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This article is a guide to Palolem beach Goa which is located in the South Goa district.
Palolem beach is not only one of the most popular places to visit in South Goa but also in all of Goa. One of the reasons why this beach has gained massive popularity is the innumerable beach huts lined up along the beach. Secondly, Palolem beach is much less crowded compared to the beaches in North Goa. Moreover, this beach is visited by foreign tourists and has a more laid back appeal compared to most other beaches in Goa. This post is a detailed Palolem beach guide listing all the Palolem beach huts, resorts, hotels, things to do and the best cafes and restaurants in Palolem beach.
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How to Reach Palolem Beach Goa
Palolem beach, Goa is situated approximately 40 km from Margao city and 62 km from the Goa International Airport. There are 3 ways to reach Palolem beach from Margao or from the airport.
The first option is to hire a taxi cab. This will be the most expensive but the fastest option. There's an app called the Goa Miles App which can be used to book a cab at decent rates.
The second way to reach Palolem beach from the airport or any other city in Goa is to take a state-run bus going towards Canacona city that runs between Goa and Karnataka. Ask the bus conductor to stop at the diversion for Palolem beach. The beach is located 1.4 km from this diversion. You can cover this distance on foot or hitch a ride with one of the many people going to the beach.
The third option is to take a local bus from Margao to Palolem beach. The bus will drop you at the Palolem beach bus stand which is right next to the beach. This bus is slow but it gets you to the beach at a minimal cost.
Where to Stay in Palolem Beach - Accommodation Options
Ah! The best part about finding a stay at Palolem beach is the Palolem beach huts. The beach is dotted with lots of them, each one unique in it's own way. Apart from the beach huts, Palolem has resorts, hotels, homestays, and hostels as well.
Hotels in Palolem Beach, Goa
Other than the Palolem beach huts, one can find a multitude of hotels in Palolem located close to the beach. Not just that, there are even hostels in Palolem beach for those looking for inexpensive accommodation. Summer by the HostelCrowd is one such hostel. It's a short 5-10 minute walk from the beach, has clean rooms and a good crowd. HostelCrowd has 3 hostels in Goa. One is in Vagator (North Goa), one in Panjim and finally the one in Palolem. They run shuttle service between hostels, in case you have booked a stay at their properties. The hostel organises a wide range of activities and is always buzzing with people and activity. You can book this hostel using the link below:
Palolem Beach Huts
Booking a Palolem beach hut can be a difficult task, given a large number of choices. What's great about the Palolem beach huts though is that there are so many of them, available in a wide range of budgets and luxuries offering a wide range of amenities such as a porch, balcony, air conditioning, bathtub etc. Take a look at some of my personal favourite beach huts in Palolem:
1. O3 Beach Resort
O3 Beach Resort, Palolem is a mid-range resort located right on the beach. The rooms are in the form of individual wooden cottages with a comfortable bed, spacious washroom, a cupboard and a front porch. The front porch is a big plus. Not only is it a great spot for having your breakfast, but it also offers an open personal space for you to chill if you don't want to sit in a beach shack. I've stayed here twice and have been lucky enough to get the cottage right at the beach, facing the ocean. Hope your luck is as good as mine!
2. Club Palolem
Club Palolem hotel offers beach huts which are located just a short 2-minute walk from the Palolem beach. These huts are a lot more sturdy and upscale than most others. Each cottage comes with a porch and a tiny garden with a bench. The rooms are air-conditioned and there's even a nice hammock on the property for guests to chill. The price of the cottages is a little more than the basic ones but still within a decent budget.
3. Art Resort
Always save the best for the last! Art Resort, Palolem is one of the newer kids on the block. With colourful beach huts located right on the beach and an unbelievably charming cafe to along go with it, Art Resort is an experience in itself. Each cottage is painted in a bright and cheerful colour. The rooms come with a bathtub and a front porch. What's great about these front porches is that they come enclosed with white sheets so that you can get your privacy while staying right at the beach.
Things to do in Palolem, Goa
Now, there aren't a whole lot of things to do in Palolem, except for chill-out and relaxation. While at Palolem beach you can check-out some other beaches such as Agonda beach and Patnem beach. Other than that, take a look at some of the other things to do in Palolem:
1. Grab a lazy breakfast at a Palolem beach shack
The best part about being on vacation is having the luxury to wake up at your own time. What's even better is enjoying breakfast with an ocean view. Since Palolem beach is lined up with innumerable beach shacks, you can easily find a nice spot to grab breakfast. Most beach shack restaurants open early in the morning around 7 or 7.30 am.
2. Catch the sunset
Palolem beach Goa witnesses stunning sunsets during the dry seasons. Out of the many times that I've been to this beach, I've almost always seen a spectacular sunset that paints the sky in vibrant hues of orange. Catch the sunset and it's many hues whilst enjoying a chilled drink at a Palolem beach shack.
3. Walk along the coastline
The length of Palolem beach is a whopping 2 km. While one side of it is made up of rocks were you'll often find visitors to the beach engaging in yoga, the other side is a lot greener and is close to an island. People say you can take a boat out to the island but I personally haven't ventured to that side of the beach. If you're the one to enjoy leisurely strolls, walk along the entire length of the beach and explore its nooks and crannies.
Palolem Beach Nightlife - Party at Silent Noise
The Palolem nightlife is an interesting scene. Silent Noise is exactly what the name describes - it's a nightclub where music is heard via headphones, and not on loudspeakers. Everyone who enters the club gets a headphone which has 3 channels. Each channel plays different music. You and your group can sync channels and enjoy this unique nightclub in Goa. Parties are held on saturday nights.
Palolem Beach Restaurants and Cafes
There are plenty of food options available at Palolem beach, Goa. While there are plenty of Indian food joints, there's Spanish, Italian, continental and even vegan food available at various places in Palolem. Some of the best cafes and restaurants in Palolem beach are listed below:
1. Little World, Palolem
Little World is a fantastic little place serving vegetarian as well as vegan food. The cafe is located on the main Palolem street which runs parallel to the beach. This place is perfect for grabbing a healthy breakfast of eggs of your choice that come with bread, butter and a large salad. The decor is a mixture of minimal as well as glittery Indian. They even have a garden in the back with seating in the open air.
2. Art Cafe
As mentioned earlier, Art resort has a restaurant that is a visual representation of its name. The restaurant has a countless number of art installations scattered across its walls. With a swing in the open-air seating area, the restaurant screams instagrammable. The drinks served here are fantastic. I haven't tried the food here, only drinks, but judging by the level of effort put into this restaurant, I'm sure it'll be nothing short of spectacular.
3. Casa del mar
Casa del mar consists of accommodation plus a beach-side restaurant. They have indoor as well as outdoor seating. The indoor seating has wooden tables and wooden chairs whereas the outdoor seating is beach lounge chairs. The menu here is limited to mostly Indian and Indi-Chinese dishes but the taste of the food is really good. This Palolem beach restaurant/ beach shack is recommended if you're looking for a hearty meal by the ocean.
What to Wear in Palolem Beach Goa
Palolem beach has a very relaxed beach vibe. You'll find most men in shorts, t-shirts or swimming trunks. On the other hand, women generally wear beach dresses, kaftans and shorts. Make sure you carry swimwear with you since the waters of Palolem can be quite tempting. In case you forget to pack essential beachwear, you can shop for them from one of the many shops located on the main road of the beach.
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