One of the most popular beaches of Goa, Baga Beach is located close to Calangute beach, around 30 Km North of Panaji. It is named after the 'Baga creek' which flows into the Arabian Sea and is the perfect destination to witness beautiful sunsets and enjoy the cool morning breeze. Baga Beach is popular for its nightlife with some very famous clubs such as Britto's, Tito's and Mambos. The shacks come to life in the late evening with music blasting and amazing customer service. 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. In addition to the option of having a laid back holiday here, you can also indulge in activities ranging from intense water sports to some quaint shopping, wild night outs to serene mornings that begin with a session of yoga. For tourists looking for a quiet getaway from the city to adventure seekers, Baga Beach has some thing for every breed of traveller.
If you are an adventure sports junkie with a special affinity towards water sports, there can absolutely be no better place for you than Baga Beach. The sheer variety of water sports activities offered here is mind boggling, and you will be spoilt for choice. Starting from the basic ones, you can make your way up to more challenging activities as well. Choose your pick from banana boats, bumper boats, water scooter, Jet Ski, dolphin cruises, and parasailing if you wish to enjoy the scenery of the Baga Beach. Then there is the option of Barracuda Diving close to the lagoon near Baga River which is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with the wonderful world that lies underwater.
Other water sports here include body boarding, single and double kayaking, paddle boarding, knee boarding, speed boat rides, surf board lessons, wake boards. You can indulge in any of these activities for a period of 10 minutes to about an hour, depending on the operator you choose. The activities can cost anywhere between INR 200 - INR 1500 depending on what you choose. There are amusement parks for the kids like the Blue Whale Water Park, Monsoon Fun Park, and Snowpark, where the little one can have their own version of water sports fun.
Perhaps the most happening thing about the Baga Beach is its upbeat nightlife which is the very identity of this destination. Some of the most popular outlets in the city here include:-
1. Café Mambos: Goa is synonymous with Cafe Mambos and rightly so. This outlet plays variants of disco and house music and you can easily dance the night away. Opening hours are from 20:00 to 3:30 in the morning. The entrance fee is 1500 rupees for a couple, 2,000 rupees for single males. Alcohol is included in the price.
2. Club Titos: Club Titos is big on electronic and Indian Bollywood music and even hosts some of the coolest costume parties of the region. Timings of Totos are from 21:30 to 3:00 in the morning. The entrance fee is 1500 rupees for a couple, alcohol included.
There are a number of other nightclubs as well, which include Kamaki, Cape Town Cafe, Red Square and Ivy among others.
For the traveller who is looking to explore her inner self, Baga Beach has a few options to explore as well. Begin your day with a quiet and serene morning walk along the stretch of the beach, or give your body a workout with ABS Yoga Retreat Centre at Titos Lane 2, where you can attend yoga and meditation sessions. You can also relax and unwind at the Aroma Thai Day Spa which offers foot, head, neck, shoulder, and full-body massages, or Glamazon Salon & Spa and the Ora Regenesis Spa which have similar facilities at the visitor's disposal as well.
November to February is the best time to visit the Baga Beach when the temperature is comfortably warm at about 31°-32°C.
If you are staying at Calangute, a wise decision would be to just have a calm and relaxing walk south of Calangute beach toward Baga which is only 2km from there. This beach is located 16 km from Panaji, so if you are to reach Baga all the way from Panaji, a taxi or a hired bike/ scooter is a good option.
Baga Beach has a number of accommodation options available for visitors, ranging from budget options to five-star facilities. Service apartments, cottages, villas, and guest houses are easily available and vary in their costs according to the facilities they provide such as a view of the beach, swimming pools, spa & wellness centres, fitness clubs, free Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen, and mini bar. Many of these lodgings are situated around Tito?s Lane while others are around the Calangute-Baga Road. A few of these hotels include Baga Hideout Resort, Hotel Colonia Santa Maria, Coco Heritage Home, De Baga Deck, Kalki Resort and Sugar Plum Hotels. You can also rent villas which have all of the above-mentioned facilities plus a more personal space. Villas for rent include Grace Villa, Johanna Garden, Westwind Luxury Villa, Johanna Garden and more.
Baga Beach has some of the most pristine views among all of Goa's beaches. The gentle palms swaying away in the backdrop of the blue sea surely makes for a besotting scenery. In addition to this, you can also pay a visit to Casa de Retiros which is dedicated to St. Francis Xavier and offers some delightful views of the sea and creek. Our Lady of Piety which is a 250-year-old Portuguese church, Chapora and Aguada forts and Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are also within a close distance from Baga Beach.
Shopping at Baga Beach is a pleasant experience. Arpora Saturday Night Flea Market is a wonderful street shopping treat where you can try out food from all over the world. Mackie's Night Bazaar is an experience in its own right and you can shop for clothes and knick - knacks or spend your time enjoying the food, music and live entertainment acts. A magic shop by the name of World Famous Magic Shop even offers to teach its patrons magic within 2 minutes, so don't forget to conjure some time for it too!
When it comes to food, Baga Beach has it all! From North and South Indian, Chinese, Continental, and Goanese, lip - smacking delicacies are abundant here at Britto's, Cape Town Café, Dream Catcher, Go with the Flow and Relish. Sea - food. began and gluten free options are also easily available.