One of the largest beaches in north Goa is the Calangute Beach which stretches from Candolim to Baga. This beach has spectacular charm with fun-filled nightlife, shopping places and nature getaways. This place is mostly cashed-up by Indian tourists coming from neighboring cities like Mumbai and Bangalore. You will also find mixed faces of people from across the globe jiving to the music of waves and nature. Thanks to Calangute Beach hotspot located in the center of two other popular landmarks that has many markets. You may have to stop before the shops while strolling along the market street as there are many items on display to buy. The road leading to the beachfront will also take you to some bars and cafes. The jostling restaurant shacks with sunbeds in Calangute Beach where you will find many people lazing and sun toasting their body. If you are up for some games, the beach is also peppered with many water sport activities. You can also find many eating joints swarming across the Calangute Beach.
What to Do and See
Calangute Beach has a supreme location sandwiched between Candolim and Baga. Its location marks for an ideal shopping destination. It has a long stretch of road filled with shops around every corner leading to the beachfront. The local, modern and hippie clothes found here are simply hard to resist buying. Another strong fact making Calangute the busiest and commercial area is for the water sports. You can find all sorts of water sports in Calangute from parasailing, banana ride, water surfing, jet-skiing and these are just a few names. While the sports activities make your day entertaining, Goa’s Calangute Beach nightlife is one of a kind. The clubs and bars ignite with loud music and cool vibe. You can let your hair down and get in-tuned with some of the latest hits and burn the dance floor. It is not just the bars and discotheques that makes people come out at night but also food fairs and street cafes allure them. Even the famous Sunburn Music Festival takes place in Calangute. The place is swarming with many food joints and pubs offering local drinks that engage people to converse, live up to the night and have a great time. Besides all the munching and partying, there are many places of tourist interest to visit. One of the most loved attractions is the Mother Mary Haven. The iconic and historical marvel is a popular sight which has also been presented in multiple Bollywood movies. Also, another must-visit attraction here is the Museum Of Goa. A little off the beach, it is a wonderful 3-story museum which display works of Indian and international artists.
Where to Stay
One of the most important factors of having a grand vacation is living where most of the action is performed. Calangute has such touristy locations where you can find the best places to rejuvenate yourself. There is a huge variety of hotels, resorts and even hostels for budget seekers. To get the best of activities in Calangute Beach Goa, you can head towards the beachside hotels. Many of the hotels that face the sea are expensive and luxurious. But there are also many hostels lying close to the beach. The bustling market lane in Calangute is swarming with hostels both cheap and comfortable. Some hotels also provide free pick up and other complementary activities. There are also a few homestays and hotels in the middle of the city that are cheaper than the ones close to the beach.
When to Visit
Goa is sprawling with international and local tourists year round. In order to escape from the bustling crowd, off-seasons are the best time to visit. However, summers and monsoons have their own cons. The humid and hot weather and constant rain may obstruct you from partaking in any activities. But the only pros are that you will get cheaper flights and pocket-friendly sea view hotel rooms. If you want to get involved in Goa’s tourist crowd then the best time to visit Goa would be from October to March. The weather is warm and the nights are cool and the activities are endless. You can do all sorts of watersport activities and even swim in the sea. One of the greatest draws during the month of December is the famous Sunburn Festival. This music event takes place in Calangute. It is a happening festival and Goa thrives with amicable atmosphere throughout.
How to Reach
Calangute is one of the most popular beaches in North Goa and it is relatively easy to get here. The major airport close to Calangute is Dabolim which is located 39.2 km away and Karmali is the closest railhead to Calangute Beach. You may find some trains coming from Ernakulam, Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Bangalore that have stop here. Else most of the railways stop either at Vasco Da Gama or Madgaon. Roadways are one of the most convenient means of transport with direct buses from Bangalore and Mumbai. Besides, taxis and rented cars can easily be accessible from all the stations.