Explore the Bohemian paradise that South Goa is, through its secluded, pristine beaches.
Surrounded by the endless Arabian Sea, coconut and palm-fringed mangroves, and forested cliffs, beaches in South Goa deserve the world’s attention. For they might often get overshadowed by the region’s age-old cathedrals and ancient fort ruins, but these secluded sandy heavens make perfect getaways. Here’s a list of the most pristine beaches in South Goa that you can explore on your next trip.
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Best beaches in South Goa:
Witness nature’s beauty at Butterfly Beach
No points for guessing what this quaint little beach south of Mormugao, is famous for. Exotic species of butterflies, crabs, and fish call it home. Far off from the madding crowds with absolutely no infrastructure, shacks, or resorts, Butterfly Beach is nestled between two hills, with a thick jungle, golden sands, and perfect spots to witness a breathtaking sunset. Arrive here on a boat from Palolem or Agonda and enjoy some quiet personal time at this private slice of paradise.
Spot dolphins at Agonda Beach
You cannot talk about the surreal beauty of South Goan beaches and not mention Agonda. With limited network connectivity, chic boutique resorts, and pretty shacks, this one is ideal for a laidback beach vacation. Traverse the area on a yacht and spot dolphins, doing fascinating flips and tricks in clear, blue waters. If you’ve got some time in hand, explore hip bars and vegan cafes that have cropped up here in recent years.
Enjoy endless adventures at Colva Beach
If you fancy romantic candle-lit dinner by the shore as much as you dream of experiencing the thrill in Goan waters, come to Colva Beach. Enjoy endless adventures from parasailing and jetskiing to kayaking and diving, here as you spend your day having fun and sipping on margaritas.
Soak in the vast lagoon at Cola Beach
Take a tricky hike through mangroves and palm-fringed forested cliffs to find a ravishing lagoon hidden away from the world in Canacona’s Cola Beach. The turquoise lagoon promises breathtaking views from atop the beachside cliff here. Do some yoga amid tranquillity or pitch a tent on the golden sand for that much-needed tan — Cola Beach is your Goan dream-come-true.
Take a peaceful stroll at Mobor Beach
Ditch the neighbouring Cavelossim crowd, and arrive at the rather secluded Mobor beach, just a couple of minutes away. One of the cleanest, most pristine beaches in the region, it is a serene stretch of sand that offers ample space and time for long, idle strolls. Mix it up with some surfing sessions and unwind with a chilled beer to call it a day.
Party till dawn at Palolem Beach
Contrary to popular belief, South Goa does offer some cool spots to party, with Palolem Beach fairly topping the list. A serene welcome with natural beauty and rocky outposts, Palolem is a crescent-shaped beach, perfect for crazy parties and throbbing nightlife by the shallow shores. Dance the night away and witness the dawn break before your eyes for a view to die for.