By Sharell Cook
Arambol, on Goa's far northern stretch of coastline, has become the new hippie haven. Once a small fishing village, it's now full of long term travelers. You'll find plenty of alternative therapies there, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and reiki. Water sports and dolphin sight seeing trips are on offer as well. The nightlife is relaxed, with live music and jam sessions happening. Just north of Arambol are the deserted Keri beach and Tiracol Fort. It's worth the walk there if you want total peace and privacy.
The long straight stretch of Candolim Beach is lined with shacks and bars, which back onto scrub covered sand dunes. It's a lively beach that has managed to retain its cleanliness, and even peacefulness in some areas, making it a good alternative to the maddeningly crowded Calangute and Baga. You'll find plenty of tasty restaurants and happening nightspots in the area. Candolim Beach is right next to Aguada Fort, which is also worth a visit.
These pristine and unspoilt fishing beaches are the territory of Goa's luxury resorts. There are a few beach shacks, water sports, and local vendors but the beaches remain clean, and the sand white. Most of the nightlife happens at the resorts and includes live music, cultural performances, and casinos. You'll also find a handful of low-key bars around Cavelossim.