North Goa is known for its white sand beaches, abundance of ‘shacks’ offering up fine Goan cuisine and a huge party scene with its high-end clubs and bars. Arambol Beach is a popular but laid-back option in North Goa, with long stretches of clean sand and shallow water for paddling. The food options available nearby are highly reviewed by visitors! The shrine on the hilltop to the north of the main beach provide an especially beautiful view of the beach at sunset.
Though Panaji was once the splendid capital of Portuguese India, not much remains of that history except the few surviving churches maintained as UNESCO world heritage sites. The primary structure is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which encompasses the Tomb of St Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. The saint’s mortal remains has been in its silver casket for almost 500 years. The church and the tomb is a holy site for many Catholics – thousands of pilgrims arrive for the viewing of the body that occurs every 10 years.
Deltin Royale, a renovation/addition to the original Casino Royale, is a floating casino for those looking for late night entertainment in Panaji. Entry includes a buffet dinner, unlimited drinks, live music, and some portion of your entrance fee in gaming chips. There are some dress restrictions such as flip flops, beach shorts and sleeveless tees. But all in all, this is a great way to eat some good food and play away the night on the waters in Goa.
Looking for packed beaches, an abundance of ‘shacks’ catering rich goan cuisine and a vibrant nightlife with high end clubs and parties? Then the 5 km stretch of the Baga, Calangute and Candolim beaches in North Goa are the places to be. Try some seafood from St. Anthony’s or hit up the night scene at Tito’s Nightclub. Most clubs stay open till 4am – very unusual for Goa, or even the rest of India.
Less traveled than its northern counterparts, the beaches in South Goa is known for being scenic and relaxed. Among the options are Agonda, Colva and Palolem beaches. Agonda Beach in particular is especially quiet and uncrowded. Hawkers aren't allowed on the beach, so visitors are able to enjoy the beach undisturbed.