Wondering where to go for a vacation with your family this winter? Here's why you should consider Goa!
When one thinks ofGoa, along with images of sands and the sea, one thinks of party hoppers,
drunken revelers, drugs, raves and hippies. However, there is a lot
more to Goa than its famous - or infamous party scene.
There is a distance of 40 km between North Goa and South Goa, so choose where you want to stay carefully. Once you have opted to stay in a particular area, other beaches are not easily accessible. So depending on what you are looking for, you can select the location.
North Goa is where all the action is. This is where you will find the most happening beaches,
nightclubs and dining areas. It is very lively during the winter, but
may get a bit too lively for comfort during the Christmas and New Year
season. If you are traveling with family, you may want to consider
staying somewhere a little less rowdy. However, if you are visiting Goa after peak season, you could consider staying in North Goa.
Some of the things worth visiting in North Goa are the flea market, held every Wednesday, the Fort Aguada and the Baga beach. Baga is the most action packed beach of Goa,
and the popular nightclub Tito's is just a few minutes walk from this
beach. Tito's is a must-see if you are with friends or other adults. On
the other hand, if you are with family and small children, you may be
tempted to eat here just to experience being in Tito's, but that makes
little sense. Tito's is known for its nightlife, not food. Instead, eat
at Fiesta. This is possibly the best restaurant in all of North Goa.
Make it a point to have your dinner here, since it is beautifully lit
with lanterns. The food is delicious, and the ambience, superb.
Although the famous St. Francis church and the Mangeshkar temples are located in South Goa, they are more or less bordering the North, and are not too far from Baga beach. They are however in the interiors of Goa, so wherever you stay, you will have to do a fair amount of driving to get here.
If you are looking for beautiful beaches where you can sit and relax, consider opting for South Goa. Although everyone insists that all the action is concentrated in North Goa, don't think that the beaches of South Goa are deserted. Far from it. Beaches here too have a regular influx of tourists during peak season. The people who opt to stay in South Goa want to keep a safe distance from the crazy revelry that goes on in North Goa.
If you want to be surrounded by groups of young men listening to loud
music and getting drunk in the afternoons, opt for the North. If you
want to spend all day lying peacefully on a clean beach, opt for the
south. There isn't as much to see here though, and if you stay far
South, you will be far removed from all the tourist hotspots. If you
are staying here, make it a point to dine at Zeebop. It has fabulous
live music, great food, and a very genial host.
No matter where you stay at Goa,
if you are a seafood lover, you will be happiest here. Make it a point
to eat by the shacks on the beach. The fish is absolutely fresh -
caught the same day, and cooked after you place your order - especially
in South Goa.
Prices are economical, and if you are vegetarian you can be sure that
the chef will willingly prepare a vegetarian option for you.
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