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    The beaches of Goa are havens of entertainment, lively action and buzzing with activities for tourists of all ages, each beach in Goa has its own personality but all of them are connected with a powerful characteristic – tranquility.  These sandy shores revitalize you. Taking a long walks by the sea is a relaxing experience. Spending time navigating the shallow waves on the shore is inexpensive fun. Thanks to the plenitude of resorts on these North Goan beaches, you can have a beach holiday that is fit for the movies!

    1. Baga

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    Baga beach is part of a contiguous formation of beaches that includes Calangute beach. The Baga beach starts where the Calangunte beach ends. Baga beach is less-crowded, quieter and better developed unlike Calangute beach. This beach is located in North Goa and is sixteen kilometres from Panaji. Baga is known for its rocking nightlife marked by places like Tito’s and Mambo’s café. The party never stops on Baga beach. If the noisy pubs are not for you, a night time stroll by Baga can get pretty great. Some of the resorts next to this beach are Pride resort, Angelina beach resort, and Blue Marine Beach Resort.

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    During the non-monsoons from June to August, the beach huts close. Even though some nightspots are open, it cannot be guaranteed. It is only during late October that tourists start pouring in. Baga beach is famous for a variety of water sports, people come here to enjoy plenty of water sports. Speed boating is a definite must try, so is the Bumpy Ride, where you sit on a tube tied to a boat which is dragged across the water by a speed boat.

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     2. Candolim

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    This beach is one of the lively sandy shores in Goa amongst north Goan beaches. Despite the visitor traffic, the Candolim beach is clean. Some areas are less-crowded and peaceful. It is about finding your spot in the area. You can enjoy water sports like parasailing; catamaran sailing, jet-skiing, banana rides.This beach is located 13 kilometres from Panaji.

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    The white sandy beach is complemented by the dunes – which are scrub-covered. The coastline stretches for 30 kms starting from the Aguada Fort and concluding at the Chapora Beach. Visitors here are a mixed fraternity ranging from youngsters, to artists, researchers, tourists and even monks. The Aguada Fort is in the vicinity. This is a Portuguese fort built to resist invasions from the Dutch and Maratha warriors.

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    There is a lot up for offering for those who want to experience the Goa night life. Club Cabana is near the Arpora Hills is considered legendary even by most severe critics. Casablanca Beach Resorts, Whispering Palms Beach Resort, and Marquis Beach Resort are other great places to stay at.

    3. Anjuna

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    This beach was once the home of the young, wild, and eccentric – the hippies. Only traces of them are left, but their legacy continues. Even today the flea market at the beach popularized by the hippies exists. People from all over the country, from other beaches in North Goa and the world visit the shacks here to listen to psychedelic music. 

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    The trance music is played during sunset. Eighteen kilometres from Panaji, the Anjuna Beach is located beside the Anjuna village. The nightlife on Anjuna Beach is amazing, Curlies is the best shack at Anjuna Beach. Enjoy the Flea market and definitely buy jewellry and other quirky pieces of collectables.

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    Some of the popular bars are Cabin Disco, Sea Rock Bar, and the Primrose Bar. Anjuna Beach Resort is the most well-known resort here. Parasailing is the most popular water sport at the Anjuna Beach. Para-gliding and windsurfing are some of the other popular activities here.

    4. Calangute

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    Known as the Queen of Beaches, the Calangute beach possesses all characteristics to give visitors a holistic beach experience. A fifteen kilometre drive from Panaji gets you here. Being the largest one in North Goa, of the things to do here are seeing art exhibits at the Kerkar Art Complex and visiting the open market to purchase handmade items. The beach also is known for some exhilarating water sports surfing, parasailing, and water skiing. The best way to explore Calangute, you can hire a bicycle and roam around as well.

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    Some popular pubs and restaurants are Oriental, and Tibetan Kitchen. Renzo's Inn Beach Resort is a well-known resort here. There are not one but multiple beach shacks. Prince of Tides is considered to be the best among them. Goa comes to life during Christmas; Calangute is all the more special. The best season to visit is late October – which is common for most beaches in North Goa. The beach is safe, however it is recommended that people move around in groups.

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    When you visit this beach, you’d know why people call this the most intriguing destination amongst most popular beaches in North Goa. Steep red cliffs essaying dramatic dispositions overlook the shore. This beach is split into two large beaches by a strip of land. On this seaside headland you can see parked cars, stalls selling souvenirs, and cloth shops. During the tourist season, this place is abuzz with activity. Trance music is played and the destination is packed with seekers of hedonistic pleasures.

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    Hill Top is amongst the popular places for rave parties. Our Shack is one of the finest beachside shacks here. Club 9 Bar is the best pub given that you can enjoy a splendid sunset from here. Alcove resort is a well-known resort at the Vagator Beach.

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    Much like the other beaches, water sports are pretty big at Vagator. It is recommended to try the banana boating, Bumpy Rides, Ringo Rides.

    Not really a worry, however the shoreline is rocky in South Vagator. In North Vagator, there are sections of the beach slope that are steep. Watch out for sunken anchors. You can enjoy the beach but are expected to exercise a little caution. 

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    The unique ecosystem of this beach makes it a perfect habitat for Olive Ridley sea turtles that come to the beach late in the evening to lay their eggs. The villages beside the beach have a large Russian immigrant population. This place is also colloquially called ‘Little Russia’. The beach is blessed with scenery and greenness. The presence of the Chapora River compliments the aesthetic appeal of this place. Visually enticing, this beach where a traditional dance called ghoddemodni originated. Moreover, there are many more best places to visit in Goa with your family and friends.

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    The ‘Turtle Beach’ as it is also called is protected by government regulations given that this breed of turtle is endangered.

    If you’re looking for a beach shack, look no further from Bora bora. Mojrim Beach resort is where to check-in. The resort is located on the shores of the sea. There are plenty of pubs to choose from.

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     7. Arambol

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    From being a fisherman village to a tourist destination, the Arambol beach has a distinct look and feel to it. When you are here, a bohemian feeling is palpable. Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches, it is flanked by the Keria and Mandrem beaches on the north and south and is located 50 kilometres from Panaji

    Adding to the charm of Arambol is a fresh water lake that is a stone’s throw away. Another attraction is the giant Banyan tree in the jungle valley. You might witness Gypsie-Fusion bands performing in an open-air ambience at the beach. This is because Arambol thrives with a music scene like no other. People come here to participate in meditation and yoga classes as well.

    To satiate your hunger pangs the Blue diamond beach shack serves food and drink. You get authentic Goan food here. Mantra beach bar is a well-known pub beside the beach. Arambol Plaza Beach Resort is a good resort to check-in when at Arambol Beach.

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    8. Ashvem

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    This beach is a mixture of sandy shores and rocky outfits. A perfect place to enjoy a picnic, the Ashvem Beach is also a nesting place for the Olive Ridley turtles apart from Arambol beach. A protected area, the uninterrupted white sandy bed beside the vast ocean is a perfect habitat to breed moments of mirth and merry. Located 13 kilometres from Panaji, this beach entices you with its quaint charms. You can go fishing or even dolphin spotting in the area.

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    Amongst the less crowded beach destinations, you can come here to experience peace and tranquility. This is a prized destination to cocoon you in a world of quiet comfort. See a galaxy of greenery on one side and the vast sea on another.

    La Plage is a well-known beach shack at the Ashvem beach. La Cabana Beach & Spa is a fine resort here. However, there are plenty of other choices for shacks, pubs, and resorts in the vicinity.

    Like any other beach, exercise necessary precaution.   

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    A visit to any of most popular beaches in North Goa is a relaxing experience. It is a time to let go of yourself and submit to the outdoorsy pleasures offered by this paradisiacal place. Engage yourself in exotic thrills by singing and dancing. Visit the colourful and quaint beach shacks and listen to trance music as you enjoy your favourite drink. Check-in to any of the resorts in the vicinity and spend an extended holiday romancing the beach.