This is the Goa you've always pictured. Gold, palm-fringed beaches snake down the coastline gently washed by the warm Arabian Sea. Lively beach bars serve up cocktails and cold beer alongside fiery fish curries and spicy Portuguese sausages.
Groups in loose fitting trousers stretch into yoga poses at shaded retreats. The sunsets are beautiful here and the sun slowly descending into the ocean becomes a nightly celebration. Once the sun goes down there's still plenty to do with bars remaining open late and hippie night markets opening up selling everything from pashminas to reggae music. Goa may have moved on from its sixties hayday as a hippy mecca, but the spirit of freedom and fun-loving atmosphere still lives strong in the state's northern half. If you're looking for stunning beaches, unforgettable sunsets and plenty to do, then North Goa is your place. There are enough watersports, markets and hip beach bars to keep you entertained for months.