Arambol is one of those unspoilt pristine beaches you see in the movies. This former sleepy fishermen village, about 50 kms north of Panaji, remains largely uncommercialzed due to the pressure from the local people. So do not be surprised if you don’t find any expensive hotels and resorts at the beach. Miles and miles of soft white sand interspersed with red rocky cliffs; one can sit here practically the whole day and never feel bored. Except for the peak tourist season between November and March, Arambol remains relatively uncrowded and its exclusiveness makes it an ideal place for relaxing and rejuvenation. Along with Vagator, Anjuna and Palolem, Arambol is considered the most beautiful beaches in Goa. And due to its bohemian feel, many international tourists are attracted to the beach becoming the latest hippie haven.
The 16 kms long Arambol consist of two beaches; the first, Harmal Beach is more popular which also happens to be the northernmost beach in Goa. The second is circled by two cliffs and only accessible by walking and definitely more beautiful than the first. A short walk to the north will bring you to a beautiful fresh water lake, another favorite place for tourists. The lake is very close to the sea and the water is a mixture of fresh and sea water making it an excellent place for swimming.
How to Get There: There are regular buses from Mapusa to Arambol. Otherwise, tourist can also take a bus from Chopdem, which is 12 kms away from Arambol. For local transport, there are many taxis and bikes available for hire.
Accommodation: There are lots of small but well-equipped huts with cooking and shower facilities behind the beach and one or two guesthouses in the area. Visitors usually stay at Vagator or Anjuna then go over to Arambol.
Shopping: Handicrafts, clothes and jewellery are available at the shops lining the end of the beach. Shopping is especially fun during the peak season as traders from all over India come to sell their goods.
Food: Italian cuisine, Goan or Indian; take your pick and eat to your heart's content at the rows of cafes along the beach.