Anjuna is located about 18kms from Panaji and 8 kms from Mapusa. Anjuna beach is marked by an unusual rocky formation overlying a cove of white sand and black rock that juts out into the Sea. Famous for its trance parties held on the beach Anjuna finds reference in even Electronic Dance Music (EDM) trio Above & Beyond with their signature record label "Anjunabeats",
Anjuna is known as the hippie capital of Goa. The beach at Anjuna is beautiful with a rocky stretch near the location of Anjuna's famous wednesday flea market seperates the north Anjuna beach from the southern side. The atmosphere in Anjuna is lively and young along with some fantastic places to eat and drink. Restaurants in Anjuna mostly sells local specialities, western food and of course, plenty of cold beer.
Arambol located between Keri beach to its north and Mandrem Beach to its south is a very popular beach in North Goa. A long beach, Arambol comprises of two beaches. Apart from the main Arambol beach one can walk to the smaller beach over the rocky hillock. Arambol has a fresh water lagoon which extends into a thick jungle. The lake is fed by sulphurous hot springs.
Amongst the northern most beaches in Goa Arambol is a long sandy beach and rocky in some parts. Walk 10 minutes around the cliff to the north of Arambol beach and you'll find yourself at a more secluded stretch of sand with the sea on one side and a sweet water lake on the other. The cliffs near the beaches are popular for paragliding and dolphin watching boat trips from Arambol is also very popular.
Benaulim beach located very close to Madgaon is a long stretch of beach which extends onto Colva via Sernabatim Beach to its north. Legend has it that the land of Goa was formed when the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu - Parashuram shot an arrow into the sea and it receded to reveal the land of Goa. The place where the arrow fell was called "Banali" which was later modified to Benaulim.
Benaulim located in south Goa is a small town with the tranquil Benaulim beach. Benaulim beach is a long stretch of largely empty sand perfect to just relax on the sands. A lifeguard is present on the Benaulim beach along with plenty of sunbed-equipped beach shacks to the north of the main Benaulim beach entrance. Maria Hall is the main junction in Benaulim to catch a bus going either to Colva or Mobor.
Betalbatim located north of Colva is about 8 kms away from Madgaon. Betalbatim beach is popularly also called the sunset beach. Betalbatim typical of south Goa beaches is a secluded beach and an ideal place to stay if you want to explore the beaches in this region and want a peaceful locale to do so! Dolphin watch boat rides are very popular in Betalbatim.
Betalbatim located to the south of the Majorda Beach owing to the spectacular sunsets it offers is popularly also known as the “Sunset beach of Goa”. Betalbatim beach thanks to the afforestation efforts is covered by 'suru' trees instead of the typical swaying palms. The Betalbatim Beach is also lined with a number of shacks offering Goan cuisines especially sea food along with international cuisines.
Located at the confluence of Sal river with the sea, Betul is a quaint beach tucked away in South of Goa. Overlooking the wide estuary Betul beach is beautifully shaded by beetel and coconut palms. Towards the north of estuary lies Mobor Beach. The peninsula lying close to the estuary offers a beautiful view of the Betul hillock and the adjoining beach.
Betul Beach bordering the river Sal’s mouth is located in Salcete 25 kms from Madgaon. Betul is located to the south of Mobor Beach, on the opposite bank of the River Sal, exactly at its delta. The river separates the beach from Betul village. Betul is predominantly a fishing village and the fisherman wharf is located upstream Sal river where both the fishing boats and trawlers dock with their days catch.
Bogmalo is a crescent shaped beach located about 4kms from Dabolim airport. Bogmalo beach houses a small dive school. The dive school is one of the few schools in India, which offers open water diving courses. The school is located at the far end of the beach and also offers 'try dives' to the novices. This school in Bogmalo also do guided dives to the coral beds and shipwreck sites.
Bogmalo fringed by tall palm trees and green hills on its three sides along with some great eating joints is located almost midway between the popular beaches in Goa on the northern side and the more quiet south Goa beaches. Bogmalo beach is one of the least crowded beaches and the prime attraction of the beach is underwater diving. Bogmalo is home to India's first mainland scuba diving school.
Calangute beach in North Goa is probably the most popular beach especially with Indian tourists visiting Goa. With numerous shops selling cheap cloths jewellery and various curios Calangute is also the shopping hub in North Goa. Calangute is on the same stretch which starts from Sinquerim in the south which extends onto Baga in the north via Calangute.
Calangute beach a hippie haven for a long time is today the most visited beach especially by domestic travellers. Calangute very easily finds itself ranked at the top when it comes to accessibility of restaurants and other water activities. Tourists even if are staying at a different beach find themselves at Calangute to do their holiday shopping for souvenirs, cheap cloths and other knick knacks!
Located about 4 kms south of Calangute, Candolim beach is one of the longest stretch of beach in North Goa which stretches from Sinquerim in the south to Baga in the north. Candolim beach was the venue for "Sunburn" the popular music festival organized in December till 2013. The festival has moved to Vagator for the year 2014.
Candolim Beach is located 14 kms north of Panaji. Candolim was once famous for the ship wreck of 'River Princess' which stayed off the coast of Candolim for almost 14 years! Thanks to the long stretch of beach a long walk is warranted during your stay at Candolim. You could try the walking to Siquerim and visit Aguada fort too from there. You could also walk to Calangute and do some shopping at Calangute!
Part of a long stretch of beach which starts at Mobor at the mouth of the Sal river in the south and stretches on to Velsao in the north, Colva, is part of almost a 25 km long stretch of beach which in many parts is empty and gorgeous! In the colonial days Colva used to be the resting area for Madgaon's high society, who would visit Colva for their "Mundanca" or change of air.
Colva at just about 6 kms from Madgaon is one of the nearest beaches from Madgaon. Colva is an ideal beach to stay in Goa if you want to explore the beaches in South Goa. The main beach in Colva is lined with numerous stalls and cafes. The road that runs along the breac is perfect for gentle scootering, with lots of picturesque mansions and whitewashed churches along the way.
Majorda is a quaint village located in south Goa just north of Betalbatim and to the south of Arossim beach. Majorda in Goa is the place where Goans were first trained in the art of baking European breads. Majordans are still beleived to be Goa’s best bakers! Majorda is also famous for hosting the Goa Christmas Carnival every winter.
Hardly 10 kms from Madgaon, Majorda is a popular beach in South Goa. Located to the north of Colva, Majorda is a quiet beach and ideal for a long stay. Majorda beach approached through the pleasant Majorda village is a more organised option than its neighbouring Utorda beach to its north. There is a small stream ending up at Majorda beach. Majorda beach is famous for the local Goan toddy and fenny.