Compared to its neighboring beaches Anjuna, Baga and Calangute, Vagator is more laid back and less crowded but still blessed with an amazing scenery and soothing atmosphere. Stretching along the Arabian Sea coastline, Vagator is breathtaking with soft powdery white sand and coconut plans fringing the edge. The paradise is found 24 kms from Panaji at the northern border of Bardez taluka, an administrative region in north Goa.
Vagator is dissected by a promontory that drops into the sea after dividing the beach into three sections. Big Vagator in the north, where you will find most of the crowd and stalls, Middle Vagator (Tel Aviv Beach) and Little Vagator (Ozran) in the southern end which is the most secluded. Boasting of a pulsating lifestyle, the beach is a favorite among the young crowd and tourists.
The majestic old Aguada Fort is an important landmark that attracts hordes of tourists. There are plenty of quaint farmhouses and pictorial Portuguese bungalows in the inhabited part of the beach.
How To Get There: There are bus services from Mapusa and Panaji. Mapusa is only 9 kms far. If you are coming from Dabolim Airport hire a taxi to cover the 29 kms stretch to get to the beach. From the Karmali Railway Station, you can also find hired taxis. Locally, hire a motorbike, taxi or auto rickshaw.
Accommodation: Infrastructure for lodging hasn’t developed yet in Vagator. So accommodation is limited. At the most you will find guest houses run by families, huts and cottages. Most of the tourists stay either in Calangute or Baga. If you are looking for something more comfortable and more luxury, the Alcove Beach Resort is the best option.
Attractions: Enjoy the quietness and beauty of the place while watching the azure waters or laze at the beach for a tan or go swimming. Swimming is safe here. You will find basic swimming gear and water sports equipment at the shacks. If you are a shopaholic, then check out the trinkets and garments at the local markets. However, if you are one of those travellers who make eating their priority then check out the cafes and restaurants at the back of Ozran and don’t forget to sample the Bebinca, a layered Goan desert made of coconut.
If you want to take snapshots for memory, then head to the two fresh water springs towards the north because the scenic beauty here is simply matchless. If not, join the fishermen as they venture into the sea for a catch and be greeted by their brightly-dressed women and children when you come back in the evening.
Along with the beach, the 500-year-old Portuguese Vagator Fort is another tourist-pulling factor. The climb up to the fort will tire you but the beauty of the scene from the fort will rejuvenate you.