xtending north of Calangute, Baga Beach is far less crowded, although its expanse of soft, white sand has its share of congestion, shops, guesthouses, huts and sunloungers. Here though, there are also paddy marshes, water tanks and salt pans, the beach is still clean, and the river that divides this commercial strip of sand from Anjuna in the north also brings fishermen pulling in their catch at dawn, and casting their nets at dusk.
The smaller crowds at Baga Beach brings in an interesting mix of people and animals to the beach. Probably the last species you would imagine sunlounging on the beach, but yes, a group of fun-loving cows have taken up residence on Baga Beach.
Also, it is common to see a football match on the beach between the locals and foreigners which can be quite fun to watch.
Baga Beach is also famous for parasailing, water sports (banana ride) and dolphin cruises.
Northern Baga, across the Baga River, is surprisingly tranquil, with budget accommodation bargains clinging to the coast. The north bank is all thick woods, mangroves and birdlife; it has quite a different, more village-y feel, with a few classy European restaurants looking out across the river. You can take an hour to wade across the river at low tide, then walk over the crest of the hill and down into Anjuna South, or detour inland to reach the bridge.
Baga is the place for drinking and dancing. Tito’s Bar, which has the only dance floor on the entire beach, is the hub of Baga’s nightlife. Baga also holds the leisurely Saturday Night Ingo’s Bazaar, a great alternative to the Wednesday flea market at nearby Anjuna.
Getting to & from Baga Beach
The bus stand is located just behind the beach on the main road. Buses travel all the way to Panjim stopping along the way at Calangute and other popular tourist destinations.
Scooters are available for hire in town and can be arranged with your hotel or guesthouse. Request for helmets when hiring a bike as the roads are narrow and dangerous.
Hotels and guesthouses can also arrange car hire for sightseeing purposes or for airport or train transfers.