North Goa Beaches India

The aim of this North Goa beaches guide is to direct you easily and quickly to a beach of your liking.

Beaches in the north Goa stretch are versatile and each has gone through many changes in the past few years.

Find out with this north Goa beach guide, which is the best beach in Goa for you according to your unique preference, and learn which one you can skip with a good feeling!

North Goa Beach Guide cover picture

Further below I share my:

  • from north to south list of all beaches in north Goa
  • insider tips – a result of many years in Goa
  • pro and cons for visiting a beach in Goa – so that you can determine your best choice of beach in north Goa
  • my unphotoshopped goa beach photos
  • an easy to understand the map of North Goa with the beaches marked

As a visitor to Goa, you might want to check out some beaches.

But you are coming to Goa to relax, to enjoy your time and to make your life as simple as possible, right?

Wasting precious time looking for THE best Goa beaches is not your thing, and you certainly don’t want to spoil your day by ending up on the wrong beach.

I can tell you, that it doesn’t have to be like that.

map of goa and beaches

If only there was something like an honest, detailed list of north goa beaches out there…

Often, I was pleasantly surprised by the hidden secrete Goa beaches I got to discover!

The current online Goa Beach guide is often written by people who haven’t spent months and years in the coastal Beach Paradise.

The same people might not even have had the chance to visit each beach… I have lived for 10 years in North Goa near the beach and know which Goa beaches are the ones for you.

The North Goa beaches list and guide, starting from the North to the South downwards, describes each in honesty so that you know what you can expect.

The beaches are all described as they are currently, and I have added some useful tips to direct you to the destination of your dreams!

Keri or Querim Beach

querim beach
The Ultimate North Goa Beach Guide

You know those legendary pictures of empty beaches, picturesque beach life landscaped, the last paradise of total tranquility on earth?

Can you imagine a beach, where there is not one soul, but only you and you alone?

Welcome to Querim (Keri, Kerim) the Northern tip of Goa, the beach that is still unbelievably unknown to the world.

The beach stretches out for about 2000 meters, with a beige colored fine sand and there are trees and trees everywhere.

kerim beach

Because of its distance and being situated outside the “civilization”, Querim has been less visited.

You find a few tourists hanging out in one of the few peaceful shacks on the southern side of the beach near the temple.

The needle trees make the beach special and quite unique in Goa.

On the Northside, is a river separating the Indian state Maharashtra from Goa, whereas Tiracol, on the other side, is still considered Goan territory.

You get there with the ferry.

Tiarcol is a tiny village with an old Fort which used to be a hotel a few years ago.

Now the place can be visited to a certain extent only.

You get a great view, that is certain.

The Queri Beach area is pretty clean otherwise, you won’t find that many garbage dumps, at least it’s less compared to other beaches in the north.

Food

  • Fish curry rice in one of the simple beach shacks

Activities

  • The Beach
  • Tiracol Fort sightseeing

Upside

  • Wonderful long beach with white sand
  • Nobody on the beach
  • Clean beach, (nearly) garbage free

Downside

  • Difficult to access (long drive)
  • No Security
  • Accommodations are rare
  • Limited facilities (including shops for basic needs)

Arambol Beach

arambol

Arambol is a little village that was for a long time secluded from the rest of the world.

Over the past ten years, it gained its own momentum, and nowadays you will find a multicultural mix of people coming to visit Arambol’s shores to find peace on earth.

Arambol beach is the destination for budget travelers, so you will come across many Backpack travelers, and nowadays you will even notice more and more a stream of domestic tourists enjoying their time there.

A couple of foreigners fell literally in love with the northern corner of Goa that they settled there.

I dare to say that some of those are Hippies!

The Beach itself is parted into 2, the southern beach stretched, mostly simply known as “Arambol Beach”, and the Northern Harmal Beach.

The latter is only accessible by foot!

It’s a 20 minutes walk of pure bliss, with the amazing rock formations and a spectacular view of nature, so you better keep your camera ready.

Once you reach the secluded Harmal beach, passing by lamani (Indian trader tribes) shop stalls, you will get surprised by nature’s brilliance!

You will discover a pretty little empty beach and a small sweet water lake

The lake is secured nowadays with lifeguard equipment because of the rocks around it.

Food

  • Ristorante Fellini – Italian Cuisine
  • Double Dutch – Homemade Bread, pies, cakes, steaks, salads etc.

Activities

  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc
  • Paragliding
  • Hiking
  • Dolphin boat trips
  • Tattoo Studios
  • Training in Classical Indian singing and Tabla playing
  • Once in a blue moon Trance Parties, mostly famous for concerts and beach jamming sessions.

Up Side

  • Cheap accommodation (compared to the rest of Goa)
  • Cheap Food & Drinks (compared to the rest of Goa)
  • Comes close to the real Indian feel (but still in Goa!)
  • Multi-Cultural
  • Beach Lifeguards

Down Side

  • As a girl you can not anymore chill on the beach in a Bikini without getting harassed
  • Unhygienic – Garbage problems
  • Strong odors at some places
  • Annoying Beach hawkers
  • No Beach Security

Mandrem Beach

Mandrem Beach is known to travelers and visitors as a very relaxing quiet beach.

The beach is clean and super large.

You will find only a few rare rocks and reasonably sized waves.

The water has the perfect temperature and you are lying happily in the sun.

Nobody bothers you to buy and look at their stuff and you don’t have to worry that somebody will rob all your belongings (not that this is common in Goa).

There are a couple of high-class resorts and hotels that are present at Mandrem beach and often you might sight a celebrity or two hanging out on this beach.

Yes, the Bollywood stars have spotted and taken over Mandrem Beach a couple of years back.

The cool part is, that everybody looks the same and it doesn’t matter if a celebrity is sleeping on a beach bed right next to yours.

This is Goa and we are all here to have a pleasant time!

Food

  • Café Nu

Activities

  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc

Upside

  • Hygienic Beach
  • Quite & isolated Beach
  • Family friendly environment
  • Resorts, hotel rooms available + houses for rent
  • Perfect beach for long walks and sports activities
  • The waves are sometimes perfect for surfing
  • Lifeguard
  • As a girl, you can chill on the beach in a Bikini without getting harassed

Downside

  • Limited facilities (Doctors etc)
  • Many Russian visitors, therefore many Russian only signboards and Menu cards in Restaurants
  • Very hot Beach and the sun hits down if you visit in April-June
  • A couple of Hawkers here and there
  • You have to pay for the beach beds to use them

Ashwem Beach

mandrem beach
The Ultimate North Goa Beach Guide

Ashwem Beach is connected with Mandrem beach, but this beach has already a different life feel to it.

While Mandrem is quieter, Ashwem has turned to a busy place in the party season.

Some renowned clubs have opened their doors there and since that you will even see Bollywood stars passing by in black cars and tinted windows.

Sometimes there are even Fashion shows happening there.

Unfortunately, all the fun comes with a price tag.

Ashwem is known to be the nesting place for the Olive Ridley Turtles, but because of poaching, too many lights, and sound disturbance, the noble animals have stopped coming.

Right now the Government seems to show an interest in saving our little friends.

The south beach of Ashwem has a devoted Turtle beach where apparently security is supposed to keep an eye on the precious animals.

Food

  • La Plage – French Cuisine

Activities

  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc
  • Learn to Surf and take a course in a surf school!

Upside

  • Usually Hygienic Beach
  • Resorts, hotel rooms available + houses for rent (all type of budget needs)
  • Lifeguard
  • As a girl, you can chill on the beach in a Bikini without getting harassed
  • Party life

Downside

  • Limited facilities (Doctors etc)
  • Many Russian visitors, therefore many Russian only signboards and Menu cards in Restaurants
  • Very hot beach and the sun hits down if you visit in April-June
  • A couple of Hawkers here and there
  • You have to pay for the beach beds to use them

Morjim Beach

ashwem beach
The Ultimate North Goa Beach Guide

Morjim is the last village in the south of Pernem and one of the last quiet beaches in the North of Goa.

The Northern Beach part is more used by the Visitors as beach heaven compared to the southern part, which is a bit more empty.

Morjim is another important nesting place for the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles and so I guess for that reason the government decided to use only a part of the Morjim beach for Tourists.

Yet, Morjim is not only famous for its wildlife but also for the fact of being called “little Russia”.

Soon enough you will realize that there are more Signboards written in Russian than in English and even some of the locals seem to have picked up the language.

The Morjim village became famous over the past 8 years, thanks to the Russians and often I heard the Russians say that they have finally found a place where they have their own country mans as neighbors. Personally, that doesn’t bother me.

Food

currently non

Activities

  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips
  • Tattoo Studios

Upside

  • Semi Hygienic Beach
  • Resorts, hotel rooms available + houses for rent (all type of budget needs)
  • Lifeguard
  • As a girl, you can chill on the beach in a Bikini without getting harassed

Downside

  • Limited facilities (Doctors etc)
  • Many Russian visitors, therefore many Russian only signboards and Menu cards in Restaurants
  • Very hot Beach and the sun hits down if you visit in April-June
  • A couple of Hawkers here and there
  • Not many good Restaurants serving quality food

Vagator Beach

Vagator was one of the first beaches discovered by foreign visitors and it is the first one you will get to see when you touch down Goa.

A couple of years back I would have said that it is a nice quiet beach but over the years it has turned a bit crazier with a huge amount of Indians visiting the beach.

Fortunately, there are 3 main beach parts, so you get to choose something at least!

One beach that can’t even be called Vagator beach, is in fact already Chapora Village (aka Chapora beach), but since it can only be accessed by foot from Vagator, it comes in this category.

The southern heavy rocky beach is better known as Ozram or Spagetthi beach (because of the many Italians hanging out there), the beach in between is known as Tel Aviv (the Israelis favorite beach).

You will find a couple of shacks there and some even serve good food.

This beach is predominantly visited by western Backpackers!

The famous party place Discovalley is situated there as well.

Many of the main events are happening in Vagator these days such as Sun Burn and India Bike week, which turn Vagator into a polluted messy area.

South Vagator Food

  • Thalassa – Greek Restaurant
  • Fusion – Italian Restaurant

South Vagator Activities

  • Parties
  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc

Upside

  • Lifeguard
  • Good facilities around
  • Multicultural
  • Top resorts, hotel rooms available + houses for rent (all type of budget needs)
  • Lots of parking space on the main Platform

Downside

  • Lots of rocks
  • Very annoying Hawkers and Beggars
  • Unhygienic
  • Not much space and crowded at times
  • As a girl, you might get harassed by Indian tourists if you chill in a bikini (depends heavily on your exact beach location and with whom you are)

The Northern Vagator Beach, after the vehicle parking Platform, is a long beach with lesser rocks and dark grey sand.

The Northern beach is much frequented by Indian Tourist groups. Often you will see a family of 15 people standing on the beach with their suits and Saris on.

Many of them have never seen the beach before, so naturally, they are amazed by the landscape.

I personally keep away from the Northern Vagator Beach since some Indian men think that it is ok to make hidingly pictures of one (the white skin color effect) and they tend to harass too much as well!

I only use the North Vagator beach to reach the small Chapora beach behind the rocks.

Food North Vagator

  • Non (see South Vagator)

North Vagator Activities

  • Non (see South Vagator)

Upside

  • Wide empty beach
  • Great for Domestic Indian Families to experience the beach for the first time
  • Lots of Parking space on the Platform

Downside

  • Unhygienic and dirty sand – garbage pollution by visitors
  • Domestic Man Visitors are very harassing (taking hidingly pictures, videos and they might follow you)
  • This is not a place to hang out for a girl in a bikini
  • Very simple Beach

The small Chapora beach, with the Chapora Fort, ruins on the hill, used to be one of the best beaches to hang out.

Not many people knew about its existence and some of us who enjoyed the beach for its tranquility was lucky to still experience it as it was 5 years back!

You will find 2-3 shacks and a couple of Beach beds.

The water is clear as is the sand.

Small Chapora Beach Food

  • Non (see South Vagator)

Small Chapora Activities

  • Non (see South Vagator)

Upside

  • Very natural environment
  • Hidden beach

Downside

  • Unhygienic – no proper toilets
  • Very simple Beach
  • More Hawkers have been coming here recently
  • Only reachable by foot
  • The corner got noisier over the years
  • As a girl, you might get harassed

Anjuna Beach

anjuna beach view from hill

Once upon a time, Anjuna was the beach paradise for all Goa enthusiasts and travelers.

Not that it isn’t anymore, but over the past years, it has honestly lost on some of its qualities.

Still, Anjuna beach has some of the best fun activities to offer in the whole of Goa!

Outdoor Parties are still popular, and the flea market is still happening every Wednesday.

Apart from that, you can experience some fun live acts from talented international and Indian Artists while hanging out in Beach shacks.

If you have come to Goa to party, then this is the place for you to be!

You will see lots of different people from all over the world hanging out in Anjuna.

Anjuna beach has a Bohemian feel to it.

That includes Travelers, Artists, and Avant-artiste’s, so if you are searching for a place to be inspired, then I would suggest hanging out sometime in Anjuna, and you will soon understand what I mean to say.

(it depends heavily on the beach location)

Food

  • German Bakery (The original first German Bakery)

Activities

  • Outdoor Parties
  • Live acts and Performers from all over the world
  • Anjuna Wednesday Flea Market – Foreign Cloth avant-gardists & Indian vendors (No Goans except the Chai Mamas!!)
  • Funky Shops
  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips
  • Hiking
  • Paragliding
  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc
  • Gym at the football ground
  • Tattoo Studios

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Good facilities around
  • THE real Goa feel
  • Multicultural
  • Top Resorts, hotel rooms available + houses for rent (all type of budget needs)

Downside

  • Lots of rocks on the Beach
  • Hawkers and Beggars
  • Harassment
  • Unhygienic Beach Area
  • Very crowded at times
  • One shack is situated right next to each other = no space and too many beach beds
  • Sound Pollution -> Shacks are very competitive with their music
  • There is a small beach towards Baga beach in South Anjuna which has been badly polluted with garbage by commercial premises.

Baga Beach

Baga is another Beach that was discovered by the Hippies, just like Anjuna.

Yet, nowadays it might remind you more of Ibiza!

The whole place is super commercial, so if you love shopping and clubbing, then this is the place for you.

You will find anything that you can buy with the money in Baga, I really mean anything!

The Beach itself is a long stretch, which follows the Calangute beach and starts at the North with a small river.

Nowadays Baga is visited by Domestic Tourists mostly.

Many British couples, who have been coming to Baga for years, are commonly seen there as well.

There are countless shacks and Restaurants and Clubs and guesthouses and anything you can imagine.

All in all, Baga beach is one of the hot spots in Goa, with thousands if not hundred thousands of visitors every year!

Food

  • Le Poisson Rouge – French Cuisine
  • Casa Portuguesa – Portuguese Cuisine

Activities

  • Clubbing central of Goa
  • Many Live acts
  • Shopping Paradise
  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips
  • Paragliding
  • Tattoo Studios
  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Long stretched Beach
  • Very Good facilities around
  • Top resorts, hotel rooms available
  • Infrastructure is getting better

Downside

  • Aggressive hawkers, beggars, stalkers
  • I do not recommend women to go to Baga during New Years time. Except if you don’t mind and if you know how to handle the continues harassment! (Don’t make me say I told you so!)
  • Very Unhygienic Beach and Polluted with Garbage
  • Very crowded
  • Shacks are situated right next to each other = no space and too many beach beds
  • Sound Pollution -> Shacks are very competitive with their music

Calangute Beach

aguada boat trips

Calangute is the Domestic Visitors holiday Mecca, well at least that’s how everybody sees it here in Goa.

The village and beach resemble Baga in many ways, yet I believe this is the most visited place by Tourists on the Goan beach belt.

Calangute is known to be a shoppers dream and apparently, it is supposed to be a foodies dream place as well (I am not convinced yet!).

Some famous hotels have opened up their doors to the visiting crowds a couple of years back and now it resembles more like an always busy Indian city.

Tibetan markets are often happening in Calangute, as well as live events in well-known Beach Restaurants.

Food

  • Le Jardin – European Cuisine
  • Infantaria – Known for decent baked goods

Activities

  • Clubbing
  • Many Live acts
  • Shopping Paradise
  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Long Beach
  • Very Good facilities around
  • Top Resorts, hotel rooms available
  • Infrastructure is getting better
  • Great for Domestic Visitors

Downside

  • Aggressive Hawkers, Beggars, Stalkers
  • I do not recommend foreign women to go to Calangute during the high season. Except if you don’t mind and if you know how to handle the continues harassment!
  • I wouldn’t recommend wearing a Bikini on the beach
  • Very unhygienic and polluted with garbage
  • Very crowded
  • Noise Pollution
  • Shacks are situated right next to another = no space and too many beach beds

Candolim Beach

Candolim Beach is known as a high-class beach in the whole of Goa.

The prices are higher and the quality (maybe) as well.

Top Resorts, Hotels, and Boutiques are commonplace here, yet Candolim isn’t that crowded compared to Calangute and Baga, except around the New Year’s period, when the biggest Asian Electronic Music Festival is hosted for 3 days at the Beach.

A couple of years back, a ship was stranded on the shore, and until recently, it was still there waiting to be removed.

I got to know Candolim only because of that ship, and I bet many people will still remember Candolim only because of that huge ship near the beach.

The Beach itself is quite clean and neat and the visiting crowds are a mélange of International and Domestic Tourists.

Food

  • Republic of Noodles – Pan Asian

Activities

  • Celebrity Clubbing
  • Special shows and entertainment functions
  • Shopping Paradise (designer stores)
  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips
  • Loads of Alternative Health therapies & training such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage etc

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Beach Security
  • Long Beach
  • Hygienic
  • Very Good facilities around
  • Top Resorts, hotel rooms available
  • Infrastructure is getting better
  • Luxury Tourism
  • As a girl, you can chill on the beach in a Bikini

Downside

  • Costly (compared to the rest of Goa)

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Sinquerim Beach

Sinquerim is mostly known for the famous Taj Hotel.

In fact, the whole Village at the end of South Candolim is minimal, and it’s really difficult to make out where Sinquerim beach starts.

The Village is also known for the famous Portuguese Sinquerim Fort, which was used in the last 500 years as a means of sea defense.

Right next to the Fort is the Taj of course and next to that you will recognize the age-old Portuguese Aguada Jail.

You can visit the Fort but not the jail yet since the latter was still in use a while ago.

From the Fort, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Goan capital, Panjim.

In general, the view is mind-blowing!

Food

  • The Taj

Activities

  • Special shows and entertainment functions
  • Shopping Paradise (designer stores)
  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Beach Security
  • Long Beach, white sand
  • Hygienic
  • Very good facilities around
  • Top resorts, hotel rooms available
  • Infrastructure is getting better
  • High-class tourism
  • As a girl, you can chill on the beach in a Bikini

Downside

  • Costly (compared to the rest of Goa)

Miramar Beach

Miramar Beach is the Goan Capital’s (Panjim’s) popular sunset hangout.

The City owns some of the best remaining Portuguese architectures in Goa and according to that, nowadays, infrastructure was built.

Miramar is easily recognizable thanks to the huge long road and the roundabouts.

Some Snack vendors at the hotspot sell some typical Indian delicacies, such as Puris and Kulfi Ice Creams.

The Beach itself is quite long and big but it is not safe to swim in the water.

Anyway, ever here there are Lifeguards keeping an eye on the visitors so that no casualties happen.

You should visit Miramar beach in the late afternoon to watch the Sunset. Otherwise, the beach doesn’t have much more to offer.

Food

  • Viva Panjim – Portuguese & Goan Restaurant

Activities

  • Special shows and entertainment functions (Kala Academy)
  • Shopping Paradise (designer stores)
  • Offshore Casinos

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguard
  • Sunset hotspot
  • Indian snack vendors selling goodies
  • Very Good facilities around
  • Ok infrastructure
  • Great place for domestic visitors and cultural enthusiasts
  • 5 Star accommodations

Downside

  • No Swimming Zone
  • City Area
  • Very dirty & unhygienic

Dona Paul Beach

Most of Dona Paul is mostly situated on a cliff, facing the City of Vasco de Gama.

Many celebrities and well-known richer families own a villa in those heights.

Entering Dona Paul, you will know what I mean!

The infrastructure is more advanced and the whole village has been enjoying a special status in Goa.

Some of the most renowned hotels and resorts are in Dona Paul and each of those hotels owns a little Private Beach and a Pool.

The village used to be quiet and the ambiance absolutely different compared to the rest of North Goa.

Skyscrapers have been mushrooming in Dona Paul and buildings are still going on.

That means young people and families from the Indian cities have moved to Dona Paul.

These people have a multicultural approach which gives Dona Paul a worldly flair.

The Dona Paul harbor is popular among visitors during the sunset time, and you will even find a few Indian vendors (not Goans!!) selling little souvenirs.

Dona Paul is also a place for you if you are into Jet ski sports.

Food

  • Cidade de Goa

Activities

  • Special shows and entertainment functions
  • Shopping paradise (designer boutiques)
  • Hanging out at the Dona Paul harbor
  • Water Sports
  • Dolphin Trips
  • Professional, Special Alternative Health therapies such as Yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Pilates, Tai Chi, Ayurvedic Massage and more!

Upside

  • Beach Lifeguards
  • Special resorts and hotel security for the Beach areas
  • Small quite beaches, white sand
  • Quite hygienic
  • Top facilities around
  • Top resorts, hotel rooms available
  • Very good infrastructure
  • Luxury tourism
  • As a girl, you can chill on the beach in a Bikini without getting harassed

Downside

  • Beaches mostly only accessible by hotels and resorts
  • Costly (compared to the rest of Goa), some prices can be compared to St.Tropez south France.

Things to know

Something which you will always see on Goa beaches (except maybe in Dona Paul) are cattle and the dog’s taking some rest or roaming about.

After all, Goa is still in India!

Don’t worry they are not aggressive or dangerous.

Many of the foreign visitors actually love having animals around, but of course, that reduces the environmental cleanliness.

Don’t expect Goa to be another Monaco or Miami and don’t try to compare it with Thailand because Goa is in its own discipline here.

Since I have been in Goa, it has developed at an incredible speed.

It might not look the same this season if you had visited Goa 2 years back.

Returning friends from all over the world are always awed at the amazing happening development changes here.

The beautiful side of Goa is that you can have it all, a simple Hippie backpacker being or the world of the rich and famous with all the commercial goodie styles.

Yoga or Party? Fun Sports or Beach Bum?

The best of Asian delicacies or European Cuisine?

All that is for you to decide and from now on, you will have fun discovering Goa with my insider North Goa beach guide and useful tips!

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Dear Reader, which north Goa beaches are you planning to visit and why?

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