1. Querim Beach, North Goa
Also known as Keri Beach or Kerim Beach, it is the northern-most beach of Goa and located close to Tiracol fort. It has an Old Portuguese Fort and a 17th century church overlooking a peaceful unexplored beach with calm shore. The fort, now converted to a hotel, can be reached by a ferry which plies every half an hour. A picturesque scene not to be missed are the fishing boats which line up on the beach at 6pm everyday to go out in the sea and come back the next morning at 5am. The beach has paragliding and other water sports. However it is not safe for swimming especially near the Tiracol estuary (formed by the Tiracol river meeting the Arabian Sea). Kerim is located 58 km north of Panaji and can be reached from the Arambol Beach.
2. Arambol Beach, North Goa
A 16 km long unexplored beach surrounded by cliffs on two sides, with a Fresh Water Lake and chirpy markets nearby, Arambol is considered to be one of the best beaches in Goa. This cove like beach is a traditional fisherman village with a distinctly bohemian feel which attracts many international tourists and alternative travellers. A short walk to the north takes you to several attractive bays, the most famous among which is the sweet water lake at Paliem Beach (also referred to as Kalacha). This lake is fed by hot springs and lined with sulphurous mud which is believed to be have healing properties and is a favourite among the hippie crowd who take mud baths here. Beyond the lake, is a spectacular Banyan Tree with a stone sculpture at its base created by a famous artist which has become an attraction in its own right. The beach also hosts night parties, has a rich music scene and is dubbed to be the capital of hippie culture in Goa. The ‘Glastonbury Street’ leading to the beach is chock full of boutiques selling a bizarre and wonderful array of knick-knacks. This place is also good for paragliding and Kite Surfing making it one of the best beaches in Goa. Arambol beach is located 50 km north of Panaji.
3. Mandrem Beach, North Goa
Mandrem is of the most beautiful beaches of North Goa. The white sand is dotted by Beach Shacks and one can also go on Dolphin spotting trips or explore the Mandrem Village. Junas and Ashvem are the two main beaches with shallow and calm waters which make it a great place to swim. During high tide, water rushes up the Mandrem creek which runs parallel to the shoreline. A lot of bamboo bridges are spawned across this creek and are a great place to spend romantic evenings with your feet dipped in the water. One can also spot some animal life like the white-bellied fish eagles that live in the casuarina trees and the occasional Olive Ridley turtles that nest here. Good places to eat include End of the World Cafe for fish & Oasis for north Indian fare. Mandrem is located 32 km north of Panaji.
4. Morjim Beach, North Goa
Morjim is one of most secluded beaches in North Goa. It is a great place to spot a large variety of birds and Olive Ridley Turtles, hillocks and good food. Morjim is also known as mini-Russia due to a large concentration of Russian immigrants and considered to be one of the top 10 beaches in Goa. It is located on the northern bank of the Chapora River estuary and is a fairly quiet place owing to the nesting ground of the endangered species. Late night parties and loud music is banned and relaxation, alternate therapies, kite-surfing etc. is promoted Morjim is located 29 km north of Panaji.
5. Chapora Beach
Calm Shore, beautiful sea beach, water sports, good food in the Beach shacks along the coast make it one of the most loved beaches of Goa. The white sand along with black lava rocks and the Chapora fort overlooking the sea make for an endearing sight. One can also explore the Chapora village nearby Chapora Beach is 24km north of Panaji
6. Vagator Beach, North Goa
Quiet and calm beach, Vagator is one of the best beaches of Goa. It is beautifully set amidst the cliffs with soft and white sand and is perfect for relaxing. It has vast stretches of coconut trees and the Chapora fort as a nearby attraction. Vagator is located 21 km north of Panaji.
7. Anjuna Beach
One of the most popular sea beaches among foreigners in Goa because of its night parties, Curlies and other good eating joints, peaceful seashore, western seafood with chilled beer and good music in nearby restaurants and flea markets. Anjuna is situated 21 km north of Panaji and 7 km from Baga.
8. Baga Beach, North Goa
Most popular beach of Goa for Indian tourists, it offers something for everyone. It is a picturesque beach with parties, music, beach shacks, karaoke, good food, water sports, good accommodation facilities, and is easily the most happening place in Goa. Baga beach is located 19 km north of Panaji.
9. Calangute Beach, North Goa
Just adjacent to Baga beach, the Calangute beach has Water Sports, markets, restaurants, good food, lots of accommodation options. It is a crowded yet beautiful sea beach. Calangute is famous for its nightlife and the famous pubs of Goa including the Tito’s and others on the Tito’s lane are located closeby. Calangute beach is located 16 km north of Panaji and 2 km from Baga.
10. Candolim Beach
This laid back beach hosts the Sunburn Festival in December. It has the Aguada fort overlooking the sea and the beach and is one of the best and longest beaches in Goa Candolim is located 13 km north of Panaji
11. Sinquerim Beach
Small yet popular and clean beach with dolphin spotting trips, shacks with good food and chilled beer and the Sinquerim Fort overlooking the sea. It also has a lot of resorts like Taj Vivanta and Taj Holiday village resorts nearby. Sinquerim beach is located 13 km north of Panaji
Located almost 13 km from Panaji, the capital city of Goa is the Sinquerim Beach. Not very famous and that is why I have chosen it as one of the places where you can just run away from the crowd and just be yourself. Near this beach is the most famous Aguada a Portuguese Fort that was built in the earlier days to defend attack from the sea route.
If you love water sports this is the one beach where you should be and not miss it for the world on your trip to Goa. Although it does get a little crowded during season time due to tourists visiting the Aguada Fort, it is quieter and peaceful on the other days of the year and should be visited.
12. Miramar Beach
What to Expect: Popular and crowded beach, frequented by locals from Panaji and nearby towns, local street shops, local restaurants. The main churches of Goa are located in Panajim. Where: Miramar beach is located 3 km south-west of Panaji.
13. Dona Paula Beach, near Panaji
One of the best spots in Goa which makes it slightly crowded. It has Water Sports, Harbour, Rocky shores and much more. Dona Paula is located just 6 km south-west of Panaji.
14. Siridao Beach
This one is a shell collector’s paradise. It is a rocky and sandy beach and its most famous attraction is the Chapel of Jesus Nazareth Siridao Beach is situated around 12 km south of Panaji.