The popular hangout for hippies in the 1960’s and 1970’s Calangute is Goa’s most popular beach. During the day, it is packed with sunbathers, hawkers, masseurs, hair-braiders and ear-cleaners. The entire stretch of sand right up to the adjacent Baga Beach is lined with resorts, trinket stalls, bars and beach shacks such as Reggie’s Bar and Souza Lobo with serve excellent Goan food.
How to Reach
Air: Dabolim is the most adjacent airport. A 45 minutes drive will take you to the destination.
Road: Calangute beach is easily accessible by road from Goa’s capital, Panaji and from Mapusa, the nearest city centre.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Karmali.
Places to Visit in Calangute
Calangute’s Church: St Alex, topped by a large dome, is on the road to Mapusa. Its Rococo-style white-and-gold interior has pretty, shell-shaped niches.
Baga Beach: Baga Beach, north of Calangute is far less crowded, although the sides of this vast expanse of soft, white sand is lined with a large number of guesthouses and bars. It hosts a leisurely Saturday flea market-a great alternative to the Wednesday market at nearby Anjuna. Tito’s Bar, which is the only dance floor on the entire beach, is the main hub of Baga’s nightlife.
Candolim Beach: This beach is 2.5 km south of Calangute, stretches all the way to fort Aguada. Popular with large tour operators, the once peaceful waters now resound with the whir of speedboats and jet skis.
Saligoa: This church located 2 km east of Calangute, has the pretty Church of Mae de Deus, in Neo- gothic style, as well as a seminary which prepares boys for theological studies at Rachol Seminary.