20 Best Beaches in South Goa - 2020 (UPDATED List)

South Goa Beaches

Mobor Beach, Palolem Beach, Varca Beach, Cavelossim Beach, Betalbatim Beach, Agonda Beach, Majorda Beach, Bogmalo Beach, Colva Beach,  Benaulim Beach and many more.

With a vast stretch of white sands accompanied by playfully rolling Arabian waves, the South Goa Beaches possess an unusual crescent shape. These pristine beaches are aligned with the chains of coconut and palm trees, which gives this landscape a perfect balance of white, blue and green hues. Considered as cleanest in the entire Goa, these beaches are also renowned for panoramic views of the sun submerging into the vast Arabian Sea.

Being less crowded and aloof, beaches in South Goa like Betalbatim and Colva offer its tourists a tranquil and serene escape. All the beaches are dotted with rustic shacks where visitors can relish on the wide variety of authentic Goan cuisines. Moreover, these beaches also provide you with never-ending options for water sports like catching Oysters, windsurfing, parasailing, etc. Lastly, one must end the trip by visiting the Galgibaga Beach which is one of the few turtle nesting beaches of India.

Here are some of the best South Goa beaches:

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Mobor Beach

Mobor Beach

Mobor Beach is a 30-kilometer beach strip situated at the delta of the River Sal, on the Southern Coast of Goa. Mobor is a picturesque and lively beach, filled with tourists and adventurers and visiting this place is one of the best things to do in South Goa. When you keenly admire the Mobor Beach, it feels like the River Sal envelopes the beach and then joins the Arabian Sea. The area is also a National Park, protecting the charismatic beauty of nature. 

Walking on the soft and light sand you will come across ponds with blooming lilies, sand dunes and coconut palms which grow on the beach. Savour the delicacies served at the beach cafes and lose yourself in the alluring vista. Adventures can board the cruise to sight the dolphins and also enjoy water activities in Goa like underwater fishing and oysters catching.

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Palolem Beach

Located in Canacona and about 40 minutes’ drive from Margao, this beach is one of the unspoilt stretches of sandy shores. It embraces you with natural beauty and rocky outfits covered by trees at one end - a part that is colloquially known as Green Island. The inhabitants here are the local fishermen and visitors who stay in the shacks. This beach is among the best beaches in Goa for couples as it is a less crowded shoreline.

Of crescent shape, the northern end of the beach is shallow and the depth increases gradually. In the film Bourne Supremacy, the protagonist Matt Damon’s home was here. This has made it one of the most popular beaches in India, and not just South Goa. Titanic Beach Shack is a favoured shack at the Palolem Beach.

Some of them are namely Cocktails & Dreams and Art Resort Bar. One can indulge in fishing and dolphin spotting in this water body. If you plan to venture into the waters, ensure that you stay within the northern section or the shallow part of the beach always. October to February is when you can truly enjoy the seashore.

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Varca Beach

Varca Beach

Another beach which is very famous among the people in Goa is the Varca Beach. Known for its incandescent beauty with the setting sun this beach is on the top list of the globetrotters. It is a standout beach amongst the most wonderful and outlandish shorelines of Goa and is around 2 kilometers from Benaulim. The shoreline is set apart by various wooden boats of the fishermen residing there. 

The Varca Beach in Goa is known for its delicate white sands and its cleanliness. It is one of the cleanest shorelines in Goa that enable allows the people to relax and spend some time in leisure. While at the Varca Beach one can witness the pristine nature and you can without much of a stretch spend some wonderful snapshots of peace. Decorated with vast greenery this shoreline is encompassed with palm trees and other vegetation. 

The place is to a great degree quiet and serene, which is extremely far from the shores of North Goa. What’s more a favorite among the beach lovers and couples on honeymoon in Goa is that one can spend time in enjoying boat trips and watching dolphins on the river Sal. To sum things up, Varca shoreline is an ideal area for sightseers searching for peace and tranquility. Besides, the shoreline has various shoreline shacks, where the voyagers can delight in some delicious Goan food. 

The tourists can enjoy the wide variety of delicacies, including sea food. Besides, the beach possesses a number of tourists’ sites in its vicinity. The sightseers can also watch dolphins or spend some good time while taking boat trips on the river Sal. Get ready for that perfect adventure you have been looking for. After all its Goa and spending some quality time at this place cannot be ignored at all.

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Cavelossim Beach

Cavelossim Beach
What could be a better way to spend your leisure time lazing at the beach? Sounds fun right! Well, it is said that the beaches of Goa are just the right place to make your vacation a special one. Arranged in the middle of the Arabian Sea and the Sal River, the Cavelossim shoreline looks to a great degree wonderful with the paddy fields.

The contrast colours of the black lava rocks alongside the white sand just add its own wonder to this shoreline. It's an ideal goal in Goa that makes the shoreline get-away amazingly charming and magnificent for globetrotters. It's an unstrained ocean side town in southern Goa that is encompassed by few shack restaurants along the water, where on the opposite side the wear on the main road is lined up with market stalls and known as an abode of holy place-the cream & yellow Church of the Holy Cross.

Cushioned by a long white sand shoreline, it’s very near to the noteworthy Margao. Cavelossim Beach is ideal for walking or enjoying dynamic interests like going for kayaking or getting a charge out of sailboat cruising. Lying at a separation of approx 12 km from Benaulim, the shoreline appreciates colossal notoriety, as well as considered a standout amongst the most hypnotizing shorelines of India.

You can basically laze around, have long strolled or head out for Dolphin trips in the wake of experimenting with indulging in a lot of water activities. Not just this, even the nightlife on the shoreline in Goa is very stunning. It's simply a perfect destination for honeymoon couples, adventure freaks or beach lovers. It's a sentimental getaway and one can't stand to miss the wonderful air and magnificence of Cavelossim. Get ready to have some wonderful time while you visit this amazing beach in Goa this time and make your vacation a special one

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Betalbatim Beach

Betalbatim Beach
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The Betalbatim Beach is the place to come to enjoy a salubrious holiday in the company of sun and sand. Located just b from Goa, the golden sands blend well with the swaying coconut palms on the fringes. Called the Sunset Beach, the view of the sunset from here is one of the most breathtaking amongst all South Goan beaches. This place is also renowned for the church of St Thomas in Goa. It is also one of the least crowded beach in Goa.

Amongst the beaches in South Goa, it is famous for dolphin spotting. While in this place you can unwind at Fisherman’s Shack, Monsoon Bar at Greenland or Betalbatim A’s Holiday Beach Resort. Delight in a round of Jet Ski when here. July is the best month to visit the Betalbatim Beach.

Given that it is a small beach and does not face the East side winds, this region remains unaffected by winds. In this part of the world, the sun rises earlier. Even during the summers, the average temperature is 33 degrees Celsius which is manageable.

The beaches of South Goa possess all the characteristics to make your visit a pleasant one. Beautiful and less-crowded, there are enough resorts to check-in and enjoy an impressive nightlife. These beaches are considered picturesque of all in India because of the combination of greenery and sand.

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Agonda Beach

Agonda Beach
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This is a versatile beach where visitors enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and relaxing. A pristine long stretch of sandy shore, the Agonda Beach is only a 90 minute drive from the Dabolim airport. A remote seashore, this place a boon for people looking for secluded bliss. The highlight here is its simplicity and natural beauty. The beach is also the nesting region of the endangered ridley turtle.

Rama Resort and Madhu Beach Huts are ideal places of stay in this seashore. Plenty of bars are present here and serve liquor at any time of the day. It is one of the best beaches in Goa for honeymoon.

There are enough beach shacks to choose from. Paragliding, swimming, windsurfing are the watersports one can delight in. Any non-monsoon season is ideal to be here.

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Majorda Beach

Majorda Beach

When you visit the Majorda Beach, your eyes are inundated by the beauty of this sandy shore. Filled with palm groves, the soft white sands complement the galleries of greenery. As per Hindu mythology Lord Rama was kidnapped when he was a child and brought to this beach. Majorda is also known for its toddy tapping business and is amongst the most popular beaches in south Goa in this aspect.

The coconut groves are the places where toddy tappers sap this heady potion. Beside this beach, there are numerous restaurants that serve tasty and authentic seafood. This place is also known for its baked products given an impressive history of baking that precedes it.

When here, try the freshly brewed tappy. There are also plenty of beach front resorts around. Whether you are a budget traveller or an economy traveller, there’s something for everyone. The popular eating and staying options include Sam Goan Beach Shack, Raj’s Pentagon Restaurant and Garden Pub and Majorda Beach Resort. 

Also when at this beach, enjoy water sports such as jet skiing, water skiing. Best season to visit is during the winter from the month of October to January. Moreover, one can even check out many more best things to do in Goa during there visit with your family and friends.

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Bogmalo Beach

Bogmalo Beach

A curving sandy beach and beside a small fishing village, Bogmalo, is located four kilometres from the Dabolim airport. It is ideal for those looking for peace and tranquillity. Being broad, open and flat, this entire region is visually appealing. One part of the beach is fringed by coconut groves and you can also see numerous shipwrecks in the vicinity.

There is also a dive school here as part of the Bogmalo Beach of House which imparts diving classes for novices and experts. When in this place, do not miss savouring the authentic Goan cuisine. There are numerous beachside shacks for the same. Joel’s is a well-known pub where people flock to. The Bogmallo Beach Resort is considered to be one of the best resorts in Goa to check into.

A popular and pulsating activity at this beach is windsurfing that draws hundreds of visitors every day. High on adrenaline, the sport requires you have to combine open sailing and surfing skills for this activity. The best time to visit here is from November to March. 

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Colva Beach

Colva Beach
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Located 6 kilometres to the west of Margao, this is amongst the oldest and most celebrated south Goan beaches. The coastline runs for about 25 kilometres and is made up of finely grained white sand. On one side coconut groves flank the scenery. 

The vast expanse of coconut trees stretch into the landscape and cover the region from Bogmalo to Cabo de Rama. Several decades ago, the colonial rulers would visit here given its divine and verdant ecosystem. Today, the rich and famous have built homes and villas beside the beach.

The Menino Jesus statue is a famous landmark sculpture. A trip to this beach is never complete without a visit to this statue among other places. Sandpat Beach Shack, Colva Beach Resort, Leda Lounge and Restaurant are famous here. Water lovers can engage in paragliding, water skiing and swimming in some parts of the region. It is advisable that inexperienced swimmers do not venture too far. October to March is when you can avail of the best of the sandy shore.

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Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach
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Benaulim is one of the most enchanting beaches in Goa. It is an ideal location for sun lovers. Located forty-one kilometres from Panaji, this place is laced by greenery as much as it is by the Arabian Sea. As per Hindu mythology, an arrow shot by Lord Vishnu landed here. Hence the original name of this beach was Banavli (arrow). But the Portuguese who settled here changed it to its present name.

Apart from the beach itself, there are tourist places nearby. Atop a hill close by is St John the Baptist church. The fishermen here are known to be gifted craftsmen as well. The artisans of this beach have carved several masterpieces that adorn churches and nearby homes.

Best places to eat, drink or stay in this serene place are Rafaels Beach Shack, Johncy Bar & Restaurant, Royal Goan Beach Club and Lotus Resort Benaulim. Those looking for adventure activities in Goa can opt for parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing and boat rides. Come here during November to April and witness the magic of the place unfold.

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Patnem Beach

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Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach is a soft sand beach with calm Arabian Ocean and is lined with trees. This is a totally different beach with yoga and cooking classes. You will not find watersports there but the beach is good for other reasons like you can eat excellent seafood from the shacks or you can also take ayurvedic massage.

Moreover, you will find markets on the roadsides which sell silver jewellery, hippie clothes and bags which you could buy as souvenirs. There is no nightlife at the beach but the tourists bring their instruments and sets up a mehfil of their own.

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Polem Beach

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Polem Beach
It is the southernmost beach among the beaches in South Goa. This beach has small hills on its northern-southern ends and casuarina and palm trees at its entrance. It has yellow sand and clear blue water in extreme silence with less to no visitors.

It would surely turn out to be a relaxing holiday as there is no big hotel or vendor around the beach to disturb your peace. Although there are no activities done here but still, the experience will be worth living.
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Talpona Beach

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Talpona Beach

With a coastline strip of about one-kilometre of length, Talpona Beach is very silent. Aligned with rare palm and pine trees, the beach is very clean with bright sand and crystal clear water. Not only the environment but the Arabian Sea is also quieter with less waves than the beaches in North Goa, which is the case for almost all the beaches in South Goa.

There are not many huge options but two shacks providing good food and drinks at decent prices. Since a very less number of people visit here, there is only one option for accommodation which is a cosy cottage on the bank of the beach. This beach doesn’t provide you with any sort of activities but witnessing the sun drowning in the silent sea would be a relaxing food for the soul.

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Betul beach

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Betul beach
Situated in a small village, you can witness river Sal merging into the sea which also separates the Betul beach from the village. The beach is aligned with fruit trees and coconut and palm grooves. The locals are very friendly as on all the beaches in South Goa, hence ensuring a warm welcoming stay.

If you are a romantic person who likes to spend time in solitude then you need to visit this beach. This is exactly that place where you can spend some pleasant time with pleasant temperature which remains the same throughout the year.
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Galgibaga beach

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Galgibaga beach

Also known as Turtle Beach, this beach remains mostly empty as most of the other South Goa Beaches. The 1.7 KM long beach strip is covered with pine vegetation, shining sand and blue water. North part of the beach is used for turtle nesting as a part of the state program of saving and protecting the olive turtles whereas you can laze around the rest of the beach and take a good sunbath.

Though it doesn’t have many options for eateries and stay you will still find some shacks with a decent menu of dishes and drinks. And for stay, there are a few small villas and resorts. The good point is that you can have access to these at a very genuine price and the trip will be worthy.

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Utorda beach

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Utorda beach

Utorda Beach is the extreme north part of a more famous beach which is called Majorda beach. The beach has very soft light-coloured sand with calmer Arabian ocean which is guarded by dense palm vegetation. With calm waves, you can enjoy a good swim here even if you are not so good at it.

You will find a less crowd here even in the peak season and the beach remains quiet as well as very clean. You have beautiful shacks which provides you with amazing local and international cuisines. You can also enjoy drinks on the sunbeds and umbrellas provided to you for free.

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Cola Beach

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Cola Beach

It is a hidden golden coloured beach of Goa which is lined with dense trees and small hills.  It is divided into two parts by a small hill in between giving North Cola a stretch of 800 meters and South Cola a much smaller stretch of 145 meters.

Adding to the beauty of the beach there is a lagoon created by river Khola and some rock formations in the middle of the sea. Being undiscovered by most tourists, this beach remains empty throughout the year. So, it is a perfect choice to leave the crowded beaches behind along with the hustle-bustle of the city and transcend in the seclusion of the beach like every other South Goa Beaches.

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Arossim Beach

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Arossim Beach
The beach is a good stretch of silver-white sand lined by dense palm trees and colourful fishing boats. You can find these boats dancing among the ocean waves when the locals are out for fishing which looks beautiful. As almost all the beaches in South Goa, this beach is also untouched by the noise of the people.

You will find a quiet and clean beach with very less people on the beach. Moreover, this beach gives you some options for water sports as other quiet beaches didn’t. Which you can complement with some shacks providing you with amazing local cuisines and a blend of drinks.
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Sernabatim Beach

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Sernabatim Beach

It is another silent beach which is blessed with shiny sand and aligned with coconut and casuarina trees. Adjacent to two famous beaches, Sernabatim is comparatively very clean and serene beach with a very less tourist flow. After a great stretch of this seclusion, you will suddenly find a cluster of hotels, resorts and beach shacks where you can stay and munch on local as well as international cuisines and enjoy drinks.

Moreover, you get to engage in watersports too. Besides this, having no rocky outcrops, the beach is safe for swimming. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city, you will find fishing boats and fishermen drying their net completing the landscape of the beach.

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Madgaon Beach

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Madgaon Beach

It is an amazing beach which is extremely beautiful with the magnificent Arabian Sea kissing golden sand aligned with dense long trees. The beach is closest to the Madgaon Railway Station.

You will get some shacks which offers you a menu of amazing local cuisines and some renowned international delicacies along with a blend of some good drinks. Moreover, you can find decent places to stay in here. Lastly, the place is very crowded in the evening. If you like enjoying serenity then it is suggested to visit here in the early morning.

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