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Guide to Beaches of Goa

Goa beach holiday destinations for that
special vacation, off the beaten track.

The state of Goa in India, was a Portuguese colony until 1962, and is famous for its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture. Goa's beaches reflect its colourful mosaic of history.

The combination of the "sosegãdo" or laid back lifestyle, bracing weather and Goa's carnival-like nightlife has been known to lure many into a psychedelic trance.

As you vacation in Goa and feel the soft sand beneath your feet, you'll find that there is no place like a warm, inviting beach in Goa to make you feel at peace with the universe.

Since we usually stay at my parents' flat at Monte-de-Guirim, near Mapusa, the only time we check into a hotel or resort is when we don't have our own transport and want to spend more time at the beach. The transport in Goa being what it is, its always better to have your own car or bike.

I love to spend my Goa holiday gorging on the local crab, king prawns and typical Goan delicacies like chicken rechãdo and xãcuti. I also make it a point to visit my aunt's house in Mapusa, where she always has a delicious plate of fresh oyster deep fried in rava ready for me.

The local brews, like cashew and coconut "feni," with their strong aroma, are definitely not for the faint of heart (or stomach). If you visit in the right season, you can sample the local "Urak," a lighter and sweeter-smelling distillate of feni.

How to get there: You can take a cheap flight to Goa from Bombay (Mumbai). The more adventurous can opt for an eight-hour trip to Goa by Konkan railway or a sixteen-hour bus journey from Mumbai.

Where to stay: Beach resorts and budet hotels are numerous, and accomodation is often included when you opt for a cheap Goa holiday package or tour.


Articles about Beach Life in Goa


Favourite Beaches of Goa

Some of my favourite and most secluded beaches in Goa, off the beaten track, and just suited for that special romantic holiday or vacation.

Goa : Picnicker's Delight

Goa has some delightful picnic spots, not necessarily beaches, that are far from the madding crowd, with beautiful views of the sea and sand.

Photos of Palolem Beach

Photos of our family trip to the beautiful Palolem beach in South Goa.

A Weekend at Baga Beach

Photos and travelogue of our trip to Baga in North Goa.

Goa’s Calangute Beach: A Vintage Snapshot

In the seventies, Calangute, Goa’s erstwhile Queen of Beaches, was very different from the swarming tourist anthill it is today.

Beaches In Goa: There’s One For Every Preference

Old Portuguese forts or professional yoga lessons? Luxury hotels or palm thatched huts? Whatever you prefer, you will find a favorite beach in Goa.

Why Go To Goa For Your Next Beach Holiday?

Goa’s beaches are perfect to catch some sun and the beaches are crystal clear with white sand and the best food for your tastes.

Back To The Basics at Netrolim, Goa

Vulcanmind discovers the rustic joys of living on a farm in the hinterland.

Goa Vacation Survival Guide

Vulcanmind offers tips for the traditional tourist to survive the mercenary spirit and terminal lassitude of the Goan people.

Yoga In Goa: From Yoga Spa Vacations To Cheap Yoga Breaks

Goa is the ideal place for a rejuvenating Yoga holiday or yoga spa vacation with Ayurveda treatments and massages.

Nightlife In Goa: Up The Temperature Of Your Goa Holidays

If parties push your adrenaline level into high gear, get ready for a pleasurable nightlife in Goa and let yourself loose in its night clubs.

Goa Holidays: Explore All The Fascinating Facets Of Goa

Goa offers a cornucopia of attractions for the tourist, including shimmering beaches, historical forts, calm churches, temples, lush green hills and mountains.

New Year In Goa: Bonfires On The Beach For The Free-Spirited

During New Year celebrations in Goa, the beaches come alive with bonfire parties, open air beach picnics and dancing all the way. Everything that would suit the party animal is present in Goa.

Goa Cruises: Sweet Sailing From Sunrise To Sunset

Goa is one of the best destinations for cruising and offers both river as well as sea cruises.

Adventures In Goa: Aquatics, Camping, Trekking And GoKarting

Sun, sand and snorkeling! Goa is a must for those who love the passion and excitement of adventure sports and is well known for the variety of water sports offered.

Cheap Holidays In Goa: Backpacker Tips For Your Goa Vacation

Goa, the west coast paradise in India, is an ideal destination for the backpackers. The beaches, hills, forests, and cities of Goa offer all the variety that an avid backpacker looks for.

Goa's 5-Star Hotels: Sun, Sand, Spas In Goa’s Luxury Hotels

If you're planning to take a tour of Goa, book your room in a five star hotel and see this amazing city in a true Goan way. Here are reviews of a few 5 star hotels in Goa to help you decide according to your needs.

Goa Hotels: Where Foodies Enjoy Sumptuous Culinary Delights

Goa hotels make guests feel absolutely like at home. These hotels in Goa are focused to make their rooms exude warmth and the ambiance to be refreshing and they have been very successful in their endeavor to do so.

Panjim City, Goa: The Quaint Attractions Of The State Capital

Panjim (or Panaji, as the locals call it) is a typical Goan city located on the banks of river, Mandovi. This is the third largest city and the capital of Goa state.

Goa Wildlife Sanctuaries And Parks: Not Just For Party Animals

Goa is a destination known for its rich and vibrant collection of flora and fauna, and is gifted with a range of wildlife sanctuaries which are a vital facet of Goa tourism.


Useful Information About Goa

Food Of Goa: A Delectable Blend Of Portuguese And Indian Cuisine

The fine blend of Portuguese, Indian and Arabian spices have rendered a special flavour to the cuisine of Goa. The identity of Goa is rooted in the deep involvement of food, drink and merriment.

The Dark Side Of Goa: Sex And Mafia On Cocaine Coast - India Today

Goa has become a principal hub of the international drug trade, apart from being a known centre of consumption. The happy-drug addict-syndrome that has made it a haven for tourists is a minute part of the story.

Women, Travel And The Dark Side Of Male Attention In India

Travelling on your own in India is mostly safe. However, it is important to know the problems women travellers may face and simple precautions that you can take to avoid harm.

Goan Culture and Lifestyle

Links to other websites with interesting information on Goan culture and lifestyle.

Goa Books and Trance Music

A selection of books and trance music for Goa lovers


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