3 Goa beaches for feel good vibes

By Vageesha Mishra

Soft sand rubbing against your wanderlust craving soles, eyes fluttering open to mighty waves, half embracing you in a cold bliss, drowning out the noise – yes everybody, that’s Goa for you! Much like a jar of Nutella, very easy to fall in love with!

Hold on, there’s a catch.

Popular beaches where one can play around in salty waters are often swarming with tourists. And there’s a billion chance of being pushed, stared at or getting irked by couples bringing the famed Titanic pose off screen followed by far less exemplary pieces of cinema.

In case you wander off to nearly secluded beaches to catch some moments of peace, it’s more likely to turn lonely and depressing than soul searching.

Cutting this lively vs peaceful war short, here are three beaches in Goa that offer the best of both worlds while granting you that surreal experience you’ve been longing for after watching those life transforming travel films.

Candolim beach –

If peace is all you ask for.
There is so much more to an ocean than meets the eye. Pic credit – my sibling
Lol! They were so not prepared for a wave bath from different directions!
Would you look at that?!

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, yearning a wild date with nature, head over to this sloped beach. Oh yeah, the shore is slightly sloping down towards the magnificent ocean marked by hollering, high and wild waves, very eager to play with you. They come rushing with a force, splashing you from different sides and if you don’t stand firm, there is a strong chance of going off balance. But if you manage to get the hang of it, the waves would set your soul on fire!

Nearly 15 kilometres away from Panjim (Panaji – Goa capital), it is situated close to overcrowded but widely loved, Calangute beach. Quite a pleasant surprise hence to find a sparsely crowded beach that is so smooth and clean to walk on. If you yearn to drop all your thoughts and have uninterrupted conversations with nature, sit afar and let the ocean take you places.

Miramar beach –

Ocean going side by side the Panjim street leading to Miramar beach, local market, government offices and the city itself!
I can spend hours here just like them.
Pretty, pretty!
It’s fun collecting shells here.
Under these trees, a variety of fruits are sold. I had so much pineapple, the best ones I had!

My personal favourite as its in the heart of Panjim which in itself is a world to see. The conspicuous contrast between old and new architecture, historical places, sporadic sightings of the ocean running parallelly, housing casino giants – are some things you don’t want to miss.

With gentle low waves and placid waters, Miramar beach is best suited for a relaxed time at the beach – cool sand, pleasant crowd, street food and abundant space to sit around with family and friends.

Vagator beach –

Pic credit – my sibling!
Is this even for real? Pic credit – my sibling!

Cluster of rocks for elevated views of the ocean, that has more of a peace evoking face here which is complimented by breathtaking sceneries. It is situated in North Goa, south of the renowned Chapora fort (featured in Dil Chahta hai), more quiet as compared to the above two beaches. This beach offers the freedom to lose oneself in solitude and grandeur of nature. Also photographic heaven!

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PS – Goa is blessed with beautiful beaches (look at the state map!) and each one is gifted in its own way. Perspective plays a role here in choosing the kind that would meet your needs. For me personally, of all the beaches I went to, these three are the ones that keep calling me back and constantly send me down memory lanes! Also, the calmness of water differs seasonally, winters are definitely calmer time.

That’s all for now! Have a happy week!

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By twinklingwords

Picture courtesy – all of them are mine except for the ones from Vagator and ZNMD!


106 thoughts on “ 3 Goa beaches for feel good vibes

    1. Oh, I have been to Donna Paula as well, it was very windy that day, I remember clutching the rods tightly fearing an impossible flight! How did you find it? I hope you have enough time to visit Miramar beach as well next time😊

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      1. My visit to Dona Paula was for a work and it has been quite a few years now. During my last visit to Goa, all I could do was look towards Dona Paula from the other end of Madovi… standing at Aguada!

        I would love to make another trip, already have fixed my agenda but I don’t know when that will be. 🙂

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  1. Hey TW, lovely pictures of the picturesque beaches of Goa. Goa is still on my bucket list. I am no adrenaline junkie but a peaceful nature lover and beaches, the sunsets and the lapping waters are food for my soul. Thank you for the update on the not-so-crowded, clean beaches, will come in handy when we make a visit (I hope) next vacation.
    Hope you had a pleasant trip, my dear. Enjoy!

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    1. Aww you just described a perfect beach holiday♥️ I would love to read your experiences of Goa beaches when you get to strike that off your bucket list. I’m actually glad you found this useful, now I know and I’d just go to these beaches. Otherwise it wastes your days. Yes I had an amazing trip, one of the best. Hope you’re doing great. Take care my dear friend. Xoxo♥️😊😃

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      1. Yes, TW. Will be sure to update you on that once I fulfill that. So glad you had a super time and a refreshing break. I am super, dear friend. You too take good care of yourself😍😘 and finally the ❤️ from my emoji friendly mobile

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  2. We were there last July for a week. Stayed away from the crowded beaches and absolutely loved the place. Your pictures brought back the memories. And yes, we did the Dil Chahtha Hai pose;) which is on my post on Goa. The “Titanic” I decided not to share 🙂 Goa would have been refreshing. Enjoy my dear. XXX

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    1. Hahaha! Your comment made me smile! Somehow your comment is making me miss Goa! Actually, Titanic pose is fine, makes cheerful memories for pictures but I got irritated by couples who couldn’t get tired of excessive PDA and ruined most of my shots🙄🙄 Dil Chahta Hai pose is awesome, I couldn’t go to the fort but I would myself do it whenever I get a chance to go there. Thank you so much for reading and leaving such a valuable comment, I would read the Goa post. Must be amazing to read. Take care, xoxo😃

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  3. Lovely post took me back to days i used to travel carefree although fortunately my last official visit holds the stay at candolim limited to the bouderies of resort unlike during my visit with friends some years back.There is something in air of Goa that refereshes & rejuvenate the senses although i am always more keen towards seafood and beautiful churches alongwith some beaches.
    Keep writing!!😇📝👌👌

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    1. I think If it’s the same resort, then I’ve also been there, just walk out through the garden and there’s a private kind of beach out there!
      Yes, I completely agree. Goa is refreshing like that😁 also about the Churches, I visited some in old Goa too. Another world it is😊

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      1. May be it was same resort though i have no option of staying at other place as i work in Lemon Tree group, i hope you’ve discovered Panaji also apart from Goa if not keep it in list fof next time😇

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  4. My girls’ had to do the clicking. So imagine I had then and their 18 year old cousin clicking me and my husband doing the ‘ titanic’ pose, paunch and all😀. Ah! The PDAs…have never been a fan of that even in my youth.😊. Check out my Goa post and let me know your feedback😊. Xoxo

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    1. Haha aww! Don’t worry, I haven’t met a single person whose Goa plans aren’t somehow jinxed! Believe me, when the time is right, it will happen and it will be magical 😂😂😄 (I hope you can sense sarcasm and humour here!) Thank you so much for reading my post, Dilip and for your kind words too especially since I took the liberty of looking at your captures, they are goals♥️

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      1. Being a goan is as simple as it can get. We do normal things, eat normal food and live normal lives, of course we have the beach for relaxation (if needed) and well- Goa is Goa, so a lot of freedom here that is otherwise hard to find in other states 🙂

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      2. Haha that’s three normal! I should have clarified, my question pertained more to handling the flow tourists around different times of year and of course, how fun would it be to stay next to a beach, ah! Isn’t it?

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      3. Yes it is fun, but comes at a cost.. and that’s not normally very cheap. There is a lot of stuff available but then again rates are decided as per the person, language and nationality – which is sad. Flow of tourists – well that could be tricky especially Christmas time, Goa is flooded with tourists (especially in the North) South Goa is quieter and less crowded for sure, we’re the calmer people you see (I am from South Goa)

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      4. Oh, thanks for the insight. Yeah I figured where you could possibly be from! Calmer people, hahaha! I agree, the southern region is definitely more quiet and beautiful ♥️ although one thing, why does it get tricky around popular seasons and with a surge in tourist flow?

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      5. its the madness that sets in, prices soar to “whatever” people feel like charging, traffic gets crazy! the population doubles within hours, so there’s space issues and well a whole lot other things that happen that just needs to be experienced first hand.

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      6. Ah! Yes, that’s what I had been meaning to understand, this sets apartments the life from other cities which are not that popular among tourists. I can only imagine the hassle.

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  5. Your comment about beaches and loneliness reminded me of a trip I took to Big Sur in California. It was raining, so the views were limited and I was happy to find the restaurant at the top – cheery and big and full of people. I’d walked along a beach the day before. As I paid the tall, blonde cashier, she asked how I was enjoying Big Sur. I told her about the beach walk, adding that it had been a little lonely. She drew herself up to her full California goddess height and said, and I quote: “That’s what the beaches are for!” I learned my lesson!

    Your beach photos are lovely. There’s a beach in Hawaii I chose for my ‘escape imaging.’

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    1. Hahaha! It was a treat reading your encounter with the tall cashier! I would keep that lesson in mind too although I assure you my friend, some of the beaches in Goa in India are so full of people that you’d start craving loneliness. Although I must admit, I don’t like too much of solitude around beaches. May be the girl was quite at peace with herself but normally it’s difficult to drown out your inner voices in too much solitude, at least for me. Thank you so much for your kind words and reading this article as well as the anecdote. Did you have a good time at Big Sur?

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  6. I enjoyed the coast drive down from Berkeley, but it rained at Big Sur, so no views. Later I picked up a hitchhiker who tipped me off to a B & B to stop at. It was night — I followed signs to the place for miles! The B & B was charming and when I pulled back the curtains in the AM, I was staring at a beautiful bay! The breakfast place was just down a path and I had the most delicious buttermilk pancakes ever! Years later, I returned to Morro Bay but it was not the same and the coast drive had become terrifying — as I’d developed a fear of heights!

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    1. I immensely enjoy recollections of your travelling episodes♥️ I can almost imagine the morning view from the B&B and refreshing effect that would have come with it. My heart leapt at the mention of pancakes, the joy in your words tells me you were amply happy with the food☺️
      Haha! It gets terrifying if one has a fear of heights sometimes accompanied by dizziness when staring down. Probably it’ll go with time. Thank you for sharing your stories, makes me happy☺️

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      1. Bogmola beach is the nearest beach to the Goa airport, it have a lovely 5star resort at beach side by name bogmola resort, that beach is not that famous but my favourite, you can check it out, Google it,, and thanks alot for visiting my site, I really appreciate that

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and you made my day with the comment about the photographer! The pictures are mine except for two three. Thank you so much♥️☺️

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  7. Wow. I loved this post. Goa brings back memories.😎…But sadly I never could go beyond calangute, and Baga (was it?)… You know with certain company beaches aren’t that interesting anymore 😀😁😀….But on my next visit I m gonna refer back to this post, as I loved what you described. Or maybe I will find out that it was only your capability as a writer that beautified them…:-):-)…Awesome write-up, as usual Vageesha! 👏👏

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