Is there anything to do in Goa besides party on the beach?

Ahhhh, Goa. The perfect mix of east and west. The only place in India where you’ll actually find foreigners driving cars and motorbikes.  It’s a beautiful, serene, and extremely laid back part of India.  The Portuguese conquered this area long ago, but the Latin influence is quite easy to see and feel.

There are tons of hostels, cheap food, and lots of ways to get in trouble if you’re not careful.  If you decide to travel alone, I would partner up with some other travelers who are interested in the same thing. Not only will you be safer, but you’ll have more fun.
I also recommend checking out the meetups section for Goa on Couchsurfing to meet fellow travelers and locals who would know about current local events that shouldn’t be missed out on. Seriously, this is one of the best ways I know to visit any place on Earth.

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Maybe you’ll even get to stay with our amazing host, Warren. He’s got a couple really friendly rats too!

Anywho, here’s a rough itinerary for a day:

Anjuna beach is definitely worth a visit. There are little tidepools with small ocean creatures and cows looking for a nuzzle right on the sand.

Tidepools:

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An ear rub:

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Make sure to find this woman (or probably any one of the amazing masseuses from Kerala) for the best massage of your life. This lady works in one of the hotels about a 10 minute walk from the main beach and there were flyers everywhere leading us to the hotel.  I wish I could remember the name…

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After your massage, you’ll definitely want to head back out to the beach to rinse off the oils and catch the sunset.406028_10151648625627222_181547552_n
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Next, you could head to see the circus, if it’s in town. Just don’t eat the ice cream. Seriously. It’s one of two times I was sick the entire time I was in India.
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Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to OCoqueiro to try some of the best Goan food and get a picture with the fugitive on the porch.

The Fugitive

734053_10151648639732222_130124924_nAfter you’re full and ready to go out, hit up the strip in Baga.  If you’re interested in mingling with foreigners (especially Americans), head over to Cocktails and Dreams.  There’s an 80s movie called Cocktail with a similar logo that starred Tom Cruise.  Signage makes Americans feel at home, what can I say? Make your way out to the beach at the end of the strip and find some cool people to sit next to on the sand. It’s gonna be a long night.
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And to cure your hangover the next morning, visit  the German bakery in Anjuna. They’ve got great pastries and the requisite lassi and fresh fruit drinks.
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While there are clearly other things to do, Goa is world renowned for its beach party culture.  Here’s an example of a run of the mill all night party, posted up along with many others in the German Bakery. While we headed out before we could participate, it’s on the list for our next visit.

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Love you, Goa. Bye bye!
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