Baga Beach is part of the 30 kms coastline tugging the Arabian Sea and lying close to Mapusa, the main commercial area of the state. What brings visitors to Baga in addition to the beach and water sports is the Baga Creek and the dolphin spotting cruises. The beach lies sandwiched between Calangute and Anjuna, and strangely, none of the locals can tell where the beach beings or ends. The beach is famous among tourists who come for water sporting or to get away from the crowd at its twin Calangute. The scenic beauty makes it one of the most popular beaches of Goa and even India. It is also infamous for its topless sunbathers and the nightlife is one of the wildest in Goa.
The Baga River plunges from one side of the beach giving it an ethereal feel. The calmer currents at the upper side of the river make a pleasant swimming area for children. The sight of the ocean waves crashing against the black rocks hovering at the far right end of the beach adds to the beauty of the area.
How To Get There: A number of buses run from Mapusa and Calangute Beach to Baga. It is just ten minutes from Mapusa, and thirty minutes from Panaji. The beach is 31 miles away from Dabolim airport, so hiring a taxi can be an expensive affair.
Where To Stay: A number of basic accommodation are available at the nearby fishing village for a reasonable price. The north side of the beach is cluttered with budget houses and there are a number of rooms for rent. Some of the most popular accommodations are Hotel Linda Goa, Ronil Beach Resort, Resort LaGoa Azul and Nilaya Hermitage. But if you are looking for an accommodation at the beach huts, then come during the winters as it remains closed during the heat of the summer.
What To Do: Enjoy sunbathing in the sun with the swaying palms slowly fanning you or take a therapeutic bath at the famous Mottant medicinal water spring and rid your body of all sickness from arthritis to common cold. Otherwise, enjoy a short walk past cashew covered foothills and gaze at the grandness of the Bom Viagem Convent on the way to the spring.
The best part of Baga is the availability of a wide array of water sports at an unbelievably cheap price. Para sailing, wake boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing – Baga is simply for the adventurous lot. As for the party freaks, the beach has lines of bars and clubs where loud music can be heard till the break of dawn but you will find most of the crowd at Tito's, the only real disco at the beach. Foodies can indulge in mouth-watering seafood served at the beach huts with the sound of soft music drifting in the air. The beach is also excellent for fishing.