Exotic beaches, palm-fringed coastlines, spiritual retreats, awesome nightlife and some delectable seafood are what you can expect to find on your holidays in Goa. Home to a spectacular 66-mile coastline stretching across the Arabian Sea, this west Indian state is certainly the go-to destination for beach lovers. You'll find vibrant towns, UNESCO-listed cities, fine-dining restaurants and fantastic nightlife here so that when you're not sunning yourself on the beach, there's plenty to spice up your day. Goa holidays combine the classic Caribbean mix of crisp white sands and transparent sea with a European twist of traditional churches and colonial buildings, making it the perfect break for those after culture by the coast. If you are looking out for bustling beaches then North Goa is the place to be, while South Goa is a great option for those who prefer quaint stretches of sand.
The best time to visit Goa is during the late Indian summers, ideally November to February, when the weather is still sunny but the temperature is cool and comfortable. The months of June to September are when the hotels offer the best prices, but you should avoid going between March and May when the temperatures rise and the weather becomes humid. Goa effortlessly combines a popular party atmosphere with spectacular golden beaches, meaning it's a great destination for laid-back days and lively evenings – without being too expensive.
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