Top Places to Visit in Goa with Friends, Girlfriend and Family

This question is an answer in itself. Goa is the ultimate holiday destination if you want to go on a cool vacation within India. Be it friends, family or kids – you see it you love it!

The best time to visit it is from November – March. Time your visit to attend the annual Sunburn festival, which takes place during December. Remember to book the tickets in advance or else it’ll be a costly affair.

Here we list out the best places to explore if you are visiting the state with friends, family, or your wife.

Goa with Friends

If you are going on a tour to Goa with your friends, then North Goa is the place to be. The area is always in a party mode, especially at night. The top three places to visit there are:

1. Baga Beach

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Your Goa trip is not complete if you haven’t visited Baga beach. One of the biggest beaches in Goa, Baga is a fun destination to hang out at with your friends. You can get temporary tattoos, eat and drink as much and whatever you like, rent bikes and roam around, or just laze around. It the perfect place to chill and get a little suntan if you like! Do go to Tito’s pub in the evening. It’s the best club in that area. Also, if you are a seafood person, remember to eat at least one meal at Brittos, which is just round the corner of Baga beach.

2. Anjuna Beach

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A little further from Baga is the Anjuna beach. The highlight destination in this area is Curlie’s shack. It boasts of amazing food and good music. Anjuna is best when visited before 9 p.m.

3. Chapora Fort

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Click the signature Dil Chahta Hai trio pics on the fort edge, and take in the mesmerizing view of the sea below. Remember to put on your hiking shoes for this, as there’s a little trekking involved.

Where else?

  • Tirakol fort
  • Doodhsagar Falls
  • Any bar
  • Savoi plantation

Goa with Family

Going for a family vacation? You cannot miss the Old Goa city then. It is full of Goan history and you’ll get a chance to see how people live in Goa.The top three places to visit there are:

1. Basilica of Bom Jesus

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One of the oldest churches of Goa, this will give you a glimpse of the culture and history of Christianity in Goa. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and preserves the remains of St. Francis Xavier.

2. Calangute Beach

Known as the “Queen of beaches”, it is one of the busiest beaches in Goa. Perfect for a great family time together.The Calangute beach is mainly famous because of its main street leading from the main Hindu Calangute Temple from the Fish Market towards the beach which is full of small shops. From home products to handicrafts, from antiques to duplicates, from ethnic to foreign from traditional wear to modern outfits, the holiday street of Goa is a shopper’s delight.

3. Palolem Beach

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Palolem beach is famous for dolphin sightings. This the just the right place for kids to have fun. Apart from dolphins, boat rides are equally fun and a pleasurable experience. It is relatively less crowded and there are plenty of family restaurants along it. Kids can have a great time building sand castles and collecting shells here!

The next beach in line to Palolem is the Agonda beach, which is famous for its turtle sightings. Visit it as well if you have time in your hands.

Where else?

  • Mapusa Friday market/Ingo’s Saturday Night Market or any flea market
  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Splashdown Water Park


Goa with Girlfriend

Goa is a lovely place to go on a romantic holiday. The ambience shouts love all around! Do remember to rent a bike for romantic drives!
The top three places to visit are:

1. A Cruise on River Mandovi

Nothing like sailing away on a yacht at sunset with your loved one. You can go by a hovercraft (for a thrilling experience), or rent a pedal boat afloat the calm water. There are even funky aqua bikes if you want something really different. You can also opt for a leisurely river cruise on board the Santa Monica, a yacht that also hosts cultural performances of Goan folk songs and dances.

2. Dr. Salim Ali bird sanctuary

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You’d think what will two lovers do in a bird sanctuary? Goa’s only bird sanctuary has mangrove swamps covering it from all sides, providing refuge and sanctuary to a wide variety of local and migratory birds on the island. The scenic and serene atmosphere of the Sanctuary make it a highly rejuvenating place for couples to unwind, reconnect and fall in love again. A perfect spot for honeymoon couples to while away their time, whispering sweet nothings in each other’s ears or just gazing fondly at each other while listening to the natural bird calls in the background.

3.Colva Beach

This white sandy beach is outlined with coconut palm trees. It is a paradise for shell collectors, and for those romantic barefoot walks on the sand with your spouse! Trinket stalls and drink stands on the golden sands make a moonlit evening on the Colva Beach utterly romantic.There are many shacks lined up along the Colva beach which offer you delicious Goan cuisine and a variety of innovative cocktails.

Where else?

  • Agonda Beach
  • Latin Quarter of Fontainhas
  • Casino hopping

Go to Goa to chill, to party, to relax and many many other things to do. You will go there and fall in love with its beauty. Just remember to pack lots of bottles of sunscreen lotion in your bag!

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  1. shiva

    Good info!
    The way you have segregated the places into categories is amazing. I am planning to visit Calangute this time. My last visit was also to beach destination in Vengurla, and booked a stay at Golven Beach Resort. It was a very pleasant stay.
    Hope this time too it would be great!

  2. Radhika

    I am planning a family trip this year. We will be going sometime in February or March. The booking process is still on. So, I am jotting down the names of all the must-visit beaches and shacks. This post helped, especially your neat categorization of family and friend places 

  3. Manish Khemka

    I am planning to go to Goa with my girlfriend this year. Will June or July be a good time to visit Goa? I know it is the time of the monsoon but I cannot find any other slot during the year. Please advise.

    • Sachin Varma

      Hey Manish. Goa is a round the year destination. You can plan a trip even during the monsoons. Even if it rains, the rainfall is moderate. Plus, the monsoon season is the most romantic time to be in Goa. Do try the Ayurvedic massages. Good luck.