The 25+ Best Goa Beaches

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  • 1. Baga Beach

    Baga Beach
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    Baga Beach is another of the most popular beaches in North Goa. Attracting a mix of younger, middle class Indian tourists as well as those from overseas this is the partying capital of the Goan coast. All the tales of hedonism and holiday excess in Goa probably originated from here or neighbouring Calangute.

    Things have moved on somewhat since the days of drug-addled hippies and endless acid house /… read more »

  • 2. Querim Beach

    Querim Beach
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    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Querim Beach, often referred to as Keri Beach, is the northernmost beach in Goa. As such it has something of a remote feel to it and never gets busy like nearby Arambol Beach to the south. Querim Beach is a place you can enjoy relaxing walks on the beach, sunbathe, go surfing and watching the sunset. This is the place you head to for peace, tranquility, and natural beauty.

    It… read more »

  • 3. Ashvem Beach

    Ashvem Beach
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    Ashvem Beach sits to the north of Goa's Chapora River. Despite its long stretch of golden sand washed by attractive waters, Ashvem Beach isn't as popular as other parts of the Goa coastline, perhaps because it lacks the water sports facilities of beaches further south. It makes Ashvem Beach a fine destination for those beachgoers looking for a more relaxed and tranquil experience.

    Locally-owned beach shacks among the palm trees provide… read more »

  • 4. Bogmalo Beach

    Bogmalo Beach
    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Kitesurfing

    This white sandy beach lies about four kilometres from Dabolim Airport in South Goa. 

    Bogmalo Beach is a family-friendly, ideal and unspoilt spot for some tranquility and barefoot strolls along the shore. It's situated in a small bay and there's around two kilometres of shoreline to sprawl out by.

    Lifeguards are on duty most of the time too, so feel free to suit up and enjoy a dip in the calm, warm… read more »

  • 5. Patnem Beach

    Patnem Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    The beautiful Patnem beach is clean and quieter than many of the famous beaches in North Goa. With its soft sands, palm trees and beach shack restaurants this is the perfect place to take it easy. Less crowded and more laid-back than neighbouring Palolem beach, the biggest decisions you'll have to make at Pantem are whether to go for a cooling paddle or which shack to order a drink… read more »

  • 6. Agonda Beach

    Agonda Beach
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    Located in the middle of South Goa, Agonda Beach is a long stretch of soft golden sand that meets the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Amongst the backdrop of palm trees there are actually huts where you can stay during your visit, making for a complete beach experience.

    This beach is generally pretty laid back and peaceful. You can spend your time relaxing and taking in the stunning views of… read more »

  • 7. Palolem Beach

    Palolem Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Surfing

    Goa is without doubt the most popular destination in India for beach holidays with its lively beach scene. Palolem Beach is a naturally beautiful spot in the south of the state with a long crescent of sand and blue waters. This is a place to relax on the beach or take a dip in the Arabian Sea.

    When you arrive in this tropical paradise, you will be greeted by a vista… read more »

  • 8. Arambol Beach

    Arambol Beach
    Great for:
    • Surfing

    Arambol Beach is situated in the North of Goa, and is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in India. Set between Mandrem Beach to the south and Keri Beach to the north this is one of the most popular areas for travelers to Goa. Busiest during the winter season between November and March, Arambol is firmly on the party/bohemian trail, and to some extent is a… read more »

  • 9. Mandrem Beach

    Mandrem Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Compared to the frenetic pace at the neighbouring traveller / backpacker oriented Arambol and Anjuna, laid-back Mandrem Beach will seem something of a haven of tranquility.

    Situated in the North of Goa, Mandrem Beach has 800 meters of clean, white sand which is separated from the village by a shallow creek. Backing the beach are sand dunes and palm trees, and you will see the local fishermen landing their… read more »

  • 10. Morjim Beach

    Morjim Beach
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    Morjim Beach is one of the most Northern beaches in Goa. With its beautiful pristine sands and backdrop of palms it makes the perfect nesting and hatching site for the Olive ridley sea turtles. These creatures are an endangered species in India (though not globally) and are protected by law. This has done much to prevent development on the beach and it remains much as Goas brasher beaches to the… read more »

  • 11. Anjuna Beach

    Anjuna Beach
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    Anjuna Beach is one of the best known in North Goa, with its reputation growing out of the halcyon hippie days of the 1960s. These days it is still pretty laid back but draws a much more diverse crowd, many of whom are here for the heady party scene.

    Anjuna Beach itself is everything you would expect from a Goan beach; a wide stretch of golden sand backed by palm trees… read more »

  • 12. Polem Beach

    Polem Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Polem beach lies in the south of Goa, and is the last beach in the state before the border with Karnataka. At 700 metres in length, it is considered small by Goa's standards.

    Its clean yellow sands are set slightly back from the surrounding coastline, in a small bay. Providing some shelter from the full strength of the Arabian Sea, it is generally regarded as safe for swimming. However, Polem Beach… read more »

  • 13. Benaulim Beach

    Benaulim Beach
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    Located in the South of Goa, Benaulim Beach has beautiful soft white sand and a generous fringing of swaying palm trees. You can just relax here and enjoy the beauty of this beach, or you can try water sports, such as snorkeling, parasailing, windsurfing, and more. You will have plenty to fill your days while visiting this location.

    This is one of the best known locations for fishing on the coast,… read more »

  • 14. Vagator Beach

    Vagator Beach
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    Vagator Beach takes its name from the coastal region in Goa's north, close to the point where the Chapora River meets the Arabian Sea. Occupying a lush area of coast, Vagator Beach is a flat, broad expanse of golden sand surrounded by a mixture of palms, vegetation-covered low cliffs, and neatly maintained gardens.

    Watched over by the historic Chapora Fort, refreshments can be found at several beachside bars, serving everything from… read more »

  • 15. Candolim Beach

    Candolim Beach
    © Faizan Ahmad

    Close to a variety of attractions including the Museum of Goa and the seventeenth century Portuguese defences of Aguada Fort, Candolim Beach is an area of sand particularly popular with holidaymakers from Britain.

    One of the longest beaches in Goa, the beach is a fine combination of laid-back sun worship on easy to hire sun loungers and umbrellas, and welcoming atmosphere. That's thanks to the range of bars, restaurants and souvenir… read more »