Miramar is one of those places that will instantly leave you speechless and take your breath away. In Portuguese, the word Miramar means viewing the sea. Aptly called, the beach was probably named by the Portuguese invaders after beholding the mesmerizing view from the beach. The 2 kms stretch of silvery sands are said to sparkle in the moonlight.
Conveniently close to the Goan capital city Panaji, which is just 3 kms away and from Dona Paula a mere 1 km away, the locals and the tourists come here for evening walks. A thick massive elongated wall of soaring palms fringes the beach which stands at the place where the River Mandovi pours into the Arabian Sea.
How To Get There: Hire a cab from Dabolim Airport or you can catch a bus from Panaji.
Accommodation: Tourists mostly put up at the hotels and resorts close to the beach. With Panaji and Dona Paula close by, you can also stay at the hotels there.
Attractions: Miramar falls into the category of a relaxed beach where the only activity you can try is a quiet evening stroll. Nevertheless, you will still have fun here because the scenic view and the migratory birds swaying in the sky will surely make up for it. And the best part is that it never gets crowded so you can still claim your own space for a bit of soul-searching here.
Most of the people who come to Miramar come for its tranquility and of course, to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea. From the beach one can enjoy a captivating view of the Aguada Fort as it stands overlooking the sea and best of all, the golden view of the setting sunset slowly sinking into the ocean.
The best time to visit Miramar like the rest of the state is between November to March. During this time, at least 500 species of migratory birds flock to the Goan coastline for a respite from extreme cold. Plovers and Gulls return every winter to Miramar.
Shopping is another attraction since the beach is located in close proximity to the shopping areas of Panaji.