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Arambol Beach is the North Goan Beach. It was the first beach in Pernem in 1980's to be invaded by tourists, who actually were hippies and had come here to get away from the fast commercializing beaches. There are shops selling sarongs and some beach shacks also. Other attraction of the beach is our lady of Mount Carmel Church.
A series of luxury resorts mark this stretch of water front beach which till the 80's was home to just a few fishermen huts. However not all has been touched by the humans, there are still spots such as near the mouth of River Sal which are very picturesque. The beach also has a range of water sports activities, jet skiing, speed boat ride, wind surfing, banana and bump rides. Then there are also available full day tours of River Sal and the Arabian Sea. Or you can also hire a cycle and take a trip of the beach. There are also some casinos and lounges on the beach in case you are looking for some nightlife.
This beach is very close to airport, you can see the flights literally landing and taking off from this beach. Covered with Western Ghats from three sides, the beach looks very different from other beaches. With golden sand, white waves and a green carpet from three sides, Bogmalo looks pretty beautiful. It is a perfect place for a quick stopover in case you have to take a morning or afternoon flight from Dabolim airport.
Varca is the longest stretch of beach front in Salcete. It’s also the loneliest of all. There are few beach shacks here and you can move here around undisturbed. There are quite a few resorts near Varca. There is also a seventeenth century church, our ladies of Glory church in Varca which you can visit.
One of the most beautiful stretches, Sinquerim Beach is fast gaining popularity. It is fairly safe for swimming and not very crowded. What make Sinquerim so special is its golden sands and sapphire waters. Also on the beach is Fort Aguada, a must visit historical monument of Goa.
The beach front of Goa's one of the largest and beautiful village Cansaulim is Arossim. The beach is reasonably safe for swimming. The beach front is very beautiful and not very crowded. Once on the beach you can visit the sixteenth century Church of Sao Tome (St.Thomas the Apostle).
Situated eight kilometers west of Mapusa, Anjuna beach is the most happening of all beaches, one rather say it’s the mother of all beaches in Goa.
In a semicircle, under the shade of palm trees basking golden in the glory of sand is the 'queen of beaches', Calangute. Nine miles from the Goan Capital Panaji, the beach is spread four miles along the Arabian Sea. On the north is hamlet of Baga and to the south is Candolim village. Take a break from the parties of Anjuna in the calm solitude here and you will be mesmerized forever.
Ten kilometers west of Mapusa, Baga beach is an extension of Calangute beach. In fact, it is difficult to mark where one ends and another begins. A rocky wooded headland marks Baga beach. It is less congested in comparison to Calangute beach. The scenery here is unspoiled. The land and sea meet here in a picture perfect manner. White waves rush towards the brown sand to sweep the feet marks. Unlike other beaches, Baga beach is free from any hustle bustle.
Fifteen kilometers from Panjim, the Goan capital, is Candolim beach in north Goa. Beginning at Fort Aguada and merging with Calangute beach towards the end, it is one of the longest beaches in the state and is located in the Bardez taluka. The beach in itself is very calm and peaceful; at times tourists come here from Rajneesh Ashram in Pune to take a break. What adds to the scenic beauty of the sand and sea are the scrub covered dunes at the back of the beach quite popular with tourists.
Forty one kilometres away from Goan capital, Panaji and two kilometres away from the longest beach Colva is Benaulim beach. Legend has it that this is the place where an arrow shot by Lord Parshuram, sixth incarnation of Vishnu landed. The arrow shifted back the hills hence forming the Konkan. The place was hence named Banavli (ban means arrow) and later got corrupted to Benaulim by Portuguese. The place is also special for Christians as it's the birth place of the venerable Father Joseph Vaz.
With romance is in the air, the beach is bustling with activity throughout the year. Just seven kilometers from the Goan capital, Panjim is Dona Paula, the most happening beach of the state. Dona Paula is nestled on the southern side of the rocky headland dividing Zuari and Mandovi estuaries.
Till few years back, before the beach resorts had not made their foray on Colva beach, it was an easy escape for those seeking ultimate solitude. Thankfully, the development in the past few years has been pretty fast paced making Colva southern Goa's main tourist beach. Nevermind the activity, Colva still has miles of virgin territory laced with soft white sand for you to explore.
More than seventy kilometres from the Goan capital, Panjim is Palolem, situated in Goa's southern most taluka of Canacona or Chaudi. If you enter Goa from Karnataka, this is probably the first beach you will come across. Facing a blue bay between two headlands is Palolem. A crescent shaped bay, white sand peacefully merging into the sea, swaying coconut palms-Palolem is picture perfect. It has little wooded islands to the north. The village is located just behind the beach.
When it comes to scenic beauty, Vagator beach is undeniably one of the best beaches in the world. Twenty four kilometers from capital city, Panaji, this beach is the north most beach of Bardej Taluka. Perfect for a romantic holiday destination, a red laterite cliff looks down to soft white sand dotted with black lava rocks. A lush green landscape full of swaying palm trees and water turning aquamarine to emerald treats eyes. There is no beginning and no end to the beauty of Vagator beach. The icing on the cake is the five hundred year old Portuguese fort.