A guide to the finest beaches in Goa. From the North to the South of the state, enjoy an incredible coastline throughout your Goa holidays.
India’s ‘sunshine state’ has long provided a haven for those in search of the sun, sand and sea. Boasting 105km of stunning coastline and an endless list of idyllic beach settings, there’s no surprise so many people flock to Goa for their beach holidays. The laid-back and picturesque state is all about relaxation, and in fact, the only stress you’re likely to encounter is in choosing which beach to visit during your holiday in Goa.
We’ve compiled the perfect list for those of you struggling to pick your perfect seaside location – presenting our top 10 beaches in Goa, all ready to be enjoyed on a sun-filled holiday.
1. Morjim and Ashvem
Discovered in the far north of the state, Morjim presents one of the more wild expanses of sand for you to embrace during your Goa holidays. Backed by a smattering of inviting beach bars and shacks, the beach’s most famous characteristic is its role as a nesting ground for Olive Ridley sea turtles.
Both Ashvem and Morjim are breeding grounds for Olive Ridley sea turtles, these magnificent creatures visit between October and March!
A little further south of Morjim sits Baga, showcasing an entirely different atmosphere to that of its neighbour. Isolation is swapped for infrastructure, resulting in a fantastically vibrant atmosphere defined by an unbroken line of aromatic and welcoming beach shacks, all placed beside a long stretch of golden sand.
3. Candolim & Calangute
Among the most popular beaches for British tourists spending their holidays in Goa, Candolim and Calangute’s long strips of golden sand result in one of the state’s most inviting stretches of coastline. There's a very friendly atmosphere resonating throughout the resorts, best discovered over a delicious Goan curry in one of the eye-catching beach shacks.
Encapsulating the languid and relaxed ideology of Goa, stunning Sinquerim is a sedate but beautiful place to lay your beach towel. The beach itself is decorated with a small collection of beach shacks, dotted along a long curve of sand, backed by towering palm trees.
Arossim’s beautiful beach presents a long and wide stretch of golden sand, lapped at by clear blue water and backed by a dense forest of palms. Another of the beach’s highlights is its culinary offerings, with superb beach shacks such as ‘Zeebop’, located just to the south of the beach, serving up delicious and fresh seafood to hungry beach goers. Find out more about holidays in Arossim here.
Located just north of Colva, Majorda offers 25km of soft golden sand and is famed as being one of the most picturesque beaches in the south of Goa. Along the coastline, you’ll find a small selection of beach shacks where you can try tasty Goan delicacies and enjoy a refreshing beer.
7. Benaulim & Varca
Located around 30km south of Goa's capital, Panjim, Benaulim Beach offers holidaymakers not just a wonderful haven for rest and relaxation, but also plenty of things to do in and around the area. Its long stretch of soft white sand backed by verdant palm trees is a picturesque setting for keen beachgoers, but if soaking up the sunshine on a sunlounger doesn't sound like your cup of tea, you can get stuck into to water sports and dolphin watching.
8. Mobor & Colva
Tucked down into South Goa, Mobor is an alluring, laid-back hangout, perfect for tourists in search of holidays to Goa with a slow pace. It's easy to embrace the notion of rejuvenation here, especially given the spectacular spit of soft white sand, while the rustic beach shacks will gladly welcome you and keep you fed and watered throughout your stay.
Whilst Goa has a slow and laidback reputation, Colva dismisses this. A lively and vibrant area, where you'll encounter a range of water sports, busy beach shacks and smiling vendors. The beautiful long stretch of white sand, backed by coconut palms and sand dunes is a place where tourists and locals meet, both enticed by the beautiful scenery.
The beach outside The Leela
If you’re looking for that unprecedented sense of peace and quiet, amid the blissful and idyllic nature of one of Goa’s finest beaches, a holiday to Goa is incomplete without a visit to Cola Beach. The private beach is perhaps best known as the host of our Maharaja Night, where you can camp overnight in comfortable safari tents right on the sand.
Often labelled as Goa’s finest beach, Palolem’s tag ensures it has a lot to live up to, and this breathtaking beach consistently delivers. A long curve of palm-fringed sand awaits those visiting Palolem, as well as some of the safest swimming areas in Goa. Though the beach isn’t as undeveloped and sedate as in previous years, there is still a charm and character here that can best be found in ramshackle beach huts serving tasty local grub.
Need a little more information about the beaches of Goa? Check out our Beach Guide on our website where you can also peruse the great range of accommodation we offer across Goa.
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