Where to go in Goa and the best time to visit

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Those who want to go to the beaches of the legendary Goa in India have a lot of options. Goa is a very big region and Goa has a coastline of 160 km (99 mi). From the hippie party resorts and large resorts in the north to the hidden beaches and relaxed fishing villages in the south. 
However Goa is no longer the free, relaxed hippie hangout it once was. Some places are turned into the mass touristy places full of drunken Russians or Englishmen and stray hippies. But if you do your research there are plenty of beautiful spots to be found. 

Our personal favorite is beach Arambol. Although it is getting very popular we really like the hippy market that starts everyday at sunset. You can always expect a jam every evening and the atmosphere is still very relaxed at this beach. Best would be to book a hotel close to this beach because it does get very busy.

Above Arambol there is a beach called Keri beach. It is super quiet here and it is not really discovered yet. A perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle from the other places.

Along the entire coastline of Goa you will find nice beaches. Besides the beaches you have the lush green countryside that offers many alternative routes. The Portuguese influence is noticeable in the delicious food (lots of seafood) and architecture. The combination of beautiful beaches, cheap alcohol and a vibrant nightlife makes Goa a very popular destination among both tourists and locals. 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Goa is from October till March. However from October till November it might still rain a lot, you do avoid the big crowds. We once stayed in Goa in April but we don’t recommend that. It was quiet but it also was to hot. Click here for more climate information.

Where to stay

If you are looking for the best place to stay we recommend the Banyan Tree Yoga in Mandrem near Arambol. We stayed here twice and the owners are the ones that make all the difference. Super amazing guys who run a beautiful yoga eco resort. Well done!  On booking.com they get an average rating of 9.6.

This article was last updated on February 27, 2020.