A visit to Baga beach is highly recommended.
Baga beach is located on the boundary of Calangute
Village and is around 14kms from Panaji and 8 Kms from Mapusa.
It is also close to Anjuna beach.
The beach at Baga is around 1.5km long and offers pristine,
fine white sand and a real local feel with many traditional
huts still used by the local fishing population. It is also
one of the widest beaches in Goa and provides its visitors
with an increased sense of privacy.
Most visitors arrive at Baga beach via rail; taking the train
to Thivim and from there, a short taxi ride to the beach.
Access by air is also popular, with the nearest airport, Dabolim,
around 55km from Baga and from there, a taxi to the beach
costing around 800 rupees.
This is something that many of the more popular beaches in
Goa lack, and consequently, Baga beach has been widely regarded
as an escape from the nearby, popular Calangute beach. Baga
is also very family friendly and features a river and creek
just a short distance away. This provides tourists the opportunity
to relax in still and safe waters.
Baga beach is very well known for its water
sports; one of the primary attractions of the beach for tourists.
Everything from jet skiing to parasailing, wakeboarding, windsurfing
and kite surfing is offered, along with almost every other
type of activity imaginable. Diving expeditions, boat trips
to nearby islands and the ever popular dolphin watching excursions
to observe the large pods of dolphins which often congregate
about 1km out to sea are also in high demand from visitors
to the beach. It is therefore highly advisable to pre-book
any trip early in the morning upon your arrival to avoid disappointment.
As with all other beaches in Goa, there are also markets on
the beach almost every day of the week, offering everything
from hot snacks to souvenirs. Visitors indulging in some casual
retail therapy are then able to relax in one of the many hammocks
dotted along the shoreline and can enjoy the many local cocktails
There are a vast number of accomodation options at Baga Beach;
For Budget Travellers Julma Resort is one
of the best option. boutique hotels such as the Casa Baga
situated in close proximity to cheaper guest houses and beach
huts, and with prices ranging from 600 rupees all the way
to 9000 rupees per night. A firm favourite among tourists
for many years has been the Alidia Beach Cottages, offering
basic but extremely comfortable beach huts for around 700
rupees per night, and providing spectacular views of the coast
and sunset. However, due to the popularity of the Baga beach
huts it is always advisable for visitors to book well in advance
of their planned stay.
Baga beach offers precisely what many tourists
are seeking in Goa; a chance to get away from the hustle and
bustle of the more popular beaches in the area whilst also
providing a wealth of water sports and attractions.