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Calangute Beach, Goa Overview

Situated 15 km from Panjim, Calangute Beach is the longest beach in North Goa, stretching from Candolim to Baga. Due to its sheer size and popularity, it is a hub for tourists and backpackers from all over the world.

Popular as the "Queen of Beaches", the Calangute Beach of Goa is among the top ten bathing beaches in the world. Being one of the busiest and most commercial beaches of Goa, it is swarming with eating joints, shacks and clubs serving cocktails, beer and seafood. The Calangute Beach is also known for its water sports activities like parasailing, water surfing, banana ride and jet-skiing. While the days here are filled with beach fun, nights call for upbeat parties and letting your hair down. Calangute is also popular for staying in Goa as it keeps you well-connected to the other beaches in the north such as Baga, Anjuna, Candolim, Aguada and many more.

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Calangute Beach Nightlife

One of the most happening things to do at Calangute Beach of Goa 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 a memorable night, right here. Some of the most preferred party places are:

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 make Tio Tilly's a 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.

Calangute Beach Water Sports

One absolutely cannot resist the wide variety of water sports 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.

Stay Near Calangute Beach

Be it luxury hotels or fun-filled resort stays, Calangute Beach has a wide variety of options that are suitable for all budget constraints. 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-themed 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 are also popular among the tourists.

Shopping at Calangute Beach

  • Calangute is a great place to shop for antiques, junk jewellery, keepsakes and beachwear.
  • You can also get amazing deals for handicrafts made in Kashmir, Tibet, Indonesia and Rajasthan.
  • The roadside markets are a perfect place to shop for cute beach outfits, earrings, necklaces etc.

How to Reach Calangute Beach in Goa

Calangute is one of the most popular beaches in North Goa and is well-connected with a wide range of transport options and roads.
  • If you are coming in from Panjim, it is at a distance of 16 km and can be easily covered by a local transport bus or by hiring bikes or cars from Panjim.
  • The Thivim Railway Station is also close, at about 19 km and a taxi from there would cost between INR 300 - 400.
  • The Dabolim Airport is slightly farther away at a distance of about 39 km from Calangute. The drop from the airport to Calangute is likely to cost you approximately INR 1,200 - 2,000.

Need to Know

  • Visit during Christmas and New Year to get the real feel of the beach.
  • Avoid travelling the place between June and September as the sea is rough. However, during monsoon, the place has its own charm.
  • There are multiple changing rooms at Calangute Beach, near the main entrance, available for around INR 25 per person.
  • Locker facility is available for storing the belongings.

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Asif Uzzaman 1 year ago
With a number of food joints serving variety of food, a busy bath adjacent to the sea, rafts and ever-ready life saving guards, Calangute is a spot which perfectly manifests itself as a typical Goa beach. The best time to visit is in last of December or mid of Jan. Yes, while you are here, do not leave any of your belongings away from your eyes.

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