Baga Beach – One That Has It All
Majestic white waves rushing to wipe out the feet imprints left on sand while the wind continues to flirt with the palm trees, Baga Beach in Goa looks as if it has come straight out of a painting. The serenity of this wooded headland coupled with its scenic beauty in itself an attraction of Baga beach. Soft waves of the sea, shallow shore line, river Baga meeting sea beside small hill, relaxing beach chairs with larger umbrellas & all you need is at Baga beach. The beach is named after the Baga Creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea at the north end of the beach.
Baga Beach lies in between its more famous siblings, the Anjuna and the Calangute in north Goa, just 9 km from Mapusa and 16 from Panaji. Baga begins where Calangute ends. Kamali is the nearest railway station near Baga beach. Regular bus service from Panaji and Mapusa is availed regularly be tourists. Baga also is approachable by cabs, two wheelers and buses from Dabolim, the nearest airport. It looks to be a regular beach when you first look at it but on the other side there are hillocks, greenery and more importantly the water streams into a backwater flow. The Baga River makes this popular holiday destination most interesting. The river waters are calm enough for children to enjoy. To the south of the river you will find lush green paddy fields with locals fishing or searching for the delightfully delicious local oysters. The beach is protected by the rocky headlands. Being a fishing beach, boats, nets and other fishing equipment are often laid on the sand when not in use, lending an old fashioned charm to this small beach.
Tourists visiting Goa Baga beach can choose from luxury resorts to rented houses. La Calypso Paradiso Getaway Resort, La Baga Beach Resort, Colonia Santa Maria, and Cavala Resort are some of the hotels at Baga beach. Lario’s Beach Shack, Britto’s and Fiesta are some of the places to try out a delicious meal.
Baga Beach has lots to offer; peaceful relaxation to start off with the usual distractions of beach shacks offering a variety of delectable local cuisine and drinks, and for those who can’t resist; colorful and beautiful trinkets and handicraft fabricated out of locally available resources. Apart from this some of the must do’s are water sports like para – sailing, water skiing, wind surfing, speed boat rides, bumpy rides and banana rides, fishing, dolphin watching and candlelight dinners.
If you are a music lover and enjoy partying, Baga is the place for you. Baga has an excellent nightlife. It indeed has the liveliest nightlife in that area. People usually end up at Club Mambo’s, Tito’s or Cubana, three of the famous clubs in the area.
Baga Retreat House or Casa de Retiros dedicated to St. Francis Xavier is situated on the Baga hilltop which offers a splendid view of the surrounding areas. Another major attraction is the Medicinal Springs at Mottant. There are beach excursions to the Medicinal Springs: The narrow road leading past the Bom Viagem Convent along the cashew-covered foothills, leads to the springs at Mottant. This is an ideal spot for picnics and bathing, as the water is believed to be medicinal. And the Baga Retreat House: Overlooking the village and the Arabian Sea, at the Baga hilltop is the Baga Retreat House dedicated to St Francis Xavier. It was known as the Casa de Retiros.
Like the flea market of Anjuna, Baga has started a Saturday night market. The advantage of the Night Market in Baga is that it has longer trade season. It opens in November and runs until the end of May. Opening hour is from 6 pm till late night. The Market has free parking zone. A great number of different shops and stores offer their visitors the extensive selection of goods, mostly handmade by the local artisans: clothing, souvenirs, jewelry, shoes, leather goods and other nice and useful things. All of goods presented at the Market are made from the natural materials only and has different quality. Here you can also take a quick bite in small cafes, watch the performances of different musicians and dancers and even dance yourself!
The combination of chirping birds overhead, the whispering of waves and the sound of flying leaves of palm trees with winds create a pleasant sound and it seems as if the Baga Beach were calling people to visit its fascination. A Beautiful stretch of the coastline with the groves of palm trees very close to the water edges creates a stunning ambience. Baga is a beach worth a visit, atleast once during your stay in Goa.
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