20 Best Beaches in Goa to Visit for Unforgettable Holiday Experience

Last Updated on October 30, 2020 by Darrif William

Goa certainly knows how to party and enjoy every day. The destination has got everything, from best beaches and sea to clubs, casinos and famous market. There is so much to explore in Goa, but in this blog, we are mostly focusing on the coastal gems known as “beaches”, which makes this tiny state an unforgettable beach holiday vacation.

1. Baga Beach

Baga Beach

Baga Beach in North Goa is on the top list of tourists visiting the destination. The beach best known for its brown sand, clear seawater and adventure sports activities make a holiday in Goa an unforgettable affair. Stroll and enjoy the rejuvenating beach setting, quietly sunbath, hop on the banana boat or parasail on the sky like a bird. Again a great place to chill and explore the surrounding beach area adorned with cafes and beach restaurants. Not just in the day, the beach comes alive with famous nightclubs.

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2. Palolem Beach

Palolem Beach

This white sand stretch in Southern Goa allures travellers to visit the beautiful destination. A picture-perfect seaside spot offers tranquillity. The thatched roof cottages dotting the coastline provides a wonderful option to stay close to the beach. The mile-long beach offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. Dotting the seashore are numerous restaurants, cafe perfect for relaxing and try tasty fresh sea dishes. For party lovers, the beach offers so many options from night parties that do not encroach the tranquillity and peace of the seashore.

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3. Calangute Beach, North Goa

Calangute Beach, North Goa

Calangute Beach situated 15 km from the Panaji, Goa’s Capital. It is one of the biggest beaches in North Goa, therefore popularly known as the ‘Queens of beaches’. The seashore’s festive and vibrant atmosphere attracts tourists from all over the world. The coastline also offers an array of water sports activities, beachside restaurants and accommodation. Though it is a crowded beach, yet makes it for a perfect escape. Particularly famous for its electrifying nightlife and various popular pubs of Goa such as Tito’s and others. Certainly one of the best beaches in Goa and an incredible place not to miss.

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4. Anjuna Beach, North Goa

Anjuna Beach, North Goa

Anjuna Beach yet another gem in Goa cherished for its outstanding beauty, soft white sand and oscillating palm trees. A hot spot for tourists and locals, it again majorly attracts foreign tourists for its nightlife parties. The full moon beach party allures the most crowd. Along with great outdoor ambience, major attractions include excellent western food, chill beer, seaside shacks and grooving music. It is located just 21 km north of Panaji and 7 km from the Baga Beach. The beach makes it a great place to spend the day.

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5. Arambol Beach, North Goa

Arambol Beach, North Goa

This 16 km long seashore line in North Goa is known for its peace and solitude. It makes a perfect escape for people looking for tranquillity and peace. The beach encircled by cliffs on two sides, with a freshwater lake and market nearby making it a perfect mixture for an unforgettable visit. Traditionally the place, a fisherman’s village with a distinctly artistic feel further attracts domestic and international tourists. A short stroll takes you to the north where a small freshwater lake is located. The lake water fed by a hot spring is known for its healing properties. Also, near the beach, there are various attractive places to visit and explore.

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6. Colva Beach, Central Goa

Colva Beach, Central Goa

Colva Beach in Central Goa has a romantic feeling to it. The golden sand, azure seawater and cool sea breeze make it for a solitude escape. A stroll at dawn and evening makes it for an unforgettable romantic walk. Apart, from the romantic beach settings, delicious food, seaside shacks and loving sunset. So, if you are looking to explore this amazing 25 km long coastal stretch, it is located 6 km away from Margao city. Also, for watersports lover, they can engage in paragliding and banana boat rides. As the sun sets, the place preps up for a scintillating nightlife.

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7. Agonda Beach, South Goa

Agonda Beach, South Goa

Another gem situated 37 km from Margao and 15 minutes from Palolem beach fit itself in the elite list of best beaches in Goa. Soft golden sand, swaying palm trees and dark blue sea water ideal to indulge in various activities such as swimming, strolling, reinvigorating and more. It is also the famous spot for Olive Ridley turtles to lay eggs. The nearby surrounding of the beach also makes it a great place for a romantic walk. Close to the beach are restaurants and lodging houses ideal to stay and enjoy the breeze.

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8. Vagator Beach, North Goa

Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach located 21 kilometres from Panaji offers a scenic view of soft sand and gorgeous rocky cliffs. Divided into two parts, little Vagator also called Ozran Beach and Big Vagator. Enjoy a panoramic view of the sea from a cliff. The main beach offers a range of dining options, beach shacks and lively parties at night. Though there are so many fun options to engage, in recent years the beach has gained popularity for its vibrant cuisines. Boasting local art, music and groove nightlife the beach attracts tourists from across the globe.

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9. Morjim Beach, Goa

Morjim Beach

Morjim beach, not so famous when compared to others, still, it is popular amongst the romantic couples and those seeking tranquillity. Also, the beach makes it a great spot to see Olive Ridley turtles and an array of birds. Particularly famous amongst the Russian as a large number of them live close by the beach. Located on the northern bank of the Chapora River inlet, the beach is also a nesting ground for endangered Ridley turtles, as result music and night parties are banned. Nearby several cafes and restaurants to refresh and energise.

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10. Butterfly Beach, Goa

Butterfly Beach

Butterfly Beach situated 39 Km to the south of Margao is another secluded and rarely visited beaches in Goa. To reach the beach the only way is to take a ferry from Agonda or Palolem. The beach got its name as it sustains a variety of butterfly species. Encircled by thick forest, trees and bushes makes this place even more thrilling for hikers and trekkers. This place also famous amongst fisherman due to its shallow blue water offering crystal clear view of the underwater. In the early morning, there are high chances of spotting sea urchin, crabs, sea cucumbers and various species.

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11. Mandrem Beach, North Goa

Mandrem Beach

Mandrem in North Goa peppered by white sand is also one of the best beaches to spot Dolphins. Ashvem and Junas are the two main beaches make it a great place to enjoy the sea and swim with calm water. At the time of high tide, water reaches up to the Mandrem creek. A lot of bamboo bridges adorn the creek where you can sit and spend a romantic evening with your partner. There are various good eaters and cafes adorning the tranquil beaches.

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12. Kakolem beach, South Goa

Kakolem beach

The Kakolem beach also known as ‘Tiger beach’ is arguably one of the most isolated beaches in Goa. The easiest way to reach the beach is by taking a boat or motorboat ride. One has to climb numerous steps and pass through narrow uneven paths to reach the beach. So, most visitors normally opt for a boat to visit the beach. As reaching the beach takes a great toll on the body, therefore, only those people who love tranquillity, adventure or nature lover go to the beach. But, on reaching the beach they are treated with beautiful scenery and less crowd.

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13. Benaulim Beach, South Goa

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach yet another beautiful and serene seashore, located 2 km away from the famous tourist centre of Colva. The long stretch of the golden sand, cool sea breeze and beach chairs make it a perfect place to sit and relax. Compare to other beaches, this coastal strip not so famous but perfect to enjoy a romantic evening stroll. Savour delicious food and explore local market located close to the beach. Adventure water activity includes snorkelling, parasailing and windsurfing.

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14. Sinquerim Beach

Sinquerim Beach

It is a quaint small beach, which got its name from the Sinquerim Fort overlooking the ocean. Though, small in size the beach also has a wide range of seaside resorts such as Taj Vivanta and Taj Holiday. The stunning sea strip located 13 km from Panaji. So, if you are looking to avoid the crowd then this place is a must-visit. Close to this beach are the famous Aguada and Portuguese Fort perfect for a photo click. Though, the beach gets crowded during peak season due to the presence of the ancient fort, still compare to other Goa beaches it is a quiet place.

15. Cola Beach

Cola Beach

Cola Beach is one of those beaches in Goa, which offers a tranquil landscape. Locally known as ‘Khola beach’, it also has a hidden location away from the crowd offering a fine and unspoilt sea and surroundings. The beach also has a hidden blue lagoon stash formed by a river flowing into the ocean. White sand, blue ocean water encircled by swaying coconut trees is enough to contemplate in the beauty. It may not be a popular beach in Goa, but still, a beautiful place to go and explore.

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16. Varca Beach, South Goa

Varca Beach

A gorgeous South Goa beach, the terrain and calmness of the Varca are its most amazing traits. The golden sand flawlessly changes into reddish magenta as it meets the azure blue water of the Arabian Sea, making it home to many luxurious beach resort, all offering a panoramic view of the beautiful ocean. So, travellers looking for an unforgettable beach vacation, Varca beach is the place to spend. The palm and casuarina trees enhance the beauty of the coastline.

17. Cavelossim Beach, South Goa

Cavelossim Beach

A stunning beach famed for its surreal landscape, which is a combination of white sand and black lava rocks. Adorning the coastline are the beach shacks, delicious seafood and traditional Goa dishes. Apart, the beach is also famous for its adventure water sports, vibrant local markets and more. Cavelossim beach situated 15 km from south of Margao is known to be one of the best beaches in the whole of South Goa. Apart, this beach is also famous for Dolphin spotting and more.

18. Patnem Beach, South Goa

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach situated 39 km to the south of Margao is one of the most spectacular beaches in South Goa. An alternative to the crowded Palolem beach, the invigorating vibe and alluring landscape are quite popular amongst the tourists. Compared to other beaches of South Goa, its calmness and old school ambience make it popular amongst the visitors. Relax and let the cool sea breeze hit you, rejuvenating your body and mind. Also, there are famous yoga resorts located close to the sea focusing on health and offering bamboo huts for accommodation.

19. Mobor Beach, South Goa

Mobor Beach

Mobor beach located 17 km to the South of Margao offers a long and tidy stretch of white sand for a stroll. It is an extension of the neighbouring Cavelossim beach situated towards the southern side by the merger of the River Sal with the Arabian Sea. The beach has a mushrooming water sports scene offering windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing. It is also one of the rarest beaches where you can enjoy biking. Apart, the beach also has good food options, along with handicraft shops, resorts and budget hotels. Dotting the beach are the luxury hotel chains, which owns a small part of the Cavelossim beach. The presence of these hotels gives the impression to visitors that it is a private beach. Therefore, many people think it is a private beach, resulting in less crowd at Cavelossim beach.

20. Betul Beach

Betul Beach

Betul Beach located 24 km from Margao is again perfect for those looking for solitude and
tranquility. The beach also has a tiny lagoon, a river flowing in proximity, a 17th-century fort and Baradi Cross church perfect for a memorable visit. Due to its location tourists mostly avoid going to this beach, thus making it less crowded. Close to the beach there is rive which separates the beach and Betul village. Not many restaurants and shacks adorn the beach, resulting in a clean beach. But, to the contrary, this place also serves some of the amazing local Goa seafood dishes. A romantic stroll to the Betul lighthouse admiring the surrounding beauty and enjoying the sunset will surely make it a moment to cherish for the lifetime.

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