Candolim beach still remains one of my favorites for almost always having just the right amount of people and the right kind of people , well except during Sunburn of course. A must do at Candolim beach is the Shack “Sunnyside Up” which remains open throughout the year, so if you are an off season traveler like me, you will still get to feast on some of the most delicious food you can get by a beach. Try their King Prawns and sea food pasta with some chilled Beer or a glass of wine, while you watch the sunset over the sea. The 360 Degree resort which houses “Sunny Side Up” is in fact one of the most perfect places to stay at if you are willing to spend a little. Placed on the beach, this is just the right place to be at.
Another beach which most people miss out on is Arambol. Relatively unknown to most tourists and not yet scavenged , this beach has a bohemian feel that Goa was about once upon a time. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Goa. It borders North on Keri Beach and South on Mandrem Beach. Arambol is relatively more popular with foreign tourists as it offers a vibrant mix of facilities like Yoga, meditation and live music scenes influenced by the gypsy fusion culture. There is also a small fresh water lake near the sea, which is one of the major attractions here. On the way to Arambol we happened to stop at the Riva Resort which had a wonderful spa, where one could get massages by the water. It was absolutely relaxing, the soothing silence and the sound of nature can really help you attain momentary inner peace. I highly recommend this.
Well, one can’t survive on beaches alone when in Goa, partying till the wee hours of morning has become a rule of sorts for most. And if you happen to be in this category, then forget Mambo’s or Tito’s because they were passé atleast 5 years back, and head down to Sinquerim beach road to one of Goa’s best nightlife spots “Sinq”. Need more incentive? Then how does Open Bar on entry charge sound to you?! And if you are visiting during peak season then you may just find yourself in a pool party at Sinq! Another option is Love Karma Passion or more commonly known as LPK, way too crowded in my opinion, but you might want to try it out.
Food Spotting in Goa?
Try some authentic Goan food at Florentine’s in Saligao. Their Chicken Cafreal, Prawn Vindaloo and Prawn Xacuti is to die for, even as I write this I cannot stop thinking about when I can eat there again! It is that good. A must try for foodies visiting Goa.
Other places that I would recommend are Butter in Panjim which is a nice place if you just want to hang out and grab a few drinks, then there is The Backyard in Bardez if you are looking for a mean grill, another place that serves good food is OCoqueiro in Bardez. Then you have your good old Sunny Side Up at Candolim beach, Britto’s at Baga and Fat Fish in Arpora and Breakfast always, always means Infantaria in Calangute. Every time you go to Goa there is always a new place to try, that’s what I love about the place!