Goa is blessed with so many beaches, gorgeous sunsets, authentic culture and lively shacks & bars that it seems almost unfair. Refreshing seaside views while enjoying live music and sumptuous seafood is something I look forward to, as for the same, we head to Goa every year without fail! No matter how many tourists might visit this little town each year, it’s still going to be my personal favorite one, for what it offers is simply unparalleled as compared to any other place.
There’s a reason why Goa enjoys an exalted status amongst travelers around the world. The yummy combination of sun, sea and sand can blow your mind literally! Sky lanterns brighten the evening sky, ice-cold mojitos by the seaside, local people flaunting Hawaiian style clothes, bright colored houses, perfectly-spiced food on the shacks, and beaches that can literally enchant you – I can NEVER forget my Goan trips.
Goa has everything a holiday maker could literally need – here’s our favorite things about the town that we always look forward to when planning a visit, so you never have to ask “What to do in Goa”.
1. Scooty Drive from Pomburpa to Panjim
Make sure you carry your driving license so you can rent a scooter and roam around North and South Goa. You can get a scooty rented for approx Rs.150-200 per day and hit it off the road. all drives around Goa are scenic, but my personal favourite has to be the one from Pomburpa to Panjim. It is a short stretch of 6kms and the perennial waters running parallel make for a picturesque view. Thanks to the striking surroundings and tinkling sound of springs, we had the most memorable scooty rides in the area.
2. Gamble the Night Away – Go for Casino Cruise
When you get done with nightclubs and shack parties, it’s time for you to hit the casinos. Three prime casino cruises popular in Goa are Deltin Royale, Casino Pride and Casino Pride 2. We went to Casino Pride, which is the older one, but most of the people who have been to Goa before suggest going to this one only.
The very moment we stepped onto the floating casino cruise, we were overwhelmed. We could find people of different kinds flocked over that ship, just waiting eagerly to flush their chips. Super yay! Because we won ourselves! And were so happy to recover our entry charges, which were 1500 INR per person.
Needless to say, we were entertained to the ends. The belly dance, sumptuous unlimited dinner menu, and those poker chips are the reason I am going to come back to Goa again. So when you are done with sightseeing in Goa, just head to the casino.
Quick Tip: Don’t forget to wear formal clothes as they won’t let you enter the casino in casuals. Sadly, Harsh wasn’t wearing his formals and he had to buy slouchy pants from a nearby store, which of course, he never wore again. 😀
3. Eat at Quirky Goan Restaurants and Shacks
Open-air cabanas and shacks are the answer to everything. Yes! That’s what you want when you have to shun away from the ennui of your life. Sipping some margaritas and tasting the seaside madness with waves coming and going in a synchronic pattern is something we don’t get to see in routine citylife. So whenever you feel like you are getting stuck in the monotonous pattern, head to Goa. There’s an amazing cocktail menu and finger snacks available, which you can enjoy while listening to trance music. Act and feel like a HIPPIE!
My favourite shack in Goa is definitely Curlies. Brittos and Tito lane’s Cape Town Café are also two popular ones that make it in my list but Curlies is definitely a notch higher. Curlies at Anjuna is pretty happening as it serves chilled alcohol, amazing food and awesome ambience. It’s always good to seek accommodation in Goa somewhere close to Baga for making the most of your time.
4. Make the Most of Goan Nightlife
Goa is a land of hippies and party makers for most – parties that last all night. Our favourites nightclubs in Goa are Club Love Passion Karma (LPK) in Candolim and Club Cubana. We had the most amazing time partying and dancing at LPK for which we had to pay 2000INR as a couple fee. DJ Ali Merchant was playing at the club and it sure was a night worth remembering.
Now if you are a female visiting Goa alone then it is important that you take some precautionary steps and keep yourself safe all the time. You can read some amazing tips to remain safe for female solo travelers in Goa for help.
5. Para Sailing for the Adventure Junkies
We did all sorts of water activities in Goa, but what stayed with us was our parasailing experience. Enjoying spectacular sea views when suspended in the air is so amazing. This activity is completely safe. Apart from parasailing, you can enjoy other thrilling activities like banana boat ride, jet skiing, etc. Even a day of indulgence in water games at the Baga Beach or Calangute would be less for the adventure souls.
6. Head to Sinquerim Beach of the most Delish Sunsets
Sinquerim beach lies on a stunning stretch of sand which is also adjacent to Aguada Fort. Amongst all the beaches in Goa that we visited, this one is my personal favourite after Anjuna. It is not as touristy as as Baga and that is why we love heading to Sinquerim over and again. Vivanta by Taj is just 2 min walk away from the beach so you could even plan on seeking accommodation there. Sitting on the large stones and catching the sun going down is a memory stuck in my head. I wish I could see such sunsets everyday!
7. Shop at the Colourful Markets
One thing you cannot do without when in Goa is shopping. Being a big time shopper myself, I find myself making a way to the colourful Goan street markets where one can find literally anything from clothes, footwear, accessories, handmade jewellery, jholas, hats, to all sorts of bohemian stuff. Don’t forget to shop for trinkets at the Calangute Market Square. They are stunning!
If you are there in Goa on a Wednesday then make a visit to the Anjuna Flea Market, which is famous for its local handicrafts, spices, footwear, junk jewellery, and beach wear.
What are your favourite Goan attractions?