Of course Goa’s beaches need to be mentioned, since they are the state’s claim to fame. Arombol, a quiet fishing town in Northern Goa, has two paradise beaches: Arambol Beach and Harmal Beach. From Mapusa you can reach the palm beaches Mandrem Beach and Morgim Beach, belonging to the Hindu fishing villages. Also from Mapusa, as well as from Panaji, the bus can take you to Vagator Beach, with the quiet Southern Beach and the somewhat more busy Northern Beach. The Chapora Fort makes Vagator stand out.
Calangute is an important holiday destination for European visitors. It owns the status to its picture-perfect beaches. If mass tourism is not your thing, you’ll probably run for the hills. To the North, Calangute Beach transcends into Baga Beach. Baga is slightly more quiet, and is a true paradise for birdwatchers and nature lovers. And of course there is good-old Anjuna Beach, yesteryear’s ‘hippie beach’ that has never stopped being popular. Chill out with a cocktail or two during the day, before joining one of the many beach parties at night.