There are a few places on this planet that allow you to connect with, on the level this side of India does! Goa is a magical retreat from your everyday life. To truly experience this city I would suggest you turn off any network or internet connections you have, rent a Vespa scooter and just enjoy! Known to be the center of hippies in the 60’s, Goa still has the spirit and the life that used to be so popular back then. Don’t be surprised to run into a tattooed couple in their 50’s dancing to a trance tune next to you, or a young western couple performing fire acrobats along the beach.
Taxis are the most expensive commodity of Goa, so make sure you learn how to drive a scooter before you get here. You can find a scooter for rent at almost every corner of town, I would recommend you go with a Vespa as it gives you a little bit more road stability, don’t worry about cows crossing the road, as long as you are not disturbing them they will not disturb you!
The roads are extremely easy, but note down if you are relying on your Google maps to get around, purchasing a Sim card with 3g coverage requires registration which might take up to 3 days. So you will have to figure out a solution for that one, make sure you book your sim card the moment you arrive, alternatively you will have to convince a local to rent you his!
To fully experience the magic of Goa I would recommend a stay not shorter than 2 weeks, as there are plenty of activities to fill both your days and your nights! In Addition to Markets and special events that happen on a 1 day per week basis, best month to visit this magical city would be December as it’s also one of the top cities to celebrate new years
Here are 6 things I think cannot be missed when visiting this magical city!
Goa’s clubs are unique, and so is the crowed, wether it’s a genuine trance experience or a modern hip hop dancing place, whatever you are looking for you will find it here, upon arriving to Goa we noticed so much advertising about Tito’s yet honestly it did not make it to my list as we weren’t impressed by the place
Club Cubana of Goa might be the number 1 spot for nightlife, it offers indoor and outdoor seating, some tasty snacks and lovely scenery, the club is located on top of a Hill and has an entry fee of around 15 USD per person inclusive of an open bar which has local drinks served at your convenience, you can also buy premium liqueur at a separate bar, if you’re going for the Local I would highly recommend old Munk with Seven up, you will notice that it’s a Goan favorite. The club itself is split into 4 areas, and feels like your in a forest with a luxurious swimming pool in the middle, even if you don’t have the energy to dance, make sure you visit this place! Fun starts at around 11:00 pm, don’t worry if its empty before than changes in minutes
p.s the no drugs sign on the door is for real! they will search you before entering 🙂
LPK Waterfront – Love, Passion, Karma
What captures our attention to LPK was the enormous amount of photos taken at the place, the structure and location of this club is just breath taking, it’s a one of a kind sight! The drive to LPK might be a bit long, and if you’re going for a proper party, this might be the time to switch to a taxi, going inside the club we were not as impressed as when visiting Club Cubana, but it did make the list of the top clubs in Goa, the actual dancing place is a bit small and crowded and the outdoor area is not as big as the others, but I wouldn’t leave Goa without checking this place out.
- Chill out in the afternoon, Party at night!
The drive to curlies is an interesting experience itself, don’t mind being stopped by a few sleeping cows on the way, and make sure you arrive here on a 2 wheeler! once you park there is a 5 minute walk make sure you have enough battery in your phone as you might need your torch on the way back! until you reach the hut, arrive just before sunset and make sure to secure a table on the 2nd floor, the view is spectacular the food is amazing, this is the type of place where you can easily spend a day from sunset to sunrise, while the music of the evening changes to the music of the night, the vibe the crowd and the feel of this place aren’t to be missed. Variety of Cocktails and food are a match for everyone. The interior is basic, but what makes this places special is the spaced out crowed right from the 60’s and the chill out music that just manages to take you away
Chronicle ( Vagator)
If I had to list down the best views I have seen in my life, Chronicle would sure make the top 10 list. This place is relatively new to Goa, but it had already managed to be a popular spot! Arriving here before sunset is a must, sip on sum delicious cocktails and enjoy amazing snack at a view you will never forget, if your patient enough for the night, they do host some of the most amazing parties, make sure to check there schedule in advance, as those happen on particular days when you get the big crowds.
The amount and variety of restaurants available in Goa is amazing, from the local seafood specialties to any international taste you might want to try! 2 spots took my breath away during my last trip and they just can’t be missed
Thalassa is a Greek restaurant, located on a top hill above the small Vagator Beach, the view in this place again makes it to my top 10 views I have ever seen, make sure to book a table in Advance this place is busy, and is busy on a daily basis, although the prices aren’t cheap the portions aren’t small either, so only go for appetizer and main course if you are really hungry! The Ambiance makes you feel in Greece, along with the view, the music and the service. The food is exceptional and so is the service
This is place is heaven for foodies, go for the seafood platter without hesitation, this is your typical by the beach candle lit dinner spots, the vibe is lovely but the food is even better! Brittos is legendary actually your trip to Goa is not done unless you have come here.
The shack-restaurant is located on the most bustling beaches of Goa Baga Beach. The place is big and has a lot of seating.
- What to see during the day?
These falls are absolutely breath taking, make sure to arrive there early as the trip is quite interesting, dress comfortable and be ready for a swim, make sure you pack as light as possible as there will be no place to store your items one you are swimming, the water is freezing and they don’t allow you to get in without a life jacket, but it’s one of the most interesting experiences I have had in my life. Make sure to take some monkey food with you, as you will meet a lot of them on the way to the fall. You will arrive to a small town where you will be moved to a 4*4, the trip takes around 20 minutes and then another 15 minutes’ walk from there, if you do have a GO PRO I’m sure it will come in handy during the whole trip!
A Local spice plantation is an absolute must, a tour guide will explain to you in a mini made plantation the sorts of tree’s they grow, you will be amazed how lovely they are, all the tours are finished with a meal prepared from the farms spices, an absolute delight that is worth your time, you can simply combine in with the fall, on the way back if you arrive early
Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla
12th-century Shaivite temple of the Lord Mahadeva and an active place of Hindu worship. It is notable as the oldest temple in Goa. This places captures you from the moment you arrive, where locals sell you some banana’s to feed the monkey on the way, the serenity the peacefulness of this place is like no other, it is absolutely magical and has a river right next to it, there is mesmerizing magic that cannot be described in words, note down that this place is worth the trip
Goa offers a variety of beaches that will defiantly suite your taste, weather you are looking for a quite coconut dream beach, a loud party or a fantastic spot to eat! It’s all here in this magical city, below are the top 3 that I have enjoyed
The beach is around 20-25 KM from Anjuna, but that distance sure adds up to preserving the beach in the state it is, It’s more like a virgin beach neatly tucked away in one corner of Goa.
Should you decide to spend some quality times with the beautiful nature of GOA. Arambol beach is the place to Head. Amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and the perfect sunset, although I don’t remember having a bad sunset in any of the 9 beaches I have visited. This beach stands out to be a bit away from the main crowed, with a few hippies here and there, it does also offer some beach shacks across, I would say it’s the perfect beach for a walk along side.
Indeed is one of the best beaches in Goa – long, soft sand, untouched, and very clean. Spectacular sunsets and awesome twilight. Waters are calm, so don’t expect any surfing. But then again Goa isn’t really a surfing spot. Perfect for spending a lazy day with your Camera! The ride to the place itself is worth it, with beautiful green on both sides in addition to a handful of shacks available.
Vagator Beach is split into two main Big Vagator and Small Vagator(also known as Ozran Beach)! Perfect parking and shopping spaces you can find in big Vagator,a wide veriety of Party and trance spots in both small and Big Vagator, the beach is a very touristy place yet still preserves its original vibe, this is one of the few beaches we have actually returned to several times, as there is so much to discover in and around it, it comes highly recommended
you have a lovely shopping opportunities around all the beaches, but 2 unique shopping experiences you should not miss
Saturday Night Market!
Beautiful place, the whole of Goa is about relax and enjoy. Saturday market is a must, live music bars stools happy people! its the only place where my wife was able to locate some very hipster outfits which were quite unique, in addition to any type of souvenir you can dream off! make sure to bargain, but know the limit for bargaining as well
Wednesday Flea Market
One of the best place to find stuff you will not find in a stores, from precious stones leather stuff,paintings, carvings, sunglasses, antiques and a lot more.pass by before 4 pm as they start closing on sunset, there a few bars at the end of the market where you can have a meal with a bear and a band with live music!
to sum up, Goa is a must visit place on your travel list! if your looking for a luxury escape in an elite resort, this can also be found, but the best of Goa is its heart, rent a bike, get dirty and enjoy!