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Seas The Day With These 31 Best Beaches In Goa

By Nishtha Gandhi

Updated - Sept. 27, 2018 bookmark icon 19 min read

In need of some Vitamin Sea? Then you've got to explore these beautiful 20 Best Beaches In Goa for an unforgettable experience. Get ready to update your checklist as leaving Goa unexplored is equal to committing a crime. Enjoy mesmerizing sunsets at these Oh! so amazing beaches with panoramic views. One just can't get enough of them as they offer a lot more than just sea views - you can be a part of several adventure and water sports like paragliding, banana boat ride, kayaking and so much more. It's high time you pick the best according to your interests and visit these jaw-dropping beaches. 

We all wonder how many beaches in Goa are worth visiting? Hence, we have curated a list of beaches in Goa which will leave you awestruck.

 

NORTH GOA

1. Querim Beach

The Querim Beach also known as the Keri Beach is located on the North of Arambol. It is not the best-painted beach by the locals because it is located in one of the most northernmost points of GOA. But the white sand beach is an epitome of serenity. The soft white sandy shore of the Keri Beach is perfect for enjoying a leisurely day. Keri will absolutely capture one’s heart. Behind the beach, a small pastoral village is a wonderful place for you to explore. Keri Beach is fringed with green paddy fields, temples, giant banyans and exotic birds, bringing its visitors as close to nature as it possibly can. One of the best beaches in Goa to have some relaxing time and indulge in love and serenity.

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Location: Mapusa

Highlights: Terekhol Fort, Panoramic Views, Shacks, Surfing

 

2. Arambol Beach

Beautiful and serene, this beach has a boho vibe to it that doesn’t exist in any of the Goa beaches anymore. It provides solitude for the tourists that are looking for some alone time. It is comparatively left untouched as compared to the other mainstream beaches in the North of Goa. It extends to over 16 km and has two beaches. The main beach is named Harmal Beach, and it is located in the northernmost area of Goa. You'll be awestruck to witness one of the best beaches in Goa.

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Location: Pernem taluk of North Goa

Highlights: Shacks, Resorts, Scenic Views, Perfect For Yoga And Meditation

 

3. Ashvem Beach

Ashvem beach is a small flat sandy beach located to the north of Morjim. Most of the tourists can be found on the southern part of the beach. The northern end has a small lagoon with a rivulet flowing across the beach. The beach is located 21 kms. from Mapusa and 33 kms. from Panaji. The lagoon lined with mangrove and palm trees on both the sides empties tself into the sea. If you are patient enough and lucky, you can spot some birds who come to the lagoon during low tide to feed upon fish and crustaceans.

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Location: Panjim

Highlights: Less Crowded, Cleaner Beach, Ideal For Swimming, Shacks

 

4. Morjim Beach

Morjim beach in Goa is bound by the mouth of the Chapora river to the south, and the seamless beginnings of Ashvem beach to the north. Morjim remains a fairly quiet beach, with huts and shacks scattered along the sand at the south end, and set back amongst the palms and casuarina trees to the north. Morjim has been quoted as ‘Little Russia’ due to the number of Russians living there. Being one of the most popular beaches in Goa, it has become every tourist's favorite one.

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Location: Northern bank of the Chapora River Estuary

Highlights: White sand, Clean water, Less crowded, and Great Shacks

 

5. Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach is located 22 kms from the capital city of Panaji. It is one of the most serene beaches in Goa that remains clean and peaceful since it is a relatively offbeat destination. This crescent-shaped beach that has golden sand and glittering water, is divided into two parts – North Vagator Beach or the Big Beach and Ozran Beach or the Little Beach. For a laid-back vacation, Vagator is certainly the ideal place to be at since it offers everything, right from partying at luxury hotels to trying adventure sports for an adrenaline rush. The beach is lined with shacks and restaurants where you can stay and try out the local seafood cuisine.You have to visit Thalassa and Antares when you are on the Vagator beach. They have the best sunset views and food. If you're looking for one of the best beaches in Goa - this one will surely not disappoint you as you'll be awestruck by its mesmserising sunset.

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Location: Near Anjuna

Highlights: Sunsets, Ideal For A Swim, Rock Beach, Exquisite Restaurants

 

6. Anjuna Beach

Anjuna was made famous by the ‘flower power and peace’ generation of the sixties and early seventies. And later by the ‘trance’ parties. Located about 18 kms from Panaji, the beach is known for its breeze-catching palms, soft sand, and the unusual rocky formation overlying a cove of whitish sand. and black rock that juts into the sea. Curlies is a very famous shack on Anjuna Beach. And every Tuesday, Shiva Valley holds rave parties and attracts many tourists. Anjuna is also famous for the Wednesday night flee market that sells all kinds of hippie and beach clothes

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Location: Bardez

Highlights: Hippie Culture, Clean Beaches, Beautiful Resorts - Sea facing, Cafes

 

7. Chapora Beach

At a distance of 10 kms from Mapusa lies one of the most vibrant beaches of Goa – The Chapora Beach. This beach mesmerizes you with its beauty. Black Magma rocks, lush greenery of coconut trees and the shine of white sand together attracts tourists from everywhere. This beach enjoys proximity with other popular beaches as well such as Anjuna beach and Vagator beach. From this beach, one can see the rocky cliff of Vagator Beach. Chapora beach run along the Chapora Fort. It is a 500-year-old Fort built in the Portuguese style of architecture. It is one of the popular attractions of Goa where people visit to get a glimpse of the bygone era. Talking about best beaches in Goa - it's necessary to have a beautiful location for swimming, scenic views and mesmerizing sunsets, this one has it all.

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Location: Bardez

Highlights: Chapora Fort, Day Cruising, Hathi Tours, Clean Beaches

 


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8. Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach in Goa is located in one of the most vibrant and commercial areas of Goa. It is one of the most-visited beaches in Goa. What makes this beach different from the other popular beaches like Calangute and Anjuna that also run along the Arabian coastline? Well, the answer lies in the physiography of this North Goan beach. There are a variety of water sports to indulge into too. The scrub-covered dunes at the back of the beach and the ship River Princess which is stuck at its shore since draws a lot of attention of the tourists. Besides these, the Candolim beach is famed for its peaceful and serene environment.

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Location: Candolim-Calangute Road

Highlights: Shacks, Calamari Restaurant, Ideal For A Swim

 

9. Ozran Beach

Near Vagator beach is this beautiful beach - Ozran, better than the most of the commercialized beaches. One can relax and watch the most scenic sunsets from here. An evening walk is a must here as the beach is less crowded and peaceful for an escape. Don't hesitate from going for a swim as it's one of the cleanest beaches as compared to other north beaches.

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Location: Bardez

Highlights: Famous Beaches, Clean Water, Rock Beach, Scenic Views

 

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10. Baga Beach

It's definitely one of the most famous beaches in Goa, Baga has the best shacks, all kind of water sport activities and mesmerising views to offer. Don't forget to have breakfast at Brittos and an unforgettable Karoake night at St. Anthonys. Your Goa trip is incomplete without visiting the best beach in North Goa.baga-beach-best-beaches-in-goa_image

Location: North end of the beach stretch that starts from Sinquerim

Highlights: Shacks, Water Sports, Nightlife, Karaoke Bars, Tattoo Shops, Shopping Stores

 

11. Calangute Beach

It's one of the largest beach in North Goa visited by several tourists throughout the year. Calangute might be one of the most popular beaches in Goa but we need to warn you that it has become the most commercialised one too. You should avoid visiting Calangute as its always crowded and overcrowded with tourists.

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Location: It is ocated 10 km away from West of Mapusa

Highlights: Water Sports, Shacks, Nightlife, Tattoo Shops, Dry Fruits Shopping, Hippie Clothes, Accessories

 

12. Colva Beach

It's a crowded beach as loads of tourists flock here to visit the Colva church as well. The area around the beach is filled with budget-friendly hotels, shacks, tempting food stalls and bars. When in North Goa, you've got to visit Colva Beach to upgrade your checklist. Better count this one in your top 5 beaches in Goa!

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Location: In the village of Salcete in South Goa, 8 kilometers from Marago (South Goa) .

Highlights: Villas, Water Sports, Shacks, Bars, Restaurants, Colva Church

 

13. Sinquerim Beach

The perfect beach for all the adventure junkies as one can rent windsurfers and water skis for a fun time at the beach. It's stretching in front of the Taj resorts and has mesmerising views to offer. One can definitely go for a visit to Sinquerim Beach after exploring the Aguada Fort - one of the beautiful historial places in Goa.  Your list of beaches to visit in goa is incomplete without visiting Sinquerim beach.

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Location: In the Bardez district - 16 kms away from Panjim

Highlights: Taj Resorts, Aguada Fort, Less-crowded Beach, Perfect for a swim

 

14. Arambol Beach

It's a 16 km long beach and is also regarded as one of the best beaches to visit in Goa. It's the perfect destination for kite surfing and paragliding. Arambol beach has a lot to offer - Night parties, Insight into the hippie culture, Boutiques and a lot more. Arambol is also considered to the hub for all the hippies in Goa due to it's rich music scene.

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Location: 50 kms North Of Panaji

Highlights: Hippie Culture, Shacks, Bars, Boutiques, Nightlife

 


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CENTRAL GOA

1. Betalbatim Beach

Betalbatim beach in Goa is to be found just two kms towards Colva and is a beach that has stretches of golden sands where one can unwind with the reverberation of swaying palms and the sparkling waters of the Arabian Sea. Plenty of dolphins can be noticed within the vicinity of Betalbatim beach and usually, there are Goan fishermen that take you for a dolphin trip early in the morning, before sunrise. Betalbatim is judged to be one of the finest best beaches in Goa that offers tranquillity and serenity to many. For all those who want an undisturbed and truly tranquil place to enjoy during their Goa beach holiday, then Betalbatim is their best bet on a beach to be.

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Location: Near Colva

Highlights: Fishing, Peaceful Beach, Less Crowded, Rocky Beach, Ideal For Evening Walk

 

2. Benaulim Beach

Legend has it that the village of Benaulim was created when the arrow of the Hindu sage Parashuram landed here. Caught in the middle of Mobor and Velsao beach, the stunning Benaulim beach is usually crowded during weekends. Framed by tall coconut palms, this beach offers a great escape from the humdrum of life. This beach is indeed a haven for naturalists, swimmers, and the like. One has to visit these peaceful beaches to realise which ones fit in the series of the best beaches in Goa as it's hard to judge when it comes to exploring so many of them.

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Location: South Goa District, Benaulim 

Highlights: Ideal For Swimmers and Naturalists, Peaceful, Closeby Churches, Beach Shacks

 

3. Cavelossim Beach

Cavelossim beach is a beautiful beach known for its contrasting black rocks and white sand, it is also a quiet and peaceful beach that has lately seen many shacks mushroom in the area. People from far and wide come here to spend a little time with nature on this beautiful beach. The contrasting colours of the black lava rocks with the white sand adds its own beauty to this beach, thats not all the water here is crystal clear and the breeze so calm that being here can brighten anyone’s day. Do also see if your dates are matching with any of the festivals and experience the Goan culture in its intrinsic manner. 

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Location: Cavelossim Village

Highlights: Perfect for yoga and meditation, Ideal For Swimming, Resorts, Shacks

 

4. Mobor Beach 

Mobor beach lies on a narrow spit of sand dunes between the Arabian Sea and Assolna River Estuary. The stretch of the beach is a full 10 km. The Mobor Beach is perhaps the most happening and popular holiday destination in Goa. One can look around for souvenirs, gifts antiques and handicrafts to take back home from the local beachside shops. One may also find local Goan drink-Feni in these shops. Mobor beach has a church where the village folk gathers on the Sundays for the mass and for exchanging news.

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Location: Cavelossim, Goa 

Highlights: Rural Vibes, Churches, Beachside Shops, Peaceful Beach

 

5. Dona Paula 

This beach is located about 5kms away from Panaji. It also has a jetty which is popular for offering spectacular views of the Arabian Sea. It's visited by lot of localities and students from nearby collges of Goa University. You'll also find souveniers here to take back for your friends and damily. Witness the surreal views of the Marmagoa Port from this beach. On a hillock over looking the beach, you'll find the state of Donna Paula - a portuguese lady who commited suicide. Not everybody is much aware of the beach but it's definitely the one of the most beautiful beaches in Central Goa.

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Location: Central Goa, Located 7 kms away from the Panaj

Highlights: Dona Paula Stature, Historical Significance, Shopping, Sunset Views

 

6. Coco Beach

Another beach that you might not be aware of , Coco beach has the best thing to offer - Dolphin Sighting tours. Take a tour across the bay and witness dolphins swimming around your boat. You'll also witness breathtaking views of Aguada Fort and a lighthouse from the Coco beach. One can easily reach Coco beach by taking a bus to Nerul from Panaji.

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Location: 5 kms. from Panaji and 14 kms. from Mapusa

Highlights: Dolphin Sighting tours in Goa, Breathtaking views of Aguada Fort, Aguada Prison and lighthouses, Good for a swim

 

SOUTH GOA

1. Butterfly Beach

As the name suggests, the Butterfly Beach is the beach of butterflies. It is one of the most picturesque beaches among all the beaches of Goa. The beach is mesmerizing. Not known to many, the place is a perfect relaxing holiday destination. If one is lucky, one might see sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and even redfish early in the morning. Dolphins doing acrobats is not a rare scene here.

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Location: Palolem

Highlights: Clear Water, Peaceful , Island Vibes, Kayaking, Boat Rides

 


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2. Polem Beach

Polem Beach is Goa’s southernmost beach, located on the Goa-Karnataka border. The beach is definitely one of Goa’s most isolated beaches, with very few options to eat, stay and make merry. But it is far away from the noisier beaches of Goa and feels almost like a private beach as there are very few tourists around. If you are the kind who’d prefer just the company of sea, sand, and sun with an occasional sight of dolphins, this beach is probably perfect for you.

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Location: Canacona, South Goa

Highlights: Few Shacks, Peaceful, Perfect For A Swim, Clean Water, Clear Sand 

 

3. Hollant Beach

The Hollant beach in Goa attracts tourists mainly for its sunrise. It lies in the south of Goa, along with the foothills of the Western Ghats.Visitors to the Hollant beach in the state of Goa will certainly find it a surreal destination. One of the finest and cleanest beaches of the state, the beach is an oasis of tranquillity and is a perfect place to spend your holiday in solitude. The landscape of this still-to-be-discovered beach is a feast for one’s eyes - you just can't miss out on one of the best beaches in Goa. Located 7 km from the Goan town of Vasco De Gama in Goa, the Hollant beach is a small beach offering the beach lovers the picture- perfect view of the sunrise. 

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Location: South of Bogmalo Beach

Highlights: Close To Exquisite Cafes and Restaurants, Spectacular Sunsets, Chapel of Three Kings

 

4. Velsao Beach

The Velsao beach lies on the southern coast of Goa and is one of the most vivacious tourist destinations in the beach capital of India. Velsao Beach offers solace from the busy beaches of Goa, with its relaxing golden sands & clean beach. The beach is situated on the southern coast of the state, at a distance of approximately 25 km from Panjim, its capital city. With Bogmalo beach lying to its north and Majorda and Colva Beach lying to its south, Velsao Beach occupies a prime location, identifying itself as one of the best beaches in Goa when it comes to tourist attractions. The beach is visited by almost all the tourists coming to any of these three beaches. 

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Location: Vasco Da Gama

Highlights: Beach Resorts, Clean Water, Clear Sand, Fishing, Dolphin Sightseeing

 


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5. Bogmalo Beach

You've got to admit that these best beaches in Goa are worth exploring as each of them has a different charm. If you're missing out the sunset at Bogmalo then you're definitely missing out on the best. It's one of the nearest beaches from the airport - with an easily accessible location. It's perfect for a quick meal before your flight at one of their popular shacks.

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Location: 2 Km Away From Dabolim Airport

Highlights: Shacks, Sunsets, Ideal For Swimming, Less Crowded

 

5. Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach is a stretch of white sand on a bay in Goa, South India. It’s known for its calm waters and for its nightlife, including “silent discos” where partygoers wear headphones. Lined with palm trees and colorful wooden shacks, the beach faces Canacona Island, known for its resident monkeys. 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.

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Location: Canacona

Highlights: Huts, Beach Resorts, Nearby Leopard Valley, Water Sports

 

6. Agonda Beach

 The coastline is about 2 km long, wide beach strip. The sand is pure, coarse and smooth, has amazing golden color which definitely makes it one of the best beaches in Goa. The seashore is clean and pure. The water is warm and shallow; the bottom of the sea has no rocks, but there are strong underwater currents. Those who can’t swim well or have just started to swim the swimming here is not recommended. There are Baywatch and Rescue Service on the Beach. Parallel to the coast runs Agonda beach road, alongside which there is a large part of places to stay in, few shops and cafes. In the center of the village you can find a Church and local High School (College).

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Location: Canacona

Highlights: Watersports, Shacks, Restaurants, Beach Resorts

 

7. Patnem Beach

It's located hardly 10 minutes away from Palolem. It's one of the famous beaches in Goa that you can't get enough of - South Goa ia definitely a paradise for the beach lovers. Find the most beautiful pretty hut houses here for a perfect stay, spend your time swimming at this calm beach. 

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Location: South Goa, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Marago and 78 kilometers (48 miles) from Panaji.

Highlights: Private bathrooms, Hut Houses/Villas, Nightlife, Perfect beach for a swim, Low Tides, Clean Beach

 

8. Marjorda

Majorda is located in South Goa between Utorda and Betalbatim beach - Domestic tourists & Foreigners in Goa definitely need to visit this beautiful beach. It's time to soak in the sun and enjoy a calm swimming session here. You'll also find a couple of beach shacks around to satiate your cravings.

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Location: 16.1 kms from Vasco da Gama

Highlights: Shacks, Good for a swim, Less crowded, Restaurants

 

9. Arossim Beach

Don't mix this one up with Cuelim and Cansaulim beach as they are located quite close to each other. You'll also fine Utorda and Majorda - famous beaches of Goa to the south of Arossim Resort. It's known to be one of the white sand beaches of goa with palm trees and colorful fishing boats lined up all around. You won't find many shops or houses around just a few of them. Do visit the "The Star Fish" Shack which is located in the center of the beach.

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Location: 12kms away from Margao

Highlights: Good for a swim, Less Crowded, Fisherman's Paradise

 

10 .Varca Beach

It's one of the best beaches in South Goa - this white sand beach has beautiful black lava rocks, soothing scenary and remarkable greenery around the entire stretch. It's a home to the fishermen of Goa, you'll witness several wooden fising boats lined up at the beach. Find sevral luxury home stays & lodgings around for fine vacay experience. There are several restaurants, clubs and bars in Varca as well. You've got to consider it as one of the main beaches in South Goa.

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Location: South Goa, 2 kilometers from Benaulim

Highlights: Nightlife, Luxury Stay, Villas, Restaurants, Shacks

 


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FAQ's

Q: Which are some of the cleanest and best beaches in Goa?

A: Bogmallo, Polem, Agonda, Vagator - mostly South Goa beaches.

 

Q: What is the best time to go to Goa?

A: October To March

 

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