From the solitary beach to the energetic night life beaches, Goa is the perfect conglomeration of pristine natural beauty and European colonial history.
The sun kissed splendour of the beaches of Goa has made this place not only the most sought after tourist destination but has also offered a marked dimension to its aesthetic appeal. Whether to taste the coastal delicacies or just to feel the azure romance of the seas Goa remains flocked by tourists throughout the year.
Beaches of Goa cover about 125 kilometres of its coastline. These beaches of scenic beauty are divided into North Goa and South Goa. Beaches of North Goa are more commercial and abundant tourists created an excitement for its night life. The beaches of South Goa are filled with luxury hotels and private guest houses, which are solitary and silent.
Arambol Beach, North Goa
Arambol Beach is a unique beach in North Goa, which is placed at the distance of 50 km from the district headquarters. There are both rocky and sandy beaches and are much sought after. The high cliffs near Arambol Beach are popular for paragliding and dolphin watching. It has also a sweet water pond right on the store, which has made the place, lot more attractive.
Vagator Beach, Bardez Taluka
This tranquil sea beach is situated at 22 km away. It is a popular beach dominated by Chapora Fort to the North, on its imposing headland. To the South of Vagator there is Calangute beach, which has got international fame. Vagator is a well accepted beach however, a little further south of this main beach is a more sedate beach known as Little Vagator or Ozran beach.
Anjuna Beach, Anjuna
Anjuna Beach is a popular beach area adjacent to Chapora Fort. In Anjuna there is magnificent Albuquerque mansion that was built in 1920. Octagonal towers and attractive Mangalore tiled-roof always flank this place.
Calangute Beach, North Goa
Calangute Beach is the famous beach is 16 km away from the main point i.e. the district headquarters. This is the most popular holiday resort in Goa. Excellent accommodation facilities are available at this place. These particularly include the tourist resort and cottages.
Miramar Beach, Panjim
Miramar Beach is popularly known as the Gaspar Dias which is 3 Km away. This is a lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea. This beach is one of the closest beaches to Panaji and is very popular in that way.
Dona Paula Beach, Panjim
Dona Paula Beach is placed at the distance of 7 km away from the district headquarters. This is a pleasant picturesque spot. This place is over a control of a fine view of the Zuari River and Mormugao Harbour. Water scootering facilities are also available at this place and attract lot of tourists every year.
Colva Beach, South Goa
Colva beach is the pride of Salcete and the only rival to Calangute by its scenic splendour. Every year lots of tourists come here to enjoy the beauty. Here, sand, sea and sky blend in enchanting natural harmony that is still unspoilt by men.
Agonda Beach, South Goa
This is placed at about 37 km from Margao. This is a small picturesque and secluded beach much sought after for its serenity. That is the reason why many tasteful tourists come here every year to take the pleasure.
Palolem Beach, South Goa
This is placed just west of Chaudi in the Southern Taluka of Canacona and is one of the most enchanting beaches in Goa. This place is relatively deserted and the backdrop of Western Ghats makes it further appealing.
Bogmalo Beach, South Goa
Bogmalo Beach in Goa is situated near the harbour city of Vasco in South Goa. It is a vast open beach located at the south of the Dabolim airport. The village at Bogmalo is still present inspite of the transformation in its environs. Luxurious cafe-bars with energetic Western music reside in the seaside, while the clearing below the hotel is prowled by industrious Kashmiri handicraft vendors.
Benaulim Beach, South Goa
Benaulim Beach located is a popular beach in south Goa that attracts many tourists. It also houses a church named as the Church of St John the Baptist. Benaulim beach is one of the best beaches to doze the day off basking in the sun. The huge palm trees shading the beach make it one of the ultimate beaches for relaxing through day and night. The beachfront remains beleaguered with wooden fishing boats that welcome the tourists for a journey on the sea. Moreover, the sea is safe for swimming and the village itself boasts a few serviceable bars and restaurants. The sea beach is often visited by hawkers, and other vendors offering an array of food items.
Varca Beach, South Goa
Varca Beach situated in South Goa is one of the popular tourist spots that offers enticing sights of nature coupled with exciting sunbathing and boat rides. The row of wooden fishing boats seen on the beach belong to the Christianfishing community is the cynosure to tourists for the sea ride.
Candolim Beach, Panaji
Condolim Beach is one of the calm and tranquil beaches of Goa that offers its tourists the needed relaxation and recreation. Located at about 14 kilometres north of Panaji in the state of Goa, Candolim Beach is a part of a long extension of seashore, coastline along the Arabian Sea that begins at Aguada Fort and ends at Chapora Beach.
Majorda Beach, South Goa
Majorda Beach in Goa attracts a lot of tourists during its Christmas Carnival and has a strong bearing upon the Indian mythology. Majorda beach is also famous for its bakery and toddy (Palm Wine). The tourists can enjoy an extensive assortment of sea-food at the beach. The beach also provides a number of facilities for the accommodations of the tourists.
Mandrem Beach, North Goa
Mandrem beach is located in northern part of Goa. It is one of its best kept secrets beaches in North Goa. Mandrem beach is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches of Asia.
Baga beach, Bardez Baga beach and its creek is renowned for its water sports, late night parties and amazing markets along with delicious seafood. The beach contains rows of shacks and fishing boats, and at high tide the beach is narrow.
Other beaches of Goa are Benaulim Beach, Morjim Beach, Bambolim Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Sinquerim Beach and Mobor Beach.