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Discover the world famous Baga Beach with its soft sand, delightful driftwood bars, and moonlit parties around raging bonfires, and explore isolated nature reserves spread over inland islands and mountain foothills, complete with unique animals, verdant foliage, and the benefit of a private guide. Goa gets top marks as a tourist destination, a popular long-haul destination for travelers seeking sunshine, exotic surroundings, and beautiful beaches. Typical tourist towns are filled with garish bars, ornate temples, and roadside seafood shacks, lined up alongside vibrant markets selling gaudy trinkets and tourist souvenirs.

Things to see

Most tourists who travel to Goa have heard of Baga Beach, a popular and highly commercialized stretch of sand edged by thatched driftwood stalls and local bars. It’s always busy, the golden sand turned multi-colored by a rainbow of bright towels and parasols, the surf crashing along the coast in a line of white, and the idyllic paradise disturbed by the sound of local traders hawking their fresh fruit and coconut water from makeshift carts. It might not look like much, but when the sun disappears the area comes alive in a cacophony of music from lantern-lit drinking dens, while a collection of ramshackle stalls selling local crafts and native clothing springs to life as the Baga Night Market gets into full swing. To enjoy peace and solitude in Goa, you need to head to Mandrem Beach, a quieter stretch of sand that’s perfectly situated for restful sunbathing. It’s not totally isolated, but it’s laid-back and serene, just the way an exotic beach should be. When it’s time to shop for souvenirs of your trip there’s only one place to go - Anjuna Flea Market. Cramped and overcrowded, it’s difficult to see where one stall ends and another begins. Handcrafted wares are spread on flattened cardboard sheets covering the ground, towering stalls hold swathes of headscarves and shawls, and leather flip-flops are jumbled together in bins.

Hotels in Goa

Hotels in Goa are not difficult to find. High-end resorts, comfortable guest houses, and pretty inns are abundant in its lively towns and idyllic beach resorts. The ‘get-away-from-it-all’ lifestyle can be enjoyed in jungle retreats where the only noise is the sound of the wind through the dense canopy. Luxury hotels in Goa are typically elegant affairs. Many of them delight with the air of an old-fashioned colonial estate house, featuring outsized guestrooms with en-suite facilities, balconies with far-reaching views over the sparkling ocean or the inland jungle terrain, and complimentary breakfast served on the terrace. Spa and sporting facilities, as well as a decadent outdoor swimming pool, are also popular additions.

Where to stay

Baga Beach is particularly popular with tourists, and it’s a great choice for travelers who enjoy a lively party atmosphere. Hotels in Goa close to this hotspot are within easy walking distance of popular bars and restaurants, noisy markets, and ornate temples. Not far from Baga is a completely different sort of beach, and one where relaxation is entirely possible. Palolem Beach is a pretty, curving stretch of sand that reaches around a bay. It’s hugged by high-end resorts that offer fine-dining restaurants, stylish bars, and pretty coffee shops with sea views.

How to get to Goa

Arriving in Goa usually means landing at Daoblim Airport. Onward travel is available by local bus or taxi, and brave drivers who don’t mind competing against the Goan traffic can choose to hire a car. Luxury hotels in Goa typically provide their own transport for airport transfers which takes the difficulty out of your arrival.

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