Situated 15km from the capital city of Panaji, Calangute Beach is the largest beach in north Goa. Located between Candolim and Baga beach, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world. 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.
Being one of the busiest and the most commercialised beaches of Goa, it is swarming with eating joints, shacks and clubs serving mixed drinks, beer and seafood. This flagship beach of Goa is also known for its water sports activities like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing. While the days here are filled with breathtaking scenic beauty, nights call for frantic parties and letting your hair down. With some of the most amazing nightclubs and pubs within its bounds, Calangute Beach attracts tourist from all around the globe owing to its festive and entrancing environ and is every party animal's dream come true!
One absolutely cannot resist the wide variety of water sports that are on offer here at Calangute Beach, which is perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of this place. One of the most pursued activities here is parasailing in which the person is tied to a kite - like structure and is tugged behind a boat. Other interesting activities to be done here include some good old fishing, kayaking which is paddling through the water in a canoe - like boat, sailing, windsurfing which involves skimming the surface of the water in a boat - like structure called the windsurf, water snorkelling and water-skiing. You can also go for activities like spotting dolphins and crocodiles besides visiting the island for fishing or angling.
One of the most happening things to do in Calangute Beach is to attend one of its parties once the sun goes down. Be it crazy dancing, psychedelic music, delicious drinks or scrumptious food, you will find all the elements of an amazing night out here. Some of the major players in on the party scene in Calangute Beach include:-
1. Tio Tilly's Bar and Kitchen: The exquisite interiors and facilities such as full bar, live entertainment, live sports screening, smoking area, board games, live music and outdoor seating, Tio Tilly's is the perfect choice for a wild night out. The average cost for two people is INR 1000 including alcohol.
2. Carvalho's: Dig into Goan, Continental, North Indian and Chinese delicacies as you sip on delicious cocktails and mocktails at Carvalho's. The average cost for two people is INR 600 including alcohol.
3. Spice It: Casual dining and chilled out drinks call for a night out at Spice It, where you have full access to resources such as full bar, buffet, outdoor seating, nightlife and smoking area. The average cost for two people is INR 1800 including alcohol.
In addition to these, some of the other popular places include Cantare, Hipster, Souza Lobo, Tonic - Hard Rock Hotel, IVY, Moon Pub and Clove.
November to February is the best time to visit the Baga Beach when the temperature is comfortably warm at about 31°-32°C.
The best way to reach the beach is by pre-paid taxi or you may also take a bus, depending upon your location. Another option is to hire a car or bike or a scooter to make most of your visit.
Be it luxury hotels or fun - filled resort stays, Calangute Beach has a wide variety of options suitable for all budget constraints as well. the most popular resorts here include Chalston Beach Resort which has colourful rooms & cottages, an outdoor pool and a poolside bar, Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort where you will find tropical rooms overlooking the sea, restaurants and outdoor pool, Sea Shore Beach Resort, N.V. Beach Resort, Paradise Village Beach Resort, Resort Terra Paraiso and Vila Goesa Beach Resort. Hotel Colonia Santa Maria, Casa La Vie, Hotel Dona Terezinha, De Baga Deck Goa and Sugar Plum Hotels are hotels nearby that have all lush facilities available for their guests.
Calangute is great to shop for antiques, junk jewellery, sake boxes and beachwear. You can also get an amazing deal for handicrafts made in Kashmir, Tibet, Indonesia and Rajasthan.
Calangute Beach is famous for its exquisite sea food and fresh produce. Do try the local variants of various Goan dishes at Souza Lobo, Pousada by the Beach, Aggie's Cafe, Dommat Beach Shack, Sagar Restaurant, Escapade and Destination One.
1. Visit during Christmas and New Year to get the real feel of the beach. 2. You can easily get accommodation facility near the beach. 3. Avoid travelling the place between June and September as the sea is rough, although during monsoon the place has its own charm. 4. Do not miss the night clubs at the beach.