Calangute

Calangute

Calangute: The Captivating Beach in Goa
Calangute is one of the most popular towns located in the northern portion of the lovely city of Goa renowned for its beaches. It is the biggest beach in North Goa and is one of the main tourist destinations in Goa. Around 13 kilometers from Panaji and 8 kms from Mapusa, this lovely beach is really worth visiting. It is the largest of sandy beaches in North Goa and attracts tourists every year from all over the world.

How to Get There
By Air - Dabolim Airport, the sole airport of Goa, is located around 40 kms from Calangute. With both domestic and international flights, the airport has all hi-tech facilities.
You can avail of prepaid taxis once you reach the airport to take you to your preferred destination. All roads to Calangute are in good condition for you drive down from the airport.
By Rail - It is the Konkan railway that passes via Goa. The major stations in Goa are Margao and Tivim. Travelling by rail can be a wonderful experience with lovely sights on the way.

Moving Around Calangute
Calangute is quite a small place and you do not need any transportation to move around it. A brisk walk of around twenty minutes will have you cover the entire place. Although you can avail of taxis or two wheelers for hire, you can also walk through this lovely place without any hitches.

Major Attractions of Calangute
Beach
The most important attraction of this lovely place is its wonderful beach. The enchanting beach stretches right from Candolim up to Baga. Popularly known as “Queen of Beaches” it has ample beds for people who are interested in sun bathing. These beds are available free of charges if you purchase something from the shacks.
Water Sports: There are quite a good number of operators who deal in various water sports if you are interested.
Art Chamber: This is one of the main places of attraction include the Art Chamber that the art lovers are sure to enjoy.
Kerkar Art Complex: These are also quite interesting places to visit.
Shopping: If you happen to be a shopaholic, Calangute has a lot to offer you with umpteen shops offering you all local and authentic Goan stuff.

Eating Joints
The coastline of Calangute has plenty of beach shacks that provide you lip smacking food too. On the other hand if you prefer something more posh, there are plenty of restaurants all along the main roads. Just plain rice with an Indian curry is quite tasty and will be quite filling for a person.
Sea food is a delicacy in these beaches and you are sure to really savor the delicious taste of the various sea food delicacies like shrimp and king fish cooked to perfection. Other local dishes include vindaloo which is just out of the world.
On the other hand if you are looking for high end hotels and restaurants, there are quite a number of them for you to choose from with excellent food and wonderful ambience that makes it a real pleasure to dine.
Be it Italian, Chinese, Continental, Indian, Goan, Thai, Tibetan or Lebanese, you are sure to find a nice haunt that serves delicious food to suit your palate. There are also quite a number of lovely places that serve all kinds of cocktail too that you can enjoy with food at night.

Where to Stay
Calangute, Baga & Candolim are 3 most popular and family friendly beaches in Goa. They all lie on the same beach stretch. Accommodation near any of these beaches would be an excellent choice.
There are quite a lot of hotels available on this stretch. Most of the hotels will be walking distance from the beach. At the same time, cottages right on the beach are also be available. Also available for Villas, Service Apartments & Independent Houses on rent. It is a great idea for many to stay in such options as you get more privacy and space at a smaller budget.

Please note that Goa hotel prices fluctuate a lot as per season and the costs particularly skyrocket during Christmas & New Year season.