Baga Beach, Goa.
I was in Goa last weekend and was surprised by how quiet it was there. This is normally this busiest time of year but the crowd was noticably absent, especially around usually packed Baga and Calangute beaches.
It looks like things are going to remain quiet this season, even during Christmas and the New Year, as the Goan government has decided to ban all parties on the beach and at beach shacks from December 23 to January 5. The decision hasn't been an easy one, but it's acknowledged to be in the best interests of maintaining high levels of security.
So what can you do in Goa over the Christmas and New Year period? The good news is that the ban doesn't affect parties held in clubs, hotels, or enclosed areas on private property. One of the biggest and most anticipated dance parties, Sunburn 2008, will be happening from December 27-29 at Candolim beach. Submerge Sunset Sessions will also be taking place from December 30 to January 4 at Y2 (formerly Utopia), at Candolim beach. Loungefly, at Baga beach, and other venues such as Butter, and Shiro-Poison will hold parties with top DJs as well.
On another note, while I was in Goa I decided to stay somewhere a little different -- Goan Clove self catering luxury apartments near Vagator beach. These apartments are a great alternative for families with kids who need to cook their own meals.
No matter where you stay though, you're guaranteed to get some great discounts as rooms are widely available.Compare Prices for a Goa Vacation