A destination in demand all throughout the season, Goa is home to some of the best beaches the country has to offer. While the South of Goa has beaches that are less discovered and serene, the North of Goa houses the more popular ones. Here is a countdown of the top beaches to visit in the North of Goa to make your trip an unforgettable and adventurous one.
1. Arambol beach
Considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa, Arambol borders the Keri Beach at one end and Mandrem Beach to the other. This beach is huddled with shacks, live music gigs and vibrant nightlife. The Tribal Dance Festival and the Indian Juggling Convention are the two most significant events witnessed at this beach. Watersports are a huge hit at the Arambol beach, and if you're not into that you can simply just take a stroll down the less busy coast. The Paliem sweet water lake is a short distance from the beach and is definitely a must visit on a trip to the beach. All in all, this beach gives you an experience like no other, serene and beautiful.
2. Siridao beach
Located at the mouth of the Zuari river, this beach is very popular for its coarse sand that holds numerous sea shells. One can come across a wide variety of oysters and pearl shells at the beach. Adorning the coast of this beach are also a bunch of spooky caves that are camouflaged by the huge boulders of rock distributed throughout the coast. Another attraction is 'The Chapel of Jesus of Nazareth' and is situated atop a hill, right on the Siridao Beach. This beach is relatively more quiet and clean compared to the other popular beaches in Goa as there aren't many hotels or shacks located here. However, because of this one must be very careful when going for a swim because of the danger the submerged rocks pose to those unfamiliar with the place.
3. Morjim beach
locally known as “Little Russia” because of its enormous Russian population, this beach is definitely one of the best beaches of Goa. Lined with restaurants and shacks, this beach is located south to the Ashwem beach. This beach is where you can catch a sight of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Apart from watersports, you can also go dolphin gazing and sea bird watching at this beach. Unlike any other beach in Goa, here, you can experience the goodness of both authentic Goan as well as Russian food due to the numerous Russian inhabitants present in and around the area.
4. Querim beach
Querim Beach in the North of Goa lies in a very secluded location, hence, travellers visit this beach only on guided excursions around Goa. Loads of trees, rocks and white sand engulf the coast of this beautiful beach and the river inlet is one of the most breathtaking features of this beach. The pine trees provide restful shade as you walk down the shoreline or simply sit down under one of them to catch the fresh salty air or to even enjoy a mid-day picnic with family and friends. The Terekhol River flows right in the sea and on the other side of the river lies the Terekhol Fort, which is now refurbished into a hotel. Ancestral Goan houses and authentic food are also available in the vicinity.
5. Vagator beach
One of the most beautiful beaches in North Goa, Vagator is located in the Bardez taluka. Made of two beaches- Ozran and Tambduki, Vagators shoreline is adorned with white sands and azure water. There are cliffs with red soil, rocks and palm trees that are a prominent feature of the landscape of this beach. Looking for quiet and seclusion on a trip to Goa? Well, then this is definitely the place for you. Furthermore, the Sunburn festival recently shifted its venue to this beach. Small stalls and eateries are found all around this beautiful beach making it a perfect spot to vacation at.
6. Sinquerim beach
Though this beach is located in the bustling north goa it is a silent one with very few visitors compared to other goan beaches. Located at the bottom of the Candolim-Calangute-Baga beach this beach has a very quiet and peaceful feel with just a handful of beach shacks on the white sands. Sinquerim is popular among tourists flocking to this beach from all over the world. The beach is close to some of the best nightclubs in Goa and another key attraction is Fort Aguada located in its vicinity.