Where to Stay in Goa during Monsoon – Best Areas, Hotels & Tips

Where to Stay in Goa during Monsoon

Some people say that Goa is most beautiful during the rains. Nowadays more and more people are visiting Goa during monsoon to explore the lush countryside and enjoy less crowds and lower hotel prices. The monsoon, or rainy season, in Goa starts in June and lasts until September and offers the chance to experience a different side of Goa. But the rains come with their challenges and your choice of where to stay in Goa during monsoon will have a big impact on how enjoyable your trip is.

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First you need to know that, while many more places stay open than before, still not every place in Goa stays open over monsoon. All the beach huts and beach shacks are pulled down leaving many beaches empty.  In monsoon the ocean is often too rough to be safe for swimming and watersports aren’t available. The popular night and flea markets and many party places are also only open during the main tourist season.

Thunderstorms and heavy rains can bring long power cuts and flooding. so it’s vital to stay in a modern hotel with power back up. It’s really important to carefully consider where to stay in Goa during monsoon, if you stay in the right area you will still find enough places to stay, shop, eat, drink and party but some beaches and areas are a bit like ghost towns in monsoon.

monsoon sunset goa

Monsoon offers a different Goa experience, one without the crazy crowds and parties where you can relax, see a more local side to Goa and soak up the luscious nature instead. Visit waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and spice plantations, visit historic churches, forts and temples, take long walks along deserted beaches and watch the rain from the comfort of a cosy room with your loved ones – that’s what a monsoon trip to Goa is all about.

Read More: My Ultimate Guide to visiting Goa in Monsoon 

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Where to stay in Goa during monsoon

So when deciding where to stay in Goa for monsoon you’ve got two main choices – do you want a more lively holiday or do you want a peaceful break to escape from it all?

If you’re looking for some nightlife and a choice of restaurants, shops and activities then the best places to stay in Goa during monsoon season is around Baga, Calangute and Candolim. These are the most developed and busiest beaches in Goa and many things stay open during the rainy season so you’ll still find a lot of hotels and restaurants open and there are still some parties going on around the popular Titos Lane in Baga.

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More places are staying open in monsoon in Anjuna and Vagator too these days. Hilltop has the Freedom Blast psytrance party for Independence Day and the famous Curlies Shack on Anjuna Beach stays open and has some party nights.  Popular cafes including Artjuna, Baba Au Rhum and Thalassa also stay open throughout the rains.

If you want to relax and watch the rains in luxury with your loved ones, take romantic walks along empty, cloudy beaches and be truly pampered then take advantage of one of the great monsoon deals offered by the luxury resorts in South Goa.

Monsoon is a great time to stay in Goa’s colourful, laid back capital Panjim/Panaji with it’s pleasant riverside setting and atmospheric historic Latin quarter – Fontainhas. Visit the floating casinos, see the unique Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and the colourful Portuguese colonial buildings, take a sunset river cruise, stroll along Miramar Beach or just get cosy in the cafes. Staying in Panjim makes a good base to explore the rest of Goa and visit places like Old Goa and the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.

When you’re choosing where to stay bear in mind that the thunderstorms and heavy rains also mean long power outages. I highly recommend avoiding low budget hotels and staying in a modern apartment or upscale hotel with proper power back up and AC to make sure your Goa trip isn’t ruined by power cuts.

Here’s my pick of the very best places to stay in Goa during monsoon

Luxury Hotels

The Leela, Cavelossim

For the best luxury stay in South Goa look no further than The Leela. This fabulous resort is widely regarded as the best 5 star resort in Goa. You’ll hardly need to take a step out of the sprawling Leela Resort with its private beach, lagoon, and tropical riverside gardens.

The resort is exquisitely decorated to reflect both the Indian and Portuguese heritage of Goa. The Leela’s rooms are super plush with all mod cons and private plunge pools, a range of on site restaurants, lounges and a luxurious Ayurveda spa and fitness centre as well as a beach club. This is the best resort for a luxurious escape from it all.

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The Alila Diwa, Majorda

This gorgeous Balinese style 5 star resort and spa is one of my favourite luxury hotels in South Goa and is perfect for a monsoon stay immersed in nature and luxury. The rooms and the infinity pool has gorgeous views over the paddy fields which look at their best in monsoon!

There are 4 dining options, one of which is open 24 hours and a butler service if you go for a club room. The resort is just stunning and the staff make you feel like royalty. They offer great monsoon deals.

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Goa Marriot Resort and Spa, Panaji

The Goa Marriot is located directly on Miramar Beach just 5 mins drive from Panjim is the best place to stay near the capital. This modern 5 star hotel offers 3 dinning options, a casino, pool, spa and plush rooms with a sea view so you can watch the monsoon rains from the comfort of your luxurious room.

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Taj Fort Aguada

Taj Fort Aguada, Candolim

This is the perfect place to stay for those who want to be close to the attractions and nightlife in Baga and Calangute but also want to have a super luxurious and peaceful experience.

The swish 5 star resort is ideally located overlooking the Southern end of Candolim Beach with tropical gardens, swimming pools, restaurants and beautiful sea view rooms. Enjoy the unparalleled service that you’d expect from a Taj, the breath taking ocean views and easy access to Goa’s hotspots.

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W Goa, Vagator

This is one of my absolute favourite resorts in Goa. The location, the unique design and the huge range of facilities make it hard to leave even though it’s only just down the road from some of the most happening party hotspots in Anjuna and Vagator. This luxury 5 star resort is perched on a cliff directly underneath Chapora Fort and overlooking Vagator Beach boasting incredible sunset views over the beach from the rock pool and cocktail bar.

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Budget Hotels

wave calangute - best places to stay in goa for first time visit

Wave Beach Resort, Calangute

Baga and Calangute has many budget accommodation options but don’t risk your Goa trip being ruined by staying somewhere without power backup! Wave Calangute Beach Resort is a good value option with fully equipped modern 1 and 2 BHK AC apartments with 100% power back up. Apartments can sleep up to 8 people comfortably so it’s great for groups of friends or families. There’s also a pool, garden and the location is super close to everything Calangute Beach, Baga and Candolim have to offer.

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Seashell Beach Suites

Seashell Beach Suites, Candolim

These elegant 1 and 2 bedroom suites with swimming pool are located only 1 minute from Candolim Beach. The accommodation is sparking clean, family friendly and good value. Candolim is more upmarket and not as busy or noisy as Baga and Calangute but it’s still close to all the best family attractions in Goa like waterparks, go karting and the snow park.

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fiesta beach resort near nighlife at tito's lane baga Goa

Fiesta Beach Resort, Baga

Located next to Tito’s Lane in buzzing Baga Beach, Fiesta Beach Resort makes a great affordable place to stay close to the beach and the nightlife. With a pretty swimming pool area, tropical gardens and Portuguese inspired style cosy AC rooms. There’s also an inhouse sea facing bar and shack and a great buffet breakfast served every morning. This is one of the best places to stay in Goa in monsoon if you’re on a budget and want to be close to the parties on Tito’s Lane.

 

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Dudhsagar Plantation Goa

Dudhsagar Plantation Farmstay

Monsoon is the perfect time to explore the lush jungle and get back to nature. For something different stay at Dudhsagar Plantation Farmstay which has comfortable rustic rooms on a 50-acre property with a spice garden, natural water swimming pool and nature trail near to the famous Dudhsagar waterfall. The food is organic and the hosts are wonderful. Don’t miss this chance to see another side of Goa.

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woke hostel arpora

Woke Hostel, Arpora

If you’re traveling solo and on a budget then check out Goa’s fun backpacker hostels and you should find someone to hang out and explore Goa with. Woke is a beautiful Portuguese villa turned into a sociable hostel in Arpora. It’s super close to some of the hottest nightclubs in Arpora and also not far from lively Baga and Anjuna beaches.

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I hope this post helped you to know more about where to stay in Goa in monsoon. For more info check out my Ultimate Guide to Goa in Monsoon I also have a huge post about Where to Stay in Goa during season time.

Have you got any more tips or recommendations on where to stay in Goa in monsoon? Please share your experience in the comments below and help out other travellers 🙂

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