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Vacation in Goa

Goa, once abandoned by civilization is the corner of the world where hippies have seen their earthly paradise in the 70th. It is now popular with tourists, both among foreigners and Indians. The smallest state on the south-western coast of India attracts about three million tourists a year. Each week more than 40 charter flights arrive from Europe. The tourism industry is growing and has become a major source of employment and income for the local population.

The attractiveness of Goa as a tourist area is obvious.

The purest beaches covered with fine white sand – there aren't many others like it around the world. During the season the water of the ocean is pleasant for swimming, and almost all beaches have a lifeguard post.

The tropical climate provides a long beach season from October to March at the most comfortable level of air and ocean water temperature at 27-30°C. During this period it doesn’t rain, the weather is almost always perfect, but the humidity remains high.

The prices of beach vacations in Goa fit to almost everyone’s pocket because the resorts have accommodation of all levels, from beach huts to five-star hotels and residences with private pools. Therefore, travelers differ greatly. Wealthy foreign tourists and families with children have their vacation foremost at fashionable hotels and country houses on quiet beaches of South Goa. And in North Goa which is considered to have more parties and to be the liberal part of the state, the young people on a tight budget usually prefer to stay. However, there isn’t a strict differentiation and it is possible to meet people of different nationalities, age and social status everywhere.

The tourist infrastructure develops at a fast pace. In some resorts like Cavelossim, Mobor, Colva and Baga it is at very advanced level. In Goa there is a wide variety of shops, markets, Ayurveda, yoga and Spa centers. It’s easy to find a drugstore, medical care, children's attractions, tourist offices, banks, car rental, water transport, rickshaws, bicycles and scooters.

Food/Meals can be found at numerous restaurants and cafes. The majority of vacationers prefer to eat for convenience in some of the small beach restaurants called shakes which you can find at almost every Goan beach. Shakes usually provide the clients the free use of umbrellas and beach chairs. Food, especially fruit and vegetables, is on sale in big abundance. There is a market in each village.

There are as many restaurants in Goa as housing. They are rather in the big price range, but usually all try to offer a rich menu of international cuisine. Natural favorites of vacationers are seafood dishes from the local cuisine.

The nightlife of Goa is very lively. In the evening all beaches usually turn into a platform for sunset watching, music, and romantic dinners. All institutions have music and entertainment programs and it isn't difficult to find a suitable place for oneself. Goa is also famous for night clubs and its trance raves. Some casinos can also be found around here.

Shopping in Goa turns sometimes into passion. In general the prices are lower than in the country of your origin, and goods of local production can be of very satisfying quality. The tourists buy mostly souvenirs, jewelry and clothes.

What to do? What to visit? In Goa there are many cultural and religious festivals. The historical and architectural masterpieces, Hindu and Catholic temples, ancient forts and Old Portuguese houses attract interest of foreign guests and vacationers. Travel agencies offer a number of interesting excursions to these sights and entertaining arrangements: fishing, river and sea cruises and dolphin trips, visiting of spice plantations and bathing with elephants.

About 90% of the state territory is covered with magnificent tropical vegetation crossed by the navigable rivers. Lakes, waterfalls, springs, mountains, exotic fauna, and caves are the environment of Goa; it offers the chance for various types of ecotourism and outdoor activities.

In recent years all water sports have developed quickly. In Goa, there is a lot of opportunity for diving, paragliding, parasailing, ski-jetting, and water skiing. Fans of extreme adventures like quadracycling and paintball also will find their ideal activity.

Resorts and beaches in Goa are perfectly suitable for family, romantic, adventure vacation and vacations with children.

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