If you want to explore the different aspects of Goan culture, you must make someplace for the Candolim beach in your Goa to visit list. The Clubs, party spots, shacks, and dispersed shopping hubs flank the Candolim beach. Also, Candolim beach is the part of the Goan trio of beaches. It comes along with Baga and Calangute in the trio.
Candolim beach is also located in North Goa, like Baga and Calangute beaches. It stretches along with the Aguada fort. Candolim beach is known for its beauty with fewer crowds. This feature makes it a regular spot for foreigners in Goa. The nightlife at the beach is lit like Baga beach.
Candolim is also cherished for its water sports. Water activities like parasailing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and scuba diving are a must when you come to the beach. Candolim beach has a very similar vibe to Baga beach in terms of nightlife and Anjuna beach in terms of shopping. There are two markets to visit at the Candolim beach.
How to reach Candolim beach:
From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: The distance between the beach and the airport is about 38kms, and it takes around an hour to reach the beach from the airport.
From Vasco de Gama railway station: The beach is around the same distance of 38kms from the station.
You can take a taxi, bus or a cab to the beach from any of the options. My suggestion would be that you should go to your Airbnb first. And better to choose your Airbnb somewhere near the beaches, which makes connecting between them easy and less tiresome.
Best time to visit Candolim beach
The beach offers a mesmerizing view and activities throughout the year. But to make the most of your experience, you should visit the beach in the months from April to November. And if explicitly speaking about time, the best time to visit the beach is between 6 am to 6 pm. So, you enjoy the beautiful sunset and sunrise.
Water Sports at the beach:
As discussed earlier, Candolim beach is famous for its water activities. Here you get a variety of water sports to make your adrenaline rush high. Some of them are:
Bumpy boat riding
And Scuba Diving.
Nightlife at Candolim beach
If you ask me to rank Candolim beach in the sector of nightlife. I would honor it with the second rank after Baga beach. The nights and parties here are not to miss if you are a party person. Let yourself go with the flow of the Candolim beach.
Some places that you should not miss for thrilling nightlife are:
Bar-Square Goa: This is an open-air restaurant cum bar famous for its craziest parties. You can enjoy both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the restro.
SinQ Beach Club: The club is known for a super amazing and party frenzy crowd. To add to the place, you have a dance floor to set on fire and an indoor night club to hang out with friends and family. The club also has a billboard area for you to chill and play.
Bar 1: The club is known for its multilevel dance floor. The party level here is thrilling and amazing. It also has an open-air bar. The seating arrangement is posh with a separate seating arrangement for ladies. So, if you want to go to a full vibe club with your girl gang, this club must be on your hit list.
Some restaurants to try the Goan cuisines and taste a variety of prawns, fishes and other food items are:
Inferno: It is the most famous restaurant at the beach, especially known for its delicious cuisines and sweet mocktails. The place sets the vibe with its music and lively ambiance.
Teama: Teama is retro cum club about a mile from the beach. It would be best if you visited the restro at night. Here you can enjoy your food with live karaoke performances and entertainment programs organized at the restro regularly.
Claudina’s Shack: This is yet another restaurant that will amaze you with its amazing watery Goan cuisines.
Places to stay near the beach:
There are several resorts in and around the beach for you to enjoy your holidays here. If you want to look for something more affordable and homelike, you must consider the Airbnb.
The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambiance of the Airbnb is hostile and clean. I stayed in an Airbnb, which was very near to the beach and was affordable too. But if you enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or are on a honeymoon, you must stay at some of the amazing resorts at Candolim.
Some of them are:
360-degree beach restaurant
De Alturas resort
Shopping at the Candolim beach:
The Newtons Market is more like a supermarket in Candolim. You can buy everything from here from fruits, vegetables to local wine, and green tea. You can also shop from the branded stores located here.
Delfino’s is a well-known supermarket near the beach where you can shop for personal products, home amenities, and other things.
So, this was pretty much about the famous Candolim beach of North Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to the beach. For more such travel guides with tips, stay tuned.
Arambol beach is the newest developed beach in north goa. This newly developed beach has since then been a top tourist attraction. The Arambol beach is situated along with the fisherman’s village. The beach has two other beaches namely Mandarin and Keri beach along its side and shares the same shore. The beauty of the Arambol beach is surely going to mesmerise you.
To add to its beauty is the Bohemian vibe which attracts a lot of foreign tourists. The beach offers all kinds of activities for a full pack entertainment with its open-air music events, beautiful beach shacks, live concerts and vibrant party clubs and restaurants at the beach.
The beach also holds two of the most beautiful events of Goa: The Indian Juggling Convention and the Tribal Dance Festival.
Now, let’s dive into more deeper details about the beach.
How to reach Arambol Beach:
From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: This north Goa beach is about 60kms from the airport.
From Vasco de Gama and Madgaon railway station: The distance between Arambol beach and any nearby railway station is also 60kms approximately.
If you want to have an affordable trip to goa, you can for sure choose a bus as an option for commuting. But I would personally not suggest it as, like me, you may have luggage and must have been tired of the travel, so opt for a cab. Though the cab might charge you around Rs.1500 I think it is worth the tiredness. In this way, you will save yourself of the more tiring and hectic travel of many buses along the way.
Best time to visit Arambol Beach:
The best time to visit Arambol beach is during the winters. You can choose to come here anywhere between late October to March. The weather for travelling is the most pleasant and favourable during this time of the year.
Water activities at Arambol Beach:
Arambol beach offers a wide variety of water sports for you. The water sports range from the simple parasailing to the most exotic bumper rides. Other activities are:
Nightlife at Arambol:
The nightlife at Arambol is totally lit. The parting vibe here has no match. You will surely love the beachside parties at many of the beachside clubs at the Arambol beach. Some of the never miss clubs are:
Sporting Heros Club: The experience at the sporting club is just amazing. To add on to the fun of beverages and tasty Goan cuisines, there is karaoke and a pool in place. Even if you are a solo traveller, this place comes with the opportunity of making new friends from all over the world.
Coco Loco Club: I liked this club a lot. The food is amazing and the vibe is extraordinary. Many events take place all along the season. You can enjoy Latin and Reggae music at the club. And also the club offers free salsa lessons to the guests.
Ash Arambol: Ash Arambol is famous for its vibrant music and theatre performances. The place is preferred mostly by the Russian people.
Must visit restaurants at Arambol
Cafe Maitree: It is a front beach restaurant. The must-try cuisines here are Indian, Italian and European delicacies. The restaurant has a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free food items on the list too.
21 Coconuts Inn: The restaurant is a venture of the 21 Coconuts Inn resort. You will find many affordable options here. The restaurant snacks and breakfast section is finger-licking. You must try the pancakes they are worth every penny.
Cheeky Monkey: Cheeky Monkey is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine. I got a surprise dessert, later I found that it is the tradition of the place to serve a surprise dessert each day. Let me know in the comment section, what it was.
Laughing Buddha: Though the place is not at the beach, only 50 meters away. This restaurant is particularly a place for delicious Indian cuisines.
Places to stay near Arambol Beach:
There are several resorts in and around Arambol beach for you to enjoy your holidays here. But, if you want to look for something more affordable and homelike, you must consider the Airbnb.
The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambience of the Airbnbs is hostile and clean. I stayed at an Airbnb which was very near to Arambol beach and was affordable too. But if you like to enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or you are on a honeymoon you must stay at some of the amazing resorts at Arambol.
Some of them are:
Sunshine Guest House
Rush 4 Resorts
Rama Beach resort
Other places to visit near Arambol Beach
Paliem Lake: Paleim lake is about a 15-minute walk from Arambol beach. This is a sweet water lagoon lake surrounded by hills. You can enjoy swimming in the lake.
Our lady of mount Carmel church: Carmel church is a short trek from Arambol beach. The tourists visit the church for its beautiful white structures.
Kalacha Beach: It is a lush green beach for the exotic beach experience. The beach is famous for its sweet water lagoon and new water tidal pond. You can enjoy your own small beach parties and barbeque at the Kalacha beach.
So, this was pretty much about the famous Arambol beach of north Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to Arambol beach. For more such travel guides with tips stay tuned.
Baga beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in North Goa. It is a famous destination among beaches when it comes to north Goa. It is known as the heart for nightlife and sports activity. The beach shares its coastline with Calangute beach.
The beach is primarily known for its nightlife. It is the only beach where the party never ends, and you can find people at the shore the whole night enjoying with their families and friends. The beach has everything to set your party mood, consisting of music, tasty food, and unique cuisines, beautiful shops, adventure sports, and all with the peaceful sound of the sea.
The exotic beach came to life back in 1960, when a bunch of hippies from San Francisco gathered here to enjoy their summers. Since then, the beach has been the most famous tourist attraction of Goa.
How to reach Baga beach :
From Goa International Airport- Dabolim: The beach is only 15kms from the airport.
From Vasco de Gama or Madgaon railway station: The beach is about 50kms from the Vasco da Gama railway station.
You can easily book a cab to Baga beach from any of these locations. Even you can opt for buses for cheaper and affordable travel. The bus charges around 15-25Rs per head for the trip, whereas the cab may charge you around Rs. 1000.
I would suggest you book an Airbnb near the Baga beach. So, that when you come with all your luggage, you get time to relax at your Airbnb and then explore north goa. Most of the beaches and other tourist places are nearby to Baga beach, which you can easily cover with a rented scooter or bike.
Best time for Baga Beach:
The best time to visit Baga beach is the later monsoon and winter season. Goa being in the tropical monsoon climate, is generally hot and humid throughout. So, if you come in winter, you would experience the best season for traveling. Also, the beach is lit during the Christmas season, which is December.
Water activities at the beach:
Baga beach offers many sports activities. Some of them are
Wakeboarding and many others.
Nightlife at Baga Beach:
When it comes to nightlife, you must not miss some of the fantastic clubs on the shores. Some of them being Club Titos, this nightclub dates back to 1971 and is one of the most happening clubs in north goa. Cafe Mamos is another party club with a lit nightlife. To spice up your evening, even more, they have international DJs and entertainers. Next is the club kamaki, which offers impressive Goan cuisine and delicious food along with parties all night.
Must visit restaurants at the beach:
Jamie’s Restaurant: If you are on a date or your honeymoon, this place must be marked at the top when it comes to food. This beach restaurant serves as the best place for a beautiful romantic dinner date with your partner. You can enjoy all the best cuisines at this resto.
Next comes Fire and Ice restaurant; if you with family and friends, this might serve as the best place to have the best Indian food. The cost of food is also affordable, and the quality is impressive.
You even should not miss Britto’s Bar and restaurant. This beachside restaurant dates back to 1965. The Goan cuisine at the restaurant is a must-try. The iconic hotel has the perfect ambiance, which is very near to the shore, letting you enjoy the best waves music and enjoy healthy and tasty Goan cuisines.
Places to stay near the beach:
There are several resorts in and around Baga beach for you to enjoy your holidays here. But, if you want to look for something more affordable and home like, you must consider the Airbnb.
The Airbnbs are well maintained and serve as holiday homes away from homes. The ambiance of the Airbnb is hostile and clean. I stayed in an Airbnb, which was very near to the beach and was affordable too. But if you like to enjoy the lavish side of the holidays or you are on a honeymoon, you must stay at some of the fantastic resorts at Baga.
Some of them are :
Baga beach resort
Other places to visit near Baga beach are:
Aguada Fort: It is a Portuguese monument that dates back to the 17th century. The Aguada fort faces the Sinquerim beach, which is on the same shore as Baga beach. You can explore the lighthouse present here.
Our Lady of Piety: It is a church located at the divar island and dates back to the 1650s. The preferred time to visit the church to explore the best is during the second Sunday of March when the annual feast is carried out.
So, this is pretty much about the famous Baga beach of North Goa. I hope you find the article and my experience helpful in planning your visit to the beach. For more such travel guides with tips, stay tuned.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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