I could see the horizon clearly where the earth and the sky seemed to meet. Strolling at the shore, I listened to the sounds of the waves, looked at the setting sun and the sky changing its colors slowly.
It is an everyday phenomenon- the sunset, yet so beautiful every single time you pay attention to it.
Away from the usual crowd that Goa has become a hub for, Arambol still holds its unique charm and beauty.
The positive vibes of this hamlet makes you feel free to be yourself, to shed your inhibitions and just be.
Paliem lake is a freshwater lake that is located nearby and can be visited for spending some quality time in greenery and peace.
During our visit to Goa, we chose to stay at the beach shacks. We got to watch the surreal sunrise and the sunsets.
The gentle sounds of the waves lull you into sleep at night.
Staying at the beach shacks in Goa can take your vacation to another level altogether.
Beach shacks are temporary made up structures that usually serve as accommodation and as restaurants on the beaches. Beach shacks make life more lively, fun and happening in Goa for the tourists.
You can enjoy live performances, babeque, Karaoke nights, activities, an extensive menu of a huge variety of food and drinks.
These shacks stay open from October till the end of March which is the peak season when most of the tourists head towards Goa.
The weather is great and many events and festivals are organised during this period.
April to September is hot, humid and rainy. Most of the beach shacks are closed during this period.
Most of the shacks in Goa close for monsoon season due to heavy rainfall. Despite that you can find accommodation options at that time also.
If you want to enjoy the fresh and lush green landscapes of Goa and don’t mind the rains, you can visit during September.
You may find some permanent shacks open in May but as it is off season, it would be quiet and peaceful.
If your purpose for visiting is to relax and have some peaceful time then this is the right time for you to visit.
You may get some great deals and discounts. Just keep in mind that the weather would be very hot at this time.
Many travelers (solo and groups), couples and families choose to stay in the beach shacks.
So, they are generally safe. We did thorough research about the place that we chose to stay in. Do check for reviews from other solo female travelers.
Make sure that the rooms/cabins provided are sturdy and have proper doors and locks.
Interesting things to do in Goa
Yoga and Meditation on the beach
If you are interested in investing some time in your health or learning yoga and meditation, you will find plenty of options in this area to choose from. Many centres organise yoga retreats, courses and workshops that you can book in advance or just drop-in.
During all the days of the week, some yoga or meditation class is going on at some place here.
It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner, uninitiated, expert, single or have a partner, everyone is welcome. The place we stayed at offered Yoga classes that we decided to join in.
Enjoy the beach party in the evening
Many people, mostly the travelers staying near the beach, come together in the evening and create a good musical evening. Events like outdoor sunset parties, live music and barbeque etc can be seen happening around.
You can also find night long trance parties, casinos and nightclubs if that’s your thing.
Water sports for the adventurous spirits
Along with the tranquility and beauty of the beach, there are many adventurous things to do here for your adrenaline fix. You can go parasailing, jet skiing, surfing and boat rides.
Savour the local flavour
Goa is heaven for sea-food lovers. Savouring a huge variety of dishes without it burning a hole in your pocket is very much possible in Goa. The combination of Goan Fish Curry and rice is a must try. Ambot Tik is a popular spicy and sour curry made with red chillies and kokum spiced up with onions, tomatoes and spices.
Vindaloo is another Goan delicacy that is made by cooking meat in vinegar and spices. If you want something less spicy, go for Caldin or Caldeen which is a mild yellow curry that often contains prawns or fish. Samarachi Kodi, Xacuti, Fonna Kadi are some other curries that you can try if you love curries with lots of flavours.
How can someone miss the Goan thali when visiting Goa?
Goan thali usually consists of fish curry or prawn curry, rice, fried fish, veggies and pickle. Besides the regular drinks, taste the local Caju Feni which is made from fermented cashew apples.
Don’t worry, if you prefer vegetarian or vegan food, you would find many options to cater to your needs.
If this is your first time in Goa, I would suggest you do not miss to visit the following 14 awesome places in Goa. If this is not your maiden trip to Goa, let me know in the comments how many of the following had you already visited : Your Essential Guide to Goa: 13 Incredible Experiences Beyond The Beaches.
Shop at the Foreigner’s Flea Market at Arambol
Goa is a great place to shop if you love the stuff sold in flea markets. The unique thing about the flea market at Arambol is that it’s the foreigners who set up this market on the Drum Circle. Lots of knick-knacks and boho stuff that includes quirky unique trinkets, artifacts, jewelry, books, instruments, cloths, handicrafts, paintings etc are sold here.
The items up for sale here include both new and pre-loved stuff. This place comes alive when the market starts around sunset. You can also find foreigners playing various musical instruments, jamming, singing and showcasing their art.
People often start dancing to this music which would make you want to join in. It’s a melting pot with people from various places and cultures all together at one place.
Try the street food sold by the foreigners at the beach
Have you seen foreigners selling Indian street food in India? You can witness it here at Arambol where foreigners sell a variety of Indian street food at the beach. Most of these sellers are from Russia, Israel, China and Nepal.
You can find pizza, momos, sandwiches, salads, tea, coffee, soups etc being sold here by tourists. This market starts around 5 in the evening and goes on till 9 pm.
Fontainhas, a UNESCO Heritage Zone, also known as Goa’s Latin Quarter is located in Panjim, Goa. Head to this place to experience the offbeat Goa: Exploring Goa Beyond Beaches: the Colorful Neighborhood of Fontainhas.
Which are the best beach shacks in Goa?
Goa used to be an unexplored place decades ago but now it is swarmed with Indian and foreign tourists. There are a huge number of beach shacks, restaurants, resorts all around the beaches which cater to this ever rising number of people traveling to this part of the country.
I have shortlisted some of the popular beach shacks in Agonda and Arambol area that you may like to visit when in Goa.
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and great food at this beachfront, pet friendly resort. You can enjoy the delicious seafood, salads and their specialities from the tandoori oven. Wellness treatment, massages and Yoga classes are also available for the guests.
These huts are located a short distance away from the Agonda beach. Guests can relax at the terrace, enjoy continental breakfast, go for diving and cycling. Clean and spacious rooms provide the comfort you need.
Soulmate Beach Resort offers accommodation with a restaurant, a bar, a garden and free parking area. All rooms come with a private seating area and a bathroom. Simple yet beautiful beach huts, super friendly staff and great location. The restaurant here serves delicious food that you must try.
All rooms at Sweet Valley Cottages are equipped with a balcony and private bathrooms. Free wifi, restaurant, bar and family rooms are available here. Peaceful ambience, beautiful views, clean rooms and friendly staff make this a great place to visit.
The huts are located close to the beach and you can walk around easily. You can enjoy the great food and the amazing hospitality. Every beach hut has its own porch and there is a well-maintained garden outside.
If you want to chill at a peaceful place but also meet like-minded people from all over the world, then you must visit this eco friendly resort. Vegetarian and vegan food, helpful and friendly staff, amazing vibes, lots of activities for the guests and many great people to connect with- you will find all this at one place.
Places to stay in Goa (Arambol & Agonda)
Clean, comfortable rooms, in-house restaurant and located right next to the beach. What more can one ask for? This place is safe for women travelers.
If looking for something more than just a basic accommodation, check out Agonda Serenity Resort. Situated just 60 metres away from Agonda beach, this property features accommodation with free parking, free wifi, airport shuttle, garden, restaurant and bar.
This beautiful property is located at a distance of 1 km from Mandrem beach and 1.5 km from Arambol beach. Peaceful, welcoming and filled with good vibes- this is how this place feels. It offers vegetarian and international cuisine. Every room has a seating area and free wifi.
Goa is not only for the party animals.
There is another side of Goa that has more laid-back vibes. There is a place for people who like to sit back and relax, who know the art of enjoying doing nothing. You can still enjoy good food, activities, walks and sports but just in a more peaceful set-up.
Don’t put off that Goa plan that you have been making with your friends for years now. And just in case it doesn’t work out, why wait anyway when you can go solo? This could be your reason for visiting Goa- Falling in love with yourself.