5 tips about Palolem beach Goa India
Palolem beach is one of the most famous beaches in South Goa India. It’s the only beach I visited so far in South Goa but because I loved it so much, I didn’t feel like exploring other beaches around. And it’s not just me. All the other people I’ve met or talked to who’s been to Palolem beach Goa India, they all fell in love with it as much as I did :)
During my 10 days in Palolem in late February and early March 2018 I spent quite a lot of time on the beach. I am pretty sure you know by now that I am the biggest beach bum, right? So here are some tips about Palolem beach Goa India, in case you are planning to stay there.
5 tips about Palolem beach Goa India
1. Palolem beach is a really nice crescent-shaped bay with loads of palm trees and beach huts. I have not stayed at any beach hut because with my travel blogger friends we needed a more quite place with good wifi. So we rented rooms at a guesthouse just a minute walk from the beach naively thinking it would be quieter there. But it was because of loud street dogs and music until late evening at the nearby Italian restaurant; and not because loud tourists enjoying a party.
Don’t forget to walk towards the right end of the beach and find a big stone which has a drawing of a shark now. Looks pretty funny, right? :)
2. The sea at the Palolem beach is rather calm, with occasional waves but the current is not very strong. The easiest place for swimming is usually on the right end of the beach. Both ends of the beach are rocky but the rest is just sandy and pleasant for a relaxing swim.
There are a couple of lifeguards spread along the beach and they even distribute yellow and red flags around for tourists to know where it’s easier to swim.
3. Palolem beach Goa gets more crowded over the weekends because many Indian tourists go there to just for 2 days. On week days it’s a lot more peaceful. I was happy I could experience both and see the chilled beach on weekdays but then also a bit crazier at weekends. As I am not a party person and do not enjoy crowds, I prefered spending time on the Palolem beach on weekdays. But we are all different so it’s good to know that the beach looks different depending on when you visit.
4. Many people do exercise on the beach. Mostly early morning and at sunset time you will see a number of tourists jogging, running, practicing yoga or other kinds of sports. Don’t feel bad to join them. It feels so normal to do sports on the Palolem beach that most probably no one will ever look at you in a weird way. Unless you will be the only person doing yoga there early morning as I was :)
Some people even took photos of me. But that’s fine. I guess it all depends on how much people are used to seeing other people exercising, right? I still recommend you to try to stay in shape while there because beach is an ideal place for yoga and sports.
5. Holi festival is also celebrated in Palolem Goa India. Many people think that Holi festival marking the arrival of spring is not really a thing in Goa but we did experience some celebrations. In 2018 it was the 1st and 2nd March and on those dates we met groups of Indians throwing colorful powders at the passers-by, also at tourists unless you screamed like crazy for them not to :D The celebrations were rather quiet but along the beach and also along the streets you could run into Indians with powdered faces and clothes.
Please remember that 3 to 4 days before the Holi festival some local shops could be closed. Boat companies running boat trips to go snsorkeling or see dolphin won’t operate either. It’s because the locals are celebrating Holi and not at work.
Some restaurants were closed as well when we were there. In a way it was nicer because I could not see any fishing boats nor tourist boats when relaxing on the Palolem beach. The whole beach was more quiet but with more locals and colorful powder all around, also on the sand, some street dogs and cows.
TIP: Visiting Palolem? Here’s 7 things you must do in Palolem Goa. Relaxing on the beach is just one of them and you seriously have to watch at least one sunset on the beach ;)
TIP 2: Enjoyed the photos above? Check more of my Palolem photos in the photo album :)