An Insider's Guide to Goa

Welcome to my Insider’s Guide to Goa

Tropical Goa is the smallest state in India but also the most laid back and the most popular with tourists, both from India and all over the world. Most tourists flock here in the Winter months to enjoy sunny days, blissful beaches, fresh seafood, spicy curries, vibrant markets, wild nightlife and much more, all infused with the special and captivating blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures. There really is nowhere quite like Goa and there are not many people who know it like I do so to make the most of your visit to Goa keep on reading my insider’s guide to Goa! 

And, there really is something for everyone in Goa, from luxury hotels and world class fine dining restaurants to mellow yoga retreats, to adventure sports to wild all night beach parties, to cheap and cheerful beach huts and hippie markets.

Although Goa is the most westernized and touristy state in India, there is still so much to explore and love, and the best parts are usually away from the main tourist hot spots (cough cough Baga and Calangute) zipping through paddy fields and colourful villages fringed with palm trees past white washed Portuguese churches and discovering quieter beaches.

Many people, like me, love it so much they decide to stay long term, and so, to make sure you get the best out of your time here I’ll be sharing all my experiences and insider knowledge in my insider guide to Goa. 

Start exploring Goa with:

My Ultimate Backpackers Guide to Goa

How to get an E visa for Goa

Why I love Goa and think it’s the best place on the planet

My 1 week Itinerary for the Perfect Holiday in Goa

Long Weekend in Goa? The best Goa itinerary for only 3 days 

My review of UK – Goa direct flights with Thomas Cook airlines 

Posts about where to stay in Goa 

My Goa beach guide: How to find the best beach in Goa for you

The Best Places to Stay in Goa – for all beaches and all budgets

The Best Backpacker Hostels in Goa

My Favourite Best Restaurants in Goa

The Best Boutique and Heritage Hotels in Goa

Amazing Private Luxury Villas to Rent in Goa

The Best 5 Star Resorts and Luxury Hotels in Goa 

5 Best Yoga Retreats in Goa

5 Best Yoga Teacher Training Courses (YTT) in Goa

Post about things to do in Goa

Best nightclubs, raves and party places in Goa

Things to do in Goa – beyond the beaches and parties 

3 best markets you can’t miss in Goa

Best yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses in Goa

How to visit the Taj Mahal from Goa

The pros and cons of visiting Goa during monsoon season


Posts about living in Goa:

Why I love living in Goa

A day in my life as a travel blogger living in Goa

The downsides of living in Goa 

The reality of being a digital nomad in Goa

The cost of living in Goa

How to rent a house in Goa on a budget

My little house in Goa (video)

More Goa posts

5 books to read about Goa’s hippie history

Documentaries to watch about Goa’s hippie past

First impressions and tips from my Mum on her visit to Goa


Buy the Insider’s Guide to Goa E Book! 

You’ll find many articles here on my blog about the best things to do and places to visit and my life in Goa. For all the insiders tips for Goa download the Insider’s Guide to Goa E Book  This 169 page ebook is the most comprehensive book about Goa out there written by is my friend and top blogger Rachel from Hippie in Heels  who has lived in Goa for almost 5 years. This guide is packed with all her amazing insider knowledge and local tips for Goa. Get it here. 


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