Vagator is a serene beach in north Goa and part of the Bardez Taluka. It is within vicinity of another famous beach in the state, Anjuna. Vagator and Anjuna are two popular Hippi hotspots. The Chapora River passes through the edge of Vagator and is another crowd puller. The beautiful red cliffs, resorts and eating joints, make Vagator Beach a sea paradise. Fresh water springs are just minute’s drive from this beach. The main beach here is split in two, north Vagator Beach and Ozran Beach. Ozran is also popular among the locals as Little Vagator. The panorama at both these beaches is stunning.
During the peak tourist season, shops border mostly the northern part of the shoreline and are a haunt for shopaholics. Little Vagator is well known for its vibrant nightlife. Most of the beach parties and carnivals take place here. Nine Bar is one of the best places drawing party lovers. Primrose discotheque and bar is also known for its dance floor. There are no dearth of cafes and restaurants as well that serve a variety of Indian, seafood and Mediterranean dishes. You can have a culinary celebration at Vagator during the days of Goa Carnival.
Apart from western visitors, couples on their honeymoon throng this beach and enjoy its serenity and view of the sunset from above the rocky cliffs.
Vagator, is around a kilometer away from Anjuna Beach. Panaji is located at a distance of 22 km and you can hire taxi from there to reach this beach. Mapusa town is a drive of 9 km and there are daily buses plying between Vagator and Mapusa. Tourists also arrive from Vasco and Margao though the nearest railway station is Thivim.
Best Time to Visit
November to February is the peak season. Crowd is also more during December-January because of New Year and Christmas party..
Where to stay
There are several budget and luxury options to stay such as Casa Vagator, Santiago Hotel, Leoney Resort and La Gulls Court.
By Air The nearest airport is at Dabolim, which is 29 km away from Panaji. Panaji is just 22 km away from Vagator.
By Road Vagator is at a distance of 9 km from Mapusa, and 22 km far from the state capital Panaji. There are frequent buses to Panaji and Mapusa from Vagator.
- Hire a scooter and get around
- Enjoy sunbathing
- Night parties at Beach
- Dance and music at the nearby discotheques
- Relax in the beach shacks
Though there are several shops around Vagator until the road to Anjuna, the Wednesday flea market of Anjuna holds special importance mainly for the wide variety of goods sold here. The Arpora Saturday night market is far the best choice for shopping since the 90s. You get local products of handicrafts here. It is cool rural area, without offering the tourist any big shopping complexes. But there is a market nearby where fish is plenty. One can buy artifacts like candelabras made of exquisite blue china woven baskets and earthen pots. People with sweet tooth get the chance to enjoy coconuts, bananas "Bebinca", a Goan delicacy made from tender coconuts.
Check out the various places you can visit in and around Vagator:
Anjuna Beach – A paradise for Hippies and hideout for party lovers, the main attraction of Anjuna is its Full Moon parties and Wednesday’s flea market. Mapusa is a nearby town with Chapora and Vagator also within reach. It is the perfect place to unwind in the sun, dine and drink.
Chapora Fort – Hiking up, the lava-bedecked black rock stepping-stones lead to the 500-year-old Portuguese fort, popularly known as the Chapora Fort. It utters the reminiscence of the old Portuguese times giving a splendid view of the sea and hills covered with coconut trees and rice fields. The remaining battlements and fortifications take one down the memory lane, into the times when Royalty ruled the Vagator hue.
Hill Top Vagator – Hill Top is a famous area in Vagator that grows chaotic during the Christmas and New Year eves. It is the ultimate party zone and even Saturday and Sunday evening looks like a festival.
Springs in Vagator – here are two fresh water springs around Vagator Beach, one in the north and other on the Ozran Beach.
Rural Life –The gentle lapping seawater changing colors from aquamarine to sea emerald, the tiny cottages with gardens garlanded by colors of lemon, purple and fuchsia, flags and crosses take one on a honeymoon fantasy.
Life goes on peacefully in Chapora: with salty fishermen carrying home their heavy fishing nets and kids playing among the dry docked boats. A bare feet stroll on the beach with the mesmerizing warm setting sun and the gentle breeze carrying little drops of the salty water from the sea; it’s a dream come true.
An unknown visitor has carved out a human face on the rocks, near the Vagator Beach, making it an ideal background for a snapshot pose.
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