Anjuna – 18 km from Panaji and adjacent to Chapora Fort, it was the haunt of the flower generation in the sixties and still popular with the younger generation. A key attraction here is a magnificent Albuquerque Mansion built in 1920, flanked by octagonal towers and an attractive Mangalore tile-roof.
Agonda – 37 kms from Margao, it is a nature lover’s delight. Secluded and picturesque, this beach is ideal for lazing around in the sun. Agonda is the place if you are looking for peace and solitude.
Baga – It is a secluded and pleasant beach with good recreational facilities like river cruises, water-skiing, yachting and fishing. Staying here is no problem as there are many lovely, small cottages available.
Betul – A virgin beach untouched by tourism, it provides a stretch of silvery sand, alongwith the secluded wilds. Betul offers total seclusion, and magical beaches and a wonderful view.
Calangute – 16 kms from Panaji, this 7 km-long ‘queen of beaches,’ is a popular holiday resort. The small houses amidst the coconut groves behind the beach are always in demand. It is the most popular holiday resort in Goa and a hit with foreign tourists.
Colva – 6 km. from Margao, it is the pride of Salcete and rivals Calangute in scenic splendour. Here sea , sand and sky blend in enchanting natural harmony, weaving their magic spell on the visitors. The beach offers good accommodation facilities.
Dona Paula – 7 km from Panaji near the rocky point between the Mandovi and the Zuari is Dona paula, a secluded bay with a fine view of the Marmagao harbour. This is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scootering facilities available.
Miramar – A lovely golden beach of soft sand girdled with palm trees, Miramar is one of the most popular beaches. Less than 3 km from the Panaji city centre, it is just where the Mandovi meets the sea. From here one has an excellent view of the Aguada fort just across the river.
Palolem Beach – A relatively deserted beach, Palolem is about 35 Km from Margao. It is one of the most enchanting beaches of Goa with a backdrop of the Western Ghats.
Polem – Goa’s southernmost beach, a few kilometres from the Karnataka border, is Polem. This is an absolutely spectacular beach which is completely untouched by tourism. The only thing to be done here is swim and sunbathe in complete isolation.
Vagator – 24 km from Panaji, this is a popular beach dominated by the Chapora Fort (which marks the entrance to the bay) in the north and Calangute beach to the south. It’s a free-and-easy mood at Little Vagator beach where a young, hip crowd and nude sunbathing are the norm.