List of beaches in Goa
The beaches of Goa are its gold reserve of the highest level. They are the main reason for tourism in the country and pledge for its successful development in the future.
To Goa belongs the hundred-kilometer coastline of fantastic beauty with the wide beach strip covered with natural golden sand.
Goan beaches are of various comfort and popularity degree, from the most isolated and unknown even to locals to the advanced world famous resort centers.
However all of them are united by the combination of fine climate, generous nature, exotic cuisine and various cultures of locals. All this makes Goa the most preferred destination for a great sea vocation.
Some general characteristics of Goan beaches:
- all of them belong to the state and are free for visitors;
- high quality of sand, in the south it’s goldish, in the north greyish;
- flat coast convenient for sea bathing;
- warm and rather quiet water of the Arabian Sea during the tourist season (October-March);
- ever-present beach shakes. They are everywhere and offer everything from food, drinks, services, information, to sports equipment;
- beaches are never too far from restaurants, bars and hotels;
- rescue post.
Goan beaches (from the south to the north):
Palolem is the most southern beach of Goa, deserted and clean.
Xendrem is wild, seldom visited and suitable for one-day trips and seclusion.
Galgibaga is the beach of olive turtles and ecotourists.
Talpona, the water of the Arabian Sea here is exclusively transparent and pure.
Rajbag, almost the whole coast is occupied with the super hotel “The LaLiT”.
Patnem is the quiet and peaceful twin of Palolem.
Colomb is a cozy small beach where you can try the organic food and hear “the Pandavas drum”.
Palolem is South Goa's “paradise” beach. It is known for palm trees bending over the sand, polling lodges (Hatsumi) and populous “silent discos”.
Butterfly beach is fanned by the mysticism (difficult to access) and is one of the most photogenic Goan beaches. In Palolem they organize the adrenaline trips on Quadra cycles to Butterfly beach.
Agonda is a pure and desert southern beach with polling lodges (bamboo-hasty)
Kakolem is an isolated wild beach, according to a legend, visited by tigers.
Colva, two neighboring tiny bays of the Arabian Sea, a blue lagoon on sand.
Cabo de Rama is a beach surrounded by the dense grove at the foot of the fort. It’s poorly populated and suitable for picnics.
Betul is a picturesque romantic beach on the east river bank of the Sal.
Canaguinim, two small wild beaches, suitable for one-day escapes and walks.
Mobor is the southern part of the resort Cavelossim, the coast of the suites and entertainments. The magnificence of the beach is supplemented with magnificence of two the most expensive hotels of the Goan coast: the Leela Palace Kempinski and the Holiday Inn. There are various opportunities for outdoor activities and sports.
Cavelossim is a spacious ten-kilometer coast with the reputation of the purest Goan beach and ideal for comfortable vacations with small children. It’s the europeanized resort with the comfortable infrastructure, a wide range of services and good restaurants.
Varka is the continuation of the Cavelossim-Mobor strip, a place for romantic and family vacation of high level. Ashore there are some high quality hotels.
Benaulim is the green village with the gold sand coast, one of the favourite places of Hindus. Here lies super hotel the Taj Exotica.
Colva is the most popular resort of South Goa and it’s the noisiest and the most visited by locals. There are the developed tourist infrastructure, accommodations and restaurants of average price range.
Sernabatim, the southern part of Colva, quiet and pure.
Betalbatim, the fast developing resort. It is considered to be the one of the best places for watching the legendary Goan sunset.
Utorda is the graceful picturesque coast that is preferred by level-headed elite public.
Holland-Issorsim is one of not numerous places of Goa occupied by corals that sometimes can be observed directly from the water surface.
Velsao is the seldom visited beach in close proximity to Dabolim airport suitable for long walks.
Candolim is the populous resort in North Goa, one of three Goan beaches, best-known in the world. There are a lot of shops and restaurants here.
Calangute enters into the top three of popular resorts. It’s strongly commercial with developed tourist infrastructure.
Baga is in the neighboring state of Candolim and Calangute, the third of the three leaders on tourist demand for package trips and night entertainment.
Anjuna is the world famous capital of hippies. It’s the popular resort in North Goa with liberal spirit, lively night life and flea market.
Vagator is in general similar to Anjuna, but is quieter. It’s visited by foreign package tourists.
Ashvem is a peaceful under-populated beach suitable for the frugal vacation.
Mandrem is the picturesque coast from the sandy islands connected by bamboo bridges. The beach is suitable for the undemanding tourist and for campers.
Arambol is the beach in the North Goa known for informal international public and the liberal atmosphere.