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Anjuna Beach

Anjuna Beach Goa

 

Anjuna Beach (North Goa)

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 the week.

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.

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