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Agonda Beach, Goa Overview

If you're looking for a place away from the hustle bustle of the crowd with more space and solitude, Agonda beach is the right place for you. With the clear blue water and coconut trees, this beach is a delight for nature lovers. The beach is not very popular among tourists and hence relatively quiet and less crowded. Located in the picturesque village of Agonda in the state of Goa, this palm-fringed beach is also extremely popular as a nesting ground for olive ridley sea turtles. Unlike the famous Baga Beach and Calangute Beach, Agonda is one of those beaches where you can venture out for a leisurely walk along the beautiful coast. 

The Agonda beach becomes a little dangerous at high tide hours, and surfing is a high-risk situation. This beach is not recommended for swimming due to the high-risk factor associated with it. It shelves steeply during high tide, hence the surf can be quite rough as well. Nevertheless, it is the ideal place to enjoy the romantic side of Goa. It is also a great spot for sunbathing and relaxing due to the presence of very few tourists. The beautiful long pristine stretch of this beach is an excellent choice for peace lovers and travellers who are in search of some tranquillity. Even, at this beach, it is difficult to find proper network connection for most of the prepaid sim cards; making it even more peaceful than ever.

If you get bored by the serenity of this place, then you can also head to Palolem Beach from here, which is just a 15-minute ride from here. It is the primary hub of parties in Goa and is host to some of the most happening beach parties. Agonda, on the other hand, has a more quiet, hassle-free and cheaper facilities. There are no hawkers allowed on the beach, as the villagers want Agonda to stay untouched and away from the effect of commercialisation.

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There is a long straight lane that runs parallel to the Agonda Beach. This road has most of the hotels and accommodations available for the travellers. Agonda Church is located in the centre of the beach, which also has the Agonda University (which is a small high school) to its right. You can spot a few sunbeds lying on the beach, which can be rented for relaxing and sunbathing. However, on arrival of the tourist police or Canacona local government officials, these sunbeds are instantly removed and kept inside; making the beach even more gorgeous.

Many tourists visit this beach at night to witness the turtles as this beach is their nesting ground. However, make sure to keep your voices to the minimum and not flash any strong lights to make these endangered creatures uncomfortable or scare them away. Overall, this place is safe, stunning, quiet and definitely worth a visit for people who are looking for something other than the noisy crowds, vendors and hoard of water sports activities. If you are in search of a party place near Agonda, then don't be disappointed and head on to the Leopard Valley on Palolem-Agonda Road.

The stunning beach serves as a nesting ground for olive ridley sea turtles during September. The temperature here is quite warm throughout the year. The nights are a bit chilly from December until February. There is quite good rainfall from June to August, the best time for tourists to visit Agonda Beach if from late October until March end.

The accommodation facilities here range from the basic hotels to Cabana style villas with Jacuzzis. The most popular hotels here are Agonda White Sand, Agonda Villas, Agonda Cottages and Agonda Beach Resort.

There are many small and medium scale restaurants near Agonda Beach. The major among them are Agonda White Sand Restaurant, Blue Planet Café, Romance and La Dolce Vita. For lip-smacking seafood, head to the very famous Fatima’s Corner.

1. Don't expect water sports and party scenes like your experience on other commercial beaches of Goa.
2. Keep the surroundings clean and the place as natural as possible. It is done to ensure the beach continues to serve as the nesting ground for the endangered turtles.
3. Don't swim here as it is hazardous.
4. Avoid bringing small children here and if they accompany you, make sure to follow them wherever they go as the water here is quite dangerous.
5. Take care of your belongings as the area gets a bit isolated, at times.
6. Try the local cuisine, as there are various shacks and restaurants here that serve authentic Goan Cuisine.

The best way to get around Goa is to get a two-wheeler or four wheelers on rent, with Maps to guide you through. You can even hire a cab that is readily available throughout Goa to reach this beach. Agonda Beach is located in the village of Agonda, which is a 20-minute ride from Canacona in Southern Goa. It lies at about 9.2 kilometres North of Palolem Beach.

Agonda can also be reached from Margao (which is the principal and nearest railway station), which takes about an hour. The rent for a taxi from Margao to Agonda is about INR 600 - 700. The nearest airport is the Dabolim Airport which is at a distance of 90 km from here. The taxi takes about INR 1,000 - 1,500 to take you from the airport to Agonda or vice versa. The nearest local bus station here is in Chaudi.

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