My dad has always wanted to go to Goa, so for his 50th im thinking of taking him. Just wondered where is the best part to stay? Want easy beach access and a bit of local shopping and cuisine plus any day trips and local atractions. We will be going in December.
There are many areas in Goa where you can enjoy all of what you are asking for. When i first went to Goa i stayed in Candolim which is one of the main tourist areas, the beach is nice but the sea is quite rough for swimming, there are many restaurants in that area which do both local and international cuisine. I would avoid Calangute/Baga as this is the party area and is very busy and a bit crazy... although the beach here is nicer... if you stay in candolim you are only a short bus or taxi ride away from baga beach anyways... you can also take day trips to anjuna market and beach and other quieter beaches up in the north...
the nicest beach is at Palolem in my opinion, this was a quiet area but is now getting busier, at the moment the only hotel to stay at is the Intercontinental, a beautiful 5* hotel.
another nice beach area is Cavelossim which has a selection of 4 and 5* hotels...
where you stay will depend on your budget really... baga is usually a cheaper place than candolim and both are cheaper than cavelossim... the choice is yours!
you can see dolphins in the sea at palolem which is nice, dont forget though even if you stay in the north you can always day trip to any other part of goa... it is the smallest state in India and you can travel from north to south in around 4 hours... a visit to Panjim the capital is a must aswell...
Arambol in the north of Goa is a really nice place to stay..
Easy access to the beach which is super for swimming and sunbathing.
When i was there it wasn't as crowded as many other places i Goa.
Palolem is really crowded but nice..
I was in Goa last Christmas and stopping there for 2 weeks in February during my round the world trip ... whoo hoo
I would recommend Palolem too ... its a yummy beach, really chilled and not to mad for partying. Also, if you do go to Palolem, make a point of heading to Gokarna - its slightly south and takes you over the border from Goa into Karnataka state (from what I remember about £15 in a taxi). Gokarna has lovely beaches (kudle is my fav) and nearby, their is a very Hindu town which is such a fabulous cultural experience.
If you going with your dad / family, Im guessing you probably arent going for any trance parties or tackiness! If so, probably better to avoid Anjuna / Arambol (great places but more for partygoers / hippies) and stay clear of Baga and Calangute (polluted, crowded, overly tourist and not that nice in comparison to the plenty of other places).
Definitely go if you get the chance - its an amazing place. I have pined for it ever since and cannot wait to go back to explore some more
If you want more info about what there is to do, check out the Goa lonely planet book or have a nosey on their website.
Happy travelling x
Goa Beach Tours
I'm suraj, you know wat i was in Goa for the last August,. was there for 8 days.
Goa the 'Beach Capital of India' has an astonishing coastline of 125 km. Generally people think that Goa is a one long beach, but they realize their mistake after reaching there. Enjoy the swim in the cold waters of the sea on Goa Beach Tours. Venture into adventurous water sports on Goa Beach Tours. Get a brilliant bronze tan on Goa Beach Tours. In totality, Goa Beach Tours means forget about all worries and make merry in you vacations.
Visited the village of Agonda comes in between Panaji and Palolem. It is a three-kilometer-long beach flocked by a very few tourists. The tourists who do not want to be disturbed by a swarming crowd often head to this beach.
Aguada Beach, one of the most favorite beaches of Goa, lies in the north of Goa. The beach is full of tourists all through the day who come here to enjoy the beach as well as the heritage. One gets to see a clear and an undisturbed view of the sea from the Fort Aguada. I got assistance from -snip-
Really it was pleasant to stay there.
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I want to tell you about the very northern part of goa, kerim or querim, not sure of the spelling. This place is extremely relaxed, extremely beautiful, the local people are really extremely nice and good. It has the fewest tourists in Goa, mostly day trippers to the beach. You can rent a house there very cheaply, £10-£20 pounds per night. The one i saw for £20 was extremely luxourious, with a great owner.
Of course, i don't know what you personally prefer, but i sincerely recommend this place. I can get you a contact number for a man there who will arrange your accomodation for you.
You can take trips to maharashtra, the next state up, walk along the coast to get to arambol, and various other things. Perhaps hire a car or motorbike, or get a taxi to see other parts of goa. You can even rent out a boat and explore the beautiful river that separates goa and maharashtra.
There is plenty of opportunity for local cuisine in the many restaurants on the beach, or if you stay in a house the owners will probably offer to cook for you.
I'll come back on this website again in a few days if you need some info or a contact number.