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The Only Guide You'll Need For Agonda Beach, Goa
What was once a clean stretch of beach with few odd tourists has seen a sudden outpouring of love from vacationers who are done with the usual beaches up North. Agonda is fast becoming one of South Goa’s best beaches thanks to ample upscale boutiques, beachside shacks, groovy bars, vegan cafes and boutique resorts lining the area, making it a fun village for everyone. So, if you’re someone who wants a leisurely, perfectly relaxing beach vacation and don’t mind paying a premium for it (the resorts, restaurants and stores are all slightly expensive here), Agonda beach holds a lot of promise. And hey, with this travel guide to Agonda, you’ll know exactly where to head and what to do.
Our typical day starts with breakfast at Zest Cafe with a coffee and eggs to order (their smoothies and fruit bowls are just right to balance our alcoholic excesses through the day). You can also try Mandala Cafe for similar food offerings. Kopi Desa with its avant garde food, cocktails and groovy vibe is our favourite place for dinner. H20 gets a fair share of attention on its live music nights but honestly, while the view is great in the day, the food isn’t much to write home about. Other favourites here include Agonda White Sands, Fatima’s Corner (for thali lunches) and My Friend’s Place Garden Restaurant for BBQ delights.
The restaurant at Agonda Cottages, Simrose and Madhu’s Beach Huts come with really nice beach views too.
Like we said, Agonda Beach is an expensive beach in general and hence, resorts like Dunhill, H2O and The White are an indulgence for most of us. A wrung lower is Indah Desa whose Bali-style beach huts are perhaps are favourite stay option on this beach, followed closely by the huts at Fusion Agonda that come with garden views, comfy beds, live gigs, flea markets and yoga mornings.
If you’re ready to give into a more experimental, rustic living, there’s The Tribe Agonda and Credo Jungle Resort. These places offer eco-huts, an abundance of nature and home-cooked meals. They might even treat you to occasional jam sessions and surprise encounters with rare wildlife but are definitely not for someone who’s after comfort, beer and unlimited beach time.
Your most affordable bet in Agonda, which is also clean and comfy, might be Fatima’s guesthouse or Maria Paulo guesthouse.
The beach itself isn’t big on watersports and the waves are big and rough, which makes swimming rather challenging. Some seasoned water babies, however, do hit the waves with the surfboards under the vigil of the life guards. Mostly, you’ll see couples, families and friends sunning themselves and enjoying the sun beds with books, fresh juice and sunscreens for company. If you’ve got no chill and would rather be active, you can head over to Palolem, about 20 mins away in an auto/cab. There, you can swim, shop, chill at the shacks, go on boat rides and more. Another quieter, more picturesque option is taking a boat to Butterfly Beach or Cola Beach.