The beaches of Goa are a big draw for holidaymakers, not least because of their famous beach shacks. Kathryn, from our marketing department, shares her favourite beach shacks in Goa.
One of my favourite memories from my first visit to Goa was sitting around a table with friends outside one of Goa’s beach shacks. I kicked off my shoes so I could feel the cool, soft sand beneath my feet and sipped a chilled Kingfisher beer, while gazing at the ocean in the moonlight. Even though we had planned to eat at a wonderful restaurant in town and I was hungry, I found it very hard to pull myself away.
Above: Anjuna Beach
As I went on to discover, each Goa beach shack has its own vibe and specialities, from tranquil shacks offering traditional Goan fare to the lively Candolim beach shacks and those on neighbouring Baga Beach, blaring out a soundtrack of thumping bass,
Above: Palolem Beach, credit: Lena Serditova | Shutterstock
Goa’s beach shacks are wonderful places to relax during the day, when you can hire a sunbed and order refreshing drinks from the bar, but it's at night that they really come into their own. The sunbeds are put away and more tables are put out on the sand within view of the ocean waves – the perfect spot for enjoying the sunset with a great meal and drinks.
What is the best thing to eat and drink in Goa’s beach shacks?
Look out for Goan Fish Curry, the most famous dish from Goa, as well as sumptuous seafood and other fresh fish. Wash this down with the local Kingfisher beer. For pre or post-dinner drinks, try out their cocktails, or if you're feeling adventurous, try the local feni. Be warned, it’s a strong alcoholic beverage and not to everyone’s taste!
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When are Goa’s beach shacks open?
Most of Goa’s beach shacks are open all day and late into the night. They are seasonal though, closing each spring and reopening in October for the start of the new season.
Which are the best beach shacks in Goa?
Calamari, Dando Beach, Candolim – my favourite beach shack in North Goa
One of the best Candolim beach shacks is run by Santana Beach Hotel. You'll find a huge choice on the menu including many Goan favourites and delicious seafood. There are plenty of sunloungers on the beach and live music most days. In the evening, it’s the perfect spot for relaxed dining with your toes in the sand.
Zeebop, Utorda Beach – my favourite beach shack in South Goa
One of the best shacks in south Goa is Zeebop. With a lovely view of the beach and a laid-back vibe, you’ll find excellent seafood here prepared in a traditional South Indian manner. Try their ‘Catch of the Day’ or their Zeebop Special Goan Fish or Prawn Curry with Rice. Vegetarians are also well catered for.
In the evenings, pretty, colourful lanterns make it even more inviting.
Service can be a little slow but the food is worth the wait and the views of the sunset can be superb.
And if you are wondering why this shack is called Zeebop. It's named after the album, Zebop! by the Mexican American guitarist Santana – a curious coincidental link between our two favourite beach shacks!
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