Candolim Beach - Fort Aguada
Candolim Beach is a narrow, curving stretch of sand lined by typical Goan beach shacks. More laid-back and low-key than many neighboring beaches, this sandy stretch is popular among families and couples. Rent a beach chair, try some watersports and then trek to the nearby Fort Aguada and lighthouse to see incredible sunset vistas.
Like many of the other beaches in North Goa, Candolim became popular among foreign visitors to the country in the 1960s and ’70s. Between 2007 and 2012, it was the site of a major electronic dance music festival called Sunburn, but the event was later moved to Vagator Beach further north. Today, Candolim is a well-established beach resort and the many rustic shacks here cater to beach visitors, offering snacks, drinks and watersports.
Arrive early and settle in for a relaxing day out at the beach. Although its soft pinkish sands and the warm Arabian waters attract its fair share of visitors, it’s mellower than some of the other beaches in the region.
Unwind with an Indian head massage or check out the beach huts that fringe the sand’s edge to find out about watersports options. Compare prices at several outlets to ensure you get the best rate. Food is also served from these shacks, so be sure to try one of the well-balanced seafood curries.
As sunset approaches, swap your sandals for walking shoes and follow the trail south from the beach toward Fort Aguada. Constructed in the 17th century, this imposing fort and lighthouse was built to protect the Portuguese territory from other European invaders. Take a moment to admire the views from the fort, which looks out over Candolim Beach and onto the crashing Arabian waves below.
Candolim Beach is about a 30-minute drive from the regional capital of Panaji. Regular bus services run to and from Panaji or or you can travel by taxi.