Miramar Beach – Viewing The Sea
A 2 km long coast of excellent, soft silvery sand bed, a mesmerizing vast blue sea in front of it, the Miramar Beach is a beautiful expanse of fine golden sands girdled with palm trees facing the blue Arabian Sea. Miramar beach is the sort of beach where you sit down and watch the sunset in its entire splendour.
Miramar is the beach area of the Goan capital of Panjim. The city is a 15 minute walk away. It was originally named Porta de Gaspar Dias by the Portuguese and the name was then later changed to Miramar. Situated at the confluence of the Mandovi River and the Arabian Sea, it is a small beach that occasionally hosts some events. There are several educational institutions in the surrounding vicinity, including Dhempe College of Arts and Science, Padmashree Vasantrao Dempo Higher Secondary School of Arts and Science and Sharada Mandir High School. One can reach Miramar beach within minutes from Panaji. Buses are available for Panaji. One can also hire taxis or bikes.
The word ‘Miramar’ in Portuguese stands for viewing the sea. The beach is lined with a thick covering of palm trees that provide an exotic look to the beach. One can always take a long walk under the shady trees and relax on the beach. The main attraction of the Miramar Beach in Goa is that it is the favorite place of the migratory birds. Owing to its location on the migration routes of several species of migratory birds, bird watching is a popular activity at the beach. Popular species of the migratory birds such as Plovers and Gulls arrive at the destination for their favorable climatic conditions, during winter season.
The beach commands a panoramic view of the Aguada fort just across the Mandovi River. The multi-cuisine stalls next to the beach are a treat to the locals as well as the tourist. It is very much commercialized with a large number of hotels like Goa Marriott Resort and Spa and restaurants like Pan Asian Bowl in close proximity to the beach. There are a lot of shopping centers and tourist destinations around the beach too.
A Roman structure at the entrance gives it a very artistic look. At Miramar beach, one can get pleasure and satisfaction with some interesting activities like fishing, bird watching, shopping, strolling around and taking leisurely walks alongside the seaside. Watersports like scuba diving, jet skiing, water surfing and fishing can be enjoyed. It is not a safe beach to swim due to strong undercurrents. One can go for some special shows and entertainment functions at the Kala Academy or visit some Offshore Casinos too.
All in all it’s a great place for the honey-mooners, family or the elderly. The soft sand of the beach makes it perfect for evening walks. Make sure you take a stroll during the night as the Miramar beach looks magical on a moonlit night when the silver sand beds are said to sparkle in the moonlight.