Anjuna beach is located around 6km north of the towns of
Calangute and Baga,
with the nearest town being Mapusa which is around 2.5km to
the east. Anjuna beach is well served by public transport
services with many tourists favouring a train journey to Mapusa,
followed by a bus trip to the central bus station, Kadamba,
and then a further short bus journey to Anjuna itself. It
is also possible to hire a rickshaw from Mapusa directly to
Anjuna beach, with this costing on average 400 rupees but
allowing you to arrive at the beach in a far shorter period
of time compared to public transport.
Whilst Anjuna beach is perhaps not as picturesque and secluded
as the beaches of Agonda and Aramabol, it is still one of
the most idyllic of Goa’s
beaches and has grown to become one of the most
popular destinations for tourists. The beach itself stretches
around 2km and features fine white sand interspersed with
formations of laterite rock which are red in colour and provide
an intriguing landscape to explore.
There is much to keep tourists entertained at Anjuna beach
and generally speaking, the waters are ideal for swimming,
but it is wise to consult with the lifeguards on duty as occasionally
the beach can be subject to strong undercurrents. In addition
to swimming, diving and snorkelling are also popular activities
and are offered by many companies operating from the shoreline
at very reasonable rates. Anjuna beach has long been regarded
as one of the best locations from which to observe the barracudas,
turtles and enormous variety of fish which frequent the waters
around Goa and is an experience not to be missed.
For those looking to avoid the water, Anjuna beach has developed
over time to encompass a wide range of land based activities
in response to increasing demands from tourism. For example,
set slightly back from the beach is a go karting track. There
are also daily markets on the beachfront, as well as numerous
cafes, restaurants and bars where you can find a wide range
of dishes including Italian, French, Israeli and Indian cuisine.
A firm favourite with tourists visiting the beach has also
been the short elephant treks offered by the locals, exploring
deep into the surrounding area with the assistance of knowledgeable
guides. However, what Anjuna beach is historically renowned
for is its nightlife and whilst parties are gradually being
curtailed by the local authorities, visitors will usually
find at least one event planned on the beach each night of
Due to the ever growing popularity of Anjuna, it has not
avoided the commercialisation other beaches nearby have successfully
resisted. However, this is not necessarily a negative aspect
as most developments are set back from the beach, allowing
the area to retain its natural beauty.
As a result of this level of development, visitors to Anjuna
Beach will always find a place to stay. Typical options range
from hotels to hostels and family houses with Villa Anjuna
and the Hill View Guest House coming highly recommended by
tourists each year.
Overall, Anjuna beach offers visitors the best of both worlds,
retaining a significant degree of natural beauty whilst also
possessing all of the amenities that tourists are increasingly
coming to expect and which are often not found in a number
of the more isolated beaches in Goa.