Goa is located in southwest India. It’s India’s smallest state by area and 4th smallest by population. It is also one of India’s richest states and was ranked number 1 for quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population.
The Arabian Sea borders Goa on the west leading to its international popularity as a beach destination.
The weather is hot and humid. January’s average high is 90ºF (31.6ºC) and its average low is 67ºF (19.6ºC). July’s average high is 84ºF (28.9ºC) and its average low is 75ºF (24.1ºC). The rainiest month is July when it gets an average of 39 inches of rain!
Fun Fact: A little known film outside of India is the 1972 Bollywood adventure-comedy Bombay to Goa. The movie was popular enough that it was remade in 2007.
Beaches in Goa India
Goa has a lot of beaches! In fact, Holiday Guide lists 54. But, we’re talking about a large area. The coastline covers 78 miles (125 km) and the beaches are divided into North and South Goa. In general, the northern beaches are more commercial and touristy. This is where less expensive and mid-priced accommodations are found. The southern beaches are more private. Wherever you go, the further north or south you travel, the less crowded the beaches usually are.
Travel India considers these the 5 best beaches:
- Mandrem Beach
- Agonda Beach
- Baga Beach
- Candolim Beach
- Cavelossim Beach
TripAdvisor lists 505 hotels, 922 B&Bs and Inns, 1162 Specialty Lodgings, and 925 Vacation Rentals. Clearly, there is no shortage of places to stay. Out of those choices, there are five 2016 Traveler’s Choice Winners.
- Acorn Waterfront Resort
- Bougainvillea Guest House
- Seashell Beach Suites
- Shanti Morada
- Taj Exotica
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin