Goa beaches | The best beaches in Goa

Jun 1, 2020 | Asia, Global travel, India

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(Last updated on: 29/08/2020)

Many people travel to this part of India for the wonderful Goa beaches, and it is no surprise- Goa boasts some of the best beaches in this part of the world!

Goa is a beautiful state in India which stretches along the Arabian Sea. If you are planning a trip to India, then you’d be a fool to miss out on visiting Goa – with waterfalls, historic sites, fishing villages and more, there is so much to experience in this part of the world. To give you a taste, here are the best Goa beaches…

Goa beaches

The best beaches in Goa

No trip to Goa is complete without some serious beach indulgence. But which to choose? Here is a collection of the best beaches in Goa…

#1 Calangute and Baga Beaches

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I’ve stayed near Calangute beach twice and I love it!

Located in the north of Goa, Calangute is the most commercial of all the Goa beaches. It merges with Baga Beach, and it can be difficult to pinpoint where one beach ends and the other starts – so they come as a pair, really.

If you’re looking for water sports (think banana boats and jet skiing) then this is the place for you!

Visitors always praise the cleanliness of this lovely sandy beach area.

There are food and drink shacks as well as some nearby upmarket restaurants, too.

#2 Cola Beach

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Cola Beach, Goa

Going to the beach is one of the best things to do in Goa, and this beach does not disappoint! If you are staying in Agonda, a visit to Cola Beach is a must.

You can walk to Cola Beach in under an hour, or access the beach by boat. With its own lagoon and a real sense of paradise, this untouched strip of beach is ideal for a romantic walk.

The waves can be quite choppy, but swimming in the lagoon is safe and a beautiful experience!

Dwarka Eco Beach Resort offers one of the nicest views if you’re looking to stay on one the stunning Goa beaches – perfect for honeymooners… The hotel also serves a landmark. If you’re visiting from another area, look out for it and you’ll know when you’re getting to Cola Beach.

#3 Arossim Beach

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Arossim Beach, Goa

Described as ‘heaven on earth’, Arossim Beach offers miles of powder-soft sand and warm water.

It is also one of the cleanest of all the Goa beaches.

There are sun beds, plenty of refreshment shacks (Starfish Beach Shack comes highly recommended) and even a herd of cows that mosey along the beach.

You can see dolphins in the early evening if you’re lucky, and both sunrise and sunset at Arossim Beach are breathtaking.

#4 Miramar Beach

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Miramar Beach, Goa

Want sea views like no other? Look no further.

Miramar Beach is just truly lovely – the views of the Arabian Sea are spectacular, the sand is soft and the nearby greenery thick and lush.

Swim and sunbathe here, eat at one of the restaurants and get your fill of souvenirs too.

The sunset isn’t bad either… This is of the ideal Goa beaches for honeymooning couples or those just looking for a bit of romance!

#5 Arambol Beach

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Arambol Beach, Goa

Like your beach with a bit of entertainment? You’ll love Arambol Beach.

There is a car park so if you have hired a car in Goa then you can drive here – but arrive early, as the parking spaces do fill up.

The beach has a great vibe both day and night. From yoga classes to flea markets, live music to water sports, there is a bit of everything.

While it’s not exactly a place to chill out, it is a place to party and have fun!

If you want to surf in Goa, this is the place to do it.

#6 Cavelossim Beach

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Cavelossim Beach, Goa

If it’s gorgeous scenery you’re after, head to Cavelossim Beach.

This is one of the best Goa beaches for Instatourism, admiring the view and swimming in calm waters.

With contrasting black rocks and clean white sand, Cavelossim Beach is not too quiet or too busy.

This beach is great for walking and cycling, you can spot dolphins out at sea and there are food/drink/massage shacks located here too.

#7 Butterfly Beach

Pack a picnic and make your way to one of the most secluded Goa beaches.

Just north of Palolem and Agonda beaches, you can walk to Butterfly Beach through the forest or take a short boat ride.

It’s a true hidden gem in Goa. Soak up the sunshine, watch the dolphins playing in the water or use your binoculars for a bit of butterfly spotting.

This is one of the most romantic places in Goa!

See the gorgeous Butterfly Beach here.

#8 Galgibaga Beach

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Galgibaga Beach, Goa

Practically untouched, Calgibaga Beach in the south of Goa is home to olive ridley sea turtles. If you visit between December and February, you’re likely to see them!

Even at any other time of year, this beach is ideal for those wanting peace and quiet during their trip to Goa.

There are no shacks or restaurants (so do take plenty of water and snacks) and the sand is almost silver.

Clean and always fairly empty, Galgibaga Beach is a winner in many eyes.

#9 Odxel Beach

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Oxdel Beach, Goa

Unlike most Goa beaches, Oxdel Beach isn’t all white sands and palm trees. It’s rocky and rural but don’t let that put you off.

If you’re staying in nearby Panjim, definitely venture out here.

There is a beautiful chapel on the beach, and nearby Bay15 offers dining and luxury chalets should you fall in love with the area.

If it’s real serenity you’re after, Odxel Beach is fantastic.

#10 Palolem Beach

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Palolem Beach, Goa

A beach with proper nightlife? Check!

From silent discos to live music and everything in between, Palolem Beach has so much to offer.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy, and it’s great for families in the daytime too.

This beach cannot be missed if you want a great experience in Goa!

The water is shallow and calm, making it great for swimming, and there are water sports available too.

#11 Betul Beach

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Betul Beach, Goa

Quiet and rocky, Betul Beach is perfect for fishing.

There is a lighthouse offering panoramic views, and the beach is near to the fascinating Betul Fort and some beautiful chapels and churches.

This is another quiet area of Goa, with plenty of lovely places to stay too.

Cavelossim Beach is nearby, so it definitely seems like a great base point.

These are some of the best Goa beaches. The area has so much to offer and its beaches are a huge part of the appeal for many travellers. From party locations to pure serenity, there are so many to choose from!

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