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  • When travelling, remember the top tips for a safe holiday in Goa. Some call it the land of ‘Sun, Sand and the Sea’, it brings to you a mix of opulence and self-indulgence, the perfect beach town to cool off your feet. From a dazzling nightlife to a romantic getaway, from a fun water skiing to sightseeing the ancient fourths, there are just so many things to do in GoaA week or two spent revelling in the languid luxury of Goa’s sunny sosegado, or susegad, two Portuguese colonial-era terms roughly translated as ‘laid-backness,’ is one not to be missed on any hectic visit to mammoth, fascinating, often impossibly frenetic India.


    Some of the important tips to keep in mind while holidaying in Goa include, carrying sunscreen if you intend spending time at the beach. Pick up a pair of sunglasses in jazzy colors from one of the little roadside stalls. Buy a dashing fedora or a great floppy straw hat. You'll be spoiled for choice. Carry clothes and footwear that are appropriate to both the climate and the activities you have planned. Goan roads and footpaths are not always smooth.


    Bling is fun to wear, but limit the amount of gold you carry and wear to the bare minimum. And don't carry huge wads of cash. A debit or credit card would definitely be a safer bet.  Keep yourself hydrated with water, nimbu paani and other juices. Even if you are in a coastal town or village, the heat can sap your energy.  If you do wish to sample the local varieties of liquor- feni and urrak- remember to limit the amount you drink. These two may taste smooth, but make no mistake- they are potent. Always listen to the lifeguard. The calm waves might look inviting, but they could hide a current or a sudden depression. In case you have dietary constraints, check with your waiter about the ingredients in whatever you want to order.


    Worried about getting lost but not willing to hire a guide or someone to drive you around? Get a map! You could purchase one from your hotel or a shop nearby or map out a route in advance for each day using Google maps and either print it or save it for you convenience. Visit Goa, keeping these things in mind and be assured of a fabulous vacation here.


  • 01 Be cautious about documents and money

     Be cautious about documents and money
    While embarking on a trip to Goa, ensure that you carry cash and the important documents in plastic or in a water-proof bag to avoid water seeping in and dampening them. A money belt around the waist is also a great option for those who tend to be a little clumsy with carrying money or documents in hand. One of the best ways to carry money is through traveller’s cheques as they can be exchanged at almost all locations. ATM cards are also one of the convenient and reliable source of carrying money.This is among the best safety tips for a safe holiday in Goa.
  • 02Be your own guide

    Be your own guide
    In case, you are hiring a tour guide, try your best to enquire about the organization or agency, the guide is related to. Get the maximum information about the guide or the organization in order to avoid any unwanted circumstances and happenings.

    Also, before embarking on a trip, try to get enough information about the places to visit in Goa. With proper knowledge about the whereabouts, the pain and cost of hiring a guide will decrease. In short, be you own guide, follow the tips for a safe holiday in Goa and enjoy the best of your vacation.

  • 03Water Sport safety

    Water Sport safety

    Water sports in Goa area popular past time owing to the thrilling nature of the activity. They can quickly get dangerous if the correct safety precautions are not adhered to. For most of these activities, life jackets are required. Also, there are lifeguards available at most beaches to ensure that no unfortunate happenings take place. Do not hesitate to ask questions about the safety of the water sport you are planning to indulge in. These activities are usually presided over by a guide that provides the requisite safety information.

    Tourists are also advised to wear comfortable clothing when opting for any of the water sports as it makes it even more enjoyable. This is also among the best tips for a safe holiday in Goa.

  • 04Swimming Safety

    Swimming Safety

    Be it the beaches or the playful waves of Goa, both of them hold the charm and allurement of getting the visitors into the sea. However, before getting indulged into swimming, the visitors should take care of certain conditions.

    In case, you are travelling during the monsoons, you need to be careful about the level of the waves and the current. Swimming in the absence of the life-guards or the experts might prove to be risky and should not be undertaken.

    Avoid swimming around the beaches that offers a wide range of water sports or similar activities. Chances are there, you might end up colliding with the moving objects which can spoil the cheerfulness of the day. Also, going for swimming after a heavy meal is never a good choice.

  • 05Say ‘No’to Drugs & Smoking

    Say ‘No’to Drugs & Smoking

    The use of certain drugs and other intoxicants are now banned in Goa. In case, if someone is found using these intoxicating substances, they might have to face rigorous punishment as well as fine too.

    While on a vacation or any other holiday trip to Goa, it is always advisable to stay from the illegal drugs and other such intoxicants, whose possession has been declared illegal and is committed to severe punishment. Also, while strolling around the public areas like parks, gardens, bus stands and other similar places, avoid smoking or getting indulged into any such acts that might lead to punishment.

    Goa is undoubtedly the paradise for partying, having fun with family and friends, merriment and enjoy numerous of activities. While on a trip to the beach capital, make sure that you abide by all the legal conditions and maintain the best level of safety in Goa.

     

  • 06Stay in a group

    Stay in a group

    Travelling to Goa in a group can be a fun experience especially with a group of friends. However, make sure to always keep track of your friends group when in Goa because there is always a chance for the visitors to get lost in the crowd.

    Also, in such cases, it gets quite risky to mingle with strangers or wondering alone. While chilling out at a beach party or a bar, there is a high possibility of coming across different types of people. Most of them may be friendly and cordial, but only a handful can or should be trusted. It is always better to stick with your own group and enjoy a safe holiday in Goa.

  • 07Skin care

    Skin care

    While vacationing near the beaches, ensure to carry sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to avoid getting tanned or encounter giddiness. It is also important to note that the temperatures in summer and winter can really be extreme and so make it a point to always carry sunblock.

    A vacation in Goa can bememorable for all the right reasons or it could all go wrong because you may have not heeded the warnings. Always remember to keep these tips for a safe holiday in Goa and enjoy all that the place has to offer. 

  • 08When travelling

    When travelling

    If you are opting for your personal vehicles, make sure all the required documentation are in the proper place. Avoid any unwanted harassments from the local cops by misplacing any of the necessary documents.

    One of the commonly found incidents on the Goan roads are the ‘drink and drive’ incidents. Before you need to take a drive, make sure you are sober enough to surpass these kinds of embarrassing moments and follow all the criterion of safety in Goa.

  • 09Women safety

    Women safety

    Goa is a beautiful tropical paradise that can be quite unsafe for women travelling alone. Therefore, women are advised to wear their purses diagonally across their bodies to safeguard themselves against pickpockets who lurk in certain areas. It becomes impossible to pickpocket a purse which is draped diagonally. Also, women are also cautioned against visiting isolated areas. There are not too many areas that are not teeming with people during the peak season, but there is a likelihood of a woman going into areas that are deemed ‘unsafe’.  A lot of women also carry mace with them for protection.

    These tips, among others, will give tourists and local travellers a clear understanding about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ to follow when on vacation in Goa. If you stick by them, you can be assured of a safe holiday that will be sure to give you memories that will last you a lifetime. 


Sightseeing in Goa

Attractions

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Calangute Beach

Deserving every reason to be called the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach is a paradise for nature lovers holding the spectacular beauty and charm. The beach reflects the unique Goan culture with a glorious view of the landscape serving as a perfect retreat for visitors. Here you can find the effervescent markets selling everything from beer, trinkets to pawns. It is also the biggest beach of North Goa and ideal for witnessing the beauty of palm and coconut trees against the locale of the magnificent Arabian Sea.

This beach is often crowded with people swelling towards the sea, lazing around, taking sunbath and children making sand castles. Another spectacular features of Calangute Beach is its sunsets and sunrise.

  • Water Sports: Parasailing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Skiing, Water Scooter, Jet Skiing, Banana Ride, Wind surfing etc.

  • Nightlife: Cantare, Revolution Pub, Club Antoos

  • Location: Calangute Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: The Calangute Beach is 16 kilometers away from the city of Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji:  There is a regular bus service which runs from Panaji to the Calangute Beach. If one is driving then it takes half an hour to forty minutes to cover the distance.

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Baga Beach

Baga Beach in Goa looks as though it has come straight out of a work of art. Lofty white waves hurrying to wipe out the prints of feet left by you on the white sand while the breeze keeps on playing with the palm trees is a sight to behold at this majestic beach in Goa.

It is a decent place to appreciate some moments and abide in a serene consideration with oneself. It is counted as one of the best beaches in Goa where you can see wonderful sunsets and at the same time appreciate the cool morning breeze. The shacks become animated in the late night with music impacting and astounding client service at the party places in Baga Beach. It is also a center point to experience daring water sports and famed for drawing in a huge number of sightseers every year.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Trip, Water scooter, windsurfing, Jet skiing, Motor boat ride, scuba diving etc.

  • Nightlife: Club Tito’s, Cavala, Britto’s, Zanzibar etc

  • Location: Baga Beach, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: From Panaji the Baga Beach is located 19 kilometers away.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The Baga beach is just half an hour drive away from Panaji and 15 minutes from Mapusa. There are frequent buses available to Baga from Mapusa and Panaji throughout the day and the journey takes about half an hour from Panaji.

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Candolim Beach

This beach has won the hearts of tourists for its tranquil ambience, adventure sports and other amusement options. The enchanting Candolim Beach is particularly famous for its nightlife which ensures fun and some crazy moments to remember for a lifetime. Interesting adventure sports, spellbinding scenery and a unique festivity makes Candolim Beach one of the best beaches in Goa. The Sunburn Festival is held here for three days every year attracting hordes of tourists. Also, the water activities at Candolim Beach are must try to get the adrenaline rush with adventure.

This beach is the perfect place for all the individuals who search for restoration, fun and quietness. Its peaceful and serene air enchants numerous voyagers. On the highest point of it, when you come to realize that it's a home to a lot of water sports and different exercises, at that point you'll wish to never go back home.

  • Water Sports: Banana Ride, Dolphin Sighting Trip, Jet Skiing, Speed Boat Rides, Water Scooter etc.

  • Nightlife: Club LPK-Love Passion and Karma, SinQ, Drift Bar, Pharaos etc.

  • Location: Candolim Beach, Bardez Taluka, North Goa

  • Distance from Panaji: This beach is located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Panaji.

  • How to reach from Panaji: The best way to reach Candolim Beach from Panaji is via a bus or your private car. There is no air or rail connectivity between Candolim Beach and Panaji.

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Morjim Beach

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.

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Anjuna Beach

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.
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Arambol Beach

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.

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Vagator Beach

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.

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