Miramar Beach

Located approximately 3 km away from Panaji, this gorgeous urban beach is situated near the estuary of River Mandovi as it opens into the Arabian Sea. One of the most popular beaches in the state, it draws a lot of tourists and locals to its sandy shores every day. It also offers a stunning view of the Aguada Bay across the river. It was originally named Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese. If you happen to be around Miramar Beach, visit the Cabo Raj Bhavan Hillock, which is famous for adventure activities, especially water sports. You can purchase souvenirs to take back home from numerous shops lined up at one corner of the beach.

Miramar Beach

Colva Beach

Boasting pristine white sands fringed by swaying palms, Colva Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the state and is located in South Goa. It is equipped with several modern amenities including tourist cottages, air-conditioned resort complexes, restaurants and guest houses. The Church of Our Lady Of Mercy nearby is also worth a visit and is renowned for its statue of Menino Jesus.

Colva Beach

Palolem Beach

Just 3 km from the Canacona railway station, now on the Konkan Railway route, Palolem is a white sand beach that overlooks a blue bay. A lot of seaside shacks selling delectable seafood, souvenirs and apparel can be found here. The Rajbag Beach nearby can be visited for some peace and quiet.

Palolem Beach

Calangute Beach

Fondly called the queen of beaches by locals, Calangute Beach is among the most popular beaches in Goa, attracting large crowds throughout the year. The village of Calangute is equipped with all basic facilities a traveller would need, including banks, foreign exchange offices, Internet cafes, hotels and resorts, eateries and hospitals.

Calangute Beach

Vagator Beach

Among Goa's most photographed beaches, Vagator Beach is a crescent-shaped paradise situated on the Caisua Bay along River Chapora. A favourite venue for parties by the sea at night during the peak tourist season, it also overlooks the Chapora Fort perched atop a hillock.

Vagator Beach

Sinquirim Beach

Located on the outskirts of Panaji, Sinquerim Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa for water sports enthusiasts. It features world-class facilities for activities such as water-skiing, scuba diving, parasailing and wind-surfing. Sinquerim is an ideal beach for a long walk along the seaside, its firm sand stretching all the way up to Baga.

Sinquirim Beach

Anjuna Beach

Renowned for its serene vistas of swaying palms, golden sand and the unusual rock formations overlying a cove of white sand, Anjuna Beach is located about 18 km away from Panaji. A weekly flea market draws a large number of visitors every Wednesday, offering an array of apparel, footwear, jewellery, souvenirs, knick-knacks and more. There are many beach shacks here that have achieved legendary status. Additionally, there are some youth hostels here too.

Anjuna Beach

Baga Beach

Part of a 30 km stretch of coastline along Goa's west coast, beginning at Fort Aguada and stretching up to Chapora Beach, this is a bustling beach that is lined with beach shacks, vendors, restaurants and a host of companies offering adventure sport activities. It is popular with international tourists as a base for water sports and fishing in the area.

Baga Beach

Arambor Beach

Beautiful and peaceful, Arambol Beach, also known as Harmal Beach, is particularly popular with international travellers. You'll find a number of tai chi, yoga and meditation centres along with kiosks for non-permanent henna tattoos here. Sunsets are especially picturesque, with black rocks creating a dramatic effect against the pristine sand and the multi-hued sky. A pool of yellow clay, a short walk away, is believed to possess healing properties.

Arambor Beach

Benaulim Beach

Situated around 2 km south of Colva, Benaulim Beach is one of Goa’s quieter and more peaceful beaches. It is also one of the few places in the state where you can buy local handicrafts indigenous to the area. Mythologically, it is believed to be the place where Lord Parshuram’s arrow landed that resulted in the formation of Goa. The Church of St John the Baptist is worth a visit. The Feast of St John the Baptist is celebrated with much fanfare here during the monsoon months.

Benaulim Beach