Vagator Beach (Overview)

Vagator is one of the cleanest and scenic beaches of north Goa. Located opposite the banks of Chapora River, this beach is the northernmost after Anjuna where hippies first met in Goa. A tourist’s delight, this lovely beach has soft sand and clear water with no rocks as an obstacle while swimming. This beach is surrounded by greenery and palm trees and the Chapora fort in the distance which is a superb vantage point. There are a few fruit sellers on the beach and with a little haggle; you can have freshly cut fruit and ice cold water to enjoy whilst you sunbathe. The beach has a few restaurants/bars with music where you can have both traditional Indian and western food, drinks, snacks and shisha. Further up, leaving the beach, there are lots of huts and kiosks selling street food, clothing, jewelry, ornaments, statues, and Henna. This beach also boasts of some fun water sports activities such as jet skis, banana boats, boat trips, parasailing and rings for a more thrill seeking individual. Look out for cows and stray dogs resting or bathing on the beach. Vagator is well connected by road to neighboring towns and cities like Panjim and Mapusa. The nearest airport to Vagator Beach is the Dabolim International airport, located near Vasco which is about 30km away from Panjim. Railway stations like Tivim, Margao and Vasco are also within 30 to 50kms radius. Indian domestic tourists and foreigners keep visiting this beach because it is less crowded and peaceful and also the Anjuna flea market is nearby. Nightlife around the beach at various joints and shacks is very vibrant which serves good seafood and drinks. This also becomes a major reason for pulling various types of tourists here.

Things to do

  • Rave parties: The Vagator beach is quite renowned for its rave parties which keep on going till the wee hours of the night. For party-goers this is an ideal destination.
  • German Flea market: On Saturdays, the Germans hold a flea market on this beach and hence it is the most vibrant and longest flea market on Goan beaches. Everything under the sun gets sold here and so shop till you drop.
  • Robert’s Place:  If you have a fetish for chilled out drinks then this is the place which is open 24×7 and is a major attraction for foreigners.
  • Vagator’s Thalassa: Those who love to feast on Greek food there is a Thalassa right on the cliff overlooking Ozran Beach and is always full. So book your table in advance before you think of visiting Thalassa.
  • Open Air Clubs: The most famous Open Air Clubs of Goa are located on Vagator beach. Hilltop and Primrose are recommended for late night party on the beach.
  • Arambol: Visit another beach from Vagator which is named Arambol, located 30km from here. It is also one of the most beautiful beaches.

Activities

  • Chapora Fort: If you are in Vagtor you must visit the Chapora fort which rises above the Chapora River. The red laterite fort was built by the Portuguese and so takes you down memory lane. Viewing sunset from here is a great sight. Climbing up towards the slop can be dangerous as the trail is steep and so one needs to be careful.
  • Ozran Beach: Also known as Little Vagator Beach it is located on the left side of the main beach. This beach is sort of broken in-between and one can reach there by crossing a short rocky trail. This place is more peaceful and lined with extra shacks than the other main beaches. There is a black statue of Lord Shiva almost on the shore and being a flat beach it is ideal for swimming.
  • Saturday Night Market: This is a sprawling market which opens every Saturday in Arpora during season time. Tourists from nearby places likes Baga, Anjuna and Vagator throng to this market to purchase variety of spices to vintage items, unique creations, jewelry and much more.
  • Anjuna flea market: This is another major attraction for shoppers. Open from morning till dusk every Wednesday, like the Saturdays night market, this place too is crowded and people from every nook and corner come here to buy different kind of items ranging from jewelry, clothes, antiques, earthen masks, mirrored bags or mementos.
  • Water sports/Paragliding: This beach has many options for water sports and paragliding is one of the most adventurous experiences

Restaurants / Meal Option

  • Fishtail Bar & Restaurant: vast variety to choose from i.e. Continental, English, pan cakes, cut fruits etc
  • Spice Traders: non-veg, seafood, and heaven for vegetarians.
  • Salt N Pepper Restaurant: Lovely quaint place and good for home cooked burgers, pork curry and great hamburgers and smoothies. You can get beef, chicken and great veg burgers.
  • Sakana Japanese Cuisine: This joint is owned by a Japanese-Israeli couple and located on the red cliffs of Vagator Beach. This place serves traditional dishes like sushi, udon noodles, beef yakiniku, salmon rolls, and chicken katsu with pickled radish.
  • Antares: Nestles atop Vagator’s southern clifftop, Antares is known to be the brainchild of Australian Masterchef contestant Sarah Todd.  Good for meat eaters if you love beef, pork, lamb and chicken dishes.

Accommodation Option

Budget/Guest Houses

  • Yellow House Vagator (Rs 598)
  • Leoney Resort (Rs 1,872)
  • Bean Me Up (Rs 1,800)
  • Hotel Amani (Rs 1,119)
  • Vagator House (Rs 1003)
  • I Love Bell Bottoms (Rs 2882)
  • The Sea Horse Resort (Rs 1962)
  • YoYoGoa Apartments (Rs 1122)
  • Acasa Vagator(Rs 3594)
  • Anjuna Beach Resort (Rs 991)

Luxury stays

  • W Goa
  • Luxury Independent Villa with Pool
  • Silver Salt Luxury Villa with pool
  • The Acacia Villa – Luxury Infinity Pool

Popular places near Vagator

  • Antares: Nestles atop Vagator’s southern clifftop, Antares is known to be the brainchild of Australian Masterchef contestant Sarah Todd.  Good for meat eaters if you love beef, pork, lamb and chicken dishes.
  • Mango Tree: A breezy and vibrant café which serves heart comforting eats like pizza & pasta, plus cocktails & juices.
  • Hilltop: This nightclub is a cult place for all and for those who relate Goa to cult music.
  • Nine Bar: Serves some extraordinary coffee and yummy sandwiches, smoothies and cakes.
  • Blue Bird this is restaurant cum guesthouse located south of Chapora River and known for its excellent food, service and cozy accommodation. It’s a few minutes’ walk from little Vagator.
  • Piccolo Roma: This is one of the best place for Italian cuisine as they serve varieties of pizza’s, desserts etc. The ambiance is very good.
  • Jai Ganesh Fruit Center: Great place to enjoy fresh fruit bowls and fruit juices.
  • Jaws:  a fast food restaurant mainly serving Indian non-veg and veg dishes.
  • If you are in Vagtor you must visit the Chapora fort which rises above the Chapora River. The red laterite fort was built by the Portuguese and so takes you down memory lane. Viewing sunset from here is a great sight. Climbing up towards the slop can be dangerous as the trail is steep and so one needs to be careful.
  • Ozran Beach: Also known as Little Vagator Beach it is located on the left side of the main beach. This beach is sort of broken in-between and one can reach there by crossing a short rocky trail.
  • Yangkhor: An offbeat Tibetan restaurant well known locally for its fresh Tibetan food such as momos (Tibetan dumplings), thukpa (soup) and the rarely seen Tibetan thali (Rs 250).
  • Fusion: A quaint, small restaurant that serves delicious pizza. Well-equipped bar and the place also serves Mediterranean, European, Israeli, Indian and Vegetarian food.

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