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Meet Goa’s wildest inhabitants in the safety of its dedicated nature reserves, find a private spot on the golden sands of its extensive beaches, or party ‘till dawn by the light of the moon at famous Baga Beach – Goa is small, compact, and wonderfully exciting. The narrow streets of its lively tourist towns are a melting pot of local culture and international influence. Modern cafés rub shoulders with traditional temples, street hawkers offload gaudy souvenirs just streets from glamorous Panjim malls, and fine-dining seafood restaurants showcase local produce as soon as it leaves the rickety fishing boats dragged up to shore.

Things to see

Along the fine sands of Baga Beach, which is patrolled by outlandish street vendors plying their trade of coconut milk drinks, and freshly cut fruits, is a long line of thatched roof bars and eateries that signal this tourist-favorite stretch of Goan coastline as one of the most happening spots for late-night entertainment. It’s not exactly a neon-lit destination, but don’t be fooled by its shack-like exterior, because when night falls the ‘strip’ comes alive with bustling bars, and an impressive yet gaudy market where a sea of cramped stalls are lit by thousands of lanterns. Mandrem Beach is infinitely quieter, the ideal spot for sunbathing in peace and quiet. Fringed by palm trees, this idyllic stretch of flat white sand is admittedly served by a handful of resorts, but there’s nothing like the chaos here of Baga. The Anjuna Flea Market is a sight to behold, and you haven’t haggled unless you’ve haggled here. Miles of makeshift stalls, many of them made from swathes of fabric, cluster together on flat, dusty ground. You can pick up hand sewn bags, real leather belts, and scoops of freshly-dried green tea leaves wrapped in squares of paper.

Hotels in Goa

Guest houses, bed and breakfasts, and luxury hotels in Goa are all on offer here, and at every beachside town and tourist resort, the number of places to stay grows. For a rich experience, choose one of the discount hotels that sit close to the lively pubs of Baga Beach. They enjoy an impressive location overlooking the tumbling surf of the Arabian Sea, and they’re close to the action as well. Watersports, hectic nightlife, and cheap cafes are a stone’s throw away. Some of the most opulent hotels are actually further inland, surrounded by tracts of rainforest canopy, and sitting on the banks of tributary rivers flowing gently to the sea. Spa bathrooms, satellite televisions, fine-dining restaurants, and massage therapies often form part of these upgraded packages.

Where to stay

The windswept, palm tree-lined shore of Baga Beach sits at the core of Goan tourism. Its late-night beach parties are legendary across the country, and hotels in Baga Beach put you right at the heart of this pulsating, tourist-friendly district. A little further south, Palolem Beach is a haven for sun-worshippers, its curved bay dotted with upscale resorts, spa facilities, and decadent thatched bungalows. The streets that sit back from the coastline are filled with trendy cafés, and seafood restaurants, and there’s an emerging nightlife scene here.

How to get to Goa

Dabolim Airport accepts international flights to Goa, and some resorts offer private transfers by shuttle bus, car, or boat, depending on the location. Car hire is available, although the crowded streets, and manic traffic can be off-putting for many. It’s best to pre-book a taxi to get you to your final destination.

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