Anjuna Beach of Goa is a hub of international tourists and the main reasons of popularity remain the night parties, Wednesday flea market, restaurants and the long stretch of coconut groves. Offering a romantic ambience day and night, Anjuna rose to fame for its full-moon parties filled with trance music since late 1960s. Bustling nightlife on this beach and the nearby clubs and pubs make it an interesting place of visit for party lovers. Paradiso club is an excellent hideout. Curly's Bar is another place to enjoy music, dance and drinks. The western part has several restaurants and cafes.
Anjuna is situated north of two other famous beaches of Baga and Calangute. The nearest town to Anjuna is Mapusa. There are daily buses plying from Mapusa to Anjuna. Thivim is the closest railway station to Anjuna Beach and situated in Mapusa. The capital city of Panaji is around 18 km from this beach and the airport is 47 km away.
Best Time to Visit
Anjuna is an all-season retreat though New Year and Christmas brings in thousands of party lovers every year. March-October the beach here is pleasant while December-January, the tranquility is often lost due to over crowding.
Where to stay
Prices at the hotels here vary according to their comfort, facilities, location and season. It is difficult to get rooms during the peak season without prior bookings. The best hotels to stay at Anjuna are Villa Anjuna
There are several things to do on the shore of Anjuna such as:
Rave parties - Every full moon night in the various hangout places on the beach of Anjuna
Swimming - Do not try swimming in the sea on the Anjuna beach. It has forceful undercurrents which can be fatal. However if you have the adventurous blood, you may talk to the lifeguards there. In fact you can do some underwater diving in Anjuna. Diving equipments are available for hire. You might sight turtles, barracudas, shark fishes, lion-fishes and others. Although, do be careful.
Wednesday Flea Market - has become synonymous to Anjuna beach. You can shop and bargain for items ranging from clothes to hats to jewelry to bikes to souvenirs. Check out the elephant rides and monkey tricks
Sightseeing tours in Anjuna
- Chapora Fort
- Vagator cove
- Mascarenhas Mansion
- Albuquerque Mansion
- St. Miguel's Church
- S. Antonio Chapel
- Nossa Senhora de Saude Chapel
- Nossa Senhora de Piedade Chapel
Yoga centers in Anjuna
- Bramhani Yoga Center
- Purple Valley Ashtanga Yoga Retreat
Ayurvedic centers in Anjuna - Sun Flower Ayurvedic Massage Therapy and Yoga Center
Tattoo in Anjuna - is another great way to carve the experience of being in Anjuna: Andy's Tattoo Studio is one of the many tattoo parlors you will find in the Anjuna beach
Restaurants at Anjuna - offer all kinds of cuisine from Italian to German to Goan to other Indian food
Shopping A shopping spree will be absolutely worthy one here! Wednesday flea market is one of Anjuna’s main attractions. Shops that are more diverse are available at the Ingos Saturday night market. Located north of beach near Baga is the Mackies bazaar that remains open only on Saturdays.
Places to visit in and around Anjuna Beach, Goa are:
Baga Beach – Also known as Vagator Beach, Baga is located north of Anjuna and is famous for its creek. The Baga Creek is a location on the beach that has a deep closed water body. The beach here is less crowded than Anjuna or Calangute.
Calangute Beach – This beach is a haven for adventure sports enthusiasts and party lovers. It is ever bustling with people even post midnight. Most hotels in north Goa are located around this beach itself offering several options for accommodation and food.
Accommodation in Anjuna
To accommodate the huge number of tourists in Anjuna, guest houses and hotels can be found easily. Goahub.com provides accommodations in the following hotels in Anjuna:
- Flushing Meadows Country Resort - 1 km away from Anjuna
- Hotel Laguna Anjuna- lesser than 1 km away from Anjuna
- Resort Marinha Dourada- 2 km away from Anjuna
- Hotel Lagoa Azul - minutes from Anjuna
People who want to stay a little more than just a few days also have the option of staying as paying guests in the local houses in Anjuna. Check out the houses which have a "To Let" post card stuck outside.
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