The beaches of North Goa form the party capital of India. Loaded with shacks and beach clubs playing a range of music from psychedelic trance to EDM to house, one need only go to shores to catch a party that will keep them there till the wee hours of the morning. The beaches of North Goa feature an eclectic mix of international and domestic tourists, from backpackers to hippies to the cosmopolitan crowd, all trying to live the Goan vibe. Among the most popular beaches are the Baga beach and the Calangute beach where you can spot a lot many family tourists enjoying water sports, beachside shacks and beautiful beaches. If you go further north, you will find Anjuna beach lined with some of the best cafes of North Goa and where the most famous flea market of North Goa is organized every Wednesday. Further north, we have more pristine beaches of North Goa including Morjim Beach and the Arambol Beach. It does not matter what kind of traveller you are, you will definitely find something that suits you in the North part of Goa.
Here is the list of 19 Most Popular Beaches in North Goa That Every Traveller Must Visit
The most popular beach of Goa, Baga is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. Baga is popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs such as Brittos, Titos and Mambos. There is also a range of water sports that you can try your hands at. Baga Beach is often considered to be the extension of Calangute Beach itself since both of these lie on the same stretch of sand. Lined with an array of tattoo parlours, tarot shops, palmistry shops, spas, sun decks and some amazing food and drinks shack, Baga Beach gives you a chance to live out your perfect beach holiday.
Calangute is the largest beach in North Goa and thus is known as 'Queens of beaches'. Situated 15 km from the capital city of Panaji, this expansive stretch of water attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environment. The beautiful golden stretch of sand and scintillating water coupled with the gentle rhythms of pop music that plays here makes it the perfect destination for a laidback afternoon. This shore of the sea is a glittering beauty and is also known as the 'Queen of Beaches' owing to its picturesque sceneries.
Known for its unparalleled natural beauty, glowing soft white sand and swaying palms, Anjuna Beach is considered to be the best beach in North Goa by many foreigners. Being a hotspot for tourists, both domestic and foreign, Anjuna also has a lot of interesting beach shacks, cafes, pubs and hostels for travellers. Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, it is the perfect epitome of stunning natural beauty and is especially famous for its full moon beach parties.
Beautiful and serene, Arambol Beach is counted among the best beaches of North Goa unexploited by the tourist and thus offering solitude to those who are seeking. Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in North Goa, Arambol beach has a distinct Bohemian feel to it that no longer exist in any other beaches. It extends to over 16 km and has two beaches. The main beach is named as Harmal Beach, and it is one of the northernmost beaches in Goa.
Vagator beach is located on the north side of Anjuna Beach, near Chapora Fort. It is a small beach rolled into a rave culture. It is visited more by foreigners though Indian tourists also visit to be a spectator of the beautiful sunset, visible through the rocks of Vagator beach. It is split into 2 beaches as you face towards the sea. One is the Big Vagator Beach and the other is the Little Vagator Beach.
Morjim is sometimes referred to as "Little Russia", owing to the large population of Russian immigrants staying here. Morjim beach is home to exotic species of birds and some rare endangered animals such as sea turtles. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in North Goa and a great place to relax and unwind. Undoubtedly one of the best and most tranquil beaches in Goa, the Morjim Beach in Pernem, North Goa, is a nature lover's paradise on Earth. The beach is located just south of the Ashwem beach and is unique because it serves as the nesting habitat of the Olive Ridley turtles, which are an endangered species. This is precisely why the Morjim Beach is also popularly known as the Turtle Beach.
North of the Chapora river on the coastal trail to Arambol is where you will find the enchanting white sand Mandrem beach. This calm seaside escape is loaded with all the natural adornments of the coast, an alluring combination of the turquoise blue waters of the Arabian Sea that flows into the Mandrem creek during high tide, which runs parallel to the waterline. In addition to being an idyllic destination for peace and solitude by the sea, Mandrem beach is also a great place to spot crabs, kingfishers, herons and turtles. This pristine beach is the ideal spot to practise yoga on the soft sands or sip a refreshing cocktail while you get lost in the mysteries of the ocean.
Candolim Beach, of the more offbeat beaches of North Goa, also hosts the Sunburn Festival in December. It has the Aguada fort overlooking the sea and the beach and is one of the best and longest beaches in Goa. Candolim Beach lies around 15 kms ahead of Panjim towards North Goa. The beach is very popular among the tourists owing to the scrub dunes present on the shore. Another highlight of the beach is the ship River Princess which got stuck at the shore since 2000 and now has turned into a tourist attraction.
On the other side of the Chapora fort near the famous beach parties of Vagator lies the idyllic Chapora beach. Being a lesser known beach of Goa, this coastal secret is a treasure trove of natural beauty, with a serene combination of white sands, turquoise waters, black lava rocks, and fringes of coconut and palm trees.
There is no beach more secluded from the noise of the tourist crowds of North Goa than the Querim beach. Located at the northernmost tip of Goa, this beach is a walk back through time, to a land where one could sit in awe of the magnificence of the coastal beauty of Goa, unmarred by the effects of tourism.
Sinquerim Beach lies adjacent to Aguada beach and is popular for swimming and other sports like parasailing, fishing, scuba diving etc. Considered the first tourist beach of North Goa, the beach is replete with resorts and hotels and is packed with tourist almost at all times of the year.
Part of India's second longest beach stretch, the quiet Cansaulim Beach is a beautiful little stretch of golden sands and palm groves. An extension of the massive Velsao beach stretch, this idyllic little beach is considered one of the best beaches in Goa for watersports.
Ashwem Beach is one of the few beaches left in Goa that is yet to be discovered by the mainstream tourist crowd of Goa, offering its visitors an endless expanse of pearly white sands complemented well by the beautiful waves of the Arabian Sea. Surfing and Yoga are widely practised here.
Ozran Beach, famous for its natural landscape and the Fort of Chapora, is a rocky beach and requires climbing a little hillock to reach the shoreline. The view of the horizon from the top of the hillock is quite a sight. Not frequently crowded, the location is often chosen for shooting movies and is a paradise for stargazers. The beach is also called Little Vagator as it is located a little distance away from the Vagator Beach.
The air is filled with romance, stories, and legends of eternal love. You are in Dona Paula, which is, arguably, Goa's most enduring monument. If that was not enough, Dona Paula is also one of the most happening beaches in North Goa just seven kilometres away from Panaji. The Dona Paula beach also provides a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbour. This beautiful getaway is so called because of the statue of a man and woman perched on top of a rock. While various stories surround it, there is an undeniable charm to the mystery of the statue. All the legends speak of the passionate, forbidden, and unfulfilled love affair of Dona Paula with a local Goan man, while some say it was the Governor, others believe that it was a worker from a lower caste.
Bambolim Beach is a pristine beach located in Bambolim which is about 7 kilometres away from Panjim, the capital city of Goa. It is located in the northern part of Goa and is famous for being a virgin beach, untouched by commercialization and is barely ever crowded. For the tourists who are constantly in search of untouched or unexploited beaches, Bambolim beach will prove to be a paradise in Goa. It is a favourite amongst offbeat travellers. The long coastline is perfect for taking a stroll or lazing in the golden sand under the balmy sun. The beautiful beach is a good picnic spot. You just have to pack your essentials and head to the beach on a beautiful clear day.
A haven for nature enthusiasts, the topography of the Siridao Beach is sure to capture the heart of onlookers with its craggy multicoloured terrain greeted periodically by the turquoise waters of the Arabian Sea, which forms charming little puddles within the crevices of this rocky stretch. The picturesque shores are complemented by the array of seashells that dot the coast, making this the perfect site for those wanting a true taste of natural coastal glamour.
Originally called Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese, the beach is one of the only two beaches in Panjim. The beach is replete with local eateries and lined with a bunch of souvenir shops. Besides, it encourages adventure activities and water sports.