The Best And Beautiful Beaches In Goa:- Neatly tucked into the Western coast of India, Goa beaches are famous across the country and it is the place associated most with beautiful beaches and with so many of these out there, we help you get down to the best beaches in Goa, all very characteristically different from North Goa to South Goa.
Beaches In North Goa
1) Querim Beach
Also known as Keri Beach or Kerim Beach, it is the northern-most beach of Goa and located close to Tiracol fort. The beach has paragliding and other water sports. However it is not safe for swimming especially near the Tiracol estuary.
Querim is located 58 km north of Panaji and can be reached from the Arambol Beach.
2) Arambol Beach
A 16 km long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa.
The beach also hosts night parties, has a rich music scene and is dubbed to be the capital of hippie culture in Goa. This place is also good for paragliding and Kite Surfing making it one of the best beaches in Goa.
Arambol beach is located 50 km north of Panaji
3) Mandrem Beach
Mandrem Beach is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa. One can also go on Dolphin spotting trips or explore the Mandrem Village. Junas and Ashvem are the two main beaches with shallow and calm waters which make it a great place to swim.
One can also spot some animal life like the white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarina trees and the ocassional Olive Ridley turtles that nest here.
Mandrem is located 32 km north of Panaji.
4) Morjim Beach
Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. It is a great place to spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food.
It is located on the northern bank of the Chapora River estuary and is a fairly quiet place owning to the nesting ground of the endangered species. Late night parties and loud music is banned and relaxation, alternate therapies, kite-surfing etc. is promoted.
Morjim is located 29 km north of Panaji.
5) Chapora Beach
Calm Shore, beautiful sea beach, water sports, good food in the Beach shacks along the coast make it one of the most loved beaches of Goa. One can also explore the Chapora village nearby.
Chapora Beach is 24km north of Panaji.
6) Vagator Beach
Quiet and calm beach, Vagatos is one of the best beaches of Goa. It has vast stretches of coconut trees and the Chapora fort as a nearby attraction.
Vagator is located 21 km north of Panaji
7) Anjuna Beach
One of the most popular sea beaches among foreigners in Goa because of its night parties, Curlies and other good eating joints, peaceful seashore, western seafood with chilled beer and good music in nearby restaurants and flea markets.
Anjuna is situated 21 km north of Panaji and 7 km from Baga.
8) Baga Beach
Most popular beach of Goa for Indian tourists. It is a picturesque beach with parties, music, beach shacks, karaoke, good food, water sports, good accommodation facilities, and is easily the most happening place in Goa.
Baga beach is located 19 km north of Panaji.
9) Calangute Beach
Just adjacent to Baga beach, the Calangute beach has Water Sports, markets, restaurants, good food, lots of accommodation options. Calangute is famous for its nightlife and the famous pubs of Goa including the Tito’s and others on the Tito’s lane are located closeby.
Calangute beach is located 16 km north of Panaji and 2 km from Baga.
10) Candolim Beach
This laidback beach hosts the Sunburn Festival in December. It has the Aguada fort overlooking the sea and the beach and is one of the best and longest beaches in Goa.
Candolim is located 13 km north of Panaji.
11) Sinquerim Beach
Small yet popular and clean beach with dolphin spotting trips, shacks with good food and chilled beer and the Sinquerim Fort overlooking the sea.
If you love water sports this is the one beach where you should be and not miss it for the world on your trip to Goa. Near this beach is the most famous Aguada a Portuguese Fort.
Sinquerim beach is located 13 km north of Panaji.
Central Goa Beaches : Beaches Near Panajim And Vasco
1) Miramar Beach
Popular and crowded beach, frequented by locals from Panaji and nearby towns, local street shops, local restaurants. The main churches of Goa are located in Panajim.
Miramar beach is located 3 km south-west of Panaji.
2) Dona Paula Beach
One of the best spots in Goa which makes it slightly crowded. It has Water Sports, Harbor, Rocky shores and much more.
Dona Paula is located just 6 km south-west of Panaji.
3) Siridao Beach
This one is a shell collector’s paradise. It’s most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus Nazareth.
Siridao Beach is situated around 12 km south of Panaji.
4) Bogmalo Beach
Perfect mix of natural beauty and commercial space, this beach has a lot of shops selling local handicrafts. It has clean water ideal for swimming with the Goa institute of diving located there. It is also famous among BITS Pilani Goa Campus students.
Bogmalo Beach is located 14 km south of Panaji.
5) Cansaulim Beach
Beautiful white sand and long stretch of secluded beach, make it the perfect place to spend time together with your partner.
Cansaulim Beach is located around 25 km north of Margao.
6) Majorda Beach
This one is a calm unexplored sea beach with long stretches of clean sand, clean water ideal for swimming, lush green countryside, lovely bakeries. Do not miss the Goa Christmas Carnival if you happen to be here in December.
Majorda is located 11 km north of Margao.
7) Betalbatim Beach
Head to one of the offbeat beaches in Goa which has Golden Sand, Cold Pine trees, unexplored serene stretches, trips to spot dolphins, good seafood and laid-back evenings.
Betalbatim is located 10 km north of Margao.
Beaches In South Goa
1) Colva Beach
One of the best beaches in South Goa, this beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa. Another major attraction nearby is Our Lady of Mercy Church.
Colva beach is located 6km north of Margao.
2) Benaulim Beach
Rather unexplored beach, it offers tranquil evenings, good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bull-fighting events and the Church of St John the Baptist.
Benaulim is located 6 km south-west of Margao.
3) Cavelossim Beach
An aesthetic beach, with white sand and black lava rocks, beach shacks, Goan dishes and Seafood, Water-sports, Local markets, Dolphin spotting trips etc.
Cavelossim beach is located 15 km south of Margao.
4) Mobor Beach
On of the best beaches in Goa, it has long stretch of clean sandy beach, water sports, handicraft shops, good food, resorts and budget accommodation options.
Mobor Beach is situated 17km south of Margao.
5) Betul Beach
This quiet beach is ideal for people looking for solitude and some alone time. A small lagoon, a river flowing nearby, a 17th century fort and a Baradi Cross church make it a picturesque venue. It is close to Mayfair Resort.
Betul Beach is located 18 km south of Margao.
6) Agonda Beach
One of the best beaches in South Goa, It is a quiet beach ideal for chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing.
Agonda Beach is located 37 km from Margao.
Agonda is another quiet beaches located just 15 minutes from Palolem.
It is advisable for swimming provided you stay off limits.
7) Palolem Beach
One of the most stunning and beautiful beaches of India. There are nightlife opportunities around like the Silent Noise Parties which do not hamper the tranquility of the shore.
Palolem is located 38 km south of Margao. Palolem definitely ranks among the best beach in Goa.
8) Butterfly Beach
One of the best and most beautiful beaches in Goa. The only way to reach Butterfly Beach is to take a boat from Palolem or Agonda.
The name butterfly is because the beach sustains life of many different varieties of Butterflies.
Butterfly Beach is situated 39 km south of Margao.
9) Patnem Beach
A quieter alternate to Palolem beach, this is among the most beautiful and serene beaches in South Goa.
Patnem Beach is located 39 km south of Margao.
10) Galgibaga Beach
One of the offbeat beaches of Goa, this 1.5 km long sandy beach has a calm and serene environment.
Galgibaga Beach is located 52 km south of Margao.
One important thing you will notice is that as you move toward the south of Goa, the maintenance and crowd of the usual beaches decreases and this is a reason why this beach is very convenient. This beach is also a home to Olive Ridley sea turtles to lay their eggs in the month of December- February.
11) Polem Beach
Southernmost beach in Goa, this is a secluded beach with stretches of white sands and rocks, unspoilt and clean water -ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Migratory birds and dolphins could also be spotted sometimes.
Polem is around 60 km south of Margao.
Offbeat Beaches In Goa
1) Kakolem Beach
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One of the most isolated beaches of Goa also known as the ‘Tiger Beach’ and is located south of Cabo de rama beach. It is difficult to reach this beach by foot as it will require to climb up many steps and pass through narrow paths. It is easier to get here by a boat or a motor boat.
2) Ashwem Beach
Situated in south of the famous Arambol Beach, Ashwem Beach is another example of an isolated beach in Goa. This beach is mainly famous because it is the place where Olive Ridley Turtles come shore to lay their eggs.
The place requires a lot of travel and the best means is to hire or have a bike.
3) Velsao Beach
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The Velsao Beach is very close to the Dabolim airport making it convenient to visit on the day when you are leaving provided that you do not get lost in its serenity and beauty.
The Velsao Beach is famous for its white shells founds all over the sea shore as well as the star fish.
4) Hollant Beach
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Hollant beach is located 7 km from Bogmalo beach of Vasco city. Due to no currents, the beaches are shallow and it is one of the best place to go swimming. One can travel here only on personal vehicle as no transport leads here and this is a reason why it is one of the most isolated beaches.
This beach is very famous because it is said that Hollant Beach is the only beach where you can see a clear sunrise.