Calangute Beach, Goa

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    Dharma, Karma, feel-good time...

    by JessH Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    It's every woman's dream: a fancy spa where she can endulge in manicures, facials, massages and basically be pampered from head to toe.

    ...Sure, you can visit one of the 5-star resorts and pay good money for great relaxation, but I found that especially in Asia there are plenty of little gems "off the beaten path" that offer beauty treatments and a whole lot more for a lot less.

    This "shack" for example, was located on the road leading down to the beach near our hotel in Calangute (Golden Eye Hotel). The owner only works here during the dry months, and moves into the city during the monsoon.

    One of my friends was complaining of back aches & pains, the other had an upset stomach, and I just wanted a nice facial with some natural oils & pastes. We decided to enter this "shop" full of spiritual posters, herbal charts, crystal stones and flickering candles and never regretted it. This seems to be a popular "healer" as we had to wait 2 days for an appointment, and there were always queues of locals & tourists alike.

    To cut a long story short: my friend's back was 80% better the next day, the other girl's stomach settled soon thereafter, and I had 1 hour of absolute bliss in my own little universe :-) We paid between 700 - 1000 Rupees per treatment... TRY IT!

    Services offered were:
    > Reiki.
    > Massages.
    > traditional Ayurveda treatments.
    > Herbal remedies.
    > Nutrition advice.
    > Yoga & stress counselling.
    > etc.

    Me, outside the Ayurveda/Yoga shack, Goa
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    THE CHARMS OF DOWNTOWN CALANGUTE

    by Siddha3th Updated Oct 29, 2004

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    Combining the irresistible sleepiness of an old-world town, with all the manic night-life of an ocean - paradise, Calangute is your Stairway to Heaven.

    Just make sure you toss those travel brochures aside, and set out on your own.

    The charms here are manifold - it could be the warmth of the locals, it could be the exotic jewellery hanging from the store-fronts, or perhaps it could just be the mysterious sea-breezes... each bringing with it news of an impending adventure.

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    Calangute

    by BluBluBlu Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    Calangute nowadays is a bustling, busy, manic place, full of shops selling tourist trinkets, and with traffic everywhere! But it has its uses...theres at least six ATM's, lots of internet cafes...and of course in the evening lots of places to eat and drink. But if you walk 500 yards in any direction on the beach, away from the centre of Calangute...say the steps...you'll find a little piece of solitude.

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    Calangute Beach

    by bpwillet Written Dec 20, 2005

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    This is at the southern end of Baga Beach and is one of the most populated beaches with package tourists. Though you'd hardly know it. There seemed to be many more locals and Indian tourists here than any other. There were some groups paragliding, there were some more restaurants more set away from the surf and many of the hotels have beach access. Calangute itself has a great little shopping area just up from the beach that is worth a visit.

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    Calangute Beach

    by grets Written Jul 4, 2004

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    We stayed at the southern end of the beach where we were mostly left alone by hustlers and there were fewer tourists.

    During Chritmas and New Year, Calangute beach gets very crowded with Indian tourists as well as foreigners.

    Beautiful sandy beach, many beach huts, restaurants and shops, catering for every taste. One of the more lively beaches in Goa.

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    Calangute Church

    by grets Written Jul 4, 2004

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    Goa is an eclectic mix of faiths and there is a proliferation of churches in the state. Many Goans converted to Christianity during the Portuguese period and a means to retain their property rights.

    Many of the festivals are celebrated by both Christians and Hindus and mutual respect is found throughout.

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    Calangute beach

    by georeiser Updated May 22, 2010

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    Calangute Beach is the largest beach in Goa. It is a continuation of Candolim beach, with no visible partition between them. The beach is wide with soft sand, but the sea is rough. There are several beach restaurants and most of them have their own area with sunbeds close to the shoreline. The sunbeds are free of use if you order food and drinks from the restaurants. Beach boys will take your order and deliver it to the restaurant. They are nagging a bit if you order to little.
    Beach boys and hawkers selling "this and that" can be annoying and don't take no for an answer. Calangute is the place for waterjet, parachute and waterski.

    Calangute beach was hippie-haven for a long time ago. Today is it only english, russian and indian middle class turists left. When it comes to the quality of sand/sea is this beach in my opinion the second best in North-Goa after Candolim. It is the best when it comes to accessibility of restaurants and water activities.

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    Calangute beach

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 22, 2005

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    This large beach has quite a lot to offer, walk down and watch the villagers hauling in their nets at high tide, you will also find a selection of bars and restaurants around the main entrance to the beach, also plenty of souvenir opportunities on the road leading down to the beach
    The beach is about 45 min bus ride from Panaji

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    Calangute

    by venteeocho Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    The beach itself is nothing special,
    with steeply shelving sand,
    but is more than large enough
    to accommodate the huge numbers
    of high-season visitors.
    To escape the hawkers,
    head fifteen minutes or so south
    of the main beachfront area,
    towards the rows of olf wooden
    boats moored below the dunes.
    In this virtually hawker-free zone,
    one'll only come across teams
    of villagers hauling in hand nets
    at high tide or fishermen fixing their
    tack under bamboo sun shakes

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    Calangute Beach

    by abi_maha Written Feb 2, 2009

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    just outside the fisherman's village, with roads leading upto it lined by coconut trees is the calangute beach. There are quite a few restaurants lining his beach, also the rod leading up to the village has shops selling colorful clothes and jewelry! Not to be missed! Again this beach attracts a lot of hippie population. also find paragliding and hang gliding here!

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    BEACHES: Calangute Beach

    by Rupanworld Updated May 27, 2009

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    The Calangute beach in Goa is called the 'Queen of Beaches' because of its uncomparable beauty. It is surrounded by coconut and palm trees. It is especially a paradise to the foreign tourists. This beach is always crowded with people both from India and abroad and it would not be wrong to say that it is the most crowded beach, but nevertheless, the beauty does not diminish. All around the beach, a busy commercial area full of souvenir stalls, necessity stalls, food joinds, and selling everything from sea shells, to shoes to alchohol etc. have grown up which all add to the popularity of the beach, making it a must in your trip. g and old alike lazing on the golden sands.

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    Calangute - general

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 19, 2009

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    Calangute is located along the coast of northern Goa, about 18km north of Goa's capital, Panaji. It's the main tourist town along the coast thanks to its wonderful beach, hotels, restaurants and bars but, strangely, doesn't seem to draw the younger crowd. I actually stayed here and expected it to be full of young students and such like but what I actually saw were fat British OAP's (old age pensioners) and even fatter Russians. It had pretty much everything I wanted such as a great beach and great food (see my restaurant tips).

    I hired a scooter for a few days so as to get around and see the sights in Goa. It was my first time on one so it took a while to get used to but after that I really enjoyed it. The roads in Goa are in a better condition than elsewhere in India plus there are no cows wandering around!

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    Calangute

    by Willettsworld Written Sep 19, 2009

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    Calangute is famous for its beach which stretches for about 2km when it reaches Baga to the north. It's full of fat British OAP's (old age pensioners) and even fatter Russians. No nice looking girls here :-( You'll be hassled by loads of beach vendors selling drums, peanuts, ice creams, T-shirts, cakes, beads etc plus a few beggars, which you'd expect here. You'll also find guys from Mumbai walking along together in trousers and shirts gawping at the flesh on display.

    There's plenty of activities such on-the-beach massages, various water sports and plenty of beach shacks selling food and drink. The deal, here, is that you have to buy a drink and/or food from a shack whenever you opt to take up residence on one of their sun beds. One that I frequented a lot during my time here was called Friend's Corner where the staff are nice and chatty, so you get to know them a little more each time you visit.

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    Calangute beach

    by LotusV8 Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Well, this beach is a little bit better than Candolim, but far from the beaches of Thailand, it felt something like Turkey, the only thing that changed my mind was the cows walking on the beach, and the beach vendors selling Indian things, here is a lot of restaurants and party all night long.
    I think it is a good idea to find your accommodation some hundred meters from the beach.

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    Calangute Beach

    by ChuckG Written Jun 23, 2003

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    Much more commercial than the other beaches, this one is usually packed with tourist (and vendors)

    The upside is that there are numerous bars to choose from to drink a nice cocktail watching the waves (and the crowd)

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