RTW Trip Goa, India Day 80: Key Highlights of Northern Goa

Other than doing a couple errands sending a package back to the States, we had our routine down in Northern Goa.  Get up, go to the beach, eat some food, have some beers, take a swim, relax, have some more food, and head to bed.  Relaxing in India is great, because sometimes it’s really hard to do so in the bigger cities.  There are so many beaches, so here is my brief sum up of tips for doing the beaches in Northern Goa:
1.  Rent a motorbike.  Northern Goa is meant to be explored.  Taxis are significantly more than motorbikes, and motorbike rentals are pretty cheap.

Motorbiking around Northern Goa

Motorbiking around Northern Goa

2.  Bring sunblock with you.
3.  For partying, go to Arambol beach.
4. For shopping, go to Anjuna Market on a Wednesday.
5. For the best chill beach where you will see very few people, head to Mandrem Beach. We particularly liked Oasis Restaurant for their high view of the beach and some of the tastiest French fries in all of India.

Beaching around in Northern Goa

Beaching around in Northern Goa

6. For a beach with pretty craggy rocks, head to Little Vagator.  Don’t forget to book your stay at Bean Me Up Hotel, and have dinner at Yangkhor Moonlight.

Yangkhor Moonlight in Vagator, paprika chips, and veg noodles.

Yangkhor Moonlight in Vagator, paprika chips, and veg noodles.

7. Visit the rock bar, Paulo’s Bar in Chapora, and rent a motorbike to venture out to Old Goa for the day.

Costs:
Casa de Olga Hotel 500 rupees
Motorbike 300 rupees
Bananas 30 rupees
Gas 120 rupees
Passport copies 3 rupees
Parcel packaging 130 rupees
Postage for pouf and blankets 2750 rupees
Silent bar and restaurant: water, beer, fruit salad, naan, aloo ghobi 500 rupees
Oasis restaurant at Mandrem beach: beer, french fries, veg noodles, water 340 rupees
Tibetan thali and momos, lime soda, beer at Yangkhor Moonlight 430 rupees
Kit kat 25 rupees

Total costs:5128 rupees / 2 = $39.95 per person

What I learned: for some reason, tourists don’t like their brains and avoid wearing helmets when riding motorbikes.  Every place can get you two helmets, and it does not cost extra.  Use your brain and protect them please!

Actual date of travel: Nov. 22, 2014

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