Goa is synonymous with happiness. This sun-drenched coastal town has so much to offer that it keeps making you fall in love with it over and over again. As much as we cherish our usual beaches and partying, there is a lot more to discover here, off the beaten track. Here are five handpicked experiences that you must put on your Goa bucket list in order to explore the many shades of this beautiful town.

 Utorda Beach


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Forget the usual, overcrowded beaches in North Goa and head 30 kms south of Panjim to explore an unspoilt, hidden gem – Utorda Beach. Its palm-fringed shores and soft, white sand covered in crushed seashells give off a stunning pink hue, making it the most picture-perfect beach in all of Goa. Also home to one of the coolest beach shacks in Goa – Zeebop by the Sea – Utorda Beach makes for the perfect setting for an afternoon of relaxation. Make sure you come hungry as Zeebop has the biggest selection of fresh seafood in town!

Private Yacht Party

Move over Yacht Week! It’s time for our very own sea adventure on our home turf. Experience a slice of luxury in the Arabian Sea as you sail along the stunning coastline, sipping on cocktails, and soaking in the Goan sun. To celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or just for a getaway, this is the ultimate way to party in Goa with friends, old and new.

Jamboree Creek


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This charming little organic retreat set along a creek near Ashwem and Mandrem Beach is the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Goa. Spend an afternoon chilling under a tree along the creek, or take a walk along the private bamboo bridge to Mandrem beach. Equally charming is the owner, Priyanka, and her adorable dog, Loki, who will both make you feel right at home.

Saturday Night Market

The Saturday Night Market in Arpora is one big party, bustling with lanes and lanes of food stalls, boutiques, bars, and music, all of which will give you a distinctive taste of Goa. Whether you are in the mood to shop or simply want to pre-game for the night while sampling delicious cuisines from across the globe, this is the place to be on a Saturday night. Don’t miss the delicious rotisserie chicken by the “French” guy – it’s an absolute must try.

Local Goan Flavours


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Goa is the ultimate foodies’ paradise, with cuisines ranging from Brazilian to Australian, but while you’re here, don’t miss out on the local delicacies that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The Rava Fish Fry, Goan Fish Curry, and Crab Xec Xec, to name a few, are all prepared homestyle and will keep you coming back for more. A favourite spot for the best Goan flavours is Mum’s Kitchen {in Panjim}, which offers a menu compiled from recipes from mothers from different parts of Goa.

So the next time you are in Goa, remember to check a few experiences off this list and come back home with some new, unforgettable memories.

Check out Ahoy Goa for a curated Goa experience or contact OffRoads India at travel@offroadsindia.com

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