Anjuna Beach – This beach is famed for attracting all kinds of people. A walk along the beach could bring you into contact with hippies, monks, artists or even scientific researchers. The atmosphere of the beach makes it a great place to relax and recharge the batteries as well as enjoy one of the occasional all night parties which take place there. Away from the beach there is a flea market which attracts bargain hunters and plenty of night life. The waters are very calm so this beach is ideal for swimming and perfect for a family day out. This is one of the most popular beaches in the region and a good place to meet people from all walks of life.

Baga Beach – This beach can be found just 10 km from the town of Mapusa and it is close to Calangute beach. This is on Goa’s west coast and it is the perfect beach to try for some tranquillity. It is not as busy as Anjuna or Calangute and many of the tourists that go there are British. Water sports and fishing trips are popular from this beach and there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat. Couples on romantic holidays can book a beachside table for two for their evening meal and enjoy the ambiance of the beach as the sun goes down.

Colva Beach – This is perhaps one of Goa’s best kept secrets as this beach is not yet widely popular but the sands are white and stretch for 20 km – giving plenty of space to relax in and enjoy a little peace and quiet. However, this could all change as development is beginning to take off in the region and there are hotels opening nearby all the time. The region is known for the festival of Fama of Menino Jesuse which has been taking place there since the 17th century. This beach is ideal for families and those who want to want to get away from it all for a while.

Miramar Beach – This beach can be found on the estuary of the Mandovi river and just 3 km away from the city of Panaji. It is also referred to locally as Gaspar Dias. The beach is lined with palm trees and sits on the Arabian Sea. The name of the beach comes from the Portuguese for ‘viewing of the sea’. The beach does not get too crowded and it is popular with locals and tourists. The tranquillity of the beach makes it ideal for a family day out and there is plenty to see and do locally. Swimming and snorkelling are popular pastimes here and plenty of visitors come to observe the local wildlife, with many varieties of sea bird in the area.

Things to do

Goa is literally filled with attractions of all types, so no matter what your taste, there will be something to interest you. Visiting local churches and temples is a popular pastime with tourists. Goa is home to a number which were built by the Portuguese so have a very European influence as well as the Hindu temples. For a peaceful and spiritual experience a trip to a temple is a must.Entertainment and nightlife are plentiful in nearly every part of Goa.

The resorts have a number of nightclubs and there are also plenty of restaurants and bars where visitors can while away a few hours. Some of the resorts are developing a party reputation, but there are plenty of others which are ideal for families and couples who are looking for a quieter break.Shopping is something that all visitors can do while they are in the region and there are plenty of markets to be found in the towns. Finding a few souvenirs to take home is an easy task and the items sold are usually locally made, so fabrics, clothes, carvings and other ornaments all make good buys while in the area and they will not cost the earth either. The cities also have a variety of local shops and international chains where a few bargains can be unearthed.