Different ways to look at a Goa Getaway
Typically Goa is a 3 night option. However guests are known to stay longer and therefore there is no definite duration of stay that one could recommend. Goa has such wide variety of stays to cater to variety of guest profiles that come here, so its important to understand stay options, locations and experiences it has to offer.
North Goa - Most mid-sized hotels situated closer to the beach in North Goa are concentrated around Baga, Calangute, Candolim and Sinquerim. North Goa during Oct-April offers beach, watersports, shacks, local cuisine, music with party like atmosphere in evenings. Restaurants here offer world cuisine and so its a good idea to take rooms with Breakfast and explore cuisine around the area.
South Goa - This is where most of the luxury hotels situated on beachfront. The area is known for its luxury segment options. Thought there are watersports option in Colva and Cavalossem, a South Goa stay is basically for a more relaxed holiday with long stretches beaches (without shacks and crowds like North Goa). This is typically opted for by a Getaway Seeker and Premium / Luxury Traveller who arrive for the beaches and amenities that the luxury resorts offer.
Miramar, Vainguinim, Dona Paula, Panjim - Here the guest is most central to sightseeing and therefore ideal for touristy guests who are not too beach centric. Vainguinim and Miramar has luxury hotels / resorts such as Cidade Goa that have very good views and private beach fronts and are destination by themselves. Panjim Hotels to join bandwagon to capture some pie of leisure tourist flows, do float attractively priced packages but regular travelers realise that these are hotels and not resorts.
Goa for the Off-beat Traveller – While Goa as a destination is as mainstream as it can get, there is still a lot in store for off-beat traveler. Areas such as Tiracol, Morjim, Anjuna, Vagator, Arambol, Siolim, Palolem (South Goa) etc. offer idyllic beache and excellent stay options with a distinct off-beat fervour.
Goa for Casino Traveller - Casinos in Goa is a novelty and there is a whole segment of guests who'd want to base their entire Goa stay on the basis of accessibility to a Casino.
Goa for Bird Watcher –Western Ghats in Goan countryside offer excellent options for a bird watchers especially around Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary