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List of beaches in Goa

Beaches in Goa: What to Know Before You Go

Goa beaches are some of the best beaches in Asia. The 100 kilometer coastline is dotted with as many as 35 beaches, many of them unique in various ways. Some of the beaches are very quiet and serene with swaying palm trees, great places for a relaxing holiday, while the others are busier stretches of sand. The beaches are the main attraction of Goa, the reason why 7,785,693 tourists visited the state in 2017, including 890,459 foreign visitors, most of them from Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Map Of Goa Beaches

There are shacks with loungers and umbrellas in almost all the beaches. You can see both Indian and foreign tourists relaxing there. The shacks serve Indian, continental, and Konkani food, and drinks. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, cars/bike rentals, shops are close. There are massage and tattoo parlors as well. Arambol, Ashwem, Vagator, Benaulim, Palolem, and Anjuna are the most popular beaches with overseas tourists.

There are water sport activities on many beaches – speed boat and banana boat rides, jet ski, paragliding, waterskiing, water scooters, boogie boarding, windsurfing, and more. Most Goa beaches are safe for swimming. There are lifeguards in many of them. Head to Grande Island and you can do snorkeling and scuba diving too.

Many beaches in Goa have red hills of the Western Ghats in the backdrop, adding to the beautiful landscape. There are as many as 5 forts on top of these mountains – Aguada Fort, Terekhol Fort, Chapora Fort, Cabo Fort, and Betul Fort, offering great views of the sea, the shoreline, and the rich history of Goa. There are 6 rivers too – Terekhol, Chapora, Mandovi, Zuari, Sal, Talpona that empties into the Arabian Sea. There are cruise trips on many of them.

Best Goa Beaches: Agonda

Best Goa Beaches: Agonda

Characteristics of Goa beaches:

  • They are all free to visit. There is no entry fee for any of the beaches.
  • High quality golden white sand. In the south it is mostly golden, and in the north it is slightly grayish.
  • Flat coast convenient for sea bathing. It slopes down gently into the sea.
  • The sea water temperature is warm and comfortable in the main tourist season (October to March).
  • Beach shacks with loungers and umbrellas, which are free. They are everywhere and offer everything from food, drinks, services, information, to sports equipment. There is accommodation at the backside of some shacks as well. Many shacks host parties in the late evening.
  • Restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, and hotels are close to the beach.
  • There are lifeguards in many beaches.

Goa Beaches (From The South To The North):

  1. Polem is the southernmost beach in Goa, near Karnataka border. It is deserted and clean. Backwater at the northern end of the beach. Island trips.
  2. Xendrem is wild, seldom visited and suitable for one-day trips and seclusion.
  3. Galgibaga is the beach of olive turtles and eco-tourists. Turtle nesting site at the southern end of the beach. The Galgibag River empties into the sea here.
  4. Talpona, is a clean and deserted beach. The water of the Arabian Sea is transparent and pure here. Rocky outcrops at the northern and southern side of the beach. The Talpon River meets the Arabian Sea at the northern end.
  5. Rajbag, almost the entire beach is occupied by the 5-star Lalit Golf and Spa Resort. Talpon River at the southern end. Rocky outcrop in the north.
  6. Patnem is the quiet and peaceful twin of Palolem.
  7. Colomb is a cozy small beach where you can try organic food and hear “the Pandavas drum”. The Silent Noise Club is just north of Colomb.
  8. Palolem is the most popular beach in South Goa. A long crescent shaped beach with palm trees bending over the sand, polling lodges (Hatsumi) and popular “silent discos”. The Canacona Island is close. Backwaters at the northern end of the beach.
  9. Butterfly beach is a secluded and small beach. Lots of butterflies fly over the hilltop. Chance to see dolphins. It is one of the most photogenic Goa beaches. Trek through forest to reach the beach or take a boat. Cycle tours from Palolem to the Butterfly beach.
  10. Agonda ranked as Asia’s #1 beach for 2018 by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® awards. Isolated beach for those who want solitude. There are rock formations at the southern end and a small bay in the north.
  11. Cola, two neighboring tiny bays of the Arabian Sea, a blue lagoon on sand.
  12. Kakolem, also called Tiger Beach, this is a small and isolated cove with hills all around. Easier to access by sea. No shacks, restaurants or hotels here. According to a legend, tigers used to visit this beach.
  13. Cabo de Rama is just north of the Cabo de Rama fort. There is a dense grove at the base of the fort. A good beach for picnics.
  14. Canaguinim, two small and wild beaches, suitable for one-day escapes and walks.
  15. Betul is a picturesque and romantic beach at the confluence of the Sal River. Betul Fort on the other side of the river and a lighthouse.
  16. Mobor is the southern part of the Cavelossim beach. Two big hotels here, Leela Palace Kempinski and the Holiday Inn. Few people. Good for relaxation.
  17. Cavelossim is a long 10 kilometer beach. Clean sandy beach. Good for privacy and families. There are many foreigners here. The Sal River is on the other side. Cruises on the Sal for birds, bats, and to see village life. Developed infrastructure. Many good restaurants.
  18. Fatrade and Carmona are two nice beaches just south of the Varka beach. It is the same stretch of sand. The sand is whitish here. Expensive hotels.
  19. Varka is the continuation of the Cavelossim-Mobor strip, a place for romantic and family vacations. High quality hotels.
  20. Benaulim, a long stretch of sand all the way from Colva in the north. Fishing boats and trawlers. Tree lined coast. Water sports. Benaulim is a green village with a golden sandy coast. Old houses, temples, and churches. The 5-star hotel Taj Exotica is located here.
  21. Colva is close to Margao, the commercial capital of Goa. It is popular mostly with the locals and Indian tourists. Few foreigners too. Water sports on the beach. Developed tourist infrastructure. Accommodation and restaurants of average price.
  22. Sernabatim, the southern part of Colva, quiet and pure.
  23. Betalbatim is a fast developing beach. It is one of the best places for watching sunset in Goa. Many shacks, especially at the northern and southern ends.
  24. Utorda is a small, clean, and peaceful beach, 15.1 kilometers from Vasco da Gama. Very few tourists. Small water body on the beach. Shacks. Boats.
  25. Arossim and Cansaulim are small and quiet beaches, part of the same stretch of sand. They are both close to Vasco da Gama. Palm trees and colorful fishing boats. Few tourists. Colonies of water birds. Water sports.
  26. Holland-Issorsim is a good beach for marine life and corals that can be seen directly from the water surface. A good beach for kayaking.
  27. Velsao beach is close to the International airport at Dabolim airport. Very few tourists. Serene vibe. Good for long walks.
  28. Candolim is the first major beach in North Goa from Panaji. One of three most popular North Goa beaches. Many shacks on the beach, sun beds. Many shops and restaurants. Water sports.
  29. Calangute is just north of Candolim. Another popular beach and part of the Calangute-Baga stretch. Very commercial, but there are fewer shacks than Candolim on the beach. Developed tourist infrastructure.
  30. Baga is the northernmost beach of the big 3 – Candolim, Calangute, and Baga. Good restaurants. Nightlife. Baga River meets the sea at the northern end.
  31. Anjuna, is north of Baga, across the hill. Favorite with the hippies in the 1960s and the 1970s. A beach known for its liberal spirit, lively night life and the famous flea market.
  32. Vagator is at the foothills of the Chapora Fort. Many foreigners. Similar to Anjuna, but quieter. Chapora Fort and the Chapora River in the north. Rocky outcrop in the southern part of the beach.
  33. Ashvem is a 1.5 kilometer long peaceful and serene beach. Shacks, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Yoga retreats and meditation centers. Popular with foregn tourists.
  34. Mandrem is a small and picturesque beach with a creek on the other side. Many bamboo bridges connect both the banks. Shacks, restaurants, and beach huts. Ayurveda schools. A good beach for relaxation and campers.
  35. Arambol, the northernmost developed beach in Goa. Sandy and rocky. Laid-back and bohemian feel. Liberal atmosphere. Popular with foreigners.

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