Calangute beach is one of the three most popular beaches in North Goa. It is a part of the long Baga-Calangute stretch where you will find water sports, shops, street vendors, cafes, beach shacks, and massage parlors. Coconut and palm trees line the shore. There are many sun beds and umbrellas. Calangute is also a popular nightlife destination. It is one of the flagship beaches of Goa, popular both with domestic and international tourists.
During the summer, in May and June, when the pre-monsoon heat made life difficult, the Portuguese colonists and well-to-do Goanese would come here for their mudança (change of air). Musicians in their straw hats played mandolin or guitar and sang fados (Portuguese songs) and Konkani dulpods at the beachfront bandstand to entertain them.
Calangute was then called “Kolli Gutti” or “land of the fishermen”.
The hippies or flower-children came next after they congregated at San Francisco in 1967. The Indians and foreign tourists followed, discovering the beaches of Goa. Many of them stayed for long-term. The beach has come a long way since then. It is now one of the most popular tourist hubs in North Goa. Together with Candolim and Baga, Calangute makes up the busiest stretch of sand in the North.
The Calangute beach is 16.3 kms from Panaji (the capital of Goa), 40.3 kms from the airport if you take the NH66, and 42.3 kms from the Vasco da Gama railway station by the NH366 followed by the NH66. It is next to the Baga beach.
Calangute is the most commercial and busiest of all North Goa beaches. It is a party destination, perfect for young people.
There are many beach shacks, restaurants, bars, cafes, and clubs. You will find many shops, boutiques, hotels and resorts. There are endless rows of sun decks where you will see foreigners getting a tan and Indians relaxing. There is water sports too – speed boats, banana boats and parasailing. Prices are reasonable. You will also find massage services right on the beach.
It is also close to some of the less crowded beaches of North Goa.
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Quick Facts About Calangute
Best Time of the Year to Visit
You can visit Calangute beach throughout the year, but it is more pleasant between November and February when the temperature is lower. There will be a lot more tourists in the winter. It will be wet in the monsoon, with a lot of downpours on some days. Very few water sports activities in the rainy season. Many shacks and restaurants may also be closed in the summer and monsoon.
The summer between March and early June is the hot season. Expect high daytime temperature and humidity. June to August is the monsoon. There will be heavy rains, black thunderous clouds, high wind, and a stormy sky. Avoid swimming in the sea as the waves are high and strong. During the tourist season the average day temperature is about +32°C, but in the night it cools down to +24°C. The sea water is are very warm and usually around +30°C.
|Climate in Calangute|
|Average high, °C||31,6||31,5||32,0||33,0||33,0||30,3||28,9||28,8||29,5||31,6||32,8||32,4||31,3|
|Average low, °C||19,6||20,5||23,2||25,6||26,3||24,7||24,1||24,0||23,8||23,8||22,3||20,6||23,2|
|Average precipitation mm||0,2||0,1||1,2||11,8||112,7||868,2||994,8||512,7||251,9||124,8||30,9||16,7||2926|
How to Reach Calangute Beach
- By Air — The Dabolim International Airport is 40.3 kms from Calangute. It is well connected with major Indian cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, etc.
- By Rail — The Vasco da Gama railway station is 42.3 kms from the beach. The closest railhead Thivim is 19.7 kms away.
- By Road — The Calangute is 10.5 kms from Mapusa, and 16.7 kms from Goa’s capital Panaji or Panjim.
Hire a car at the vehicle at the station or airport to reach the tourist hub. Most resorts, hotels, villas, apartments, big shops and supermarkets have car parking space. There are pre-paid taxi counters outside the airport and station. Cars and two-wheelers are available on hire.
Calangute beach is a top party destination in North Goa. There are many shacks, clubs, bars, and cafes. Plenty of water sports and adventure activities on the beach!
- Relax. Get a sun deck with an umbrella free if you order food or drinks at the shack. Negotiate a special price if you want to spend many hours on the beach.
- The beach is good for swimming, even for the kids, except during the monsoon. There are lifeguards. Watch out for the red flags. Come out of the water if you see red flags.
- There are many beach shacks like Karni's, Bubbles, Copacabana, Typsy, Paulo Candido, Moonlight, Peter's Shack, Sea Face, Jolly Boys, and others. For food, go to the Italian restaurant Bella Ciao, After Seven, Souza Lobo, Bob's Inn, Jam Point, Tibetan Kitchen, or the Oriental.
There are many spas and natural healing centers like the Cyril Yoga Ayurveda Centre, So Thai Spa, Neomis Salon and Spa, Sukho Thai Foot Spa, Papillon Salon & Wellness and the Ayurdham Goa.
You will find shops for virtually anything, from small street-side stalls to large department stores and supermarkets. If you want to buy cheap, shop at the small stores on the beachside and in the lanes.
- Saturday Bazar – Located close to the post office, it stocks grocery, meat, fish, and even pottery, textiles, and other provisions.
- Tibetan Market – Between Calangute and Baga. Buy incense sticks, prayer flags, statues, blankets, and singing bowls from the Tibetan culture and lifestyle.
- All About Eve – Unusual bags, clothes and accessories.
- Beach Wear Shoppe – Very close to the beach. Swimwear and beautiful cotton shirts that is perfect for the summer.
- The Fish Market – One of the biggest fish markets in Goa.
- Many tattoo stores, handicrafts and souvenir shops, metal crafts, leather items, jewelry, car and bike rentals, and travel agencies.
The St Alex Church in Calangute
The main attraction is the beach. But there are other things to see as well.
- Our Lady Of Piety – A 250 years old Portuguese church on the Calangute-Baga Road! See the statue of St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus on the cross in the main altar. Paintings on wood.
- Take a day off from the beach and visit Old Goa to see its stunning monasteries and churches. The St. Cajetan Church, Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Catherine Cathedral, and the ruins of the St. Augustine Church will surely impress you.
- St. Alex Church – A well-maintained 18th century church with a stunning façade and decorated interiors. Close to the Calangute post office.
- Kerkar Art Complex – See the exhibits displayed artistically with earthly things like shells, pebbles, bamboos, and colorful stones.
- Visit the Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary at a distance of 11.4 kms if you take the Chogm Road.
Top 5 Best Restaurants
Enjoy a snack or sumptuous dinner at Calangute. Choose from traditional Goanese, Konkani, or Marathi food, north and south Indian, Chinese and Continental.
- i-95 – Open-air restaurant with nice décor. World cuisine. Try their grilled meats, tuna, tangy beef, and the house wines. The hosts reportedly met at a Royal Caribbean Cruise and decided to start the eatery.
- Souza Lobo – On the beach. The best place for spicy coastal food. It’s a long wait, but the food is delicious. Try the Goan sausages, crab xacuti, prawn curry, fried fish, and the famous Goan Balchao. Dhaba interiors.
- Travel Bar – The best place for burgers. High bar stools. Enjoy the ambience of travel storytelling.
- A Reverie – A restaurant for fine dining in Goa. Unexpected décor. Huge pillars. Weird lamps. Disco balls. International and local cuisine. Try their mushroom cappuccino soup, smoked duck, Japanese style tuna, chocolate mousse, and more. Jazz sessions on the weekends.
- Chef Soumyen's Kitchen – For European dining and fine wines. Garden setting. Try their steaks and seafood. Drive down south from the Calangute Mall. It is just off the Fort Aguada Road.
Calangute is busy during the day and busier after dark. It gets more vibrant and lively once the sun goes down. There are dance shows, music, and jazz. Wines and parties are the main attraction.
Popular bars, pubs, and clubs in Calangute:
- Cool Cat, at the Osborne Holiday Resort, close to the St. Anthony’s Chapel
- Chris Greve, close to the Delseys English Bar
- The Sportsman’s Bar in the Mapusa neighborhood
- Moon Night Club
- The Red Lion Pub
- Log Cabin Pub, close to the Calangute-Baga Circle.
Calangute Beach Water Sports
In Calangute beach you will find water sports operators inviting you to try out various activities. Choose from speed boats, banana boats, bumper boats, body or knee boarding, wake boarding, and paddle boarding. The more adventurous can try out parasailing.
There is no snorkeling, scuba diving or fishing here. For this you will have to visit the Ilha Grande or the Grand Island, which is close to Vasco da Gama. You may also go for dolphin and crocodile spotting on the Mandovi River, which is also not far away.
|Dolphin Spotting Boat Trip||400 rupees for 1 hour||Best done early in the morning (6-7 AM) as the dolphins come to the surface for oxygen, for an early breakfast, and to play under the soft sun.|
|Deep Sea Fishing Trip||25,000 rupees for 3-4 hours||A good choice for those who like fishing or watching marine animals. Deep sea fishing is for groups of 5-6 tourists who are taken to the sea on motorized boats. There are instructors.|
|Tubing||300 rupees for 30 minutes||A fun and relaxing water sport activity on the waves. Pressurized tubes are filled with air. Hire a tube and float on the waves.|
Hotels in Calangute
Hotel Ocean Palms Goa, Calangute
Calangute beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Goa. There are plenty of accommodation options at all prices. There are star properties like The Park, The Grand, Ocean Palms, Nazri Resort, the Casa Severina Hotel, Hard Rock Goa, and others. There are boutique properties too. You will also find simple guest houses, bungalows, and hotels for budget travelers.
Many of the resorts, hotels, guest houses, and villas are located very close to the sea, while others are in the interiors along the Calangute-Baga or in small lanes. You will find many properties even in the Calangute-Anjuna Road, further inside.
Those offering sea views naturally cost more. The cost will also depend on the amenities and luxuries on offer. Many hotels, villas, and apartments come with swimming pools, spa & wellness centers, fitness clubs, free Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen and mini bar.
Villas for Rent
Choose from a huge range of apartments and luxury villas in Calangute like the Greek Valley, Zuri White and Dream Valley. They all offer free Wi-Fi, swimming pool, parking lot and comfortable spacious rooms with mini-kitchen, bathroom with all necessary supplies, mini bar, terrace and other accommodation requirements.
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