This very quiet yet beautiful stretch of coastline is about a 20-minute motorbike ride from Palolem and attracts the more laidback travellers looking for complete peace and quiet. While there may not be much to do except hang around in a hammock with an ice-cold Kingfisher beer (for Dhs.3), Agonda is one of the most mesmerising spots to watch the sun set. It's no wonder why so many people end up staying far longer than they intended.
While it has changed dramatically since its original days, Anjuna still retains a touch of the unconventional. A trip to the dream beaches of the 1960s hippie trail is worthy of a visit if only to witness the hoard of travelling hippies that have somehow got lost in time here. Itís still very much a party town; head to Curlieís, a very popular place for an evening drink, an alternative crowd and the odd impromptu party. Also, try to get here on a Wednesday to see the legendary flea market.
Once a sleepy fishing village called Harmal, Arambol Beach has become the newest hippie haven of Goa. Each season, the locals are joined by hundreds of backpackers, who are also attracted to the laidback environment and live music scene there. The popularity of Arambol as a beach destination is growing every year but, so far, it still retains an uncommercialised feel. Local pressure has ensured there are no resorts built here to privatise the land; basic guesthouses, particularly huts on the beach, are the only type of accommodation on offer, and, quite frankly, who would want it any other way?
Bordered by Calangute Beach to the south, and Anjuna Beach to the north, Baga Beach may be the most tourist-heavy beach in the country. But, for those who like action, it's one of the most happening beaches on the coast. You'll find everything from watersports to fine dining restaurants there, along with a pulsating nightlife that carries on into the early hours.
Situated in northern Goa, Morjim is home to the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle. Kitesurfers also frequent the beach as the shallow waters and wide spaces create the perfect surfing location.
Picturesque Palolem Beach is a semi-circle shaped beach with shady palm trees and soft sand. Since it was discovered, it's become a backpacker haven. It may not be as deserted as it once was but Palolem is still the ultimate beach destination in south Goa. The little coastal town has shops and restaurants but still manages to retain its unspoilt charm. The beaches are relatively empty except for a few local fishermen with their boats, not to mention the ubiquitous cows laying about and enjoying the sun.
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