The Goa beaches enjoy an unrivaled stature as prime tourist destinations in Goa. So much so that the beaches in Goa have come to symbolize the tourism potential of the state. Miles of unspoiled golden sand, swaying palm trees and the azure waters of the Arabian sea blend to present a breathtaking spectacle in the Goa beaches. In addition to the scenic landscape, the beaches in Goa are also known as shopping hubs, packed as they are with souvenir shops selling momentos and indigenous handicrafts. Moreover there are excellent facilities for a multitude of water sports ranging from parasailing to windsurfing. All these add to the alluring charm of the Goa beaches. Following are some of the most popular beaches in Goa:
Sprawling over a stretch of three kilometers of golden sand, the Agonda
beach is a haven for the loners, the ones always carving for solitude.
Virtually deserted all the time, one can enjoy complete seclusion in the
Located 18 km from state capital Panaji, the Anjuna beach enjoys an
iconic status for its notorious trance parties and the exotic Wednesday
flea market. Throbbing with a multitude of activities, this palm-fringed
beach draws tourists and backpackers from all over the world.
Located about 50 km from Panaji, the long and lonely ambience of the
Arambol beach provides a soothing contrast to the hustle and bustle of
other Northern Goa beaches. If you are yearning for some solitude and
tranquility, the Arambol beach with its serene surroundings fits the
Calangute is Goa's flagship beach and it plays an irreplaceable role in
the state's tourism sweepstakes. Stretching over an expanse of seven
kilometers, Calangute beach is known by the sobriquet the 'Queen of
Beaches' for its pre-eminence among the scenic beaches that dot the Goan
If you want to escape from the din of city life and yearn for a
tranquil vacation that would soothe your soul and mind, then head
straight for the Colva beach in Goa. Sprawling over an expanse of 20 km,
Colva beach is the longest beach in Goa.
Dona Paula Beach
One of the most well-known among Goa beaches, the Dona Paula beach
attracts tourists with its scenic landscape dotted with palm trees and
casuarina groves. Locals say that the beach derives its name from Dona
Paula de Menzes, who was the daughter of a viceroy during the colonial
Located 3 km from Panaji, the Miramar beach is a bustling tourist hub
due to its close proximity to the town. Miramar in Portuguese translates
to 'viewing the sea,' an apt sobriquet considering the azure waters of
the mighty Arabian Sea that expand into the horizon.
One of the prominent beaches in the South Goa beach circuit, the
crescent-shaped Palolem beach is well-known for its sweeping expanse of
silvery sand and idyllic surroundings. The scenic beauty of the beach
fetched it an appearance in the film 'The Bourne Supremacy' (2004) where
it is shown as the Indian residence of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon).
Located 22 km from state capital Panaji, the Vagator beach is a popular
beach in Goa. The Vagator beach is part of a 30 km stretch of beach
coastline along the west coast of Goa that is home to some of the
top-notch Goan beaches such as the Calangute beach and the Anjuna beach.
Being situated close to the airport of Goa, Bogmalo Beach can be easily
reached from any part of the state. It lies at a distance of
approximately 8 km from Vasco-da-Gama town. Spread over a vast expanse
of land, the beach is not much visited by tourists and because of this,
it retains much of its virgin charm.
Baga Beach, situated at a distance of approximately 10 km from Mapusa,
is one of the most magnificent beaches of Goa. It is considered to be
just an extension of the famous Calangute Beach, but is much less
crowded than the latter.
Chapora Beach is counted amongst the most popular as well as the most
visited beaches of Goa. It is situated at a distance of approximately 10
km from Mapusa. One of the major attractions of the beach is its boat
building and fishing legacy, which seems to be perfectly merged with its
booming tourism industry.
As you move 2 km further from the Colva Beach, you will come across the
magnificent Benaulim Beach. As per Hindu mythology, it was here that the
arrow of Lord Parasurama landed on earth, when he was creating Goa. The
Portuguese corrupted the original name 'Banali', in Sanskrit, and named
the beach as 'Benualim'.
One of the most popular beaches of Goa, the Cavelossim Beach lies at a
distance of approximately 12 km from Benaulim. Not only does it enjoy
huge popularity, it is also counted amongst the most beautiful beaches
The soft sands and aquamarine waters of the Majorda Beach lure tourists
from various parts of India as well as abroad. It lies at a distance of
approximately 5 km from the Colva Beach and claims as much popularity as
Varca Beach of Goa is situated at a distance of approximately 2 km to
the south of the Benaulim Beach. Though the beach is not as popular as
the other commercialized beaches in the state, it is not less than any
of them in terms of beauty or magnificence.
Velsao Beach of Goa is gaining more and more popularity amongst
tourists every year. The beach is situated on the southern coast of the
state, at a distance of approximately 25 km from Panjim, its capital
Candolim Beach is situated in the northern side of Goa. It is the
perfect place for those who have come on a vacation to forget the
tensions of their daily life and intend to spend their time relaxing and