Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Here you can read our guide on the best beaches in Goa, India, including beach services, photos, water sports, advice. Goa is a region with a surprising selection of beaches available for you to choose from, so whether you’re a more relaxed beach-lounger or an active sportsman and party-devil, you can find the right place for you without too much trouble.
Best Beaches in Goa
If you hear the name Harmal, that and Arambol are one and the same. The beach has a simple feel, with huts rather than large resorts or hotels nearby, and a general atmosphere of a fairly active family area, with the curved cove a particular appeal as the waters are ideal for a bit of casual swimming. Festivals do occur in this region as well, so you get a good feel for the local culture which is dotted along the beach too.
Colva is one of Goa’s most interesting beaches, mixing the cool, calmness of the day with an active nightlife which appeals to a variety of different crowds. The beach is about 6km west of Marcao, and is dotted with palm-trees on its white sands, adding a picturesque touch as you walk down the beach, looking out over the blue ocean.
There are a number of interesting sights opposite the ocean as well, with the ornate homes of the upper-classes rising up above the other homes in the village on land.
Mandrem is where you go for a truly relaxed experience, especially if you’re a fan of yoga, which is prevalent in the area. It’s easy to take time to meditate on the beach (as many do), before grabbing a bite to eat in one of the restaurants along the shoreline.
Mandrem is on Goa’s northern coast, and is arguably the most relaxing place to be in the entire region. The shore is rarely busy and certainly isn’t the place for raucous parties, so if you’re looking for a place to relax with great views and sunsets, this is where you want to be.
Not to be confused with Tolkein’s Mordor, Morbor beach is toward the south of Goa, and not guarded by a menacing Black Gate. Instead, Morbor is an incredibly active beach with parties, barbecues and fireworks all common features; this is a real celebration beach at night, but you can still enjoy a good sunbathe without an excess of crowds during the day.
In Canacona in the south of Goa is Palolem beach, which has the nickname of ‘Paradise Beach’ dubbed upon it by locals. You can even stay right on the beach itself in one of the swiftly erected bamboo beach huts which arise in the busiest tourist seasons.
There are many activities to consider here, from scuba diving to boat tours and even a helicopter tour over the area. There’s also the chance to book yourself onto a trip to see dolphins in the nearby waters.