Goa, a paradise of beautiful attraction, settled magnificently surrounded by seas and abundant greenery is a dream destination for millions of travellers across the globe. The gleaming sands, exotic beaches and mouth-watering seafood are the specialities of Goa. The popular places of interest in Goa fall in North Goa and South Goa.
North Goa is quite a hit with young generation and party fanatics with famous beaches like Calangute, Candolim and Baga which are the oldest beaches in Goa, the most affordable resort strip with endless shacks and restaurants, is the core of the region. Anjuna is for its famous Wednesday market, Vagator still displays some hippy cool and party vibe and Arambol for its peaceful environment. If you want to do plenty of things at a fast pace, this where you should be.
South Goa is the more peaceful half of the state, and for many travellers that’s the pull. There are fewer activities with a small number of clubs, shacks and restaurants but in general the beaches of the south are cleaner, whiter and are less crowded as compared to the north. The coast of South Goa consists of five star resorts of Cavelossim as well as backpacker beach huts of Palolem. If you want to take it easy, relax and re-energize yourself, this is where you should be.
Some of the recommended places by TFB:
Thalassa on small Vagator beach is a must visit. You cannot go to Goa and not visit this place- you’ll fall in love again. Traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and fresh seafood is a treat for your taste buds with great booze and desserts makes this restaurant one of the best in Goa. Open for about 8 months out of the year, Thalassa has an exquisite menu with food cooked to perfection. This restaurant is ideally located on the cliff with an endless breathtaking view of the Vagator beach, palm trees and the sunset. Thalassa’s staff puts on a real show that includes great fire dance, Greek Belly dancing and a lot of fanfare along with plate being crushed and lively music to entertain their customers. The place starts to get crowded after 5pm so reservations are recommended to get a table with the best possible view.
Curlies is situated on a quiet & detached portion of Anjuna Beach. But once you arrive at it, the partying spirit surrounding this place instantly uplifts your mood. The ground floor has regular seating which serves food, drinks and hookah. The first floor has a much cooler arrangement with cushions on floor & low raise tables. The shack offers a wide variety of food to choose from and the drinks are reasonably priced & cocktails are pretty decent. In general the atmosphere and the crowd that goes to Curlies make it so special and classical. The place is open till very late (beyond 2am, sometimes whole night) which is a definite plus for the partying crowd.
When at Baga, you cannot neglect out on experiencing the relishing eat-out at Brittos. With a perfect location at the beach, there’s something about Britto’s that it remains busy throughout the year which makes it an ideal place to get pleasure from a decent Goan shack.This is one of those places where you immediately realize why it has it’s well-deserved reputation. It’s packed because it should be – its outstanding food, drinks and cocktails and to-die-for desserts- A total package of ‘Heavenly’.Visit this shack and indulge your taste buds. The sea food platter is a must have here.
- St. Anthony’s
St. Anthony’s is a private shack next to Britto’s, on the main Baga-Calangute beach road which is popular amongst the tourists for its karaoke. Their beach side neon lighting distinguishes it well and one can be easily impressed. The restaurant and shack is spread in a vast area with plenty space to sit inside enjoying drinks and the mouth-watering food.
- LPK Waterfront
The LPK waterfront is one of the most striking party spot in Goa located on the banks of the River Nerul in Candolim. Club LPK is spot on to its name. Love, passion and karma – all three are appropriately depicted by the party scene and the fantastic décor of the club. Exceptionally sculpted teracotta statues all around with an amazing view in the background, LPK Goa is all it promises. This club is surrounded by water on three sides. In the club, there are carvings all over the walls and ceilings. This cave-like structure takes us back to our antediluvian times with post-modern music.
- Club Cubana
The first thing that would strike anyone is the astonishing location and the super cool environment of the club amongst the treetops and under a starlit sky. There are no other places in Goa which have created a legend of their own and Club Cubana in Arpora is the one place you should definitely not miss. Famous for its incredible ambience and interiors, Club Cubana is spread over a number of levels with an indoor dance floor, VIP Jacuzzi, a chill-out pool bar and a couple of other hassle-free hang-out zones. The top-notch nightclub has fabulous music, some wild cocktails and theme nights.