Miramar beach is located naer to the capital
of Goa, Panaji. Not only this, it is also close to the popular
beaches Dona Paula. Miramar is known locally as ‘Gaspar
Dias beach’ and offers visitors in excess of 4km of
soft white sand in addition to a deep forest which follows
the beach for its entire length.
The beach is well known for the solitude it provides and is
ideal for those midnight moonlight walks across the sand.
In addition, the views it offers of the surrounding area such
as Fort Aguada and many more sites of cultural and historical
significance nearby is a factor which continues to drive tourists
back to its shores year upon year.
The beach at Miramar is often viewed by both locals and tourists
alike as a base for further exploration of the beaches directly
to the North and South. This is for many reasons, but primarily
due to the strong undercurrents that are often present which
mean that the sea is highly unsuitable for the average swimmer.
Some say it is for this reason that the Portuguese named the
beach “Miramar” during India’s time as a
colony, a name which translates to “watching the sea”.
Therefore, the main activities on offer are simply sun bathing
or exploration of the surrounding area on foot. Miramar has
much to offer in terms of its landscape, with rolling hills,
tropical fields and a mass of palm trees all very close to
the beach making it ripe for investigation by visitors. The
popular Salim Ali bird sanctuary is also located nearby and
makes for a memorable experience as it houses a wide variety
of exotic birds that are both migratory and native to the
local area. Due to the capital of Goa, Panaji, being situated
less than 3 kilometres away, many visitors also choose to
venture inland to take advantage of the rich culture it provides.
From the ancient temples to the sought after river cruises
and jungle treks, there are a wide variety of tourist activities
to choose from.
Miramar is very commercialised so as you would expect, there
is a wealth of accommodation options for tourists, ranging
from serviced apartments to luxury 5 star resorts and popular
locally run budget hotels. The vast majority of hotels offer
spectacular views of the sea. There’s also a wide variety
of dining options available at Miramar; from the traditional
food stalls which characterise Goa serving predominantly local
cuisine, to more mainstream restaurants catering specifically
to the Western tourist market.
Whilst Miramar beach might be unsuitable for swimming, this
really shouldn’t be viewed as a negative factor. Not
only does it more than make up for this with its immense natural
beauty and wildlife, but it serves as the ideal base for exploration
of both the surrounding area and other beaches which are located
just a short walk away.