Goa, India is located on the west coast of the country and is one of the longest running beaches in the world. From tan sandy dunes to flat out shallows that make a skimboarder smile with joy, Goa presents a little bit of old India and a dash of the new. Sprinkle in some pure culture, cows along the beach, young men selling everything from swimsuits to necklaces, you have the makings for a true Bollywood setting – sunsets included.
And why wouldn’t the whole country be proud of this beach? It’s bound to have a section you’ll fall in love with. Think sandy beach lined by a few million coconut palms rustling in the afternoon breeze, you’ll know why it’s so easy to drink a toast to your hippie friends (we all have a few somewhere) and tell them you are in the zone.
Baga Beach is a beautiful rocky beach situated on western coast of Goa. It is an extension of the Calangute beach and is surrounded by beautiful cliffs and lovely coconut and palm trees. Baga Beach is at the center of the Bardez coast, bordered by Calangute beach to the south and Colva to the north.
The southern end of this long stretch of pristine sand can get crowded and one can find Goa Tourism hotels stand stately over the noisiest part of Baga Beach. Baga beach is especially popular amongst the foreign tourists. Baga Beach is surrounded by beautiful scenery and of course the Baga Beach Shacks that serve cheap traditional Goan cuisine of fish, curries and rice.
Baga’s main road is lined with shops with goods from all over India, the bars give a warm friendly welcome and to whet your appetite, there are some fantastic restaurants serving traditional and international cuisine of the highest standard (probably the best in Goa). Nestled amid rocky headland, Baga beach is a popular destination for water sports like parasailing, water skiing, and wind surfing especially among foreigners. This peaceful beach comes alive in the night with vibrant night parties, cultural shows and programs.
At its northern end, the beach presents a picture-perfect view at the point where a small river merges with the Arabian sea. Located at Baga Lands End, we are the only resort that is on the river on one side, and the beach on the other. You can step out of the resort to Baga Beach and the river, and are just a few minutes walk away from numerous dining and nightlife options.
This fishing village beach of Goa is the northern end of Calangute beach, south of Anjuna, the party beach of Goa. Compared to Calangute, it has more character, with its scenic beauty enhanced by the creek and the Retreat House perched on the hill. The market also puts on sale numerous kinds of bric-a-brac, toys and trinkets, exotic delicacies and irresistible Goan cuisine. The place is made even more enjoyable with the live bands playing regularly creating a festive ambience in the market.
Goa Baga beach is about ten minutes from Mapusa, and thirty minutes from the state capital, Panaji. Most buses from Panaji terminate at Calangute and a few trudge further on up to Baga. Baga beach is famous for its beach shacks that serve local cuisine which is absolutely scrumptious.
In case you are not the experimenting types, you can also find swanky pizzerias as well as roof top cafes that serve amazing espresso coffee. Baga beach is rated as being one of the most picturesque beaches in Goa and is a mere 5 minutes away.
A host of activities to enjoy include river cruises, water sports, trips to local cashew nut factories, various temples, churches and beaches.
Even though a small beach, plenty of local shops, cafes and beach shacks plus good restaurants and water sports activities makes Baga an ideal tourist destination in Goa. Known for its hopping ‘shack life’, Baga beach has several beach shacks that sell delicious Goan food and thirst-quenching Feni.
If you happen to be on the Baga Beach on Saturdays it will be tough on your part to resist the temptation of going on a shopping spree. The Baga Beach Market in Goa has an array of stalls overflowing with all kinds of goodies and treats apart from clothes and trinkets.