Baga Beach – the Most Popular Beach of Goa
Baga Beach is named after the ‘Baga creek’ which flows into the Arabian Sea. This beautiful location is situated just 30km (18 miles) from Panjim in the North. Baga Beach is also famous for having some of the grooviest nightlife in vintage cafes and pubs. Tourist has often stated to love the crowd of this location for its enthusiasm and surrounding places because it’s full of interesting attractions.
Where is the Baga Beach?
This brilliant Baga Beach is located towards the North Goa, around 9 km (6 miles) from Mapusa. The beach is also located around 16 km (10 miles) from the capital of Goa, Panjim.
Baga Beach is also close to two other very famous beaches like Anjuna Beach to the north and Calangute Beach to the south. When you are traveling from the nearest Airport, plan your schedule accordingly.
Best Time to Visit Baga Beach
As for Baga Beach, it remains warm throughout the year, with a temperature, not more than 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit), however, the temperature drops at night to around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The summer days on this beach are extremely humid and it increases during the peak summer months.
Also, the beach huts and shacks mostly close down during the monsoon months, but you will find some satisfying nightlife. This brings you to the conclusion that visiting Baga Beach during the winter months will be the best option for you.
Things to Do in Baga Beach
If you have been interested in taking an ayurvedic massage, then this spa session will be of great help. The sessions are mostly 1 hour to 2 hours long and it offers some very beneficial healing properties and helps in eliminating various diseases. It will also help in getting rid of the migraine, headaches and many minor problems.
Monsoon Fun Park
If you are planning this trip with kids and family members, then visiting the Monsoon Fun Park will be a good option. This park is extremely thrilling for kids and known as India’s first inflatable water park.
Boat Rides in Mangroves
There many boat rides and boat sails to try from across the Cumbarjua River that pass through the mesmerizing mangroves of the river. If you have plans to stay for a long time, then after exploring the beaches and the famous destinations, you can go for a boat ride to Dudhsagar Falls from Goa or Keralan.
Water Sports Activities
Baga Beach will be a brilliant location for people who love adventure sports. The opportunities are endless and you will love how much varieties this beach to offer. You will be able to try water sports like
• Scuba Diving
• Motorboat ride
• Jet skiing
• Dolphine rides
• Open water diving
• River Cruise or Banana ride
Some of the other water sports on Baga Beach also include body boarding, single and double kayaking, knee boarding, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, and speed board rides. You will be able to try these interesting activities for 10 min or for an hour depending on how much money you are planning to spend on the recreation. Let’s give you a rough count, where these activities can cost you something around INR 200-1,500.
Shopping in Baga Beach
If you have heard about the Night markets in Goa, then you will never miss the opportunity of visiting the famous Mackie Night Bazaar. It’s the ultimate place to find global sellers trading the specialties of their land in the market. You will also come across the delicious food stalls and a wide variety of items. There are enough things to buy many a souvenir in the market, you can choose from the extensive range of handicrafts, trendy dresses, spices, jewelry, music instruments, and many other things.
Nightlife in Baga Beach
Let’s give you some brilliant places to chill and have fun, tourists who visit the Baga beach must know the famous places by name. The commercial nightlife of this place is brilliant, places like Tito’s club, café Mambo, Cape Town café, Cocktail & Dreams, Calva, and many others. These night clubs house some of the national and international DJs, and you will love to groove over the hit beats. The entry for single ladies is free like most of the clubs in Goa. These places also offer delicious food and unique cocktails and drinks; you will be amazed to look at the impressive flame juggling artists and their innovative skills.
Sightseeing in Baga Beach
Apart from the lovely beachside, shacks, night clubs, pubs, and restaurants, you will also come across some of the perfect sightseeing spots around Baga Beach. You will love the sight of Our Lady of Piety which is an Old Portuguese church aged around 250 years. Other places to explore are the Chapora Fort, Aguada Fort, and Dr. Salim Ali Bird sanctuary, all these places are in a close distance to Baga Beach and you can easily explore.
How to get there?
Let’s simplify the travel journey for you. Here are the nearest transport platforms from where you can easily get to Baga Beach without any break journey or problems.
The nearest railway station to Baga is Thivim which is around 18.9 km (11 miles) away. The closest airport to Baga is Goa's Dabolim Airport located around 50 kilometers (31 miles) away. The easiest and the most hassle-free way to reach Baga Beach is hiring a taxi from the railway station that will cost you around INR 600-700 and you will safely reach the destination. Even from the airport, you will find pre-paid taxis to get to wherever you like within INR 1,500.
Hiring taxis is a better option unless you want to take buses or any public transport with a break journey. Imagine traveling around in public transports with 15 kg plus luggage. Does that sound madness?