This a warning that is to be taken very seriously. Never reveal your true nationality to any strangers when youre being asked, except to the authorities, as Anti-Israel sentiments run high among a few classes of people because of Israel-Palestinian conflict and unfortunately you might be a victim of hatred. Always be in big groups and avoid being alone. If you see any suspicious person inform the authorities immediately. HELPLINE NUMBER IS 100.
On high season such as New Year be very cautious.
The image that you see on the left is the way towards Anjuna beach. Avoid these routes and also avoid standing on the mini cliffs as these places have developed huge cracks and it could collapse anytime and would be fatal. Take the Straight Path away from the cliffs.
I have had a couple of stomach upsets (quite mild and fully recovered within 24H). The picture shows why you should be wary of the "standard" ice
To be fair though, most restaurants and bars now offer ice made with mineral water but this photo which I took about 3 years ago makes the point about what it used to be like.
Do not smoke in public places in cities like Maupsa, Panjim as it is banned. If youre caught in this act, the fines are as heavy as 500/- Rs. Only smoke at cigarette shops and Restaurants that allow smoking.
Sometimes on your way, you might find a few people(INDIANS AS WELL AS FORIGENERS) who say that they have lost all their money and they need it to go back home! This is a tactic that is used by people to extract money from travellers. They would speak in such a way that people who listen to them get carried away. So if you encounter such people, SHUN THEM!
When travelling in Goa you may come across these two - cross your heart and hope that the experience does not cause you any lasting damage - only jokin, they are follow VT'ers, what a great fun pair and the photographer ( you know who you are ) is also great. If you do manage to bump into them you will enjoy the experience.....
I visited Goa during the monsoon time (June to September). You cannot swim at the sea at this time of the year, the waters are too troubled, so the beaches are empty, and so are the towns around. Most of the hotels and restaurants are closed, and there is no “nightlife & parties” at all.
On the other hand, you will find discounts at the hotels still open, no queues, no reservation problems, and the rain is not a main problem, it only rained to me some afternoons, for 2-3 hours. Some days was cloudy, some days sunny…
Be careful when buying bottled water, check the cap still has its seal, as there are a few sellers who will just fil an empty bottle with tap water, a quick way to give you "delhi belly"