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  • There is no point in asking about the beaches in Goa for spending some time with your beloved ones as it is the land of beaches. Here is a list of Goa beaches for foreigners that will help you identify the best beach in the state to have a good time with your family or friends, undisturbed and with complete enjoyment. The clean beaches looking at the splendid sea will be waiting for their guests every day. An umpteen number of beach activities and water based adventure activities in Goa are also waiting for their perfect partners. 

    Foreigners who come to the beaches in Goa are always looking for a joyous beach where they can spend maximum time watching the sea and indulging in some mind blowing activities too. This list will give you an idea of how the beaches in Goa are different from each other and how they are competing well to maintain the top rankings to attract more tourists and foreigners every year. Some of the best beaches in the region where you can spend ample time enjoying the happy waves of the sea and have delicious sea food at the beach restaurants are Arambol, Colva, Baga, Anjuna, Vagator etc. 

    There are less crowded beaches also for those who are looking forward to have a quiet time at a secluded place to relax or read a book or simply lie down and do sunbathing. Currently, these beaches have high demand from foreigners in order to make themselves comfortable and be away from the large groups of visitors.

    Here are some of the best beaches in Goa for foreigners:

  • 01 Arambol Beach

    Arambol Beach
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    If you are wishing to spend some moments in solitude appreciating the exquisiteness of a pristine coastline, then Arambol Beach is the perfect place to be in Goa. It is relatively unexploited by tourists and perfect spot for going to enjoy a day in sun with your folks. Also known as Harmal Beach, the place is a heaven for those searching for some quietness and solitude. The shoreline has  a long sandy extend with soft white sands. The beach is considered most favorite for some long-staying budget travelers.

    One of the popular activities here is dolphin sighting organized by local fishermen. Along the coast, tourists can find a few shops sell clothes, junk jewelry and handicrafts from Goa and other parts of the country.

    • Water Sports: Paragliding and Dolphin Watching

    • Nightlife: Cockstown, Friend’s Pub, Blue Diamond etc

    • Location : Arambol Beach, North Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Arambol Beach and Panaji is 35 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available from between Panaji to Arambol every thirty minutes until noon, and every ninety minutes thereafter and between Mapusa and Arambol which takes three hours. The nearest bus stand is a 2km walk away from the beach.



  • 02 Colva Beach

     Colva Beach
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    It is one of the most popular beaches in South Goa and attracts a lot of Indian visitors. The beach is an ideal destination to enjoy a range of activities from sunbathing, water sports to other leisure activities. Adventure freaks particularly flock here to get the adrenaline rush with adventure sports. You can find many shacks here selling street food and drinks to satiate your hunger.

    The Colva Beach is also a famous shopping destination where you can explore some colorful clothes, jewelry and other fashion accessories. Colva Beach is popular for its nightlife with happening late night spots becoming the most preferred party places in Goa for young party goers.
    • Water Sports:  water scooter rides, jet skiing, speed boat rides, snorkeling, swimming, banana boat rides, motorboat rides

    • Nightlife: Temptations, The Alcove, Ziggy’s and Johnny Cool’s 

    • Location : Colva Beach, Salcete , South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Colva Beach is located at a distance of 33.5 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to commute within Goa is through a rental vehicle such as a scooter or motor cycles. You can also travel by local transportation such as taxi or auto-rickshaw. On reaching the destination, exploration on foot is the best option.


  • 03 Ashwem Beach

    Ashwem Beach
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    Comparatively a lesser known beach among tourists, Ashwem Beach is ideal for tourists wishing to spend some alone time at a beautiful location. Ashvem has a lovely landscape known for its stones surrounding the beach carved by the shellfish. The view that the shoreline gives is a standout amongst the most wonderful sights at any point seen. Ashwem Beach is best known for the Olive Ridley Turtles and government has devoted to a Turtle Beach here for conserving this endangered species.

    The beach is ideal for swimming as the currents aren’t too strong. Here you can also find unique shacks made of coconut palms and bamboo which are known for their excellent and fresh seafood as well as their delicious Goan delicacies. If you wish to pamper yourself then go for the Ayurvedic Massages here for a relaxing experience. Ashwem Beach is popular for its party life after the sun sets down.

    • Water Sports: Speed Boat Ride. Ashwem Beach isn’t very popular for water sports in Goa.

    • Nightlife: La Plage Restaurant, Shanti Lounge, Bardo, Blue Sunset Beach Party etc.

    • Location: Ashwem Beach, North Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Approximate driving distance between Panjim and Ashvem Beach is 29 kms

    • How to reach from Panaji: You can either drive or hire a cab to reach Ashwem Beach from Panaji.



  • 04 Ozran Beach

    Ozran Beach
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    Ozran shoreline is a standout amongst the most picturesque Goan Beaches. This beach is particularly a hotspot for foreign sightseers and boasts of a postcard perfect view of the coastline. Because of its confined area, frequently voyagers come here to make an escape from the whole murmur drum around them and go back revived and upbeat.

    This secluded beach is an extension of the famous Vagator Beach. The rocky beach is an ideal spot for picnics where you can enjoy the scenic beauty under the shade of palm trees. Here you can enjoy the sunsets as the sky turns golden from the sundecks outside the beach shacks. Tourists also engage in sports like volleyball and football at the beach. One of the attractions on this beach is the rock sculpture which people popularly call the Shiva Face which was carved by one of the tourists.

    • Water Sports:  Water scooters, Banana boat rides, Swimming, Fishing

    • Nightlife: Mezcal, Mango Tree, Disco Valley, Tin Tin Bar, The Alcove

    • Location : Ozran Beach, Bardez, North Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: It is located at a distance of 20 km from Panaji. 

    • How to reach from Panaji: Ozran Beach which is more or less a part of Vagator Beach is connected to Panaji through Mapusa and Calangute. You can easily catch a bus or drive by yourself to reach the Vagator Beach and then visit the Ozran Beach.



  • 05 Vagator Beach

    Vagator Beach
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    Vagator Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa which provide a wholesome escapade offering everything like sightseeing, water sports, shopping and tranquility. The beach is mostly famous among Westerners and a permanent residence for many of them. Vagator Beach is the place that enchants people of all ages. This charming beach is the perfect destination to appreciate the company of sand, sun & sea. The sunsets are particularly beautiful witnessed from the Vagator Beach. It is also quite famous and popular beach in north Goa.

    Vagator resort offers a lot of shacks and restaurants where you can take a snack and try the wonderful appetizing dishes of local cuisine. The local art, music and nightlife defines the aura of this amazing beach. The coastline is stacked up with several stalls who sell books, apparels, handicrafts, trinkets, and other food items like soft drinks, snacks, sea food, etc.

    • Water Sports: Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Sighting

    • Nightlife: Mezcal, Mango Tree, Disco Valley, Tin Tin Bar, The Alcove

    • Location : Vagator Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

    • Distance from Panaji:  The distance between Vagator Beach and Panaji is about 20 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: Vagator Beach is connected to Panaji through Mapusa and Calangute. You can easily catch a bus or drive by yourself to reach the Vagator Beach.



  • 06 Benaulim Beach

    Benaulim Beach
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    Benaulim Beach is one of the evergreen beaches of Goa and a popular tourist spot. It has everything ideal from captivating shorelines, extravagant gleaming sands, superb convenience, to nightlife and late night vibrant parties. Far from the clamor and busyness of the city, the shoreline is an ideal place for beach lovers to unwind and recover their spirits.

    Additionally, an expansive number of globetrotters rush at this place generally at ends of the week and holidays. If you are visiting Goa and wishing to invest some noteworthy energy with your friends and family, companions or relatives for collecting some unforgettable memories, then Benaulim is the ideal place for you as it brings you bundle of pleasure.

    • Watersports:  Dolphin and crocodile spotting ,  Para sailing or jet-skiing, Wind surfing, boating, banana boat rides, skiing and rowing

    • Nightlife: Fiplees Pub and Disco, Adega Camoens Nightclub Art Escape Jacks Corner, Bebdeanchem Arxia Bar ,Whole Family Beer Bar Restaurant, Swastik Beer Bar And Restaurant, Muali Bar Restaurant, Johnny's Bar And Restaurant

    • Location : Benaulim Beach, South Goa

    • Distance from Panjim: Benaulim Beach is located at a distance of 35.8 kilometers from Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: It's well-connected by road to other cities in Goa and so it is easily reachable by bus or rental car from Panaji.



  • 07 Anjuna Beach

    Anjuna Beach
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    Situated on the west coast of Goa by the Arabian Sea, Anjuna Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa. The hippies were the first people to come here in the 1950s and since then Anjuna Beach is a hotspot in Goa for local and international tourists. Anjuna Beach grows on you as you take a stroll along the glowing white sands and enjoy the sight of gently swaying palms in front of you. This beach is also famous for its Wednesday Flea Markets where you can shop for souvenirs, sarongs, traditional handicrafts etc.

    • Water Sports: Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Paragliding, Windsurfing, Bungee Jumping, Banana Ride, Dolphin sighting trip, Go karting, Water scooter, Water skiing etc.

    • Nightlife: Curlies, Purple Martini, Café Lilliput, Shiva Valley and UV Bar are popular spots for enjoying nightlife at Anjuna Beach.

    • Location : Anjuna Beach, North Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Anjuna Beach is at a distance of 21.5 kilometers from Panaji.

    How to reach from Panaji: There are buses available every hour if you wish to travel to Anjuna Beach from Panaji via Mapusa. Motorcycle taxis and auto rickshaws are also available from Mapusa.  The nearest railway station is at Karmali 11 km away from Panaji and 29 km from Anjuna.


  • 08 Palolem Beach

    Palolem Beach
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    Palolem Beach is probably one of the most gorgeous beaches of South Goa and generally famous among foreign tourists who flock here often. The tranquil surroundings makes an ecstatic setting for indulging in an occasional stroll or just appreciate this amazing landscape. The beach remains packed with shacks, hawkers, restaurants, and eating outlets occupying the one mile long shore in crescent shape.

    Dolphins are also sighted here, so just keep your fingers crossed to witness this spectacular mammal playing amidst the blue waves of Arabian Sea.

    Quick Fact: The famous Matt Damon’s movie The Bourne Supremacy had some scenes filmed at this beautiful beach.

    • Water Sports: Wind surfing, Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Water scooter, Paragliding, kayaking, paddling etc.

    • Nightlife: Silent Noise, Found Things, Neptune’s Point etc

    • Location: Palolem Beach is situated in Canacona in South Goa.

    • Distance from Panaji: The Palolem Beach is located at a distance of 70 kilometers from the city of Panaji.

    • How to reach from Panaji: You can either take a bus or travel via your own car from Panaji to Palolem Beach. The closest train station is Canacona Rail Junction which connects the place to the city of Panaji.



  • 09 Morjim Beach

    Morjim Beach
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    Nestled in the midst of lush green surroundings, Morjim Beach is a delight that will leave you refreshed with its calm and serene ambience. If one is a fan of bird watching, Morjim Beach is one of the best beaches in Goa to spot several species like the Sand Plover, Bay-backed Shrike, Quill, Turnstones, Cuckoo, Kingfisher and Sandpipers can be seen in natural surroundings. Dolphin Sighting is another activity which you can indulge in at the Morjim Beach.

    This place is also famous for being a nestling place of Olive Ridley Turtles. Lately, Morjim Beach has earned the label as ‘Little Russia’ due to the large population of Russians here.  A lot of private beach sun beds, coco palms, Russian sports bar and beach touching restaurants can be found here.


    • Water Sports: Dolphin Watching, Swimming. There is not much of adventure sports here due to habitation of water animals.

    • Nightlife: Club Fresh, Bora Bora, Marbela Beach Resort

    • Location: Morjim Beach, Pernem, North Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: Approximate driving distance between Morjim Beach and Panjim is 27 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: There is a daily bus service available from Panaji to the Morjim Beach. You can also opt to drive by yourself via your own vehicle.

    • Other Stays: Check out some other resorts in north Goa.



  • 10 Mobor Beach

    Mobor Beach
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    Mobor Beach is vibrant with tourists and always bustling with parties and activities that go one here perpetually. The beach is beautified with natural creations with blooming lilies in ponds, sandy dunes and coconut palms which adore the landscape. This place is ideal for the individuals who need to make their vacation a more offbeat experience or just feel the light of common life in Goa.

    In Mobor, you can engage in enjoying delectable dishes at the beach shacks or have the thrill of adventure with water sports. Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Eye restaurant, Mike’s Palace and Joe’s River Cove are some famous restaurants near the beach where tourists can enjoy tasty food. Underwater fishing or oysters catching are also some activities that are coming in vogue at the Mobor Beach.

    • Water Sports: Jet Skiing, Speed boat Rides, Water Skiing, Banana Boat Ride, Parasailing, Ringo Ride etc.

    • Nightlife: Aqua Night Club, Club Tito’s

    • Location : Mobor Beach,  Salcette, South Goa

    • Distance from Panaji: The distance between Mobor Beach and Panaji is 54 kilometers.

    • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Mobor Beach from Panaji is via private taxis and autos available at the airport and railway station. If you are going by your car, you can drive yourself.




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