Being a small state in India Goa still remains the most attractive one. If you want your holiday to be truly fabulous and enjoyable, you have to choose the location where you plan to spend it. Firstly, you need to decide where to stay – North Goa or South Goa, those states are divided by the city of Vasco da Gama.
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The main differences:
1. North Goa is mostly for those who are looking for parties, clubs, budget-friendly food, and cheap housing, but the quality is lower.
2. South Goa is for those who are seeking a relaxing holiday, there are more high-quality hotels and villas in Goa, there are no loud parties, clean and short beaches, more well-developed infrastructure, shops, chic restaurants, various services, and prices are higher.
3. In North Goa, the beaches of Anjuna, Arambol, and Baga are the most suitable for party-goers looking for noisy places and socializing. The beaches of Mandrem, Morjim, and Candolim are more for family tourism. The beaches of Candolim, Calangute, Vagator, and Baga are for those who are interested in excursions, trustworthy hotels, and supermarkets.
4. In South Goa, the beaches of Velsao, Kansaulim, Arossim, Utorda, Majord, Betalbatim, Kolva, Sernabatim, Benaulim, Vark, Kavelossim, Mobor, Betul are on the one of the biggest coastline 27 km long where these beaches grow into each other.
Having chosen a perfect place to stay, it’s time to think about accommodation. Here are listed some typical options where to stay in Goa:
Tourist hotels in Goa are mostly different from the ones you can see in other tourist places: the service and quality are really worse, but the prices are really frustrating. Thus, living in a hotel in Goa is a boring and dull option, so, if you want to see Goa from the inside, hotels are not the best place for this. Perhaps, a villa in Goa will be your match. Let’s find out more info about them!
2. Villa for rent
Firstly, renting a villa you have all the delights of living in an apartment, devoid of such disadvantages as neighbors or owners, you have your own territory, and often a garden and a pool. Villas might have one, two, three, and even four bedrooms. Unfortunately, villas are situated in remote areas, far from the beaches. However, considering that villas are very rare in Goa it is better to take care of booking a villa at the very beginning of the season.
Apartments in Goa are full-featured housing with a hall, one or several bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and balconies. Sometimes in the apartment, there is Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and even a washing machine, but this is quite rare. In all apartment rooms, there is a fan. Rental apartments and basically apartment blocks are usually located in distance from the beaches, and therefore, living in such housing without personal transport (rental scooter) seems quite uncomfortable. Such housing is suitable for both single and family holidays. Most apartments are rented for a long time, except studio apartments, which are a mix of an apartment and a guesthouse.
It is a mini-hotel with 5-10 rooms. Each room is usually equipped with its own bathroom and a balcony. The room usually has a bed, a ceiling fan, and a couple of chairs. Next to the guesthouse, there is usually a cafe, which usually has a Wi-Fi access point with an awful Internet connection. In the guesthouse, you won’t find any swimming pools, gyms, beautiful fountains, and green lawns, there is no kitchen either. The advantage of guesthouses is that the vast majority of them are usually located near beaches, restaurants, and shops. The biggest disadvantage of guesthouses is the lack of privacy, noisy neighbors, and no kitchen.
The chalet is a wooden house equipped with its own bathroom. Chalets are not cheap accommodation, as they are usually located on the first coastline. The chalet usually has a good bedroom, wardrobe, bedside tables, air conditioning, and TV. The houses are usually located in a beautiful green and remoted area. There is usually a restaurant with Wi-Fi in a chalet. Chalets are the most suitable for a short-term vacation in Goa.
Perhaps the most uncomfortable accommodation in Goa. However, someone might consider living in a bungalow to be a real romance. Indeed, it is very pleasant to fall asleep to the sound of waves, but this is perhaps the only plus of such housing. Bungalows are usually located almost on the beaches and are basically bamboo houses covered with straw. Bungalows are often equipped with a mosquito net and a ceiling fan. The bungalows are generally provided with electricity and water supply. Such housing is suitable either for single romantics or for an extreme case for a couple of days. However, such housing is very popular among the home tourists coming to Goa for weekends or holidays. The bungalow is also the No. 1 object among thieves.
Wrapping it up, you can come to Goa with pre-booked accommodation, or without it, however, you will always find a cozy rental accommodation by driving along the coast. There are hundreds of hotels and resorts all over Goa for different budgets, so you will definitely find your perfect rental option. Nevertheless, don’t forget to book in advance, because there will be fewer free accommodations closer to the holidays.