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India: North Goa (Baga to Arambol)

Highlights and thoughts on North Goa

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North Goa

North and South Goa have very distinct and different vibes.
I'll summarise my experience of the towns I visited in North Goa

Panjim

Capital of Goa - has a really friendly and easy vibe. It feels very Poruguese indeed - especially the architecture!

Baga

A party town on the beach with plenty of quiet spots along the river.
Lot's of clubbing options and a lot of backpackers and Indian families.
Nice but crowded.

Candolim

It felt like 'Sexy Beast'. A lot of older retirees (possibly retired East End gangsters ) who now while their days away lying on a deck chair on the beach, getting served fish and chips whilst getting massaged with coconut oil, and then for dinner go to karaoke themed restaurants in town to sing Cliff Richard's hits after their crumbed calamari, as their mates happily clap along :-)
A lot quieter than Baga, and some really nice shacks to chill and eat on the beach ('Floyds' is rasta themed)

I stayed in Beach Nest, which is just a short path from the beach in dense jungle area. So peaceful and quiet.
Candolim is nice but not really for backpackers.

Anjuna

Only really got to see the market here.
It's more of a party and alternative travellers' scene and the market is ace!

Arambol

10-4 good buddies
Destroy, kill all hippies

- Primal Scream

Took a very scenic, joyful bus here from Mapusa.
Arambol is hippy central with it's main drag being 'Glastonbury Street' - flooded with the usual shops selling faux Indian clothes, drums, jewellery, etc.
There is a very established scene here of folks who seemed to have checked out of their previous existence, opting to spend most of the day at one of the many beachside shacks chain smoking charras and playing with their hair.
I'm getting too old for trance and apathy. Nontheless I didn't really get a great vibe from Arambol, but did stay at a lovely guesthouse on Glastonbury Street run by a really friendly Indian family.

Vagator on the other hand....

Vagator

Vagator feels deserted (in a good way) there is so much space - very deep beach and long distances between shacks and beach. You can go for a walk in the bach and be the only person withing a 300 metre radius. The vibe is very quiet in chilled.
There is kite surfing and yoga - but that's about it. If you want real peace, space, awesome beach and a forward thinking vibe, Vagator is a great option.

All in all, I probably wouldn't return to anywhere in North Goa except for Vagator....

You can see my photos of the Goan beaches here.

Posted by SkinnyFists 05:58 Archived in India Tagged arambol vagator anjuna panjim north_goa

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