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Goa Beaches
Goa Beaches

Goa, located on the west coast of India, is a paradise for tourists offering spectacular and sensuous beaches with glittering white sand, swaying coconut palms and awesome seafood. This small state is squeezed between the seas and the lush forested hills. Goa was a Portuguese colony and it still retains its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture in its festivals, carnivals, historical monuments, forts and museums. Goa is synonymous with fun and frolic.


A major portion of Goa is a part of the coastal region Konkan. The tradition here is a perfect blend of ethnic Indian Konkani and the erstwhile Portuguese. The commonly spoken language is Konkani, while Marathi and English are used for official and educational purposes. Portuguese and Hindi are also in practice in the state. The native people of Goa follow Hinduism, Islam and Orthodox Catholicism.


The beaches of Goa are the most significant aspects of tourism. These beaches offer a number of options for the amusement, night-clubs, discotheques, bars, casinos and restaurants. The atmosphere remains warm and humid most of the year and receives monsoon showers from June to September. October to April is the best time to visit Goa for vacations. Dotted with numerous palm-fringed sandy beaches, spread over 125 km. Goa is a marvellous destination for a romantic honeymoon and relaxing vacations.


The beaches in North Goa, such as Arambol, Morjim, Chapora, Vagator, Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, Candolim, Sinquerim, Bambolim, Miramar and Dona Paula, stretch over 30 km and are more popular compared to those in South Goa. It is a perpetual party zone.


As opposed to the beaches of North Goa, the beaches in South Goa are calm, quiet and surrounded by natural greenery, ideal for relaxing vacations. The environment is peaceful and you can see local fishermen about on their daily chores on their fishing boats. The beaches of south Goa are- Bogmalo, Majorda, Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim, Mobor, Canaguinim, Agonda and Palolem.


The beaches in Goa offer a number of opportunities and facilities for swimming, river cruising, dinghy sailing, para-sailing, scuba diving, water skiing, water scootering, windsurfing, jet skiing and banana boat riding.


The restaurants near the beaches serve a variety of delicious sea food. Fresh fish, crab, king prawns, several items in chicken and oyster are the specialties of these restaurants. Cashew and coconut "feni" is a unique drink with a light percentage of alcohol. One can sample the local "Urak", a lighter and sweeter-smelling distillate of feni.
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