Goa is full of surprises from head to toe. No matter what part of Goa you are touring, there is something special waiting for you. From beaches and parties to temples and churches, Goa amazes you in its contrasting yet welcoming aspects. However, tourists often have just a few days to explore Goa making them face the big question — North Goa or South Goa? Which is the place to be? While both these regions have their own positives and negatives and you are bound to have a great time no matter where you go, here are some points that will help you make your choice:
North Goa beaches like Baga and Calangute are certainly way more crowded than South Goa beaches like Agonda and Palolem. North Goa is good for you if you like to be around large crowds and a convivial atmosphere all the time. On the other hand, if you prefer some alone time or a quiet walk on the beach or on the streets, south Goa is the place to be.
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2. Picturesque beauty
Most beaches in Goa offer a beautiful sunset and a wide horizon view. However, South Goa’s Palolem and Benaulim might beat the north Goa beaches when it comes to scenic beauty. Palolem, in particular, makes for a stunning view with its palm trees and crescent shape.
3. Sight seeing
These is more to Goa than just the beaches. Old Goa has some amazing structures like the Basilica De Bom Jesus and Se cathedral. Most other tourist attractions like Dona Paula and Fort Aguada are also located in north Goa so it scores over the south when it comes to sight-seeing.
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North Goa wins hands down when it comes to parties and events. From Curlies in Anjuna, to Club Cabana and Tito’s near Baga, and Katzensuppe near Vagator, north Goa has abundant night clubs renowned for their parties.
5. Food and drinks
While there are amazing restaurants all over Goa, North Goa does beat the south when it comes to the variety of options available. Britto’s at Baga, Curly’s at Anjuna, Baba Au Rhum at Vagator, the list goes on and on.
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There are several accommodation options available in Goa ranging from cheap to expensive. From budget hostels in Anjuna to the five-star Grand Hyatt in Bambolim, north Goa has a place to stay for all kinds of pockets. While south Goa too has options, they are not as varied as the ones in north Goa. However, if you are looking for luxury accommodation, south Goa has some splendid options as compared north Goa. Due to this kind of pricing, south Goa attracts fewer tourists making it apt for a quieter and more luxurious stay.
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So there you have it. For lively parties and several eating and drinking options with people all around, head to north Goa. For a quiet relaxed vacation with an occasional party but daily dose of the beautiful, serene beach, head to south Goa.