Best beaches in Goa for kids

Best beaches in Goa for kids

The palm-fringed beaches of Goa are an eclectic mix catering to the
raver, the yogi, the package sun-seeker and everything in between. So
it can be a bit tricky finding the best beaches in Goa for kids. After a year living in India, we decided that our favourite was Agonda; a quiet, sandy stretch with a gentle surf perfect for boogie boarding. However, we didn’t manage to get to all the beaches of Goa. So I asked some top family travel bloggers who have also visited the area to also share their favourites.

Do bear in mind that the best time of year to visit Goa is November to February. Outside of these months, many but the large resorts close down, and the majority of beach huts are dismantled due to the monsoons. An alternative would be the Andaman Islands (Havelock Island is a popular choice) which has a longer season (October to May).

Agonda

Situated in South Goa, Agonda Beach is a golden crescent of powder soft sand, dotted with colourful fishing boats and patrolled by meandering cows that congregate in the same spot for sunset every day. It’s a quiet beach, offering simple accommodation, and the sea has just the right amount of gentle surf for a good boogie-board session (Seastar Resort where we stayed, lent the boys theirs). There are also a handful of restaurants serving kid-friendly food (pancakes, omelettes, chips). But the best thing is that these restaurants are right on the beach, so you can enjoy a Kingfisher whilst your little ones play in the sand. And if you fancy peeling yourselves away from the sand, you can take a fishing boat out to see the dolphins.

(Jenny from TraveLynn Family)

Agonda with kids

Ashwem beach

Seemingly endless yellow sand coupled with shallow, calm waters makes Ashwem beach in North Goa the perfect spot for a family beach getaway in India. Whilst there are several accomodation options to choose from, the beach is not overloaded with too many hotels or other lodgings making the beach relatively quiet and peaceful. During our time there in November, by sunset we had the whole place to ourselves. Bliss.

Perhaps what made our visit to this area so special was the incredibly family friendly YabYum resort. Staying in one of their thatched eco pods set within two acres of lush palm groves was the perfect antidote to busy life in London (although our then 15 month old rather preferred the look of the white cottages also on offer and kept pointing at them asking to go home)!! We cannot recommend this accommodation highly enough to those with young children. The little paddling pools (in the shade) scattered amongst the pods were perfect for cooling off during the heat of the day; the hammock outside our pod was enjoyed by all the family; and meals could be taken either in the laid back restaurant overlooking the beach or served at a table directly outside your pod- ideal for parents of sleeping little ones!

(Rosalind from Global Health Family)

Best beaches in Goa with kids

Palolem

We love Palolem.  It’s arc of golden sands, gentle sloping beach perfect for little ones to safely paddle in.  At night Palolem twinkles as the restaurants set up on the beach, serving fresh seafood, washed down with a sundowner or three!

The Art Resort  is our fave place to stay with its spotlessly clean beachside huts, and relaxed family friendly vibe.  It’s fun to wander up to the north end of the beach and take a trip in a gondola boat to explore the inlets, spotting birds and watching the sea eagles being fed.  A trip out to watch the dolphins is also fab. We do love a bit of adventure but sometimes it’s nice to put your feet up and relax – Palolem is the place to do it!

(Aimie from A Bird in Bangalore)

Best beaches in Goa with kids

Patnem

We’ve been to Patnem several times, it’s our favourite of the Goan beaches. It is the most southerly beach in Goa, just south of the busier Palolem. The season doesn’t kick off until late October in Patnem, after they have rebuilt the beach huts following the monsoon. It’s a great mix of really chilled and not busy, with enough restaurants to keep you from getting bored. There are a few shops along the main beach road (though for an ATM you have to go to nearby Chaudi/Canacona). We loved Patnem Chai shop, it does the best Chai and delicious samosas and banana bread, and is super cheap. The beach is huge, lots of sand for the kids to run around and play in. The current can be a little strong, but our kids loved just splashing around near the beach. You can arrange a dolphin watching tour directly with a boat owner on the beach, near to the beach road. We found that there aren’t nearly as many hawkers as in other Goan beaches. There are a few yoga centres here if you need some quiet me time away from the kids!

(Georgina from up4amission)

Best beaches in Goa with kids

Candolim

Our family visited Candolim Beach in May, which is the hottest month, in both 2014 and 2016. Not all of the beach shacks and touristy shops were still open. The sand was pretty hot to walk on but it was amazing to sit under the shade of a beach hut with our toes in the sand, the sea breeze keeping us cool and our then 2 year old playing with shovels and buckets at our feet while baby napped on a chair. The water gets pretty rough, but with small kids they were only at the water’s edge at sunset when it was cooler. This pretty clean, not at all crowded beach, was perfect for a week of relaxing.

There is one main street running through Candolim; Fort Aguada Road. It has pretty much everything you will need (beach toys, breakfast before heading to the beach, clothing, and even has a sidewalk our toddler loved having the freedom to walk on without being worried about cars or cows or two wheelers!) Candolim also has good coffee (Vivenda Kafeis is amazing!), a favourite restaurant of ours (Fishermans Cove, pronounced Fisherman’s Cuv), a fort to explore and a good grocery store. Other popular North Goan beaches, Baga and Calingute, are less than 5 km away on this road.

The Blue House was home for the week, which is has two affordable rooms on the top floor of a lovely Goan family’s house. It was closer to how local people live than the resort where we rented a private apartment our first stay in Candolim, but we didn’t have to worry about loud Russian karaoke at the pool!

(Resa from Raising Little Nomads)

Best beaches in Goa with kids


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22 Comments

  1. What a lovely round up of beaches in Goa. We’ve never been but would love to at some point #FarawayFiles

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thanks Nicky. It should be on everyone’s list if visiting India 🙂

  2. i would love to know about expat life in India… this beach looks lovely! First time ever I hear about Goa… 🙂 #FarawayFiles

    • TraveLynn Family

      It was certainly a fascinating year! India drove us crazy at times, but it was an amazing adventure and we have such fond memories. I especially miss the food! Goa is very much a light introduction to India and has a very chilled pace.

  3. This is so useful – Goa is somewhere I’ve always fancied visiting but that’s such a good point about picking the right beach to get the sort of atmosphere families will enjoy rather than backpacker central! And I had never realised the season was only a few months long.

    • TraveLynn Family

      Yes – the season is rather short! You can still go at other times, but there is a distinct ‘out of season’ feel and the humidity can be rather uncomfortable. With your beach obsession though, I’m sure you’d fall in love with Goa 😉

  4. Stunning photos and a really informative guide to Goa’s beaches thanks. I love the idea of staying in an eco pod x

  5. Pantem sounds like it has my vote- I love little beach shacks which are not to busy!

  6. Ah brings back wonderful memories. I met my husband on Palolem beach back in 2001!! I’d love to take my boys back there but I imagine it’s changed so much!

  7. Oh my how can you even choose your favourite beach they are all so so beautiful!! I went to Goa in my uni days, loved it it 🙂

  8. You just cant beat a good beach when travelling with kids – especially if it is one where you can boogie board. I would love to go to India with our little crew and this is exactly the information we need. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • TraveLynn Family

      It was the first time my boys tried boogie boarding and they absolutely loved it – kept them entertained no end 🙂

  9. It sounds like such a beautiful place – not how I imagine India to be at all! A friend of mine went with her two little ones several years back and said it was one of the best holidays they’ve ever had.

    • TraveLynn Family

      It’s a lot more chilled than most of India. Great for kids. I’m not surprised your mate loved it!

  10. What a great list! Now I need to go to Goa!

    • TraveLynn Family

      Thoroughly recommend it for some winter sun 😊

  11. It all sounds and looks amazing. My sister has been to Goa a few times, we absolutely need to go! 🙂

  12. Each and every one of these beaches sounds perfect for families. Boogie boards and fishing boats are perfect for kids to enjoy as well as the sea and sand of course

    • TraveLynn Family

      They really are fantastic beaches for kids. A family holiday in Goa is all about getting the right beach.

  13. Anjali

    It’s nice to blog about best beaches in Goa last year for school holiday of children we had a trip to Goa. we have visited no of hotels, Restaurant, Beaches, and Temples.

  14. Nice post. Everyone dreams to visit Goa at least once in their life and your this post is very helpful to parents so that they can enjoy there with their kids. Keep sharing such interesting places.

  15. Goa is one of the best destination to enjoy with your patner as well with your kids

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