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38 Best beaches in Goa

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India, Goa, Palolem beach
Palolem is the best beach in Goa. It is hard to find a place under the palm due to the beach cafes and bungalows. Also there's always a lot of people during the high season. However, it doesn't spoil the holiday. Unique positive atmosphere (rare not only in India but in the whole World) is the key feature of this place. Also, in a contrast to the beaches of North Goa, there are no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.7 (113 votes)

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India, Goa, Polem beach
Polem is the southernmost beach of Goa, and one of the best. Of course, it is not so funny as in the North, not as luxurious as in Central Goa, and not as beautiful as in Palolem. But still this is a very pleasant place, without a crowd, but with some minimal amenities. There are palms and trees ashore, while entry into the water is suitable even for swimming with children. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (8 votes)
India, Goa, Benaulim beach
Benaulim is a perfect beach in the Central Goa. This is the place to feel absolute freedom in the beautiful tropical scenery. There are many palms ashore, but these are located at some distance from the water edge. It is best to spend a day on sunbed in a shack, ordering something at the bar. The food is cheap and usually delicious. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (16 votes)
India, Goa, Agonda beach
Agonda is a beach in the Southern Goa being an excellent extension of the legendary Palolem located nearby. It's not as beautiful as Palolem, and the swimming is not so comfortable. But on the other hand, there are much less tourists, while the coastline is longer. So this is a great place to escape from the crowd, but still having one of the most beautiful beaches in India. / read more » /
Rating: 8.1 (6 votes)
India, Goa, Colva beach, palms
Colva is an iconic beach in the Central Goa, famous since the 70s of the last century. The key feature are many pictersque palms. Once get here, you immediately understand, that this is what you need. The bad news are that the beach backside has been heavily developed. In addition, there are a lot of tourists - both international and domestic. However, if you walk a little to the left or to the right, you will get a complete seclusion. Sea water is shallow, so there are no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (7 votes)
India, Goa, Utorda beach, palms
Utorda is a beautiful and uncrowded beach in Central Goa. The only disadvantage is a wide coastal strip (50-100 meters), so the picturesque palms are located too far from the water edge. There are five shacks on the beach, - more than in Cansaulim, but less than in Majorda. So it's not empty, nor overcrowded. Entry into the water is smooth and swimming in the ocean is usually comfortable. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (12 votes)
India, Goa, Talpona beach
Talpona is a great wild beach located to the south of Palolem. Such a secluded coastline can be rarely met in Goa. The construction of any buildings near the coast is prohibited, so there are only two shacks - without any sunbeds. The swimmimg in the ocean can often be dangerous, so it is best to choose the area marked with flags. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (9 votes)
India, Goa, Cola beach, boat
Cola beach - beach in a South Goa located near cozy inner lagoon. Unfortunately, the entry into the water is not comfortable due to the rocks. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (119 votes)
India, Goa, Canaguinim beach
Canaguinim is a wild beach in South Goa looking more like some islands of Oceania. Swimming is often uncomfortable due to the strong waves. In addition, there are many stones on the bottom. However surrounding hills are great with picturesque palms, and there are never many people here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (5 votes)
India, Goa, Cabo de Rama beach
Cabo de Rama is a small beach in the rocks near abandoned fort in South Goa. The fort has great feeling unlike the notorious Vagator, while the beach is beautiful - with palms, sand and spectacular rocks. There is no a living soul during the weekdays, but a lot of locals come for picnic on weekends. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (38 votes)
India, Goa, Patnem beach
Patnem is a beach located just to the south of Palolem, - you can easily walk from one to another. Patnem is much less crowded in comparison with Palolem. Sorry, but Patnem is not an alternative to Palolem, as it has no many palms, and the waves are usually stronger. But it is still beautiful with a lot of shacks and rental rooms. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (44 votes)
India, Goa, Majorda beach
Majorda is a great beach in Central Goa. This is a canonical type of a popular resort area with many shacks, beach boys and different kinds of water amenities. But still it's not overcrowded, and landscape is beautiful - with palms and white sand. Entry into the water is comfortable, and there are usually no strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (12 votes)
India, Goa, Vainguinim beach
Vainguinim is a small private beach in Central Goa. It is always clean without crowds. The beach itself is beautiful and located not far from the airport. During the high tide, sea water is usually calm without waves, but at low tide you need to walk a lot to the depth. From neighboring hotels, it is possible to get to the beach only via the main entrance of Cidade De Goa, which is inconveniently located on the high hill. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (21 votes)
India, Goa, Arossim beach
Cansaulim is an excellent wild beach in Central Goa. A little to the south, there is also Arossim beach, but in fact all of this is the same coastline. There are no many tourists (unlike most of Goa), but a lot of palms ashore located about 100 meters from the water edge. That's why, everybody uses shacks' sunbeds. Some coastal areas are dangerous due to the underwater currents, so it is better to swim in the areas marked by flags. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (10 votes)
India, Goa, Ashwem beach, rock pool
Ashwem is one of the most secluded beaches in the North Goa. There are even a lot of palms ashore, making it being something like the blessed Palolem. During the low tide sea water goes far away, exposing small rocks with mini pools around them. Ashvem is the most expensive beach in North Goa, but on the other hand it is one of the most beautiful. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (35 votes)
India, Goa, Varca beach
Varca is a beach in Central Goa with white sand, smooth entry into the water and without big waves. The coastal vegetation is beautiful, but it is located far from the shoreline. There are not many people. So this is a good beach, but not as beautiful like some neighboring beaches to the north. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (3 votes)
India, Goa, Velsao beach, lifeguard tower
Velsao is a lonely beach in Central Goa. Wide coastal strip passes into more famous beaches to the south, but Velsao is an oasis of seclusion and tranquility. However, there are some reasons for this place not to be very popular. There are no areas of shallow water, so swimming is often dangerous due to the strong currents. In addition, an industrial factory can be seen in the north, that is not what we expect from the tropical paradise. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (9 votes)
India, Goa, Mandrem beach
Mandrem is a beach in the North Goa, notable for its sandspit. So there is no trees along the coastline, but there are many bridges over Mandrem creek making this place recognizable. During the low tide you'll have to walk a lot to the water, as well as sea water is shallow. Mandrem beach is relatively unknown, so there are no many people. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (46 votes)
India, Goa, Anjuna beach
Anjuna is the most popular beach in the North Goa, though not the most beautiful. The key features are trance parties, flea market on Wednesdays and occasional palms by the beach. Anjuna is also notable for its unique high-rise shacks, unavailable in the rest of Goa. Safe swimming is not possible everywhere due to underwater rocks, - you'd better look where everybody swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (26 votes)
India, Goa, Cavelossim beach
Cavelossim is a beach in Goa being just a part of one coastal line in the Central Goa. The waves are slightly stronger in comparison with the neighbouring beaches located to the north. But anyway it's all the same - with an endless white sand and without a crowd. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (12 votes)
India, Goa, Baina beach
Baina is one of the most beautiful beaches near Goa airport. All the coastal slums were finally demolished in 2015, so everything looks fine. As for now the only problem are local fishermen shitting right near the sea. When they stop doing it, Baina will become much more attractive for international tourists. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (7 votes)
India, Goa, Sinquerim beach
Sinquerim is the closest beach of North Goa, de facto being just a south end of Candolim. Old Fort Aguada is located near the water. As for the beach itself, it's beautiful with unusual high shore, palms, white sand, without waves and secluded. / read more » /
Rating: 7.5 (18 votes)
India, Goa, Betalbatim beach
Betalbatim is one of the most relaxed beaches in the Central Goa. It's not crowded, because the landscapes are not so picturesque as on some neighboring beaches. There are mostly trees ashore, - not palms. In addition, a significant coastal area is protected against erosion, that is looking somewhat ugly. However, the swimming in a shallow water is very comfortable, because there are never strong waves. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (12 votes)
India, Goa, Bogmalo beach
Bogmalo is the nearest good beach to the airport of Goa. The planes fly often, but it's not a great problem. The place is clean with nice sand, the water is calm, and there are no many people. So this is an excellent choice to spend a night before your departure from the airport. But it makes no sense to stay here for a long time, as Goa may offer more beautiful and more authentic beaches. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (2 votes)
Bambolim beach, Grand Hyatt Goa
Bambolim is a beach in Central Goa famous for the Grand Hyatt Resort located here. The good thing is a small number of tourists, as well as a smooth entry into the water. All the rest are bad things. First, the beach is not very beautiful. Second, it is not comfortable to swim in the water, as there are many stones on the bottom. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
India, Goa, Galgibaga beach
Galgibaga is a long wild beach in the South Goa. There are usually maximum up to ten men on the whole coastline. You may stay in the shade of trees ashore. There are also a couple of shacks in the south end of the beach. Swimming in the sea is dangerous, as this is an open ocean with deep waters. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (5 votes)
India, Goa, Candolim beach
Candolim is one of the best beaches in North Goa located close to the airport. Strange, but it is relatively uncrowded. The beach is good - with nice white sand, good entry into the water and without strong waves. For many years it was a shipwreck of River Princess ashore, but as for now nothing remains of it. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (20 votes)
India, Goa, Caranzalem beach
Caranzalem is a beach in Goa being just a south end of Miramar beach. So everything is the same, but without the disadvantages of Miramar: there are no crowds, no dangerous undercurrents, but many trees. In general, this is an excellent secret beach in the Central Goa. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (14 votes)
India, Goa, Mobor beach
Mobor is a beach in South Goa considered to be one of the most luxury in the region. Indeed, there are mainly international tourists, and world celebrities can be met here. However, the beach itself is far from the best. There are trees ashore, but not palms, while swimming in the ocean can often be dangerous. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (10 votes)
India, Goa, Arambol beach
Arambol is the northernmost beach in Goa, India. In the past, this was a legendary place, but you may forget about that. Now there's no hippie-atmosphere of 70s, nor even glorious spirit of 90s. In reality, it's just the boring landscape with crowds of tourists trying to believe what a cool place Arambol is. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (109 votes)
India, Goa, Morjim beach
Morjim is a beach in the North Goa, India. The north end of the beach is a bay with shallow water, while the south ends with cape called Turtle Beach with winds and strong currents. This place is good for kite surfing and coastal walking, but as for a pure beach holiday it is better to find some other beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (25 votes)
India, Goa, Siridao beach
Siridao is a beach in Goa known as an excellent spot for gathering seashells. As for the rest, it's rather boring place. The sand is washed away every year due to the coastal erosion, so it is hard to swim in the water. That's why, international tourists can be rarely met here. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (3 votes)
India, Goa, Rajbag beach
Rajbag is a beach in South Goa. There are no palms, - only the trees. In addition, it is dangerous to swim in the ocean due to the strong currents. On the other hand, there are no crowds, nor ugly huts. Luxury resort carefully cleans the coast, that can be rarely met in Goa. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (9 votes)
India, Goa, Miramar beach
Miramar is a beach near Panaji - the capital of Goa in India. This place is more suitable for the sunset or for walking along the ocean. Sunbathing here is not very pleasant, as the trees are very far from the coastline. And swimming is dangerous due to the strong currents. In addition, Miramar has no usual beach shacks. However, for many people it is rather an advantage. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (10 votes)
India, Goa, Calangute beach
Calangute is the same ugly place as Baga beach located just to the north. However, Calangute is less crowded, and it is better in this regard. Anyway there are same endless sunbeds, water jets, and crowd of domestic and international tourists. Harassments to lonely women are reported to be usual problem. Unfortunately, this is the new face of Goa, and thigs are getting worse every year. / read more » /
Rating: 7.1 (16 votes)
India, Goa, Baga beach
Baga is the most commercial beach in the North Goa of India. There are a lot of sunbeds, tourists and motorized water activities. It is difficult to understand, how good this beach was in the glorious days of hippies. But as for now, everything is very bad. The most famous night clubs of Goa (Tito's and Mambo) are the only reason to visit Baga. / read more » /
Rating: 7.0 (15 votes)
India, Goa, Vagator beach
Vagator - beach in North Goa. There is the old Fort nearby, which however looks quite depressing. Despite its legendary past, the beach is very bad and we don't recommended to visit it even for a short period of time. / read more » /
Rating: 6.8 (11 votes)
India, Goa, Dona Paula beach, flea market
Dona Paula is a beach in Goa known mainly for many famous Indian movies being shot here. Unfortunately, the beach itself is rather mediocre and overcrowded. Nearby, there is a small flea market, as well as a great viewpoint looking to the ocean. / read more » /
Rating: 6.3 (21 votes)
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[2015-03-03] Andrey

Choose Palolem beach in Goa. As for me Kerala beaches are bad. Yes, Kerala is an interesting place, but not for beaches.


[2015-03-03] User

Varkala beach. But note that it can be difficult to buy alcohol in Kerala. Sometimes you have to drive about 50 km to the nearest wine shop. And prices for alcohol are much higher than in Kerala.


[2015-03-03] Samvel

Kerala is a "light" India. So it should be comfortable for you there


[2015-03-03] r23

Kerala. It has beaches, jungles and tea plantations. Goa is not so good for me


[2015-03-03] User

I'd better choose Kovalam beach in Kerala


[2015-03-03] Steven

Southern Goa vs. Kerala? I'm looking for good beaches and attractions

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