Goa, the very name is synonymous with fun and frolic. You will be able to see long stretches of beautiful sunny beaches and majestic churches, some of which are hundreds of years old. Owing to its proximity to the Western Ghats, Goa has been described as ‘The Golden Goa’ or ‘Rome of the East’ by Portuguese conquerors. In fact a traveller even remarked that a person who has visited Goa need not visit Lisbon, and Lisbon was one of the biggest Portuguese cities of the time. Not only is Goa a tourist destination for foreigners, but it is also frequented by domestic Indian tourists as well. Baga beach is located in North Goa is bordered by the Calangute beach to the north and the Anjuna beach to the south. Baga beach has several activities to offer the tourist. Water sports are a great attraction in Baga Beach. One can go for para sailing, wake boarding, windsurfing, kite surfing or take a ride on a jet ski. Dolphin spotting trips are also on offer and so are island trips. 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. Mackie's Saturday Night Bazaar is located by the river in Baga. 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 shopaholics. Baga is also known for the nightlife. There are discotheques that are held by top DJs. There are also places that offer live entertainment in the form of rock and roll music.
How to reach Baga:
By Air: Baga does not have an airport. There is an airport in Dabolim which is an international airport. This airport is well connected to all other airports in India and to several important cities in the world. You could take the cabs or buses that ply from Dabolim to Baga.
By Rail: The most important railway station in Goa is in Madgaon Junction. Since this is a main junction on the Konkan railway, all trains stop here. You could take a taxi or buses that ply from Madgaon to reach Baga.
By Road: Baga is well connected by road to all parts of the state and country. There are national highways that pass through the state. There are frequent buses services and taxis are aplenty.
Best time to visit Baga:
The best time to visit Baga is between late October and early April. This is when Goa is at its most pleasant.
Tourist attractions in and around Baga:
There are several tourist attractions in and around Baga. Some of them are GM Jewellers, Baga Beach, Britos Chapel, Cocktails and Dreams, Indigoa Boat Adventures, Casino Palms, Atlantis Watersports, Medicinal Springs and Baga Retreat House.
GM Jewellers: GM JEwellers is a located near the Baga Beach which is very close to the beaches at Calangute and Candolim. GM JEwellers famous for designing and crafting jewelry at a very reasonable price. The jewelery is crafted by skilled artisans who have been working here for a while. White and Yellow Gold, diamond rings, bracelets, pendants, chains, brooches and cuff links are available here.
Medicinal Springs: the medicinal springs are located near Calangute in a place called Mottant. These springs are very suitable for having picnics. Tourists visit these springs to take a dip in the medicinal waters. The water is known to have curative properties. The springs are situated near cashew covered foot hills and are also very picturesque.
Baga Beach: the Baga Beach is a very famous beach that is in Calangute. The Baga beach is characterized by the brown sands and creek. The beach is visited by thousands of tourists every year. The beach is named after the Baga creek that empties into the Arabian Sea. The beach is also famous for the sports activities and the dolphin cruises that are offered.
Casino Palms: Casino Palms in Goa is located in the La Calypso hotel. It is for the guests who would like to indulge in a bit of a gambling on their vacation. The options for the guests are roulette, blackjack, mini-flush and baccarat. Since there are not many casinos in India, this is a great place for Indians who would like to enjoy some gambling and possible win some money.
Church of the Holy Spirit: this is one of the oldest churches in Goa. It is religiously very significant to the locals and is a brilliantly built church from an architectural point of view. The churches in Goa reflect European architectural styles in a big way as most of the churches in Goa were built during the Portuguese rule. The importance of these Churches are not just religious or historical, but also architectural. This is one such church.
Nossa Senhora de Merces Church: this church is also known as the Our Lady of Mercy church. This church was built during the rule of the Portuguese and commissioned in 1581. There is a statue of the Infant Jesus which is the focal point of this church. The church is famous for the festival of Infant Jesus. Faithful from all parts of Goa come to see this event which is held in October every year.
Hotels and Accommodation in and around Baga:
There are quite a few hotels in and around Baga. Since Baga is very close to all other tourist destinations it is also advised to stay at a good resort and then travel to Baga. Some of them are as follows.
Hotel Santiago: Hotel Santiago is a very good hotel that is located at Baga main road. The hotel is cozy and is built in a picturesque location. The rooms are well appointed and the food that is served is also very good. The staff are also courteous towards the guest.
Lambana Resort: the Lambana Resort is located on the Baga beach road in Calangute. The hotel offers well appointed rooms with all modern amenities. The hotel also offers excellent food to its guests.
Ronil Beach Resort: The Ronil Beach Resort is located just a stone's throw from Baga beach in North Goa. Ronil Beach Resort is centrally located amidst the hub of activity at a walking distance from Goa's hotspots, including the famous Tito's bar and Fiesta restaurant. The rooms are well appointed and the food served is also very good.
Cavala Sea side Resort: the Cavala Sea Side Resort is Situated just a stone's throw away from the world famous Baga Beach, Cavala the Seaside Resort is a blend of old world charm with modern conveniences. The rooms are tastefully decorated and well appointed. The staff are courteous and the food is also very good. The seafood is the specialty here. Meals can be enjoyed indoors as well as outdoors in the garden restaurant.
Empire Beach Resort: The Empire Beach Resort is located on the Calangute Beach and offers a great view of the Arabian Sea. The resort is located at a place that is close to the shopping centre and the market. The rooms are well appointed and the food that is served is also very good. The highlight of the property is the swimming pool that faces the Arabian Sea.
Delta Residency: Delta Residency is a well maintained property in a residential area in Calangute in north Goa. Delta Residency is located on the Beach Road in Calangute at Bardez. Rooms are well appointed with all modern amenities. The staff are also very courteous.