Best Places to Stay in Goa for all Budgets: Insider’s Guide (2024)

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Wondering Where To Stay in Goa?

Deciding where to stay in Goa is one of the most important decisions to make when planning your trip. Goa may be India’s smallest state but is very diverse.

So, depending on why you are visiting Goa and who with, there are different beaches and areas of Goa that are most suitable for your stay.

There’s certainly no shortage of accommodation in Goa but you need to do a bit of research and get to know Goa a bit more so that you can find the best places to stay in Goa to suit you. That’s where I come in!

Goa is not a city – it’s India’s smallest state and has over 100 km of beaches and hundreds of towns and villages all with a different vibe. The capital city is Panaji (Panjim) but most tourists head for Goa’s beaches.

Whether you’re looking to party the night away or relax on a yoga retreat, take a romantic honeymoon or couples trip or a family friendly holiday you can find the perfect place to stay in Goa.

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But I know it can be confusing trying to decide where to stay in Goa as there are so many places. So that’s why I wrote this blog.

I’ve been living in Goa since 2015 and explored every corner. There’s not many people know Goa as well as I do and I often get asked to recommend the best places to stay in Goa. There’s no one size fits all answer, it really depends on what you are looking to experience while in Goa.

So in this guide to where to stay in Goa I’ll help you get to know the different areas and the best beaches and best places to stay in Goa. I’ll recommend some of the best hotels in Goa for all budgets so that you can make the best decision for you.

I’ll also give you all the tips you need for planning your trip to Goa. I hope it helps you have an amazing holiday.

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Planning your Trip to Goa

When planning a holiday in Goa, first you need to know when to visit and have an idea of your Goa itinerary so you know how long you want to stay. Then you can get to know the different beaches and areas and find the best place to stay in Goa there.

The Best Time to Visit Goa

The best time to visit Goa is in the peak tourist season between December – March when the weather is sunny, dry and relatively cool. Everything’s open, the beaches are at their best and the nightlife is buzzing.

Everything gets fully booked up during the busiest periods like Christmas, New Year and National Holidays so it’s essential to book your stay online in advance in these times.

The monsoon time from June – September brings a totally different and quieter experience as many places close down off season.

Read More: The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Goa in Monsoon

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How Many Days to Spend in Goa

There’s so many places to visit and things to do in Goa that you won’t get bored however long you decide to spend.

If you’re already in India I would recommend a minimum of 3 days in Goa to allow you to get a taste of the Goa experience. But it’s better if you can spend 1 or 2 weeks in Goa, especially if you’re flying a long way to get here. Plus it takes time to really soak up the relaxed Goan ‘susegad‘ way of life.

With a 1 or 2 week holiday in Goa you can really explore the different areas, relax on many different beaches, watch the stunning sunsets, enjoy the parties, try many great restaurants, shop at the markets, practice yoga, and visit the nature spots as well as the cultural and historical sights of Goa.

I’d recommend splitting your time and stay a few days in North Goa, South Goa and Panjim to really experience everything Goa has to offer.

Even if you only have a few days to spend in Goa make sure you allow time to take a day trip away from the beaches so that you don’t miss visiting the churches of Old Goa, the colourful Latin quarter of the city of Panjim, the luscious spices plantations and Dudhsagar waterfall. Taking a day trip like this one will maximise the places you can visit on a short trip to Goa.

Read More: My Perfect 1 Week North Goa Itinerary

Palolem Beach is one of the best places to stay in Goa

Where to Stay in Goa

The next important part of planning a trip to Goa is to decide where to stay in Goa! The first thing you’ll have to decide is which area of Goa and which beaches you want to visit, then you can find the perfect place to stay there.

North Goa vs South Goa

Lively, party mad North Goa is very different from relaxed South Goa. So don’t make the mistake of staying in South Goa if you want to party, or staying on Baga beach or Anjuna beach if you’re looking for a peaceful yoga holiday!

It’s a few hours drive between North and South Goa so for the perfect holiday you could spend a few days partying in North Goa and then a few days relaxing in South Goa to get the best of both worlds in one trip!

I made this map of Goa to help you decided where to stay in Goa. You can see where the beaches and towns are located in relation to the airports and Madgaon train station.

Be aware that as of 2023 there are now 2 airports in Goa – the old Dabolim Airport (GOI) in the middle and the new Mopa Airport (GOX) in the far north.

Goa Map

map of places to stay in Goa

North Goa is the busiest area where all the action is including the best restaurants, nightlife, shopping and attractions. Popular places to stay include Baga beach, Calangute beach, Candolim beach, Anjuna beach, Vagator beach, Morjim beach, Ashvem beach and Arambol beach

South Goa is quieter and less developed with long, uncrowded beaches, luxury resorts and yoga retreats. Popular places to stay include Majorda beach, Colva beach, Cavelossim beach, Agonda beach and Palolem beach.

Central Goa & Panjim(Panaji) is a good base for culture, history and nature lovers. Goa’s capital has a colourful, old Latin quarter and offers easy access to the UNESCO churches of Old Goa and the temples, spice plantations, waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries in the Ponda area.

Panjim (Panaji) is Goa’s pleasant, Portuguese influenced capital. As it’s located in the middle of Goa it makes a good base for exploring Old Goa and the temples, spice plantations, wildlife sanctuaries and waterfalls of Central Goa. It’s a bit far from the beaches but nice to spend a few days exploring the old Portuguese quarter and enjoying the floating casinos. See here for more about the alternative things to do in Goa beyond the parties and beaches.

Read More: Best Things To Do in Panjim & Central Goa

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The Best Beaches in Goa To Stay At

With over 101 km of beautiful beaches it’s hard to narrow it down to pick the best beach in Goa – it will depend on what you are looking for from your Goa experience whether you like your beaches lively or relaxed.

Best Beaches in North Goa

The busiest, most developed and most popular beaches in Goa are in the North where you find Goa’s lively nightlife scene.

Baga Beach and Calangute Beach offer a long, wide, sandy beach known as ‘the Queen of beaches’ that is good for swimming and watersports,.These are also the busiest and most popular places to stay in Goa with a huge array of accommodation, restaurants and shopping for all budgets and lively bars on infamous Tito’s Lane.

Nearby Candolim and Sinquerim also have a lot to offer and are close to all the action but are more upmarket and a bit more relaxed.

Anjuna Beach and Vagator Beach are good for nightlife hosting wild psytrance parties and the famous Anjuna flea market held every Wednesday in season time.

Morjim Beach and Ashvem Beach are wide, relatively relaxed beaches popular with Russians with a growing amount of nightclubs.

Mandrem Beach is the quietest beach in North Goa home to yoga retreats instead of raves!

Arambol Beach has a hippie vibe with sunset drum circles on the beach every night (in season) and lots of yoga and alternative therapies.

Beaches in South Goa

South Goa is home to Goa’s most beautiful, pristine and quiet beaches. The stretch from Arrosim beach to Cavelossim beach is where you’ll find most of the best luxury resorts in Goa.

Colva beach, Varca beach, and Benalim beach have lovely beaches with a bit of life and accommodation, dining and shopping options to suit all budgets.

Further South, the palm fringed crescent and colourful beach huts of Palolem Beach make it a strong contender for the title of most beautiful beach in Goa. The sheltered, shallow, safe waters are good for families.

Agonda beach and Patnem beach are quiet beaches in South Goa perfect for relaxing in a beach hut or practicing yoga.

Read More: How to Find the Best Beach in Goa for YOU!

Palolem beach, Goa

The Best Places to Stay in Goa

To make it easy for you to decide where to stay in Goa, here’s a quick rundown of the best beaches and places to stay depending on your interest and who you are visiting Goa with.

I’ll describe the areas in more detail later in the post and give hotel recommendations for each – click on the links to skip to that section.

  • My Favourite Place in Goa – Vagator, Anjuna, Palolem
  • Best for Beaches – Calangute, Majorda, Palolem
  • Best for First Time – Calangute, Anjuna, Palolem
  • Best for Couples & Honeymoon – Majorda, Cavelossim, Palolem, Candolim
  • Best for Family – Candolim, Colva, Palolem
  • Best for Nightlife – Baga, Calangute, Arpora, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim
  • Best for Friends – Baga, Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator
  • Best for YogaPatnem, Mandrem, Arambol
  • Best for Watersports – Baga, Calangute, Colva
  • Best for History & Culture – Panjim, Old Goa, Ponda

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The Best Hotels in Goa – My Quick Picks

(As prices change depending on season and demand click on the links provided to check the most up to date prices for your dates.)

My Favourite Place in Goa

If I had to pick just one absolute best place to stay, or the best place for first timers in North Goa, it would be Vagator Beach.

This area is not as crowded (yet) as Baga, Calangute and Candolim but it’s where some of the best restaurants and parties are. There’s a selection of unique beaches to explore and the parties on Anjuna Beach are only 15 minutes away. It’s also a short drive to check out the other popular beaches in North Goa.

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W Goa, Vagator Beach, North Goa

The absolute best place to stay here is the W Goa. This unique, stylish 5 star resort is located on Vagator Beach under Chapora Fort with spectacular cocktails and sunsets from the pool. It’s close to all the most happening places and has so many facilities you’ll hardly need to leave.

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blu resorts vagator one of the best places to stay in Goa

Blu Resorts, Vagator, North Goa

For a more budget friendly option Blu Resorts has great deals right now from ₹2,500. Stay in a luxury cottage with open air bathroom around a swimming pool and greenery at this new Mediterranean-style resort just 10 mins from Vagator Beach.

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The Best Place to Stay in Goa for First Time

Choosing where to stay in Goa for the first time can be overwhelming as there are so many beaches and places you’ll want to check out to find your personal favourites and, especially if you only have a few days to visit Goa, you want to spend your time enjoying the beach not traveling around stuck in traffic.

If you want to experience great beaches and the buzz of North Goa while also being close to the historic city of Panaji and Old Goa then I recommend staying in Candolim for your first time in Goa.

Candolim has a wonderful, long, sandy beach and a wide range of accommodation for all budgets, as well as great restaurants, bars, nightlife, shopping and watersports and tourist attractions all close by but it’s less crowded than Baga and Calangute.

The Best Hotels in Candolim are:

However if what you are looking for is a super chill beach experience then I would head to South Goa, either stay in one of the luxury beach resorts or a cute budget friendly beach hut on Palolem Beach.

The Best Luxury Resorts in Goa

The best luxury beach resorts in Goa are found on the long stretch of blissfully clean, uncrowded and quiet beaches between Majorda and Cavelossism in South Goa.

The Leela, GoaThe St Regis Resort, Cavelossim Beach, South Goa

Located where the river meets the sea on one of the best beaches is The St Regis, formerly known as The Leela – one of the very best 5 star luxury resorts in Goa. The opulent rooms, gardens, swimming pools, spa, golf course, casino and private lagoon are all you need for an unforgettable honeymoon.

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Alila Diwa, Majorda

Beautiful Bali inspired luxury resort in Majorda has 3 dinning options, 2 bars, a spa and infinity pool overlooking the soothing, green, paddy fields. Stay in the Diwa Club rooms for ultimate luxury and privacy.

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There are also some amazing luxury resorts in Candolim which is a more upmarket area of North Goa yet still close enough to enjoy all the action in busy Baga and Calangute. Some of the best restaurants are also found in this area.

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The Taj Fort Aguada

The classiest 5 star resort in Candolim with the expectational service you’d expect from a Taj resort. Colourful, heritage style luxury cottages, tropical gardens and pool with a stunning location under Fort Aguada with beach vistas.

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Read More: The Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts in Goa

The Best Places to Stay in Goa for Couples and Honeymooners

What could be more romantic than white-washed churches, candlelit restaurants and long beach walks at sunset hand in hand with your love. As India’s top honeymoon destination Goa has everything you could dream of for the perfect honeymoon.

Where you stay is one of the most important decisions to make when planning the perfect romantic couple’s holiday, wedding, anniversary or honeymoon in Goa. The best places to stay in Goa for a honeymoon or romantic couples trip are the uncrowded beaches of South Goa like Majorda, Varca and Cavelossim.

The Taj Exotica, Benaulim Beach, South Goa

One of the very best 5 star luxury beach resorts in Goa with classy Mediterranean inspired suites and a huge range of facilities including a private beach and golf course. The amazing private pool rooms are perfect for a romantic luxury honeymoon or special couples trip.

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If you want a lively and fun honeymoon or couples trip there are also some romantic luxury resorts in North Goa in Candolim and Vagator that are located close to all the best nightlife, restaurants and markets.

Taj Fort AguadaThe Taj Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach, North Goa

5 star resort located in the most picturesque spot on popular Candolim Beach with stunning beach views. I love the colourful, heritage style, luxury cottages, tropical gardens, pool and unparalleled hospitality.

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A luxury beach hut could also be great for a honeymoon or romantic couples trip where you can get back to nature and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. The best beach huts are found in Agonda and Palolem in South Goa and the exclusive, secret Cola Beach.

Dwarka Eco ResortDwarka Eco Beach Resort, Cola Beach, South Goa

Feel like you’ve got a private beach while soaking up the amazing views from the balcony over the sea and lagoon at these luxurious beach front cottages in the hidden paradise of Cola Beach.

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Read More: The Most Romantic Hotels and Honeymoon Resorts in Goa

The Best Places to Stay in Goa with Family

Families looking to be close to all the action should stay in Candolim. This area is a bit more upmarket and not as busy or noisy as Baga and Calangute but there’s still a great beach.

Candolim is also close to all the best things to do in Goa with kids including waterparks, go karting and the snow park – an experience all the family will love.

Seashell Beach SuitesSeashell Beach Suites, Candolim, North Goa

Family friendly, sparkling clean, elegant 1 and 2 bedroom suites with a swimming pool only 1 minute walk from Candolim Beach.

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For a quieter family holiday South Goa is the best choice. Colva is the most popular beach in South Goa so there’s plenty of restaurants and watersports, but it’s still alot less crowded than North Goa and makes a good choice for families.

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Caravela Beach Resort, Varca Beach, South Goa

Great value for money family friendly 5 star resort right on the beachfront of quiet Varca Beach in South Goa with tastefully designed rooms and suites and a huge variety of leisure facilities and activities including a kids club, golf course and disco bar.

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For a quieter family holiday Palolem is the best choice. The sea in Palolem’s sheltered bay is one of safest for swimming in Goa making it one of the best places to stay in Goa for families. There’s also no noisy parties here. Stay in one of the colourful beach huts that line the beach front and enjoy amazing sunsets from your room.

Royal Touch Beach HutsRoyal Touch Beach Huts, Palolem Beach, South Goa

Family rooms in wooden beach huts right on Palolem beach front with a great beach restaurant.

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A great option when visiting Goa with family is to rent a private villa with plenty of space and privacy for all the family to enjoy. The kids will be kept entertained in the pool while the adults can spend quality time together.

Treehouse Blue VillasBest Villa for Families: Treehouse Blue Villas, Colva, South Goa

Complex of modern and stylish European style 3 BHK villas with swimming pool in a peaceful spot between Margao and Colva Beach.

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The Best Places to Stay in Goa for Nightlife and Parties

As India’s party capital, the nightlife in Goa is legendary and a reason to visit in itself. From buzzing bars and pubs to fun Bollywood nightclubs to all night psytrance raves and beach parties – partying in Goa is an unforgettable experience

My top tip would be to stay somewhere near the parties you want to go to so you don’t need to risk the roads when you are drunk or pay for expensive taxis (there’s still no Uber allowed in Goa!) Don’t drink and drive!

The best areas to stay in Goa for nightlife are Baga and Calangute (especially around the infamous Tito’s Lane in Baga) and there’s plenty of cheap accommodation. Nearby Anjuna, Vagator and Arpora is home to some of Goa’s best nightclubs including Club Cubana.

There’s also an increasing number of nightclubs further North in Morjim and Ashvem.

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Fiesta Beach Resort, Baga Beach, North Goa

A 3 star Portuguese style Baga beach resort with swimming pool, restaurant and  a Portuguese style. It’s located just steps away from the buzzing nightlife on Tito’s Lane in Baga and close to the nightlife in Calangute, Arpora and Anjuna.

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The beaches of Anjuna and Vagator are best to experience Goa’s legendary psytrance parties, beach parties and raves. It’s also close to Thalassa – Goa’s most famous and most Instagramable restaurant and party place.

Curlies Zulu LandCurlies Zulu Land Cottages, Anjuna Beach, North Goa

Cosy cottages in lush gardens just steps away from the famous all night psytrance raves and beach parties at Curlies and Shiva Valley on Anjuna beach.

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Trendy Ashwem and Morjim are also great for nightlife with many new trendy house and techno nightclubs and party resorts like Marbella and Sinq where you can party the night away in style.

Living Room Beach ResortLiving Room Beach Resort, Morjim Beach, North Goa

Classy new resort with cute chalets on a blissfully uncrowded, virgin beach near to all the coolest new nightclubs. The suite room even has a jacuzzi in the private garden area!

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Read More: The Best Nightclubs, Raves and Parties in Goa 

The Best Places to Stay in Goa with Friends

If you’re visiting Goa with a group of friends and want to party then the best place to stay in Goa is definitely North Goa.

Stay in Baga and Calangute where there’s plenty of cheap accommodation, great beaches, fun watersports, shopping, exciting nightlife and instagrammable places. Anjuna and Vagator are also great places to stay in Goa with friends to enjoy the nightlife.

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Zinhos Beach Resort, Baga, North Goa

Good value AC rooms that can sleep up to 6 people near Tito’s Lane in Baga with 24 hour room service and small swimming pool.

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If you want to check out the famous psytrance parties stay in Anjuna, Vagator or Arpora.  Dine at Thalassa at sunset and take a selfie at ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ fort

1918 by Vacasso1918 by Vacasso, Anjuna Beach, North Goa

Beautiful 5 BHK villa fusing traditional features and modern luxury with private swimming pool that sleeps groups of 10 on Anjuna Beach near the parties.

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A private villa is also a great option when visiting Goa with a group of friends. You can stay together and party at the villa and you could end up saving money when compared to booking several hotel rooms.

Riviera Hermitage GoaBest Villa for Friends: Riviera Hermitage Apartments, Arpora, North Goa

Great value gated complex in Arpora with swimming pool and AC apartments to sleep groups of 4. Located close to nightclubs like Club Cubana and Hammerzz and Baga, Calangute and Anjuna.

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The Best Private Villas in Goa

If you’re visiting Goa with a large group of friends, family or for a workation or longer stay then an apartment or private villa is the best place to stay in Goa.

Immerse yourself in history by staying in a Portuguese heritage home or treat yourself to one of the new, modern, private pool villas in Goa for an unforgettable experience.

Luxury Pool Villa CalanguteLuxury Pool Villas Calangute, North Goa

These colourful, modern, fully equipped 4 BHK villas with private pools and are steps from Calangute Beach and are perfect for groups of families of 8 people.

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Treehouse Blue VillasTreehouse Blue Villas, Colva, South Goa

Complex of modern and stylish European style 3 BHK villas with swimming pool in a peaceful spot between Margao and Colva Beach.

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1918 by Vacasso1918 by Vacasso, Anjuna

Beautiful 5 BHK villa fusing traditional features and modern luxury with private swimming pool that sleeps groups of 10 on Anjuna Beach near the parties.

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Read More: Most Amazing Private Pool Villas in Goa 

The Best Place to Stay in Goa for Yoga

Goa has some amazing yoga retreats and can be a really peaceful experience if you choose where to stay in Goa wisely – you don’t want to be kept awake all night by a thumping psytrance party if you want to do sunrise yoga class!

The best place to stay in Goa for yoga is in quieter South Goa – the beaches of Palolem, Patnem and Agonda are home to some fabulous yoga retreats, drop in yoga classes and yoga teacher training courses.

Bamboo Yoga Beach GuesthouseBamboo Yoga Retreat, Polem Beach, South Goa

Relaxed beach front eco huts on quiet Polem beach with hammocks and excellent yoga classes in a beachfront shala for all levels. Their yoga retreats are the best in Goa.

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Quiet Mandrem beach is the best place for a peaceful yoga retreat in North Goa while neighbouring Arambol Beach offers many drop in yoga classes, workshops, meditations and healing therapies.

The advantage of staying here over South Goa is that you could still go down and check out some of the nightlife if you wanted to.

Amritara Aura Spa RetreatAmrita Aura Spa Retreat, Mandrem, North Goa

Beautiful luxury yoga retreat and spa close to peaceful Mandrem Beach with an infinity pool overlooking the jungle. The standard rooms are good value while the villa balconies have private pools.

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Read More: The Best Yoga Retreats in Goa 

The Best Beach Huts in Goa 

Staying in a beach hut is the best place to stay for the ultimate Goa beach experience. Soak up the sea views and sunsets right from your hut with your feet in the sand and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

Goa beach huts used to be basic affairs but nowadays there are many luxury beach huts for the perfect beach front stay without comprising on comfort or modern conveniences.

The best beach huts in Goa are found on the beaches of Palolem and Agonda in South Goa but there are also some on the beaches of Ashvem and Mandrem in North Goa and a hidden gem on Baga Beach.

Dwarka Eco ResortDwarka Eco Beach Resort, Cola Beach, South Goa

Feel like you’ve got a private beach while soaking up the amazing views from the balcony over the sea and lagoon at these luxurious beach front cottages in the hidden paradise of Cola Beach.

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art resort palolemArt Resort, Palolem Beach, South Goa

Unique arty boutique beach hut resort on the sands of colourful Palolem Beach. Some of the rooms have boat shaped baths on the terrace.

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little india cottages baga beachLittle India Beach Cottages, Baga Beach, North Goa

Rustic chic beach huts in a tropical resort with swimming pool just 1 min walk from Baga Beach.

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larisa luxury goa beach huts morjimLa Ri Sa Beach Resort, Morjim Beach, North Goa

Luxurious wooden beach huts with private jacuzzis on the beach front balcony. Located on quiet Morjim beach but close to the hottest new nightclubs.

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Read More: My Favourite Goa Beach Huts.

The Best Offbeat and Unique Places to Stay in Goa

Goa has much more to offer than just beaches and parties. Get away from the famous beaches to explore the beautiful countryside, heritage buildings and to find the real essence of Goa.

Some of the most unique places to stay in Goa are off the beaches. Stay in a historic, Portuguese fort or mansion, or try an eco farmstay near the waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries for a unique, offbeat stay to experience a totally different side to Goa from everyone else.

Figueiredo HouseFigueiredo House

Stay in a slice of history in a year old Portuguese colonial mansion with a swimming pool, gardens, museum in a traditional Goan village close to Majorda Beach, South Goa.

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Dudhsagar Plantation GoaDudhsagar Plantation

Be immersed in nature at this 50-acre plantation with bungalows, a spice garden, natural water swimming pool and nature trail out near Dudhsagar waterfall.

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Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel GoaFort Tiracol

Stay in a historic Portuguese Fort complete with white washed church on the banks of the river in far North Goa and enjoy stunning views from the excellent restaurant.

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wigwam in mandrem is one of the best offbeat places to stay in goa

Wigwam, Mandrem 

Stay in a comfortable tipi surrounded by lush gardens on a quiet back road only 2 km from peaceful Mandrem Beach. There’s also apartments, yoga, breathwork and great cocktails and food.

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Read More: The Best Portuguese Villas and Heritage Hotels in Goa

The Cheapest Places to Stay in Goa

If you’re visiting Goa on a budget there are still plenty of places to stay from cheap guesthouses, basic beach huts, budget hotels and fun and sociable backpacker hostels for under 1,000 INR

The cheapest places to stay in Goa are Baga and Calangute beach which has plenty of cheap accommodation, plus it’s closest to cheap restaurants, nightclubs, markets and everything else!

Bliss Holiday Inn Bliss holiday Inn, Calangute

Basic but comfortable fan rooms with attached bathrooms in a good location in central Calangute for under 1,000 INR.

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Kiara Hotel Goa Kiara Hotel, Anjuna

Comfortable no frills double and quad rooms with AC available from only 500 INR located between the party areas of Anjuna and Vagator.

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The most popular beach in South Goa, Colva, also has some great value and cheap places to stay. You could also go for a dormitory bed in a backpacker hostel for the most budget friendly stay in Goa.

Vinsons Cottages Goa Vinsons Cottages, Colva

Basic but colourful fan rooms with attached bathroom and gardens near to Colva beach for under 1,000 INR.

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The Best Backpacker Hostels in Goa

Trendy, fun, cheap and sociable backpacker hostels and coworking hostels have become very popular in Goa in recent years. You’ll find the best hostels in Goa around Anjuna and Vagator.

Red Door Hostel Goa Red Door Hostel, Anjuna

One of the first fun and sociable backpacker hostels. Close to Star Co junction in the middle of Anjuna with a lively onsite bar.

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woke hostel arpora Woke Hostel, Arpora

A beautiful Portuguese villa turned into a sociable hostel in Arpora. Near to the hottest nightclubs like Club Cubana, and also close to Baga and Anjuna beaches.

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greenspace coworking hostel vagator

Greenspace Coworking Hostel, Vagator 

Popular coworking hostel offering budget stays in tents, dormitories and private rooms with a restaurant, shared kitchen and coworking space in shady gardens close to the party hotspots.

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Read More: The Best Backpacker Hostels in Goa

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Goa

So there you have it – all my tips for where to stay in Goa from many years of living in Goa. I hope this has helped you to see that whatever you are looking for, from lively nightlife or budget beach huts to relaxed yoga retreats or 5 star luxury hotels you can find the perfect place to stay in Goa with a little research.

I hope you have an amazing holiday in Goa and found this blog useful. If there’s anything I’ve missed out or you need any more recommendations leave a comment below and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can!

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Thomas January 17, 2018 at 6:02 am

What a great guide you sharing with us. Whenever we go i use your article and bookmarked it. These places looks fantastic to stay in Goa. Thank you so much for sharing it.

yash sagar January 22, 2018 at 7:27 am

stunning your all pictures and article too.. informative post too really nice thanks for sharing and keep it up thanks a lot…..!

Neeta Gupta January 29, 2018 at 6:39 am

Such a awesome list! This look awesome places to stay in Goa. Thanks for sharing a useful information.

yash sagar February 2, 2018 at 9:14 am

stunning your all pictures and article too really nice thanks for sharing n keep it up thanks a lot…..!

harsh shukla February 12, 2018 at 12:17 pm

nice post

Tariq Nazeer February 27, 2018 at 11:37 am

Love to reading your post!
In North Goa, the Bambolism beach is also a great place for a picnic and enjoy. This beach has sand and rocks. If anyone enjoys the sand and surf without crowed then this beach is a haven for them.

Gupta March 9, 2018 at 10:22 am

You have a beautiful pictures of Goa! I will definitely use your article to plan my trip to Goa. Your pictures are really good. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post.

Ellen Smith March 10, 2018 at 11:32 am

Lovely pictures! I had been here around 2 years ago. And i loved their cuisines which was something new for me and You have saved my so much of time in searching on the web. This is what i was looking for.

Laura Smith March 10, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Wow! After looking at these pictures, i m missing my holidays spent here. I had a wonderful time with my husband here.

Yuviku March 12, 2018 at 8:59 am

Wow! You shared great places to stay in Goa beaches. Lovely information! Thank you so much for sharing a great experience.

Juliette April 13, 2018 at 10:51 am

this looks incredible. I adore your last photo!

Anna May 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm

Thank you 🙂 Yes, Goa is beautiful!

Scorpio May 16, 2018 at 11:12 am

Great places for budget travellers.

Polly June 7, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Hi, solo lady 50, planning a trip to Goa for a month in January. I love the daytimes looking for somewhere with a beach not to far away, not too noisy, but not too quiet. Close to shops, restaurants, where I can have a wonder in the evenings, without taxis. What area is best for me😊thankyou.

Anna June 26, 2018 at 9:05 am

Hi Polly, you’d probably love Palolem beach in South Goa. Check out this post on the different beaches

Juliette June 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

This looks absolutely stunning! So much to see, I hope to visit soon!

Johan Kerry July 19, 2018 at 9:04 am

Wow! What a fantastic pictures!! You shared awesome information because i’m planning to explore the Goa, so this post really helpful for me.
Keep doing a great work.

Saravana July 21, 2018 at 11:19 am

I swear this one post is good enough as a guide book to explore Goa.

Anna August 16, 2018 at 7:54 pm

Thanks so much! 🙂

Mai July 26, 2018 at 7:14 am

I’m not so familiar with Goa but I’ve heard it from my friends. Hope to visit soon. Thumbs up for this place.

Lakshmi Radhakrishnan July 28, 2018 at 7:33 am

I have been to goa a couple of times but there is so much more to explore there. Thanks for sharing the article.
PS: Loved the last photograph!!

Anna August 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm

Thanks Lakshmi! 🙂 There’s always more to explore in Goa!

Charlotte July 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Myself and my boyfriend are looking at visiting Goa. I have a good deal for end of march beginning of April 2019 to stay in Arpora. I’ve heard it’s quiet and you have to get taxi’s to the main part. Where is the main part to visit ?? How far is it? Is there a better place for us to stay? Or have you stayed in Arpora and found it ok to get to places?? We want to be able to either get short taxi’s to places or walk. Mainly want to go to experience street food, photography and a true Indian vibe. Please help?!?! I’ve also seen a deal for calangute? Thanks

Anna August 16, 2018 at 7:26 pm

Hi Charlotte

Arpora is a little far out so you’d want to rent a scooter or something to get around. There’s so much to see in Goa and so many places to explore that you’ll get the most out of your visit if you hire a scooter. The most busy/ popular parts are around the Calangute area which would be better for you if you want to walk to places but it’s too busy for me its not my favourite place to stay.

Sahsa August 10, 2018 at 8:28 am

Very nice, All the images are very beautiful and eye-catching. I would to love to go there.

Hariom September 11, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Wow! A comprehensive list. Thanks for sharing.

Anna September 12, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Thanks so much Hariom 🙂

RIshab Bajpai December 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

I have a confirmed booking at ITC Fortune Select Regina, Candolim, Goa. Three Deluxe room for 3 days (13th Dec to 16 Dec ‘18). Price Rs 6500 per night stay(all inclusive price including breakfast). Anyone interested may contact me ( 9099022989). Actually it a group booking but 3 of our colleague are not joining due to last minute unavoidable reasons. It’s a 4 Star property at beautiful Candolim beach.

Mark December 12, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Thank you for sharing such a detailed article about all the places one can stay at in Goa. It helped us sort out our vacation plan in Goa. Keep up the good work.

Sumit January 14, 2019 at 8:41 pm

very nice article. tons of info

Pooja September 22, 2019 at 10:55 am

I really appreciate this post thank you for sharing these type of post.

Apinder Hayer January 8, 2020 at 1:22 am

Thank you so much for such a detailed description of Goa very helpful and much appreciated.

John January 28, 2022 at 4:53 pm

Really helpful post for me and every traveler.

Anna January 31, 2022 at 10:36 am

Thank you! Glad it’s useful and hope you have a great time in Goa 🙂

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Lana January 24, 2023 at 12:14 pm

Hi Anna, Im coming to Goa with my boyfriend in March for the first time, Im completely confused where to stay and wondering if you can help? We’ve both like to stay away from big hotels / resorts / Santorini vibes and prefer more laid back approach. We are only visiting for 8 days, we’re looking for relaxed idylic beach somewhere a bit more rustic and quiet with the ability to dip into nightlife. Palolem sounds like its right up my street but sound like its too remote and quiet but i worry Anguna will to be crazy party and too busy? is there anywhere in between with similar vibes thats best to stay to dip in and out? any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance..

Anna January 27, 2023 at 6:05 pm

Hi Lana
Good question and thanks I have been meaning to update the thing about the evisa.

This is the first full season after covid and to be honest all of North Goa is pretty busy these days and even Palolem gets pretty packed on holiday weekends. For a peaceful beach I would head to Patnem or Agonda in South Goa. Leopard Valley is near Palolem if you want some nightlife. Anjuna is pretty crazy and the party scene has spread up Morjim and Ashvem beach now too. I would recommend Mandrem if you want somewhere quiet but within reach of the nightlife in North Goa.

Hope this helps and hope you have a great time in Goa! 🙂

James Jennifer September 24, 2023 at 4:24 pm

Wonderful & very informative blog. Thanks for sharing such a informative and useful travel post. Thank you for such detailed description of the destination. Good you explained everything in detail it has been a great help.

jogo September 25, 2023 at 12:50 pm

very good post regarding the goa

saurabh September 25, 2023 at 12:56 pm

“Excellent article! I found your exploration of best places to stay in goa quite engaging. Your insights are precise, and I commend your thorough research efforts.”


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