Immediately south of the airport, Bogmalo is still a small-scale, relaxed holiday centre. The sand is clean and not too crowded, the water safe for swimming and there are plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. Bogmalo is a stone's throw away from Dabolim airport.
With the Bogmalo beach on the north and the Majorda and the Colva Beach on the south the Velsao Beach is easily accessible and makes an excellent day trip from the other beaches of Goa too. Velsao is a storehouse of natural treasures.
Just south of Velsao, Arossim beach is quite and the start of a superb stretch of wide white sands, peaceful, relaxing and away from the maddening crowd.
Rises from the surrounding fields; there are small clusters of beach shack restaurants and a few fishing villages scattered under the coconut palms here. The best Goan toddy can be found here, as well as the best European breads.
Ideal for the independent traveller you will find yourself in a pleasantly uncongested, traditional beach belt, which will appeal greatly to anyone seeking peace and total relaxation.
Spectacular Colva Beach, 6kms west of Margao, constitutes the longest unbroken stretch of white sand in the state, spanning 25 kms from Mormugoa peninsula in the north to Cape Rama in the south.
In the centre of the Colva Beach, this village had fishing and rice-farming as its major occupations only a decade ago but now, one can see guesthouses and souvenir stalls springing up in the place of the paddy fields. Free from jellyfish in general, the sea is safe for swimming.
One of the most luxurious and exotic beaches of Goa, Varca is 2 km south of Benaulim. The cushion-soft white sands and the black lava rocks are much cleaner and offer much more solitude and peace than most of the renowned beaches of Goa. Explore a little to find places which offer you dolphin-watching and boat trips on the River Sal with an ample opportunity to see dolphins swimming in the seawater.
CAVELOSSIM & MOBOR BEACH
11 km south of Colva, Cavelossim beach is known as the last chief settlement in southwest Salcete. The scenic church square of the village is not far from the paddy fields that lend the charm of calm and peaceful rural life to the Cavelossim-Assolna ferry crossing near the mouth of the Sal River.
The picture-perfect beach of Palolem has a beautiful crescent shaped bay fringed with a swaying palm trees. A pair of wooded headlands, a perfect curve of white sand arcs and the Sahyadri Ghat, which tapers into the sea. A string of cafes, hawkers, souvenirs shops and a tent camp set on the beachfront. It is popular, full of life, people and music.
Rajbaga beach stretches in an unbroken sweep south of Patnem to the mouth of the Talpona River. The Intercontinental located at Rajbaga and is ideal for those who want to get away from it all offering total seclusion and stunning white powdery beach.