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Comparison: Where Should You Go, North Goa or South Goa?

North Goa or South Goa? Where should I go?”

This question may have pop-up quite a few times when you plan your trip to Goa.

Goa, a beautiful small state stretched across the western coastline of the Arabian Sea. Goa attracts the most percentage of visitors across the country.

Although it’s not a big state, one can pretty much cover the key sightseeing spots in both North and South Goa.

Goa is popularly known for its beaches and nightlife.

It has numerous beaches, a few famous beaches in North Goa and a great many serene beaches in South Goa.

Now, the question arises, which one should you choose.

Based on a couple of reasons, one can think of where to stay in Goa.

I have been to Goa twice, and I stayed both in North and South Goa. Trust me, both are different and has given me a different experience of my travel.


Beach experience in both north and south Goa are entirely different. Beaches in the north remain crowded almost throughout the year. Visitors mostly, prefer to visit the north Goa more.

Especially beaches like Calangute, Baga, and Candolim remains very busy and crowded. These beaches are the craziest one during the peak season.

 Calangute Beach in North goa

Calangute and Baga beaches have several fantastic restaurants and pubs. So, you can spend a whole day in watersports, swimming, and partying with your friends.


Mostly, those who are bachelors, North Goa is a popular beach destination for them.

South Goa beaches, on the other hand, are more quiet, neat and clean. They are more developed and more scenic with shacks and private resorts. You can enjoy the emptiness and serenity of the beaches. I would say, it’s a treat to watch the shores of the south Goa.

Palolem beach, Colva beach, Butterfly beach are the one where you can rejuvenate your lost soul.


North Goa is the savior for all party lovers. Most of the beach parties are organized in the north Goa. So, if you are a party lover and want crazy nights, I bet North Goa is ideal for you.

Pubs like Titos, Café Mombos, are the one for exciting parties at dusk. There are many others, but I could only name these two as I have been to these two pubs.

 titos pub in North Goa
Image Source: Titos

On the other hand, there are limited beach parties in South Goa beaches, and these are mostly for the elite class. These parties are quieter and more sophisticated unlike the crazy loud music of the north beach parties.

Most are organized by the resorts, and they entertain only the resort guest. Many prefer to stay in South Goa for luxury and resort comfort.


Economically, North Goa is a bit cheaper than South Goa. In the North, you will get hotels as per your budget like you will get 5 start hotel like Novatel and also less expensive hotels that will fit your pocket.

There are unlimited hotel options in North Goa. Because tourist frequently comes here, so the numbers of hotel stay are more than South Goa.

If you are looking for 3-4 days of long relaxation on a sea facing resort, nothing beats the South Goa beaches. Several amazing luxury resorts have been developed in these areas.

Although, newly married couples choose south Goa over the north for its secluded and private beach resorts.


Well, well! Who doesn’t shop in Goa?

Goa flea markets are known for stylish, cheap and fashionable garments and pieces of jewelry. If you love shopping, you can check out the North Goa flea markets where you will pretty much have to bargain if you want to pick budget-friendly accessories.

There are a few that I know ‘Anjuna market, Apora market, and Mapusa market.’ I liked shopping at the Mapusa market. I bought footwear and handicrafts items.

South Goa has fewer options for shopping lovers. You can roam around the Palolem market, and Colem market which I felt are the best in the South. But compared to the north, prices were reasonable at South Goa. Still, many say they find South Goa flea market pricey.

 Mapusa market in North Goa


So, based on your preference and travel requirement, you can judge which one would be the best pick up for you “North or the South Goa.”

If you want just to relax your vacations, then I would recommend staying in South Goa beach resorts.

If you want to party and roam around renting a bike then would suggest going for North Goa beaches.

The options are always wide open and plenty in Goa. If you have sufficient time, then you can even travel both by renting a car. The road drive throughout Goa is incredibly beautiful.

I am sharing my personal experience, I with my husband traveled to Goa from the Pune city by our car. We preferred to stay at north Goa near Candolim beach, but we drove around the South Goa which was breathtaking especially because it was during the monsoon.

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So, guys, if you are planning for Goa, you can ask me any question. I would be happy to answer.

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