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5 Top Beaches In Goa
A destination of choice for sun and surf lovers, Goa boasts of scores of beaches, each differing in what it brings to the table. Some beaches are rocky, some sandy; some teem with happy holidaymakers while some are the picture of tranquillity; some encourage swimmers while some prefer sunbathers. But whichever way you roll, there's a beach in Goa that's just right for you. Here are our picks for the top 5 Goa Beaches.
Vagator / Anjuna Beach
Vagator beach is located in North Goa. There is a dramatic outcrop of red laterite cliffs backing its sandy strip. The golden sand below the cliffs is broken every now and then by big black rocks. The entire beach is also lined with tall palm trees. Vagator is known for its crazy trance parties. The crowd here mostly consists of young European and Indian travellers. At all other times, Vagator is a mellow and laid back kind of beach, and rarely gets crowded. There are lots of options to eat, drink and stay at Vagator ranging from very basic backpacker places to posh resorts.
Calangute / Baga Beach
Calangute and Baga are two adjoining beaches that are definitely the most happening beaches of Goa. The coastal shelf is gradual, making it ideal for swimmers. There are hundreds of shacks lining these beaches and tons of places to stay as well. On an average day, you will see a row of shacks followed by a row of reclining beach chairs with tourists sunning themselves, and finally the line of water with people drifting around or taking a swim. Some of Goa's most famous shacks and eateries are located here.
Aguada / Candolim Beach
Aguada Beach is a well-maintained beach in North Goa. It is one of the best beaches of Goa for lovers of water sports. The beach has a lot of shacks as well. It's a great place to spend the day at, as one can partake in a number of fun activities. Aguada beach is safe for swimming as well and is well monitored by lifeguards. The imposing Fort Aguada stands tall at one end of the beach offering interesting photo opportunities to tourists.
Varca beach, located in South Goa, is quiet, calm and almost free of pesky hawkers. The beach is not as popular as the other commercialized beaches in Goa and has therefore managed to retain its virgin beauty. The major attraction of the beach is the Dolphin-watching trips that are organized on a regular basis. A number of hotels and resorts are located nearby so stay is never a problem. The best time to visit Varca Beach is from November to March.
Palolem beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village itself. It is small - only about one mile long, and crescent-shaped - one can view the whole beach from either end. Both ends of the beach are rocky, with rocks jutting out into the sea. The depth of the sea increases gradually, making it safe for swimmers. Plenty of lodging and boarding options are available. Palolem also hosts a unique "Silent Noise Party" which is a big hit among visitors. It is definitely one of the must-visit beaches of Goa.