Baga Beach, Mapusa - Goa
About the Beach
Ten kilometers west of Mapusa, Baga beach is an extension of Calangute beach. In fact, it is difficult to mark where one ends and another begins. A rocky wooded headland marks Baga beach. It is less congested in comparison to Calangute beach. The scenery here is unspoiled. The land and sea meet here in a picture perfect manner. White waves rush towards the brown sand to sweep the feet marks. Unlike other beaches, Baga beach is free from any hustle bustle.
Things to see and do
Well, there is not much of sightseeings options available on this small beach. Yet it is popular among tourists. Though the beach doesn't boasts of any big time adventures yet whatever little it does offer is quite sought after.
Baga Retreat House
Enjoy the trek up the Baga hill to the Baga Retreat House. The house was established in 1953 and is dedicated to St.Francis Xavier. If you are in mood of some excursion then just follow the path to the other side of the hill and you will come to Anjuna's Flea market.
The Baga river
The Baga river flowing on one side of the beach gives a pleasant diversion especially to the children. However, water is ripping at the mouth of the river where it meets the sea. Enjoy the music as water crashes on the rocks.
The Medicinal Springs
If you are one of those health conscious people than a trip to Medicinal Springs is a must for you. To reach there take the narrow road past the Bom Viagem Convent along the cashew covered foothills. And there you are in Springs at Mottant. This is an ideal spot for picnics and bathing as water is considered to medicinal here.
The Sea Cure
Baga is a popular destination with the local Goans for the sea cure. Every year around mid-May, thousands of Goans camp on the shores of Baga beach. The cure is said to be a sure shot remedy for arthritis and joint pains. The elderly women sit on the fringe of the sea with their backs to the sea during the high tide and let the waves splash their backs. This circulates blood in the body. The cure has been practiced in Goa since hundreds of years.
With its uncrowded beaches Baga has become a place for foreign tourist to persue their own hobbies. While some are interested in water sports, fishing is also quite popular. Nightlife in Baga is one of the liveliest in the area. A hotel by the name of Tito's has the only dance floor and a pounding sound system. Baga also has one of the best range of restaurants. Take a candle lit dinner on the beach or an espresso on the terrace cafes. Or go for a full fledged Goan meal in one of the beach side shacks.
Feel the wind hit your face as you go parasailing or windsurfing. However, go for it only if you have enough expertise in it. Though the water sports options are limited at Baga but overall it makes for a good tourist spot.