The best beaches in and around Margao in Goa .

Goa, situated on the western coast of India along the Arabian sea, is famous for its laidback beaches, night long parties, beach shacks, water sports and many other adventure activities. Margao is the second largest city in Goa by population and also serves as the cultural and commercial capital of Goa. Like rest of Goa, Margao is situated by the coast of Arabian sea and has to offer some of its own unique beaches.

Here are some of the beaches in and around Margao.

Colva Beach

One of the best beaches in South Goa, this beautiful beach is famous for its romantic evenings, great seafood and the most happening nightlife in South Goa. Another major attraction nearby is Our Lady of Mercy Church, Colva beach is located 6 km north of Margao.

Colva is the closest beach from Margao, the first major beach south of Vasco da Gama. This is one of the longest stretches of sand from the south of Betalbatim, and extends all the way beyond the Colva Circle into the south. The Colva beach is popular mostly with the Indian tourists. There are many foreigners too, but they prefer to stay away from the Circle, and relax at the beach shacks at the north or the south. There is water sport right on the beach. There are many shops, restaurants, bike/car rentals, massage centers, and tattoo parlors on the beach approach road and close to the Circle. Fishermen can be seen drying their catch on the beach.

It’s a long beach, and one of the oldest in Goa. The entire beach is lined with coconut trees, making it one of the most beautiful beaches in the South. At the center there is the Colva Beach Circle, where most of the hotels, resorts, shops, and water sports activities are located. There is always a crowd in late afternoon and the evening. If you prefer solitude, all you have to do is just move a few meters to the South or North. There will be very few people here.

Banaulim Beach

Banaulim Beach is a an unexplored beach, offering tranquil evenings, good food, local markets, and is particularly famous for bullfighting events and the Church of St John the Baptist Benaulim is located 6 km south-west of Margao

Just 2 km away from Colva (Goa), Benaulim Beach is one of the ideal locations for the tourists seeking for serenity and tranquillity. Though, the beach is famous for fishing, it is still unexplored by travellers. A long stretch of empty sand, showered with laid-back and windswept, this beach is a great place to relax on the sands, with abundance of sunbed-equipped beach shacks tracing the stretch to the north. The place has brilliant scenic beauty and the architectural grandeurs of its churches, old houses, and temples; simply become the famous attractions of Benaulim. It’s one of the evergreen destinations of Goa, which is also popular as heaven for tourists.

It has everything right from enchanting beaches, luxurious silvery sands, excellent accommodation, to nightlife and parties. Away from hustle and bustle of the city, the beach is a perfect place for beach bums to relax and regenerate their spirits. Also, a large number of globetrotters flock at this place during weekends. So, if you wanna spend some memorable time with your loved ones, friends or family members in such kind of place that is very close to nature, then Benaulim is the perfect place for you as it brings complete package of enjoyment.

Cavelossim Beach

Cavelossim Beach is an aesthetic beach, with white sand and black lava rocks, beach shacks, Goan dishes and Seafood, Water-sports, Local markets, Dolphin spotting trips etc. It has a lot of accommodation options. Cavelossim beach is located 15 km south of Margao.

Situated in between the Arabian Sea and the Sal River, the Cavelossim beach looks extremely beautiful with the paddy fields in the backdrop and simply creates a lovely ambience. The contrast colours of the black lava rocks along with the white sand simply add its own splendour to this beach. It’s a perfect destination in Goa that makes the beach vacation extremely pleasant and wonderful for globetrotters. It’s an unstrained seaside village in southern Goa that is surrounded by few shack restaurants along the water, where on the other side the main road is lined up with market stalls and known as an abode of holy place-the cream & yellow Church of the Holy Cross. Padded by a long white sand beach, it’s very nearby from the hustle and bustle of historic Margao.

Cavelossim Beach is perfect for sauntering or indulging in active pursuits such as going for kayaking or enjoying catamaran sailing. Lies at a distance of approx 12 km from Benaulim, the beach not only enjoys huge popularity, but also counted as one of the most mesmerizing beaches of India. You can simply laze around, have long walks or go for Dolphin trips after trying out adventure water activities. Not only this, even the nightlife on the beach is quite breathtaking. It’s simply a perfect destination for honeymoon couples, adventure freaks or beach lovers. It’s a romantic getaway and one can’t afford to miss the pleasant atmosphere & beauty of Cavelossim.

Bogmalo Beach

Bogmalo Beach is the perfect mix of natural beauty and commercial space, this beach has a lot of shops selling local handicrafts. It has clean water ideal for swimming with the Goa Institute of diving located there. It is also famous among BITS Pilani Goa Campus students Bogmalo Beach is located 14 km south of Panaji.

Bogmalo beach, Goa is near the fishing village of Bogmalo, which lies north of Colva. It is a very clean beach and is not overcrowded at all. The water at the Bogmalo beach, Goa is safe enough for the visitors to swim. There are a number of establishments where the visitors can eat, shop and drink. The Bogmalo Oberoi hotel is in Bogmalo and this makes it an attractive proposition for the visitors.

Bogmalo beach, Goa is only four kilometers away from Dabolim airport. There are a number of places to eat at Bogmalo and the food available at the shacks is extremely tasty. Regarded as one of the best tourist destinations in Goa, Bogmalo beach, Goa is highly recommended for chilling out and relaxing.

Diving is one of the major attractions at Bogmalo beach, Goa. Recently a diving school has started at that place and it is offering a course in diving. It is one of the few diving schools in India to do so.

Visitors can go to Bogmalo beach, Goa from Vasco da Gama. It is almost 8 kilometers to the northwest of the beach. Visitors can avail taxis or buses. Visitors can find a number of places to stay at Bogmalo beach, Goa.

There are a number of luxurious properties overlooking the Bogmalo beach, Goa where the visitors can stay. There are some other guesthouses in the mid-range in Bogmalo as well. These can be utilized for short stays.

Since Bogmalo Beach, Goa is dominated by package tours it is best to book before coming to this place. There are a couple of resorts like Coconut Creek and Bogmalo Beach Resort where visitors can enjoy a stay.

There are a number of high end shops in Bogmalo Beach, Goa that deal in handicrafts. Visitors can see a number of little islands near Bogmalo Beach, Goa as well as some shipwrecks that add a historical significance to the quaint tourist destination. There is a small and whitewashed Chapel in Bogmalo Beach, Goa which adds to the charm of the place.

Agonda Beach

One of the best beaches in South Goa, It is a quiet beach ideal for chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing. Agonda Beach is located 37 km from Margao. Agonda is another quiet beach located just 15 minutes from Palolem. The beautiful stretch of the sand and the sea is just an awe moment, the beauty the beach displays is just breathtaking. This is also one of the beaches that are home to the olive ridley turtles to lay eggs. There is no signal so don’t bother making calls. Just forget about everything and relax and enjoy your holiday to the fullest. It is advisable for swimming provided you stay off limits. The setting of the Agonda Beach is just perfect. So, if you are looking for a romantic stroll with your special person while the sun is setting it couldn’t get any better. There are not many stalls available at the beach just a few locals but close to the beach area there are guest houses and restaurant so don’t worry you can enjoy your social life and when you feel like having some alone time just take a stroll on the beach.

The Author of this article is a Chartered Blogger (Farhan Rasheed) of India since 2003 and is also the founder chairman of a start-up “Fivelancer” in Margao, Goa . His start-up offers five services such as Real Estate Consultancy, Tours & Travel Agency, Financial Advisory, Digital Marketing Agency & Manpower Consultancy .

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