If you haven't yet given the beaches in South Goa a chance, or maybe just been to the popular ones like Colva or Benaulim, then it's time to plan another trip. The chosen South Goa beaches on this list are a mix of quiet, clean and relatively undiscovered to those that are abuzz with action. So, if you're up for an offbeat adventure, get yourself behind a wheel and drive/ride away to some of these South Goa beaches.
Beautiful Sunsets & A Lazy Vibe: Here Are 9 Of The Best Beaches In South Goa
Cabo De Rama Beach
Cabo De Rama beach is the southernmost beach of Goa and rarely visited by anyone except a few locals. So it's recommended for that dip all by yourself, and you could even make a day picnic of it. Once here, Cabo De Rama Fort can be seen up on the hill behind (and you should go and check it out). This South Goa beach is a bit rocky (the rocks appear and disappear with the tide), but still pretty good for a swim. All in all, you will feel like Robinson Crusoe on your own private beach throughout the year. The beach is about 55kms away from the Goa airport.
P.S. Looking to stay a night? The Cape Goa has beautiful, luxurious and oh-so-romantic cottages.
Cola Beach is another serene spot along the coastline and many would testify that it is undoubtedly one of South Goa's best beaches. Be prepared though, for a small hike through the jungle by the cliff-side. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, but totally worth it as once you clear the jungle, you can see the beach starting to emerge and the sight's extraordinary. Cola beach is famous for the beautiful lagoon that adds to the attraction, making you want to pitch a tent and spend your days here.
There are two premium resorts here if you want a more luxurious accommodation. Dwarka Beach Resort is our favourite. Or, there are luxury tents that you could stay at for fresh food and stunning sunsets. It's about an hour and a half drive (about 55km away from the airport in Dabolim.
Note: Avoid this beach in the monsoons as the trek becomes risky and treacherous and most places are shut.
The Butterfly Beach is another one of the South Goa beaches with absolutely no infrastructure, making it a beautiful, private spot. On the mainland, it is only accessible by boat from Palolem or Agonda beaches. Some say it's the perfect secret spot to have that overnight camping trip or a cosy picnic. Nestled between two hills with a thick jungle, this beach is like a cove with golden sands and the sunsets from here are just magnificent. This beach is loved by Goa regulars for its secret parties that happen occasionally. And of course, there are loads of butterflies here, hence the name. How does this not sound like one of the nicest beaches in the South?
Disclaimer: This beach is not accessible during the rains. It's around 60kms away from the Goa airport.
Galgibaga beach is a pristine, white sand beach, and is also popular for being the place to watch the Oliver Ridley Turtles come to nest. So do not disturb their nesting period, but just watch the beauty of mother nature unfold. Be warned that the forest authorities have someone here to ensure that their habitat is not disturbed. Galgibaga also has a lagoon along with a decent number of staying and eating options, so you can definitely stay a weekend or more here. It also helps that this South Goa beach is open to everyone through the year. Cassoi By Ciarins and La Mangrove are stunning properties to stay. Remember though, that even though it's one of the best beaches in South Goa, it does become totally dead in the monsoons, so plan a December vacay here instead.
Just doing a day-long road trip? Grab lunch at Holy Turtle cafe on the beach. If you're heading straight from the airport, it's about 70 plus kilometers away.
Agonda Beach isn't a secret anymore but is a beautiful, clean beach nonetheless. This beach in South Goa has become popular off late for its good mix of quiet and lively with strings of shops, eateries and resorts. A great option to stay at for a couple of days, this one has enough for the children as well. Live music, hip bars, chic boutiques, vegan cafes... The whole vibe here is touristy but it helps that its still not as commercial as its neighbour, Palolem. Our favourite places to stay here include Indah Desa, Simrose, Agonda White Sand, The White and H2O when we're feeling a little indulgent. When bank account's crying, we check into Zest's eco huts, Fatima and Maria Paulo guest house, all of which are clean and relatively affordable. When here, do check out Zest, Kopi Desa and Jaali cafe and boutique.
Remember that all the beach resorts/stays are pricey, and a lot of the smaller places to hang and stay shut during monsoons. Like most of other South Goa beaches, this is also 60 something kilometers from the airport.
Around 19kms and a 30min drive away from the airport is Majorda Beach. This is one of the best beaches in South Goa if you aren't ready for a rustic, secluded beach experience but want white sands anyway. With enough resorts to pick from (hey, Alila Diwa) and gorgeous homestays (hello, Vivenda Dos Palhacos), you can easily spend a couple of days here with bae/fam. Water sports abound with banana rides and dolphin spotting and shacks line the beach to ensure there's never a dull moment. We also suggest grabbing a nice Italian dinner at Salute nearby and lunch at the ever-so-loved Zeebop By The Sea.
P.S. One evening, if you have the time, hit up this local bakery for fresh poi and pick up a Feni to get a taste of real Goa.
While not as undiscovered as it was till a few decades ago, Palolem Beach is one of South Goa's most buzzing beaches. If you're travelling with the children or in a group where you do intend on going bar-hopping, shack-chilling and surfing and on boat rides, we recommend going to this beach down South. With a whole slew of restaurants (Magic Italy, Dropadi, Little World, Ciarin's, Zest Cafe and more) and our favourite island bar, where we often go to watch the sun go down, it's a good buzz to Agonda's quiet. They're both 20-minutes away from each other and great bets if you want to live the beach life in all its fun and sun-soaked frenzy, this South Goa beach isn't a bad option.
Note: Palolem Beach and Goa Airport are 62kms away.
While a lot of folks talk about Cavelossim Beach, few know that Mobor is just a couple of minutes away. Possibly the cleanest beach in South Goa, Mobor remains a stretch of peaceful sun, sand and solace for people staying at The Leela or Holiday Inn. That said, if you're staying in the vicinity, feel free to walk up here in search of beer or water sports and you won't be disappointed. This stretch is about 30kms from the Goa airport and a good bet if you're doing a quick Goa getaway and not keen on driving up too far South.
With a few shacks dotted across the beach front, this South Goa beach comes to life post October and is again, recommended for those who like a bit of peace with the side order of pina coladas. The point being, in the monsoons, Utorda beach becomes dramatic with dark clouds looming and rains lashing down, but kept safe under the supervision of life guards, but it's really during season time that we enjoy it the most. Go jetskiing or parasailing but don't go here expecting a crazy influx of water sports or a crowd that's become synonymous with the likes of Colva. This beach in South Goa has become a sweet spot between civilisation and rustic goodness and is about only 15kms from the Goa airport.