolim, which is 39.9 kms from Baga. It is well connected with major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, etc.
  2. By Rail — The Vasco da Gama railway station is 42.7 kms from Baga. Madgaon, another important railhead in Goa is 50.9 kms away.
  3. By Road — The Baga beach is 10.5 kms from Mapusa, and 17.6 kms from Goa’s capital Panaji if you take the Chogm Road.

You can drive your own car, or hire a vehicle at the station or airport to reach your luxury apartment or villa in Baga beach

9 things to do in Baga

Baga, a top beach in Goa, is a favorite holiday destination for adventure, water sports, and sea lovers. Together with Calangute, Baga make up the party strip of Goa.

Spend your Baga vacation just like you want. Sit back on your sundeck and relax with the nature all around you, or choose from the range of activities on offer.

  1. AWater sports: Choose from banana boats, bumper boats, water scooter, Jet Ski, dolphin cruises, and parasailing.
  2. Barracuda Diving close to the lagoon near Baga River. The Blue Whale Water Park and Mackie’s Saturday Night Market is close to the diving school.
  3. Holi parties are held at Baga beach in early March.
  4. Café Mambos – This is one of the most popular nightclubs in Goa, which plays disco and house. Opening hours are from 20:00 to 3:30 in the morning. The entrance fee is 1500 rupees for a couple, 2,000 rupees for single males. Alcohol is included in the price.
  5. Club Titos — This is another big nightclub in Baga. It plays both electronic and Indian Bollywood music. Tito’s stays open from 21:30 to 3:00 in the morning. The entrance fee is 1500 rupees for a couple, alcohol included. There are sometimes costume parties during the weekends.
  6. For food, visit the hip Cocktails and Dreams, Cape Town Café, or Cavala for its retro performances. Enjoy Mediterranean and European cuisine, while sitting beside the pool at Fiesta, just opposite Tito’s. For authentic Goan cuisine, head to Britto’s. Then there is Go with the Flow, which is tucked away beside the river.
  7. Aroma Thai Day Spa for foot, head, neck, shoulder, and full-body massages. The spa is located right on Tito’s Lane, next to Shawerma King. There is also the Glamazon Salon & Spa, and the Ora Regenesis Spa.
  8. ABS Yoga Retreat Centre at Titos Lane 2 for yoga and meditation sessions.
  9. There are at least three amusement parks for the kids and adults too like the Blue Whale Water Park, Monsoon Fun Park, and Snowpark.

However, many people are simply content lazing on the sun lounges in front of the beach shacks all day and feasting on a steady supply of food, beer, and cocktails.

Shopping at Baga

There are ample shopping opportunities at Baga, from small street-side stalls to large department stores and even night markets.

  • Arpora Saturday Night Flea Market – Located between Baga and Anjuna beach, close to the Baga river. This is a paradise for food lovers. You will get cuisines from all over the world.
  • Mackie’s Night Bazaar – The colorful Saturday market offers shopping, entertainment, music, and food. A must visit.

You will find a lot of stores of all sizes including street-side stalls all over the Baga area. There is even a magic shop (World Famous Magic Shop) that claims to teach magic in just 2 minutes. It is located close to the river.

Baga sightseeing

Enjoy the picturesque beach, great views, the creek,

and so much more at Baga.

The beach is always the main draw at Baga. But there is a lot more to see here, like -

  • Baga Retreat House or Casa de Retiros – Dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, this sits pretty on top of a hill on the other side of the Baga creek. Enjoy stunning views of the sea and creek from the house.
  • Our Lady Of Piety – The church is located on the Calangute-Baga Road. It was established more than 250 years back by the Portuguese.
  • The Chapora and Aguada forts and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are also at a close distance from Baga beach.

Don’t miss the night markets and exploring the lanes and by-lanes of Baga. You will discover many hidden treasures here.

Top Best 5 Restaurants in Baga

You can have all types of food at Baga – North and South Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Goanese. There are shacks on the beach and restaurants at Tito’s Lane and elsewhere in Baga too.

  1. Britto’s – A shack on the northern end of the beach. It’s a landmark of Baga. Mellow lighting and good music gives it a good ambience. The seafood and drinks menu is huge.
  2. Cape Town Café – Located at the centre of Tito’s Lane. A famous bar and nightclub in Baga, you can try some of the best Goan curries here. You can try the burger and fries as well.
  3. Dream Catcher – Midway between Tito’s Lane and the creek, Dream Catcher serves super cheap drinks along with the yummy food. It is right on the beach.
  4. Go with the Flow – This is located on the other side of the Baga River, close to the Baga Retreat House. Open-air dining on the garden beside the river with neon lights all around, adds a special touch. The white-wicker furniture is very impressive. Prawn laksa and pork belly are two of its signature bites.
  5. Relish – This multi-cuisine restaurant is located between Baga and Calangute, on a lane just opposite Barista Coffee. Pick from Indian, Chinese, and seafood. The vegan menu is good too. They even offer gluten-free options.

There is also Café Mambos and Tito’s, both offering mouth-watering delicacies, including Goanese and continental cuisines.

Night clubs in Baga

The nightlife on Baga Beach is immensely happening as its

popular due to famous nightclubs.

The pubs and restaurants are the main attractions of Goa where you can feature its real nightlife. You'll get different theme parties that have the relevant kind of music, which you will definitely enjoy listening to it. If you are with your partner, enjoy a candle lit dinner at night or go for a perfect Goan meal in any seaside shacks. For more fun and enjoyment, head towards hip Cocktails and Dreams & try excellent variety of cocktails and shooters. For the one who loves music can enjoy Rock and Roll in Cavala is more interesting that is organized every Saturday night.

Club Tito’s

Club Tito’s is one of the oldest and most happening Night clubs in Goa. Tito’s lane is the defining and top place for nightlife in Goa. For A wide range of music is played here with matching varieties of cocktails and alcohol with different cuisines, leaving you spoilt for choices. The Club Tito’s lane houses most of the exciting clubs in the city

Cafe Mambo

Attached to Club Tito’s, Cafe Mambo is a beach club and one of its kind, always full during the weekends. This beach club provides its guests with commercial house music and a large menu of eats and drinks. The crowd that’s seen here is a mixture of foreign and Indian crowd.

Water Sports in Baga

There are plenty of options to choose from, such as –

  • Parasailing
  • Jet Ski
  • Banana riding with or without a dip
  • Bumper ride
  • Body boarding
  • Single and double kayaking
  • Paddle boarding
  • Knee boarding
  • Speed boat rides
  • Surf board lessons
  • Wake boards

You can do many of these activities from anywhere between 10 minutes to more than an hour. Packages are available too that includes multiple water sports activities for kids and adults. You can book them on the beach or online. There are a number of operators that offer water sports in Baga.

Hotels and Villas in Baga

There are all types of accommodation options in Baga from simple budget rooms to star-category hotels and boutique properties. In recent times, a few services apartments have also come up here. There are cottages, villas, and guest houses as well.

Many of these properties are clustered around Tito’s Lane, with some of them offering fabulous views of the sea, while others are tucked inside small lanes around the Calangute-Baga Road. There are quite a few riverfront hotels and villas too that face the Baga River. Those offering river or sea views naturally cost more. The cost will also depend on the amenities and luxuries on offer. Many hotels, villas and apartments come with swimming pools, spa & wellness centers, fitness clubs, free Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen, and mini bar.

Villas for rent

Luckily, there are plenty of good villas that are available for rent in Baga. You can pick from Grace Villa, Johanna Garden, Westwind Luxury Villa, Johanna Garden and more. They offer free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, manicured lawns, parking lot and comfortable spacious rooms with mini-kitchen, bathroom with all necessary supplies, mini bar, terrace and other accommodation requirements.

Each villa has multiple rooms for the entire family. You are sure to have a lovely vacation here. You can check our other villas we have for you here.

Comfortable villa with a swimming pool. 4 comfortable bedrooms. Baga beach is about 600 meters.
For 6-8 adults.

17 000 - 28 000 Rs. per night

Beautiful and modern 4 bedroom villa in Baga provides comfort and luxury for holiday family or a group of 8 people. Private swimming pool.

32 000 - 45 000 Rs. per night

3 bedroom villa. Close to all "happening spots" still in a quiet area. This is a great place to be for a company or a family get together for 3-7 people.

32 000 - 45 000 Rs. per night

* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.

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