Water, water everywhere
Baga Beach was often seen as just one facet of greater Calangute, yet nowadays it's developed so much of its own character that Baga Beach is a hotspot in its own right. Calangute draws the crowds, yet Baga Beach gives them somewhere to relax, at least until the nightlife blazes into action and the beach parties get into full swing.
The sea is brilliant blue and supremely enticing, which explains why windsurfing and waterskiing are consistently popular pastimes in these parts. Of course, opportunities to submerge yourself with some snorkel gear and see what lies beneath is also open to you, all under the guidance of experts as friendly as they are knowledgeable.
However, don't forget that Baga Beach is named because it's also the mouth of Baga Creek, which flows with tranquility into the sea and offers a whole new way to enjoy the water. Families congregate around the riverbank to let the little ones splash and play, and it's become a popular place for couples to picnic.
Plenty to see all year round
With temperatures that hover around 30°C every month on the calendar, Baga Beach is the place to be even in the dead of winter back home. In the summer months, an array of flea markets and festivities keep happiness at a high. That carnival ambience is an eternal element of the lifestyle here - think bustling market days in the style of Cuba or Mexico.
In fact, the region's links to Portugal have made for some stunning colonial architecture further inland. Yet with drinking and dancing aplenty to partake of right by the shore, it's going to be tricky to pull yourself away.
When winter rolls around, don't think they're going to pack away the fun any time soon. In fact, this is the ideal season for those hoping to take advantage of cheap Goa holiday packages. Between November and May, every night from 7pm you'll find stalls, stands and kiosks laden with everything from local delicacies to colourful fabrics and intricately made handicrafts. Souvenir shopping is a must.
Flavours of every kind
The food you'll find here mixes in cues from every point on the map. Naturally, the Indian classics are well represented, with curries of every aroma hanging in the air, featuring tender pork and crisp vegetables. A stylish coffee in the cafe traditions of the backstreets of Italy is an option to set up a day of exploration, while many of the classic dishes of Thailand bring exotic flavours to your lips.
Venues such as Cafe Mambo have gained a positive reputation that extends far beyond the boundaries of Baga Beach, and that lively style of savouring your mealtimes if very much par for the course here. Terrace cafes on plateaus overlooking the ocean make for splendid ways to make the most of the sights as much as the succulence. So ensure that you put visits to those locales into your schedule while taking in this laid-back yet exciting part of the world.