Baga is a well-known north beach destination and its beach stretch starts where Calangute ends. Actually, Sinquerim, Candolim, Calangute and Baga are all on the same stretch and form one continuous segment. In fact, Baga is 2 km up north of Calangute and is popular because of the Baga creek, which empties into the Arabian Sea at the northern end. Dolphins can be spotted off the shoreline of Baga beach which is a popular tourist destination. Thousands of tourists visit this beach annually and its very famous for water sports activities such as parasailing and banana rides, besides the exciting dolphin cruises. With the tourist influx on the rise with each passing season, authorities have now constructed a new parking arena which can accommodate around 800 cars. There is also a Baga creek bridge which connects Baga to Arpora, and Anjuna further north
How to reach
Baga is well connected by road from the nearby towns of Mapusa and Panjim where local buses ferry people into this coastal village. The Baga beach is just half an hour drive from Panjim while from Mapua it is 15minutes.
There are two-wheeler (bikes) taxis called ‘pilots’ which are quite unique to Goa and of course cabs are readily available everywhere. Of course for outstation tourists, Baga can be reached from Airport by taxi. The Dabolim airport is located 50km from Baga. The nearest railway station is at Karmali (17 kms) and Thivim(15km).
Crowd type & Popularity
Baga attracts cosmopolitan crowd. Affluent and young Indian tourists from Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi gang up here. Besides, Europeans on package holidays also end up visiting Baga. So what’s it about Baga that attracts so many different tourists? In fact, Baga is Goa’s party strip and is renowned for its modern and thumping nightclubs and wall-to-wall drinking. The main Baga road which is an extension of its neighboring Calangute market can buy you everything you may ask for. From a Thai massage to a tattoo this place satisfies you all the while. There are highly sophisticated restaurant shacks with sunbeds, wi-fi and attentive service and added to this is the infamous Tito’s lane known for its after night parties that continue till dawn. Life get liberal here.
As per official statistics available with Goa Tourism department, in recent years, Bardez taluka has been attracting 470351 domestic tourists while the number of foreign tourists is estimated at around 122912. There are 62742-day visitors, thus the total adds up to 656005. It is a collective estimate for the taluka as various beaches like Baga, Calangute fall under the jurisdiction of Bardez.
(Location, demography, popularity, Crowd Type, How to reach)
Things to do
Baga beach itself is an outdoor destination to be enjoyed. Loiter on the beach, enjoy water sports (Jet Ski, parasailing, and banana ride), restaurants, shacks and crowd. It’s an ideal destination for weekends and hangouts.
Water & Amusement Parks (Blue Whale Water Park): It’s a well-managed water park and is set just off the main Baga-Arpora road into a hill. Pay Rs 400 and you get an arm band. There are 5 big slides and a children friendly area with small slides, a pool full of very cloudy water with a high light. Good place for kids who can enjoy the aquarium too. Their theme park is quite good.
Mackie’s Saturday Nite Bazaar: It’s a shopper’s paradise. You will find the usual stalls, clothes, gifts, fabrics but some unusual and artisan craft stalls as well. The price of things is generally the same everywhere, but since the market is open in the night it is cool. The crowd here is also entertained with some live music. Also visit to Tito’s and Mambo Café (night clubs) will ensure you have a great nightlife as it is the place for after night parties, fun, entertainment, and good food and booze.
Meal Option: (Veg / Non Veg / Sea Food)
Baga has the best of restaurants and cafes which offer good vegetarian and non-veg food, including seafood of repute. Here is a list of various restaurants, summarizing the type of food they serve:
- Relish: Chinese, Indian, Seafood, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian-Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options.
- Fire & Ice: Indian, Asian, Balti, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan.
- Patio 23: Seafood, European, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free Options
- Jamies Restaurant: Italian, Indian, Seafood, European, British, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan.
- Kim Faa Hotel Bonanza: Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan.
- Shining Star Beach Shack: Indian Bar, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian, Vegan Options.
- Habanero: Mexican, Bar, Vegetarian, Friendly Vegan Options.
- Britto’s: Chinese, Indian, Seafood, Asian, International, Vegetarian, Vegan
Accommodation Option: There are various pocket-friendly accommodations available in Baga.
- Hotel Lua Nova (Rs 1260)
- Cavala The Seaside Resort (Rs 2520)
- Wtf My House(Rs 3465)
- Razical Homestay (Rs 1732)
- Nazri Resort (Rs 3780)
- 16 Degrees North, Baga (Rs 3780)
- Tranquility Cottage Resorts (Rs 4488)
- 302,casa Stay By Usv (Rs 4379)
- Riverside Regency Resort (Rs 1890)
Clubs & Nightlife in Baga: Club Cubana, Arpora is just 2.5 km away from Baga. This is where you experience the true nightlife of Goa mainly because of excellent music, loads of place to hang around. An all-inclusive entry, bars are well stocked. Cocktails and Dream: If cocktail bars are more your thing, then this is perfect for you. A lively bar with great service. Tito’s and Cafe Mambo: Set in the Tito’s lane, entry ticket for Mambo is quite reasonable compared to Tito’s. It has great English music and bar.
Temples Near Baga:
- Shri Babreshwar Samaj Hanuman Mandir
- Shri Mahadev Taleshwar Devasthan
- Shree Foneshwar Prasanna Mandir
- Shree Shanta Durga Temple
- Ramdas Swami Mandir
- Shri Ganesh Mandir
- Shree Dev Babreshwar Prasanna
Churches Near Baga:
- Our Lady Of Piety Church
- Our Lady of Candelaria Chapel
- Catholic Chapel
- Chapel Of Saint Sebastian
- Sao Joao Batista
- Holy Trinity Church