Expedition Goa (Part 3): The Beaches & Sunsets

It was a marathon run through Goa to try and catch as many of the sights during my trip. I saw a record number of beaches of which not all are really worth a visit. I guess to fully appreciate each one, you’d need to spend more time than what you get to see on a hurried tour.

 

ANJUNA BEACH
Anjuna Beach located in North Goa is famous for it’s hippie movement back in the 60’s and I read a lot about the Wednesday night flea market. At last it was not what I had expected and not what it was drummed up to be. The stuff on sale here can be found anywhere in Goa.

 

VAINGUINIM BEACH
Vainguinim Beach is a private beach at the Cidade de Goa Beach Resort & Sandalwood Retreat hotels.

 

OZRAN BEACH
Located in Bardez in North Goa. It’s just a little south of Vagator Beach.

 

SMALL & BIG VAGATOR BEACHES
Vagator Beach is the northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Goa. It is located on the opposite bank of the Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem.

 

COLVA BEACH
Located South of Vasco da Gama and along the coast just a few minutes from Margao in South Goa. Its one of the longest stretches of beach I’ve seen. As far as the eye can see and much more.

 

MIRAMA BEACH
Miramar is the beach area of the Goan capital of Panjim, also known as Panaji and is one of the most visited beaches of Goa. Personally nothing spectacular here except that its 5 minutes from the city.

 

DONA PAULA BEACH & LOOKOUT POINT
Dona Paula is a former village, and tourist destination, in the suburbs of Panaji, Goa, India. It is today home to the National Institute of Oceanography, and just alongside it lie the Goa University and the International Centre Goa. At its tip is a jetty and lookout point. This was one of my favourite places, the sunset was glorious and the views 360° amazing.

 

COCO BEACH
Coco beach in Reis Magos, Nerul, Bardez is where you get on a boat for a short ride into the Arabian Sea for Dolphin spotting. On the way you can see Fort Aguada atop the hill as well as the former Goa Prison at the base of the hill. On the way back a place of interest is the Diamond merchants villa overlooking the sea.

 

SINQUERIUM & CANDOLIM BEACH
Sinquerium is a short stretch of beach at the Taj Vivanta Hotel. Its where a part of Fort Aguada remains standing in the ocean. A little further up is Candolim beach.

 

CALANGUTE BEACH
Calangute Beach, Calangute, Bardez, North Goa is perhaps the best of all the beaches. Its locally known as the Queen of beaches after Colva Beach.

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