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A Guide to the Beaches of Goa, India
Goa's intrinsic "susegad" lifestyle is probably due in large part to the availability of so many beautiful beaches, each one with a unique character and feel. There's no better way to get away from the hectic drudgery of the daily 9 to 5 grind than to relax on the weekend on one of Goa's beautiful sunny beaches lined with palm trees that sway in the breeze, soaking up the sun, sipping on the local brew of cashew or coconut feni, and watching your cares melt away.

Calangute beach is known as the Queen of Beaches. It's also a huge tourist locale. Everything you need is within easy reach, including beachfront hotels, restaurants offering delicious Goan specialties as well as Continental food, tradesmen selling souvenirs and trinkets, recliners near the shore sponsored by a nearby restaurant from which you can order a nice cold beer or other beverage as you sit near the water's edge and watch the sun slink below the horizon.

Colva beach has a similar setup and is equally popular. Calangute, despite the heavy tourist traffic, is a hot favorite because of this easy availability of amenities. Walking further down the coast will often take you away from the bulk of the crowd to a more secluded area as you get away from Calangute and move closer to Baga beach.

The sandy white beaches of Baga, Candolim, and Sinquerim are arguably some of the best beaches in North Goa. Baga has a charming array of shacks that line the beach, each serving up food and drink in a beautiful, rustic atmosphere.

For something a little different, take a walk through Vagator beach. The seashore is covered in shiny black sand, which is actually fragmented volcanic rock. Though you may not see any volcanoes, there are numerous rocks and boulders weathered by age dotted around the beach. This is definitely a rock climber's beach with its tall cliffs and rocky scenery.

The water, of course, is the usual crystal clear blue, but swimming is discouraged due to underwater currents. The beach is also famous for its nightlife. Although more relaxed than Calangute beach, Vagator is fast becoming a tourist spot in and of itself. Skinny dippers need not feel left out since the locals here are used to some nudity on this beach, although it isn't officially a nudist beach.

In South Goa, the beaches are more secluded and are preferred by those who seek a more relaxed vacation off the beaten track. Agonda Beach is one of the more secluded areas with water that's perfect for swimming and rocks for the adventurous climbers. Mobor and Cavelossim are equally quiet and are dotted with a few shacks along the coast. Palolem Beach, referred to as Paradise Beach, is a huge favorite among anglers. Rented accommodation at one of the bamboo huts on stilts is cheap and easily available.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Goa holiday rentals and worldwide vacation rentals.
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