Hello, Are you planning to visit Goa? Or worried about the best beaches to visit in North Goa? Want to enjoy nightlife and partying at Goa beaches? Or Want to know which part of Goa has the best beaches?

Then, Yes you have just landed on the right page. In my opinion, as a travel blogger, Goa is my happy place. If you have holidays scheduled, then beaches in north goa must be on your vacation list. The beaches in north goa are full of many beautiful and mesmerizing beaches. And if you are someone who loves partying, meeting new people, enjoying the happy vibe, then, believe me, you would love north goa. And yes especially on the beaches because going to goa and not enjoying beaches is not on the list.

Let’s start with a quick overview of north goa. North Goa starts from the Aguada fort and stretches towards the north till Maharashtra. You can simply relax on the sand, enjoy the water and cherish old Portuguese architecture in the day. And the nightlife here at the beach is quite happening. I am sure you will fall in love with the place because of which you might even consider extending your holidays.

Let us dive straight into the best top 5 beaches in North Goa. 

#1 Baga beach – Amazing Nightlife

The All Time Fav - Baga Beach
The All-Time Fav – Baga Beach

Baga is the king of beaches in North Goa. It is located near Calangute beach. Both Baga beach and Calangute beach are on the same shore.

Most importantly Baga beach is known as the best beach in Goa for nightlife, parties, amazing views, and the best beach restaurants. It has the most perfect ambiance for dazzling nightlife with many remarkable restaurants like Britto’s, Tito’s, and Mambos. The drinks are also available at a decent price.

Unlike many other beaches of Goa, where you can surely enjoy the old vibe. Baga beach comes with the perfect mixture of a party vibe and a happy crowd. Apart from the nightlife, you can even enjoy several sports activities at the Baga beach such as bumpy rides, speed boating, and jet skiing.

If you are a person who wants to enjoy the best view and some of the best beachside restaurants, at the same time you do not prefer crowded beaches, then come to Baga beach in the daylight. It will mesmerize you for sure. And if you ask me which part of Goa is the best? Then my answer will surely be Baga. 

Some of my recommendations are:

Day or Night: Night (If looking for ambiance and partying vibe)- Day (for less crowd, beauty, and food)

Time to visit: November to March

Restaurants at the beach: Britto’s, Tito’s, and Mambo’s Cafe

Resorts near beach: Pride Resort, Blue Marine Beach Resort

Sunrise or Sunset: Sunset

Sports activities: Parasailing, Jet skiing, Surfing, Bumper ride, banana boat ride

Read More about Baga Beach Goa – Traveller’s Guide

#2 Calangute Beach – Serenity and Peace

Next in the list is the Calangute beach. I find this beach somewhat quieter and less developed as compared to Baga beach. Calangute beach is on the same shore as Baga beach.

Calangute beach is known as the queen of beaches because of the holistic beach environment. It is less crowded. But everything is more or less the same as Baga beach. You will find fewer restaurants than Baga. But the view is amazing.  The sunset on the beach was mesmerizing for me.

Apart from the normal beach activities like walking and playing with sand, you should surely take a look at Kerkar Art Complex. Their art exhibits are worth seeing. You can also enjoy a little shopping for handmade items here at Calangute beach. For further shopping, you must visit Anjuna Beach. The water activities offered here at the beach are surfing, parasailing, and water skiing. 

From my personal experience, I would suggest you hire a bicycle for exploring the beach. Calangute is the biggest beach in North Goa, and you might get tired of walking. 

Some of my recommendations for are:

Day or Night: Day

Time to visit: Late October 

Best time to visit: Christmas

Restaurants and Pubs on Beach: Oriental, Renzo’s Inn Beach Resort, Tibetian Kitchen

Sports activities: Parasailing, Jet skiing, Surfing, Bumper ride, banana boat ride

Sunrise or Sunset: Sunset

#3 Anjuna Beach Hippie style, Perfect Sunset

Shopping at Anjuna beach in Goa is a must
Shopping at Anjuna beach in Goa is a must

Anjuna was once the home of – hippies, but today you won’t find many of them there. But for sure the vibe at Anjuna is amazing and the hippest of all the beaches in the north goa. Anjuna beach is located beside the Anjuna village. Anjuna beach is one of the oldest Goan tourists sites.

You will find all sorts of hippie shopping things out there in the best market of North Goa, the Anjuna flea market.  For me, Anjuna is the best beach for shopping handmade, and all kinds of fancy stuff. People from all over the world come to visit the Anjuna flea market.

When I read about this market and I saw the pictures of the market, I found it quite similar to the Sarojini of Delhi. But believe me, if you do not visit this market, you are gonna miss something really good. The vibe at the market is just amazing. Here you can find almost all the stuff below Rs. 500. You can buy beautiful beach wears or some hippie-style clothes for as cheap as Rs 100.

The psychedelic music played during the evening appears as a cherry on top. I mean what else do you want. You are doing your favorite activity that is shopping, that too besides the beach and you have music all around. Take note that the market is only open on Wednesdays.

I went to Purple Martini which is a few km from the beach. It has the best non-veg and veg food. The sunsets on the beach are mesmerizing. Also if you go to Purple Martini, I am sure you will thank me later. I was spellbound by the sunset there. You must check it out. 

Some of my recommendations for Anjuna are:

Bars and Restaurants: Cabin Disco, Sea Rock Bar, Primrose Bar

Resorts: Anjuna Beach Resort

Water Activity: Parasailing, Paragliding, Windsurfing

Time to visit: Wednesday

Day or Night: I would recommend evenings.

Read More about Anjuna Beach Goa – Traveller’s Guide

#4 Arambol Beach – Well developed

Arambol Beach in North Goa
Arambol Beach – Fascinating view

Arambol beach is one of the newest beaches developed in Goa recently. Since then, the beach has had a flow of tourists. All mesmerised by its beauty. It is known as the most beautiful beach in Goa which has its borders with Mandrem Beach and Keri Beach on its two sides.

The vibe of the Arambol beach is full of beach shacks, open-air events, parties, concerts and barbeque. This perfect ambience attracts all people from all over the world. Because of the presence of so many foreigners at the beach, even Indians get a vibe as if they are in any foreign country. Some of the cultural events held in Goa at Arambol beach are splendid and people from all over the world come to enjoy them.

Since recently developed Arambol beach is well connected to many of the other tourist places. I would suggest you hire a scooter or a bike if you want to explore Arambol beach and the nearby areas to the fullest. Some other places to visit with Arambol beach are the Kalacha Beach, it is an esoteric beach with lush green sweet water lagoons, Our lady of mount Carmel church, Paliem lake which is a sweet water lake surrounded by hills. 

Some of my recommendations for beach are:

Time to visit: October to March

Day or Night: Both (Nightlife is popular)

Sports Activities: Parasailing, Jet skiing, Surfing, Bumper ride, banana boat ride

Clubs and Bars: Coco Loco Club, Sporting Heroes Club, Ash Arambol

Resorts nearby: Sunshine Guest House, Hype Beach Resort, Rush4 Resorts

Cafes and restaurants: 21 Coconuts Inn, Cheeky Monkey, Shimon Falafel, Cafe Maitree

Shacks nearby: Basho Beach Huts, Santana Beach Shack, Paradise Beach Shack

Read More about Arambol Beach Goa – Traveller’s Guide

#5 Vagator Beach – Scenic Beauty

People relaxing at Vagator Beach in Goa
People relaxing at Vagator Beach in Goa

Vagator beach is located to the utmost northern fringes of the Bardez Taluka. The beach is on the opposite side of the river Chapora. To the south of Vagator beach lies the Anjuna beach. Adding to the scenic beauty of the beach are the red cliffs.

The seaside headland divides the beach into two parts. The middle of this division serves as a little car parking space. A small street market at the headland if, you want to collect some souvenirs. Even the Vagator beach is divided into Big Vagator and Little Vagator beach. Big Vagator beach lies to the right of the headland and little Vagator lies to the left. Little Vagator beach is also known as Orzan beach.

You can easily reach Vagator beach from the airport in 90 minutes. The temperatures even in the winters are around 15-17 degrees celsius. So, most tourists visit the place at that time. Some of the not-to-miss tourist attractions are Chapora Fort, a fort built by Muslim ruler Adil Shah offers a picturesque view, St, Alex Church, which is only a few km from Vagator, this church is the only church in Goa with Indian style architecture of cupola falsa. Other sites to visit are Morjim Beach, Lady of Piety, or the Lady of compassion.

Vagator is the next beach in line for nightlife after Baga beach. Several parties, festivals, and shows are organized on a day-to-day basis. 

Some of my recommendations for beach are:

Time to Visit: November to March

Day or Night: Both

Nearby places: St. Alex Church, Our Lady of Compassion, Morjim Beach

Sports activity: Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Dolphin Sighting, Bumper Ride, Boat Ride

Cafes and Bars: Primrose bar, Nine bar, Hilltop, Katzensuppe, Mango tree bar

Restaurants: Antares Restaurant, Fusion Restaurant, Spice Traders, L’Azur, French Restaurant, Fishtail Bar, and restaurant

Resorts nearby: Urja Resort, Portuguese Vill, Bloo Resort, The Garden Leone Resort

Querim Beach is a quiet and calm beach located in the northernmost region of Goa. The beach is symbolizing serenity with rarely people around there. You can visit Querim beach in the day and go to Baga beach for happening night parties.

Querim beach is known as the perfect place to reconnect with yourself. People come here specifically to enjoy the natural beauty and peace of both mind and body in the vicinity of Querim Beach. Even the sand here symbolizes serenity. The sand is all white with casuarinas and palm trees to add to its beauty.

You can explore some of the old temples, forts, and some notable Goan houses to know the Goan culture better. The photography of the shoreline is great at the beach if you visit the beach at dawn. The pine trees bless the beach for you to relax after a sunbath. The natural beauty of the beach is beyond words

Some of my recommendations for beach are:

Forts to visit: Portuguese Terekhol Fort

Sports activities: Paragliding, jet skiing, Tere Khel river crossing

Temples to visit: Ancient turquoise-and-white Ajoba Temple