Strung along Goa's
100-km (60 mile) coastline,like a lace frill on the edge of a colourful
skirt, are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world- dazzaling stretches
of golden sand and surf edging the vast acquamarine expanse of the Arabian
Fort Aguada,6 miles west of capital city Panaji, is near the luxury resorts
with more downmarket accommodation at Candolim
now a water sport paradise with jets skis and para-gliding.
North along the
coast 4 miles from Aguada, is Calcangute
best geared to
Western tourists with a variety of resorts,good restaurants and shopping.
This long stretch
of beach,lined with restaruant shacks and a favourite with hawkers, continues
past Tito's Restaruant, a popular evening hang-out and ends at the mouth
of a small river in Baga. Across the river,over the mountains lies Anjuna
Once popular with
the 1960's flower children, this lovely beachfront is
fringed with coconut
palms and its wednesday flea market.
The cafe's hidden
amid trees are popular for evening parties.
Around the corner from Anjuna is the white sandy beach of Vagator,
is one of the most
beautiful of the soft white sand beaches Goa is famous for.
The inhabited area
around this beach is lush green, dotted with coconut palms,
and pictorial Portuguese bungalows.
On the north-west
corner of the city are the remains of the Chapora fort.
The fort is well
preserved and offers some splendid views from its ramparts.
A ten minute walk
south of the Big Vagator is Ozran, also known as 'Little Vagator'.
This end of the
beach is relatively secluded and has a row of cafes catering to the tourists
who are here during the day. Vagator is a good vacation option for sea
enthusiasts. It is an ideal place for people with small budgets but lots
of time . A freshwater lake edged by thick woods is a surprise at the fishing
village of Arambol
Colva beach 15
miles, south of Panaji with a 15 mile stretch of
silver grey sand
running to Cabo de Rama, is a remarkable site.
hotel resorts have mushroomed here and the formerly pristine beach is no
longer tranquil. Benaulim,
2kms south has a better beach front.
Nearby is the fishing
village of Carca.
A further 40kms south is Canacona
rocky coast harbours and good beaches such as Palolem,
which is now geared to tourists facilities. Agonda
big waves, is best for more daring swimmers
When to visit
The best time of the year to visit is between September
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