By attendance, the Candolim Beach together with Calangute and Baga resorts is in the TOP-3 list of the most popular Goa beaches among tourists from all over the world. All of these three beach resorts are located in North Goa. During the tourist season the seashore is always much over crowed as many tourists are coming here from different corners of the world for unforgettable getaway and holidays spending. Endless rows of beach chairs and umbrellas are stretching out from one end of the beach to another and they are empty only after sunset. There is no doubt that Candolim Beach is more suitable for positive-minded and sociable people who prefer to spend their vacations with lots of fun and entertainment.
However, Candolim beach is quite comfortable place for calm and relaxing vocations. Most of tourists come here to swim in tender sea waters, take relaxing sunbaths, try some traditional local food courses and go shopping. This resort is a perfect destination for family vocations and romantic holidays and is more like South Goa resorts: quiet and beautiful place with opportunity to get quickly into the neighboring resort to shoulder-deep into the entertaining club night life.
Candolim Beach is one of the most famous and well-known Goa resorts. This amazing paradise-type coastal resort is located in the northern part of Goa just 14 km away from the capital of Goa, Panadji. For 450 years Candolim was a Portuguese colony and was the first Goa state that proselyted into the Christianity. The territory of Candolim Beach stretches from the Fort Aguada to Calangute Beach, and is considered to be one of the longest beaches in Goa.
The climate in Calangute Beach is of a monsoon type, and thus the rainfall season lasts here from the beginning of June till the end of September. The best time for beach holidays and unforgettable vocations is from October till February, but, however, the quite welcoming environment is kept here even till the end of March. It is worth mentioning that starting from the end of March and finishing at the beginning of June the Candolim Beach falls under the powers of the period of drought, and the temperature during this time reaches +35C. Usually the summer temperature is about +24C - +30C in average, and +21C - +29C during the winter. It is recommended to take some summer-type clothing when going to Goa but if you are planning to travel to Candolim Beach somewhere in December-January it is worth taking some warm clothes with you too.
While staying in Candolim beach resort you can take a walk for seeing different attractions among which the most interesting are the St. Antonio Chapel located between Candolim and Calangute resorts, the Costa Frias Villa built in Portuguese colonial style and the famous Fort Aguada which was built by the Portuguese in 1612 as a defense construction against the Dutch. Small churches and chapels, prison, military barracks and a light house which was built in 1864 and nowadays is the oldest one in Asia – these all have became the local sightseeing that attracts and charms thousands of tourists coming to Candolim resort. If you walk a little bit coastwise in the direction of Calangute beach, you will find a small pond with crystal-clear water and huge scarlet lotuses – a very nice place for a getaway!
If you want to travel to some faraway Goa places of interest, the local travel agencies will offer you their unique excursion programs and tours around Goa. Of course, the excursions to the most popular travel destinations like Old Goa, Panaji, Baga, Calngute, Arambol and Mandrem are offered at every corner and the prices on them vary depending on the hotel you stopped in. Among the rare but still much interesting excursions are the trips to Gokarna and Om Beach which are located in Karnataka; Shri Mangesh Temple in Ponda dedicated to Shiva and constructed in various architectural styles; and the Butterfly Conservatory of Goa located on a hill between Sahakari Spice Farms and Tropical Spice Plantation which numbers the biggest amount of various butterfly species in India.
Watersports and activities
For those who prefer to spend their holidays actively and are fond of different sport activities the Candolim Beach can offer various water sports: you can try parasailing, diving, snorkeling, banana-boating or even take a trip on a boat alongside the seashore for birds and dolphins watching which is known to be much popular among tourists. There are also many sea excursions and other water-thing entertainments, so anyone will find something for his taste. Prices for such activities are quite favourable. For example, the parasailing will cost you about 600 INR, the banana boat riding will cost about 300 INR and a 5-minute scooter ride will cost you about 350-400 INR.
As every Goa beach Candolim has something special to offer its guests, and this “something special” is the dinghy sailing – the sailing on a small boats. This type of water sport activity will perfectly suit those who are less athletic but still wanna experience some extreme and unforgettable feelings. The small boats can hold 4-5 people so this water sport will also be a perfect solution for families.
Of course, most of tourists come to Candolim Beach for lying under the sun, swimming in tender sea waters and taking sunbaths, but still this place has something more to provide you with. One of the key activities in Candolim is the Sunburn festival which is held in the late days in December. For children Candolim Beach has also prepared some interesting activities: to make you kids happy, take them to the famous Splashdown Goa or Melange Children Parks the territories of which can boast with plenty of different pools, sliding boards and amusements.
Candolim Beach also has plenty of shops where tourists can buy various goods and souvenirs at reasonable prices. One of the most interesting and popular shops is the Fabindia where one can purchase high quality clothing and original Indian jewelry.
No less diverse and interesting is the nightlife in Candolim Beach. Most of nightclubs are located on the sea coast and have life-music nights. Among the most popular and famous Candolim beach nightclubs and bars are Morina, Bom Sucesso, Vanilla Lounge and Zappa Beach Shack.
Accommodation units in Candolim Beach are located near the coastline and are represented by small hotels, large hotel complexes, cozy guesthouses, luxury villas and hostels. Depending on your preferences and budget you can stop in a de luxe hotel or villa, or take up residence in a 2* and 3* guesthouses, or even find a cozy room in a local hostel.
If you want to stop in a coastline hotel somewhere near the beach, then check the Le Seasons Beach Resort and Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort hotels. These 4* hotels provide their guests with swimming pools, comfortable rooms with mini bars, cable TVs, air conditioners, all necessary supplies and accommodation requirements, fitness centers, car rent services, small travel bureaus, bars and restaurants with local, vegetarian and European cuisines.
The most moderate cost for accommodation can be found in hotels located in the center of Candolim Beach resort. Among them are the Summerville Beach Resort Hotel and Per Ave Hotel. These 3* hotels provide their visitors with all necessary accommodation requirements: spacious cozy rooms with air conditioner, mini kitchen and bathroom, swimming pools, bars and restaurants with local, Asian and Continental cuisines – these all can be found here for quite reasonable prices.
Among the 5* hotels the best is the Fortune Select Regina Hotel located not so far away from the key Candolim Beach resort attraction – the Fort Aguada. The hotel offers its guests to stay in spacious comfortable rooms with air conditioner, cable TV, mini bar, pool and garden view terraces and bathrooms with all required bath accessories. The hotel SPA center is famous for it amazing massages and wellness procedures. Among other facilities the Fortune Select Regina Hotel provides its guests with the well-equipped fitness center, open swimming pool, currency exchange, children playground, BBQ zone, sport activities and small travel bureau. The 4 hotel restaurants offer the customers the mouthwatering dishes from International, Asian and Indian cuisines, including seafood courses and grill-made meal.
Villas for rent
In addition to various accommodation units, Candolim Beach resort has numerous luxury and de luxe villas suit every taste and budget. Among the most suitable family-type villas it stands to mention the Riviera — 4 Bed Riverview Private Pool Candolim Villa and Villa Indigo located next to the beautiful Shantadurga Temple and Casa A Boa Vida Villa located near the Fort Aguada. At visitors’ disposal are spacious comfortable rooms with modern chic furniture, bathroom, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, air conditioner and a balcony; kitchen with oven, microwave, fridge, hotplate and all required cooking implements; open swimming pool, dinner and BBQ zone.
Yet other luxury villas you have turn your attention onto while looking for a place to stop in are the Villa Candolim, Farrington On The River and Garden Grove located near the key Candolim Beach attractions. For the visitor’s comfort are the good-sized rooms designed in modern style with all necessary accommodation requirements like spacious wooden beds, bathrooms with all required bath accessories and supplies, cable TV, air conditioner, sea and garden view terraces, free parking lot, open swimming pool and well-equipped kitchen with microwave, oven, fridge and other cooking implements.
* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.
The Candolim gastronomic world is diverse and is represented by numerous restaurants, snack houses and bars with delicious food, relaxing atmosphere and grateful beverages and drinks. Most of restaurants in Candolim Beach are located alongside the coastline. The most popular places to have a bit in are the Coconut Inn, Top Corner and Flambee which serve quite big portions of delicious dishes from European, Asian and Indian cuisines. Traditional Goa and local courses can be tried in Floyd’s Restaurant, while the fans of live music and continental cuisine are welcomed at Bom Sucesso Restaurant.
Tuscany Gardens Restaurant will impress the lovers of Italian cuisine as this place is considered to be the best among Italian restaurants in Candolim Beach. The Earthen Oven Restaurant will offer you numerous tasty grill and oven made dishes from local and Indian cuisine, as well as tasty meal courses from Continental and Asia cuisines. The Fishermans Cove will be much beloved by seafood fans as this small restaurant has the best and the tastiest local seafood courses in whole Candolim.
Pulling it all together, tourism service and infrastructure in Candolim beach resort comparing with general Goa standards hold quite high positions. The resort has many comfortable hotels, nice clubs, restaurants, various shops, SPA and Ayurveda centers. Practically all kinds of water sports activities are also available here. Thus, this resort can be considered the best one in North Goa, if not in the whole state.