A guide to the best beaches in Calangute

Goa holidays offer a great selection of small beaches and hidden, sandy coves with ample sunbathing opportunities. The beautiful town of Calangute is home to what is arguably Goa’s most popular beach of them all, yet there are also a number of other rocky outcrops to enjoy if you’re looking for a more secluded coastal retreat.

Calangute Beach

Calangute’s namesake beach is known locally as the Queen of Beaches, which gives visitors here a rough idea of just how popular this vibrant stretch of flat, golden sand is. The beach has helped to put the town of Calangute on the map as a hotspot for both domestic and international tourists, so you’ll want to get here early if you’re hoping to grab a prime sunbathing spot.

Despite its crowds, the beach rarely feels too clustered and its cleanliness makes it a great choice for families. There is a wide and varied range of activities to be found here, with plentiful watersports to enjoy – including jet skiing and trips on the ever-popular banana boats. Once you’re done exploring, head to one of the many traditional Goan restaurants that line the shore.

Sinquerim Beach

If it’s an exhilarating day of beachside adventure that you’re after on a holiday to Goa, Sinquerim Beach may just be the right choice for you. There’s a seemingly endless abundance of activities to be enjoyed here, with everything from water-skiing and para-sailing to scuba diving excursions on offer. No matter your level of experience, friendly staff are able to cater to both amateurs and devoted watersports enthusiasts alike.

Featuring soft golden sands dotted with palm trees, Sinquerim Beach is also a great spot to lay down your beach towel and relax with a cocktail in hand. The Blue Shack is famous around the local area and serves a great selection of cold drinks and refreshments, with the kind of warm and welcoming service Goa is known for.

Coco Beach

Coco Beach is one of the less developed stretches of sand on the Goan coastline, yet its humble size also makes it one of the more private. The ideal choice for those hoping to get away from the hustle and bustle of neighbouring Calangute, visitors here can enjoy a slice of paradise all to themselves.

With dolphins making a regular appearance off the coast of Coco Beach, there are plenty of organised boat trips here that remain popular throughout the year. Lay back and enjoy the soft breeze as you head out into the ocean in search of these majestic creatures, accompanied by knowledgeable local tour guides who offer a wealth of information on the area. With a friendly restaurant-bar located close to the shoreline, the only problem you’ll have is drawing yourself away once its time to leave.

Baga Beach

Located a 20-minute walk north of Calangute Beach, Baga Beach is the second largest stretch of sand this town has to offer. Much like its sister, the beach is a hotspot for both locals and tourists, yet it tends not to get quite as busy and may be a better choice for those looking to secure their own patch of sand away from the crowds.

Due to this beach being a little quieter than others in the area, food and drinks served at the beachside shacks tend to be very reasonably priced. It’s worth noting that you won’t find private changing facilities here, but you’ll be rewarded with a friendly, welcoming beach that is the perfect spot to enjoy barbecues with friends and family.