When you start looking at destinations in Goa, it can be tough to work out which is best for your getaway – after all, they all have wonderful beaches and excellent weather. However, delve a little deeper and you’ll quickly discover that Goa’s top holiday spots can be quite varied.
There are some that are ideal for escaping from all the hassle of modern life, while others are very lively, both during the day and at night. If you’re looking for the latter, Baga in north Goa will tick all your boxes.
Here are just some of the reasons why Baga is a top place to choose for your break. Incidentally, if you need some help organising your trip to Goa, Jewel in the Crown has a great selection of packages in Baga and elsewhere in the state.
A beautiful beach
Ok, so it pretty much goes without saying that anywhere in Goa will be close to a beautiful beach, but Baga is especially picturesque. The golden sands are fringed by palm trees and the waves of the Indian Ocean roll in and crash gently on the shore. At one end of the beach there’s a river that meets the sea. This marks the border between Baga and Anjuna Beach, which is further north.
Fun water sports
While the beach itself is great if all you want to do is sunbathe, there are plenty of options for active travellers too, giving it real all-round appeal. You can hire a jet ski, test your balance on water skis, enjoy the thrill of parasailing or have a go at wind or kite surfing.
Some of these activities are quite cheap as well, so even if you’re on a tight budget you should be able to splash out on one or two of these sports.
The selection of bars and clubs around Baga makes it a hotspot for those who want to dance the night away. The legendary Tito’s Club and Mambo Cafe are two of the most famous places to head to once the sun goes down, but you’ve also got cocktail bars such as Cocktails and Dreams if you’re after an exotic concoction.
Another option is the chic Loungefly bar, which is open-air making it the perfect place to take advantage of Goa’s mild climate and giving you the chance to gaze up at the stars while you enjoy a few drinks.
Proximity to other attractions
We’ve already mentioned that Anjuna is the next beach along from Baga to the north, which means that you can visit its famous Wednesday market if you fancy a change of scenery and a spot of bargain hunting.
Cross the river and take a stroll along the sand to reach the famous flea market where you can pick up all kinds of items, from second-hand clothes to local handicrafts. If you don’t fancy joining the crowds of shoppers on a Wednesday, it’s still worth heading to Anjuna at some point during your trip as you’ll also find Fort Aguada on the headland here.
This is one of the best-preserved Portuguese enclaves left in the state and is well worth a visit if you’ve got the time. There’s an old lighthouse within the compound, as well as a freshwater spring, which is how the fort got its name.