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Palolem beach Goa is, without a doubt, one of the most popular beaches in 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 the hotels, Palolem beach huts, things to do and the best cafes and restaurants in Palolem.
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How to Reach Palolem Beach
Palolem beach, Goa is located nearly 40 km from Margao city. There are 3 ways to reach Palolem beach from Margao, or any other city in Goa. The first option is to hire a taxi cab. This will be the most expensive but the fastest option. There's a new app called the Goa Miles App which can be used to book a cab at decent rates. The second option is to take a Karnataka state bus going towards Canacona 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. 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
Ah! The best part about staying at Palolem beach are 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 hotels 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 has a wide range of activities and is always buzzing. You can book this hostel using the link below:
Palolem Beach Huts
Booking a beach hut in Palolem can be a difficult task, given the large number of choices. What's great about the Palolem beach huts is that there are so many of them, available in a wide range of budgets and luxuries. 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, it 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 up-front facing the ocean. Hope your luck is as good as mine!
2. Club Palolem
Club Palolem offers beach huts which are located at a short 2 min walk from the 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 a hammock on the property for anyone 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 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 while sheets so that you can get privacy, if you want to.
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 in Palolem you can check-out some other beaches such as Agonda and Patnem. Other than that, take a look at things to do in Palolem:
Grab a lazy breakfast at a beach shack
The best part about vacationing 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 beach shacks, one can easily find a nice spot to grab breakfast.
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 beautiful sunsets that paint the sky in vibrant hues of orange. Catch the sunset and it's many hues whilst enjoying a chilled drink at a beach shack.
Walk along the coastline
The length of Palolem beach is a whopping 2 km. While one side of it is made up of rocks, the other side is greener and is close to an island. People say you can take a boat out to the island but I 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 it's nooks and crannies.
Palolem 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.
The Best Restaurants and Cafes in Palolem
There are plenty of food options available at Palolem beach. 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 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. 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 Resort
As mentioned earlier, Art resort has a restaurant that is a visual representation of it's name. The restaurant has countless number of art installations scattered across it's 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 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 is limited but the taste of the food is really good. This restaurant is recommended when you're looking for a hearty meal by the ocean.
What to Wear in Palolem
Palolem has a 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 beach wear, you can shop for them from one of the many shops located on the main road.