The beach is named after the Baga Creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea at the north end of the beach .This is part of a 30 km stretch of beach coastline along the west coast of Goa that begins at Fort Aguada continues as Sinquerim Beach, then as Candolim Beach and merges into Calangute Beach and then to Baga beach and then Anjuna Beach and then to Vagator Beach finally ending at Chapora Beach and Fort.The Baga River flows down from one side offering a pleasant for children and those who love the water but can't risk the rip currents that swirl round the mouth, where the river and the sea meet and on the far right bank, tourists at Baga beach will see a group of black rocks against which the sea crashes.
As compared to Calangute Beach , it is more quieter and also more isolated. Its scenic beauty, with the creek, the Retreat House perched on the hill and the lack of local tourist buses all have contributed to its unique beauty. It is more popular with western tourists who love to use it as a base for water sports and fishing in the area Baga Beach may be touristy and busy but for those who like action, it’s one of the most happening beaches on the coast.Beach was clean and patrolled by police. The beach has many shacks, providing good music and food. Has many discos also You'll find everything from water sports to fine dining restaurants there, along with a pulsating nightlife .
Baga Beach is located in North Goa, 9 kilometers (6 miles) from Mapusa and 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Panaji, the state capital. It's bordered by Calangute Beach to the south, and Anjuna Beach to the north on the other side of the river.Baga Beach starts right where Calangute ends, although it's hard to pinpoint exactly where.
Climate and Weather
The weather at Baga is warm throughout the year. Temperatures rarely reach more than 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day or drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. Some winter nights can get a bit chilly from December to February though. Baga receives rain from the southwest monsoon from June to August. The beach huts close during this time, although many nightspots remain open. The tourist season kicks off in late October, and starts slowing down around March.
How to Get There
For international travellers Goa's airport is siuated to the south, at Vasco da Gama, approximately one hour's drive away by taxi. The closest railway station is at Margao.
The closest railway station to Baga is Thivim. Expect to pay around $5 in a taxi to get to Baga from the railway station. Alternatively, Goa's Dabolim airport is located 50 kilometers (31 miles) away, and the fare in a pre-paid taxi is around $15.
Getting around Baga is very easy on foot but be careful of the chaotic traffic and wandering cows though. There is a wide range of taxis and rickshaws easily available. Buses to/from Calungute are Rs. 10.
Baga's attraction is in it's world famous beach. Interesting sights to visit close by include Portuguese forts at Aguada and Chapora. The world famous Anjuna beach flea market is great for a spot of haggling.
Water sports are a huge attraction. You can go para sailing, wake boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing, or take a ride on a jet ski.
Dolphin spotting trips and island trips are other popular options. However, many people are simply content lazing on the sun lounges in front of the beach shacks all day and feasting on a steady supply of food, beer, and cocktails.Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach. Can get busy at weekends and holidays.
Mackie's Saturday Night Bazaar is located by the river in Baga. Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar is a great place for bargain hunting and music, whilst nearby Anjuna's world famous flea market is ceratinly worth a visit. The Wednesday flea market at Anjuna Beach and Saturday night market at Arpora are both close by as well, and will satisfy even the best shopaholic As well as the usual range of tourist souvenirs, there are many shops selling made to measure suits and clothing at a fraction of western prices. Many leather ware shops offering made to measure jackets and luggage also available. Glasses also very cheap at the opticians in the centre of the adjoing town of Calangute.
Rama's Bookshop at the Calangute junction on the road leading off to Baga offers second-hand books in a dozen European languages. You even get fifty percent back on returning the read book.
Where to Eat
A wide range from budget options to a full multi-course feast. Many interesting and cheap places along the Baga Road leading to Calangute, together with some better quality establishments. Many shacks situated on the beach offering a good choice of reasonably priced food all day from breakfast to evening meals. Some also offer occaisonal barbeque nights with freshly caught seafood.
The Cavala Seaside Resort, Baga Road hosts a superb barbeque night with entertainment which is always popular.
J & A's Little Italy, across the Baga River along Baga Creek Road. Serving superb Italian food in a relaxing atmosphere.
Lario's Beach Shack, situated at the top end of the beach.
Brito's - Known for its mix meat platter, this place serves Continental cuisine. The desserts offered are quite good.
La Resturaunt, Baga Road - French cuisine at its best.
Mooncrest - on the road to the beach.
Christie's Cafe La Musica - is a place to relax on Bean Bags & Futons drinking beer after a swim at the beach. The Thai Food and the late night barbeque for veggie and seafood lovers is its speciality.
Redonda, Baga Junction. Mind blowing food. A must visit if you fancy non-vegetarian fare.
Cafe Lazydays, CSM Road. Excellent food and accomodation at great prices
Danny's Grill Kebabs and Curries, On the banks of the Baga Creek, Danny's Restaurant has a menu ranging from breakfast classics to creative innovations. For breakfast, there are fresh fruit juices and a special breakfast. For lunch and dinner, there are savory pork chops, lobster tandoori, steak amorita with apricot sauce and for dessert, bebinca with ice cream.
All the restaurants and beach shacks above offer a range of locally produced spirits and beers at reasonable cost. Popular local brands include Kings and Kingfisher lager.
Tito's Nightclub adjacent to the beach is an infamous nightspot. Established in 1971 by an expat, Titos has attracted the likes of the Beatles, Dire Straits, Pete Townsend, Matt Damon, Richard Gere, Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Sanjay Dutt, Kate Moss and a host of celebs.
Club Cubana is inland from Baga beach in the Arpora Hills about 15-minute taxi ride from Baga. Swimming pools and dance music until the wee hours.
Where to Party
Baga is well known for its commercial nightlife, most of which can be found in and around Tito's Lane -- home to the infamous Club Tito and Cafe Mambo. Both hold regular events with interstate DJs. Many people don't think Tito's is worth the money though, despite the hype (expect to pay 2,000 rupees for single guys, and 1,500 rupees for a couple).
Cape Town Cafe is widely regarded as the best place to party on Tito's Lane. Also, head to hip Cocktails and Dreams to try an astonishing variety of cocktails and shooters, and be dazzled by barmen with impressive flame juggling skills. Guys will love the Sports Cafe. For those who prefer live music, Cavala caters to an older crowd and has retro performances on many nights of the week.
Accommodation ranges from budget priced backpacker style rooms to hire. There is a range of mid range hotels around town together with larger establishments catering for the package tourist in outlying areas of Arpora and Calangute.
Hostel Joseph's Haven, . It's a small cozy hostel with nice garden and surrounded by lots of greenery, coconut trees etc. Air-con in dormitories. Breakfast not included. Kitchen for self cooking.Free Wi-Fi in hostel premises. Huge garden with hammocks and BBQ. Laundry facilities with nominal charges. You stay six nights, then the seventh night is free. Free parking facilities for two wheelers.
Lime Holidays, Serviced apartments in Goa, for safe and convenient stay, only a 4 minute walk from Calangute beach, in a 3 star resort with access to 2 swimming pools, restaurant & bar. Fully a/c non ac flexible check-in & check-out timings, extra mattress & kitchen facilities provided.
Baga is a great place for visiting Goa's many attractions. There are numerous agents around town offering visits to Panaji (the capital city of the state); the second largest waterfalls in India; or to spend the night in a mud hut in the jungle and wash an elephant. Trips are available to secluded beaches (ask any taxi driver). Excursions lasting several days can also be arranged to out of state attractions such as Mumbai - the home of Bollywood; the Taj Mahal and Delhi