Baga is a small village, which is essentially an extension of the Calangute Village of Goa. It comes under Calangute, which is just 2 km south of the village. The Baga beach, situated just opposite the village, is known for its brown sands and the Baga Creek.
The Baga beach is surrounded by the Arabian Sea in the north and is well-known for its water sports and dolphin cruises. It is situated about 10 km west of Mapsua and is considered to be a secluded beach. There are several rows of shacks and fishing boats available at this beach, along with a grove of palm trees.
It is one of the most popular beaches in Goa, which was once a fishing village and a popular destination among hippies, especially during the late 1990s. This beach has now evolved as a major beach in Goa and is often tagged as the 'Queen of Beaches'. The beach lies on the northern part of the state, which itself is believed to be discovered by hippies.
Things to do in Baga
Travellers can also engage in various recreational activities at this beach, including yachting, fishing and water-skiing. The Mandovi River and Zuari River flow on the sides of the beach with backwater crocodiles and dolphins attracting tourists year-round. It is a popular fishing beach, with black rocks bordering the coastline.
The Baga beach is famous for its nightlife, shopping, food joints and various water and beach activities. During the monsoon season, between June and September, swimming is prohibited at this beach. The peak tourist season comprises Christmas week and New Year’s Eve. This beach is also crowded with tourists between November and March.
Travelling to Baga
Dabolim Airport serves as the closest airport to reach Baga, which is 29 km away from Panaji. There are regular flights from all major cities of India. Tourists can hire a taxi to reach Baga. Karmali is the nearest railway station at a distance of 11 km away from Panaji.
Travelling within Baga
Tourists can hire motor bikes to travel around Baga which costs about Rs 400 per day. Taxi services are also available for tourists who not comfortable with two wheelers. Taxis cost about Rs 6 to Rs 11 per km.
Accommodation options in Baga
Tourists in Baga can avail various accommodation options, ranging from budget hotels to 5 star hotels. They can also opt for accommodations close to the Baga Beach.