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 landscape. Due to its extreme popularity, Calangute beach beckons tourists and backpackers from all over the world.
Before becoming a tourist haven, Calangute was a nondescript fishing
village frequented by the hippies in the 70's and 80's. But over the
years Calangute has metamorphosed into Goa's numero uno beach
destination endowed with a bustling infrastructure. The beach remains
choc-a-block with tourists all year around.
Apart from a host of hotels and guesthouses stretching up to Baga, the
village of Calangute offers all modern amenities like post office,
banks, foreign exchange offices, all kind of eateries and medical
facilities. Die hard shoppers can look for an exciting time in the
Kashmiri-run handicraft boutiques and Tibetan stalls selling Himalayan
curios and jewellery.
While enjoying a day in Calangute, one is unfailingly struck by the
paradox that the beach itself has nothing much to offer with sand
contaminated with red soil and the beach dropping steeply into the sea.
How to Reach Calangute Beach
Calangute beach is located 9 m from Mapusa while Panaji is 16 km away.
Buses run frequently to Calangute from Mapusa and Panaji. You can also
hire taxis or motorcycles from Mapusa to reach Calangute beach.