Once a quaint fishing hamlet, Baga has now become the heart of Goa’s party scene. Located in North Goa, it is among the most visited beaches in the Indian state. From vibrant nightlife and delightful dining to enthralling water sports and buzzing flea markets, a lot is available for tourists here at the Baga Beach. Here is a quick travel guide to Baga for the ones who are planning a trip to the region.
Top Tourist Attractions/Activities
Water Sports: Baga Beach is perhaps the best place in Goa for enjoying water sports. Adrenaline junkies can try surfing, swimming or jet skiing, while families can indulge in kid-friendly activities such as boating and cruising. The waters around Baga offer snorkelling opportunities as well.
A Walk to Calangute Beach: Baga is very close to Calangute, another well-known beach in Goa. Take a leisurely stroll from Baga to Calangute to enjoy great ocean views and cool refreshing breeze. Also, do savour delicious local fare served at a number of beachfront stalls.
Night Bazaars: Head to the night bazaar at Arpora for a great shopping stint after the sun goes down. Here, numerous stalls and shops sell a wide array of goods, ranging from local souvenirs and gift items to garments and footwear at reasonable price. Mackie’s Night Market, on the banks of Baga River, is another popular attraction for shopping enthusiasts in Goa.
Nightlife: A number of bars, clubs and discos make Baga come alive after the sun goes down. Tito’s, one of the best party venues in Goa, is just a short walk from the beach. Head to this fascinating night club to have a good time. If you enjoy karaoke, St. Anthony’s Bar is the place to be in Goa. Cafe Mambos, Kamaki, and Cape Town Café are some other places that offer fun and merrymaking till wee hours.
When to Visit
Winter season (November to March) is the best time to be in Goa. The cool tropical climate proves ideal for sightseeing and beach side activities. However, this is the peak tourist season in Goa; during the time beaches are crowded and airfares are expensive. For off-season discounts and minimal crowds, plan a trip during the monsoon (July to September).
Where to Stay
There are several accommodation options at and around Baga. Estrela Do Mar Beach Resort, located at a walking distance from the beach, is a popular option for families and leisure tourists. Sun City Resort, on Calangute-Baga Road, has nicely appointed rooms with an array of modern amenities as well as captivating sea views. Baga Beach Home, Hotel Lua Nova, and Amura Beach Resort are other properties you can consider for a stay near the beach.