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1. Posted by andyglad (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Me and my girlfriend are going to be in Goa for a week from 4th to the 11th March. We are looking for some information on good (cheap) places to stay?, what location to stay in?, good food?, things to do? Bearing in mind we are both 21 and looking for a cool chilled out time. Where would be good for us to travel while in Goa?

Any help would be great

Thanks

2. Posted by stokesy (Budding Member 76 posts) 9y

we stayed at the Sheltsa along the Calengute road a couple of years ago for £7 a night, it was a little garden guesthouse with separate chalets, very nice and clean just up from the CSM road and all the pubs and nightlife. A trip to Anjuna beach for the markets is always available although a little commercialised, also Arambol beach further along with lots of white sands but if you just want to relax and have good nightlife, then calengute and baga beaches are fine. stokesy

3. Posted by andyglad (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Thanks,
A friend has told me that Paleolm beach is cool and you can stay in beach huts for really cheap, does anyone know anymore about this? Also the Anjuna market of a Wednesday? Where is best for night life? Where do the travellers usually stay, eat, drink? Can you see any real India at all while you are there? Any info appreciated

4. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Quoting andyglad

Thanks,
A friend has told me that Paleolm beach is cool and you can stay in beach huts for really cheap, does anyone know anymore about this? Also the Anjuna market of a Wednesday? Where is best for night life? Where do the travellers usually stay, eat, drink? Can you see any real India at all while you are there? Any info appreciated

I stayed in Palolem when I was in Goa and yes it's full of huts along the beach. Think I was paying about 5 UK pounds a night.
Can't comment on the other beaches because I didn't actually go to any of them. Planned on seeing them all but ended up spending all my time in Palolem (8 days) because it was such a great place. Very chilled out, nightlife wasn't the best though. A couple of the restaurants had music for most of the night but no massive parties while I was there.

5. Posted by claireh (Respected Member 318 posts) 9y

Pretty much everywhere along the coast in Goa has ample cheap guesthouses, so no fear! You can get a pretty decent room for about r300, but you will pay more for a beach hut in Palolem. Anjuna flea market is well worth a visit, although be prepared to be hassled!! Nightlife in Goa was a bit hit and miss when I was there (Dec 05) due to the government having banned beach parties there. Not sure what the situation is now.... but roughly speaking, Anjuna for trance and Baga for house. As for the real India...you need to get away from the tourist centres and venture inland.

6. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

I'm with Claire, no "real" India in Goa but a special place nonetheless. Parties are always going in Anjuna, I spent a month there and there was something goes most of the week but yea alot of trance. Check out 9 bar and a place called la Dolce Vita. Sometimes you just have to cruise around on a bike following the sound if you want to find the parties.
If you like a more relaxed, hippier scene check out vagator or baga. The lonely hut on the beach scene is good in Ashvem and around.
A good thing to do may be to get a bike for the day and cruise around looking for what kind of place you like, you can cover some ground, get a feel for some of the beaches and then get a place where the vibe best suits you.
Anywhere you go should be great though...

7. Posted by andyglad (Budding Member 20 posts) 9y

Hi,
Thanks for the information, we get into Vasco early Sunday and I was planning to get a taxi straight down to Paloelm beach, does anybody know how much this should cost and is this the best method of transport from the Airport to Paloelm. Does anybody know what day the Anjuna market takes place, I have been told Wednesday but could do with some confirmation. I was thinking of staying in Anjuna and Paloelm beach, any one know any cool places to stay in either beach? Any suggestions for trips or things to do while Im out there?

8. Posted by ghostdog (Full Member 142 posts) 9y

Yep Wednesday market in Anjuna-not to be missed. There are also 2 Sat nite markets, Mackies is the best, a little ways from Anjuna and lots of great places to cruise around on a bike and take in the views. There are a string of places to stay that are quite close to the market of Anjuna. Lots of psytrance parties around there. Palolem and Anjuna are quite far apart so splitting your time between them would be wiser than making a trip all the way there just for the market.

You can get taxis outside the airport, usually shared. There are fixed rates but if you go outside the gate you can usually get a better deal(make sure you know the inside prices beforehand).

9. Posted by chqttagold (Budding Member 43 posts) 9y

hi andy,

I will be in Goa(calagute) on 4th of March,maybe i can help u find out a decent accomodation in Calangute.i know Goa pretty well as i end up there atleats once in 2 months.

What i wud suggest is,stay in calangute to start with,hire a bike,ride around and then chose a place where u wud like to stay longer.as other have pointed out here,anjuna for trance,baga for house,the specialities of each n every beach goes on like that..so u take a look around and decide for yourself...

cheers,

vicky :)

NB: I dont do this for money,neither am i a representative of any travel agent or tour operator...for a living i work as an Operations Lead in one of the flagship MNCs in Bangalore.

10. Posted by velourfog (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

There is very little India in Goa. I only spent week or so there but it really doesn't feel like real india. Baga is the beach best known for clubbing and partying. On Palolem theres Ordo Sonsar (something like that) right up at the north end, across the river, whcih is quite expensive (800Rs a night for attatched bathroom and doublebed), but its really nice for a night or so just to get a bit of releif. It also does the best genuine Goan food I tried, so its worth dropping by just fro a meal or two, as only 5% of all of the beach huts and other buildings along palolem beach are run and owned by Goans.