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Goa in December

Should I visit Goa in December? Absolutely yes! According to statistics with the Goa Department of Tourism, a total of 6,330,744 tourists visited the state in 2016, which is a more than 50% increase from 2006 – 2,479,068. Of course, Indians from all corners of the country come to Goa, but there are many foreign tourists too, most of them from the UK, Russia, Germany, Finland, and France. January and December together are the most popular months for both domestic and international travelers.

The prices are likely to be higher in December than the summer or the monsoon months. But then, you will get the best of everything. You will get the complete range of water sports activities on offer, the weather will be nice and cool, the restaurants and bars will be operating at full capacity and offering their best, the shops including the street side stalls will be all open, the flea and night markets are going to be open, and you will find a lot of bikes and cars to rent.

December is the time for those unending parties in Goa. Baga, Anjuna, Vagator, and a few other beaches are brimming after dark with party goers. The nightclubs are blasting their songs and are full of revelers.

Goa Weather in December

Both the average highs and lows continue to come down in December. The average high during the daytime is 32.4°C and the average low after dark is 20.6°C. It is usually warmest during the first week of the month.

There is about 17mm of rainfall on just 1 day in the month in an average year, which is less than the 3 days of rain in November. The probability of rain goes down as the month progresses. In the first week, it is around 3.6%, but by the end of December, the probability has come down to just 1.4%. Even when it rains, it is usually a light drizzle. On almost all days, the sky is clear with bright sunlight. There are hardly any dark or threatening clouds anymore. The probability of the sky being partly cloudy is just 9%. There is a 4% chance of it being overcast.

Climate in Goa
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

There is 10 hours of sunshine every day, which is 1 hour more than November. The average sea temperature is 28°C, which is 1°C cooler than the previous month. This makes the sea very pleasant. With more hours of sunshine and pleasant weather, you can spend a lot of time on the water or the beach. Have fun or relax. But try to stay away from direct sunlight between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, as the sun is its most powerful this time of the day.

The relative humidity ranges between 33%, which is comfortable, and 85%, which is humid. It rarely goes down below 24% or reaches 100%. The humidity is highest around December 27 th when it goes above 76%.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in December

Pros Cons

The Weather – The weather is nice and cool. There is almost no rain, and the humidity is comfortable too. You can plan a day out without the risk of it getting washed out because of rain. You can spend long hours on the beach or the sea. The water temperature is also very pleasant.

Prices – December and January are the busiest months in Goa. Almost everything costs more, including the accommodation, food, drinks, shops, and even your bike or car rentals. Try to make it in the first half of the month, if you are planning to visit Goa in December. It will cost even more during Christmas and the New Year.

Christmas and New Year – Goa is mostly Christian, so there is festivity all around. The churches are decorated beautifully. Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. There are special events around Christmas & the New Year.

Crowded – There are a lot more Indian and foreign tourists in Goa in December. The beaches and streets will be crowded, particularly the North. The South is likely to be more serene, but here too, there are many more tourists than the summer months or the monsoon.

Events and Festivals – There is Sunburn, India’s #1 electronic music festival. There is also the Mando Festival, and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Plus, there are trance and rave parties in many beaches, shacks, bars, and nightclubs.

Traffic – Getting into the major beaches can be a problem because of long traffic jams. You might get stuck in traffic for up to 30 minutes at the major North Goa beaches. Be ready to wait.

Water Sports – You will get the full range of water sports… speed boats, banana boats, parasailing, kayaking, wakeboarding, white water rafting, cruises, snorkeling, scuba diving, and more.

Long Waiting Time – There is likely to be long queues at the popular restaurants, bars and tourist destinations, particularly during the weekends.

Beach Shacks – The shacks are all open. Enjoy the drinks and food. Relax on the loungers. Get a massage. There are parties in many of these shacks after sun down.

Cleanliness – With so many people around, the beaches and the streets are likely to be unclean. You will have less privacy too, particularly in North Goa.

Top 7 Things To Do In Goa In December

  1. Party Till Morning – This is the big party season in Goa. Often, they start around 10 in the night and go on till the early hours of the morning. Loud music, dizzy lights, electrifying beats, dancing, drinking, barbecue, bonfire and delicious food creates the right ambience. Special New Year eve parties are even wilder with a lot of merriment. The discos, beach shacks and pubs in Baga, Calangute, Vagator, and Arpora get the busiest.
  2. Casinos – Goa is India’s Las Vegas. There are many casinos on ships and boats docked in the Mandovi River. Earn a little extra and have loads of fun. Many casinos offer unlimited food and drinks as long as you keep playing. You can play poker, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, money wheel, pontoon, flush, slots machines, and other games.
  3. Christmas Celebrations – Goa is dazzling during Christmas. The beaches and streets are decorated with stars, lights, ribbons and ornamented Christmas trees. There are 400 churches, all of which have midnight masses. There is also the Christmas dinner with roasted turkey, grilled seafood, pork, and more.
  4. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary – The sanctuary on Charao Island should be in your list for December because this time of the year, you will find the maximum domestic and migratory birds here. The sanctuary is a favorite for nature lovers, ornithologists, trekkers, and those looking for a little respite from the parties.
  5. Turtle Nesting – Witness a spectacle of nature, the nesting of rare turtles. Olive Ridley Turtles arrive at Morjim, Galgibag and Agonda beaches once a year to lay their eggs. They lay hundreds of eggs. After hatching they go back to the sea. You will find sporadic nesting also at Arambol, Ashvem, Anjuna, Colva, Benaulim, Betul and Palolem beaches.
  6. The Markets – Don’t miss Arpora’s Saturday Night Market, the flea market at Anjuna, and Mackie’s Night Bazaar in Baga. You can buy a lot of souvenirs in these places. There are also live bands, fire eaters, jugglers, street DJs, and plenty of seafood kiosks selling authentic Goanese preparations.
  7. Cruise or Deep Sea Fishing – Cruise the backwaters of Goa. You will see a lot of birds and even bats in many of these trips. There are dolphin spotting trips too. There are full-day and half-day trips with lunch served on the boat. Alternatively, you can go deep sea fishing as well. This can be a lot of fun. There are restaurants that will even cook your catch.

Goa December Checklist – Carry light and airy clothing for December. You don’t need an umbrella or water proof clothing as there is almost no rain. Make sure to have your sunglass and sunscreen lotion for those long hours on the beach or water. You will need them also on the cruise or fishing trip.

Goa Festivals in December

  1. Sunburn Festival – Asia’s largest 3-day electronic music festival used to be held at Goa in December. The main festival has now shifted to Pune. But can it leave Goa entirely? Many of the worlds best DJs and electronic music bands still come to Goa in December. There is music, dancing, entertainment and food.
  2. Supersonic Festival – This festival started by VJ Nikhil Chinapa has also become very popular. There are many local and international artists showing their talents. It is held at the Candolim beach.
  3. Mando Festival – Stunning song and dance performances on the theme of love. You will love the slow, deliberate and graceful dance moves. Young women and men dance gracefully to the tune of mud percussion instruments and violin. Men wear European suits, jacket, vest, and trouser. Women wear waist-cloth like a sarong, and a shawl.

Accommodation in December

Almost everything costs more in December as this is the peak season in Goa. The prices may go up even more, closer to the Christmas and New Year. So make sure to book your villa in Goa early. There is a great demand for villas and luxury apartments, so you are unlikely to find an available property on arrival.

You will find accommodation all over Goa – closer to the party hotspots of the North, in the more serene and quiet South, and in the inlands within green Goa villages. Many of them are right on the beach, while others are just a few minutes’ walk away. There are Goa luxury villas and apartments in nice and cozy laid-back communities.

Look at the pictures of villas and apartments on our website, read the property details and make your enquiry. These properties offer large comfortable beds, antique furniture, objects of art, modern bathrooms with separate showers, air conditioning, large screen television with cable, fully equipped kitchen, DVD player, coffee machines, juicers, housekeeping, maid service, security, parking, barbecue, a private swimming pool with loungers, garden, and much more.

Villas for rent in December:

Luxury 3-bedroom villa with its own private pool. The villa has its own access to the Candolim beach (200 meters).

From 18 000 Rs. per night.

European style 3-bedroom villa in gated residential complex. Swimming pool. Cavelossim beach — 400 meters.

17 000 - 25 000 Rs. per night

Comfortable private villa class «Luxury» with direct access to the beach. Choice for families who value privacy and 5* star service.

From 40 000 Rs. per night

* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.


So there is a very good chance that you will get booking at the top villas and properties in December for your stay. At other times, you will have to first look at the availability status. And not just that, you can expect to get a good discount as well. You will get good bargain deals at the restaurants, shops, restaurants, bars and the newly opened beach shacks.


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