So I had been planning to go for that very first trip with my bestie – my college buddy Isha who loves to travel as much as I do. When it came to choosing the destination, the first place that popped into our heads was Goa! But where do two girls go in Goa in the month of September and what do they do? Well, beaches in north Goa won hands down when it came to exploring this beach-y place. With endless shores and greenery, a happening nightlife and opportunities to shop till you drop, we didn’t need to rack our brains too much in zeroing onto what to do. Read on to find out what we did and what you can do with my specially curated list on beaches of north Goa.
Get Hooked, Get Booked
First things first, we opened Google Maps and shortlisted all the hotels, homestays, resorts and guesthouses on the most popular tourist beach in Goa – the Baga Beach. Then we took our pick from the ones nearest to the beach and chose the ones that look like a safe bet in terms of security and budget, zeroing on Nazri Resort which had a view of pretty hills. After booking our flight and hotel tickets, we moved on to planning the itinerary!
Baga All The Way
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Once you prep up and land on Baga Beach, let the sound of waves enthral your senses and relax. You can get beautiful braids done on your hair at the beach for a nominal cost of Rs 50 or less. At Britto’s Bar and Restaurant, we enjoyed a scrumptious lunch of fish n chips and noodles and raised a toast to our friendship with chilled Breezers. In the evening, we headed to the legendary Tito’s Lane to dance the night away at the Tito’s nightclub. We enjoyed their entertainment show with a dinner of traditional Chicken Xacuti and rice.
The next day, we rented a car to take us to the other beautiful beaches of north Goa like Candolim Beach, Vagator Beach, Ashvem Beach, Anjuna Beach, Vagator Beach and Calangute Beach. Actually, give the last one a miss as it is teeming with tourists and locals even in the off season but you must have a meal with your friend at the Infantaria Restaurant which also serves yummy desserts such as apple pie.
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Candolim is one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa with pale coloured sand and a view of azure skies and water. The beach is pretty clean and not very crowded so the two of you can sit for hours planning your next trip with the waves lapping at your feet. We chomped on corn and sipped coconut water while contemplating what to do next.
Way To Go Vagator
If you have landed up in north Goa after much planning then you must be attending some event or the other here. Many interesting events are held at Vagator and it is undoubtedly the party destination for all girls and boys. which gave us ample opportunities to frolic about and click as many pictures as we could. Also located nearby is the Chapora Fort which offers a majestic view of the beach and hills. We went clickety-click!
Eat.Party.Shop @ Anjuna
Even if you have never visited north Goa, you must have heard a bit about the famous Shiva Valley and Curlies in south Anjuna. The rocky beach of Anjuna is known for its food, party scene and a host of water sports like parasailing, jet skiing and banana boat rides. After you are done with these things, head to the flea market and pick up all those things the two of you have been waiting to get your hands on, ever since you landed in Goa. We bargained away and bought a chunk of junk jewellery, stylish playsuits, tops and skirts – all in Rs 1000!
That brought us to the end of the trip but stay tuned to HerZindagi for more as we dish out info on other places for you to travel and explore with your buddies or boyfriend or family or even on your own. Till then, Happy Journey gals.