Vagator beach is one of the most beautiful and popular North Goa beaches, especially with foreign tourists. It is between the Anjuna beach in the south and the Chapora River. The Olive Ridley Turtle nesting site on Morjim beach is on the other side of the river. The Vagator beach is 22 kilometers from Panaji, the capital of Goa, via the NH66, and 45.7 kilometers from the Dabolim International Airport at Vasco da Gama. The beach is 10.4 kilometers from Mapusa by the Anjuna – Chapora Road.
Thick palm groves all around, dramatic red cliffs, rocky outcrops on the beach, a 17th century Portuguese fort, and two fresh water springs nearby, make Vagator a truly spectacular beach. The setting is one of the prettiest in North Goa. It is a rocky and sandy beach, just like the entrance to the sea. The sandy strip is wider, broader and longer in the north. The sea bottom is deep, and the water is sometimes very rough. So you should be careful while swimming. There are however some naturally appearing placid bays in the southern part of the beach.
There is a distinct laid back feeling here. There are fewer people at Vagator, compared to many other beaches in the North, even in the peak season, so you will have more privacy. The southern part of Vagator is even more secluded. Most visitors are backpackers, from Europe and Israel. Some of them stay back and take up permanent residence, opening their shops, bars, and restaurants. There are a few Indian tourists too, but mostly to see the sunset.
Vagator is a huge party spot in Goa. In peak season, there are trance parties on the beach. During the day, Vagator is quiet and peaceful, but after dark, there are parties all around. You will find many open air clubs and nightclubs in Vagator. There are many shacks and restaurants too that sell drinks, Indian, and international cuisines.
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Quick Facts About Vagator
Best Time Of The Year To Visit Vagator Beach
The beach shacks will also be closed. They will open only in late October or early November. The winter, between November and February, is the best time to visit Vagator. December and January are the peak months. But there are likely to be more parties this time of the year. Visit Vagator in November or February if you don’t like noise, and prefer more solitude.
Summers are hot in Goa, and the monsoon months are wet. On some days, the temperature can go up to 36°C in May, which is usually the hottest month. The humidity will also be high, so you are likely to sweat quite a bit. Avoid direct sunlight exposure between 11AM and 3PM. The evenings are more pleasant.
In the monsoon (middle of June to early September), Goa receives a lot of rain because of its coastal location. The cloud cover, rain, and winds cause high waves, making the sea turn choppy. Sometimes, it may rain for most of the day, and there can be thundershowers too. There is no water sport in the monsoon, and even swimming can be risky.
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The winter (November to February) is very pleasant at Vagator. Expect a clear sky with no clouds, and very little rain. A pleasant wind blows in from the sea. Sunlight will not seem to burn your skin. The humidity will also be much lower. Spend the entire day relaxing on the beach, explore the lanes, take long walks on the beach, cruise on the river, or hike the Chapora Fort trail to reach the top.
How To Reach Vagator
- By Air — The Dabolim international airport is 45.7 kms from Vagator. Taxis are available for rent at the airport counter. There are many flights from Air India, Indigo, Etihad, Air Arabia, Air Asia, Qatar Airways, and Jet Airways.
- By Rail — The Vasco da Gama railhead is 46.8 kms from Vagator.
- By Road — Panaji is 22 kms from Vagator.
Most North Goa beaches are busier than the ones in the south. The busiest beaches in the North are Baga, Candolim, and Calangute. However, Vagator is a more serene and quiet beach like Morjim, which is across the Chapora River. It is also one of the cleanest beaches in North Goa.
There are overlooking red rocky cliffs, rocky outcrops on the beach, and plenty of swaying palm trees, so there is a lot more nature here. Fewer tourists’ means, you can easily find a quiet corner where you can sit back and relax with a drink in your hand. It is a laid back beach, perfect for relaxation. There are shacks on the beach with sun beds and umbrellas. Most tourists are Europeans or from Israel. Some of them are seen running shops, cafes, and restaurants.
There are actually two beaches here – Big Vagator and Ozran Beach, which is also known as Little Vagator. When you face the sea, Big Vagator will be on your right, and Little Vagator will be on your left, or south. A seaside headland, which is also the car park, splits the two. There are many stalls here that sell snacks, soft drinks, clothes, and souvenirs. Crescent shaped Little Vagator is more beautiful and secluded. It is just a short walk between the two beaches.
The beach at the fort’s base is sandy, while the stairs base is rocky. A cross is placed on top of some stones near the base of the stairs. The sea is particularly choppy here. But you get gorgeous views of the cliffs and the sea. A small Shree Siddheshwar Shore Temple and a park are also nearby. There are also two fresh-water springs. One is close to North Vagator, while the other is at Ozran. Hike up the cliffs for a spectacular view of the beach. The rocky headlands give a dramatic view of the sea.
Top 5 Things To See And Do At Vagator
- The Beach – Very nice and relaxed. Fewer tourists, mostly from Europe and Israel. Many beach shacks, restaurants, pubs, and cafes. Enjoy the relaxed and laid back charm of this North Goa beach. Visit Morjim beach, which is just across the river. See the nesting grounds of the Olive Ridley Turtles. You can also visit some other North Goa beaches from here – Anjuna, Baga, Calangute, and even Candolim, and Arambol beach, which is further north.
- Chapora Fort – Trek up the hill to reach the old Portuguese Chapora Fort. You will have to walk for about 15 minutes. You can take a car or a bike too. See the spectacular view once you are at the top. It’s a great place to see sunsets as well. There is a church inside the fort. On your way down, sit on one of the rocks and enjoy the breeze.
- Parties – Vagator is laid back during the day and very active after dark. There is music, dancing, fire shows, and hangout parties. Choose from the many open-air cafes and nightclubs here. Vagator is famous for its rave parties.
- Flea Markets – There are many flea markets near Vagator. The Anjuna flea market is open every Wednesday. You will find antiques, trendy jewelry, earthen masks, clothes, mirrored bags, and much more here. The Arpora market is just 6 kilometers away and is open on Saturdays in the peak season. There are many spices and vintage items on sale here as well. There is a traditional bazaar also at Mapusa.
- Chapora River Cruises – Cruise on the beautiful Chapora River for a chance to see many birds, bats, and crocodiles. See village life from up close. Snacks, lunch and beer is served as you visit the many islands.
Nightlife at Vagator
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Vagator is one of the most happening nightlife destinations in Goa. The hippie culture of before can still be seen here. There are many trance parties. A part of the beach, which is called Disco Valley, is where you will find the most of these parties. There are many open-air cafes, and nightclubs, and even the shacks host many parties after dark.
Many of the pubs, nightclubs, and restaurants are along the main road. Along the road to the beach there are many shops and stores, which sell everything you can imagine. There are also several supermarkets which are located a little further from the beach.
Popular party venues at Vagator –
- Primrose Café
- Hill Top
- Nine Bar
- Mango Tree Bar & Restaurant
Hill Top and Disco Valley are the most famous. Go to Hill Top for rave parties. The DJs are from England, Sweden, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, Israel, and India. Thousands attend the rave parties during the weekends in the peak season. Disco Valley is mostly for outdoor parties. Primrose Cafe is popular too. There are parties almost every evening here during the season.
W Goa Hotel in Vagator
There are many accommodation options here, including hotels of all sizes, hostels, resorts, and guest houses. Some of them include the W Goa, Vagator Beach Resort, The Cliff Resort, Funky Monkey Hostel, Double Tree, Spazio Leisure, Hacienda De Goa, and the La Gulls Court among others. There are places to stay both in Big Vagator and Little Vagator. Some of them are waterfront properties.
Choose from many luxury villas in Vagator for your Goa vacation. There are many premium properties here that are sure to please you, such as Grand Hill Villa, Grand Hill Cottage, Villa Evelyn, Prestige Villa, Villa Tracy, Villa Capitolina, and more. Our villas are private properties, so you will have the entire estate for the duration of your stay. A few of them are heritage homes, while others are modern properties. Choose from 1 to 5 bedroom villas, depending on your group size.
The price depends on the location, the season, and the duration of your stay. Properties with sea views cost more.
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