Arriving in busy but lovely Palolem beach, the noise and lights can soon get a bit much (hello, 5,000 Euros on holiday) so the quieter, more beautiful Agonda beach 10 mins up the road up the road is the ticket for those not keen to mix holiday with headaches.
With dolphins, dusky sunsets, green surf, and lots of sun, Agonda Goa is a tops place to spend Xmas and New Year, with a low-key attitude, some fireworks, some locals and good food and beer to celebrate with. Although, if you have a fear of cows, it’s not the place for you (there are hundred of them on the beach during day, and more dangerously, night).
There’s loads of accommodation to choose from, for those on a budget head down the far right (facing the beach) to the brightly coloured shacks for around 12 pounds a night. For the more salubrious, head to the left end of the beach to the gorgeous Jardim A Mar which also has great food and hammocks to swing in for residents and guests, or for something in between the ‘Franter C’ pensione-style apartments opposite the church are good value.
About halfway down the beach there is an internet cafe, bookshop and excellent yak cheese sandwiches and coffee from the little cafe.
If you feel like getting out of there and seeing some sights, you can walk or rent a motorbike to take you to Cola Beach located over the far right hill. It’s a stunning slice of the world with white sand, clear water and a nice ‘glamping’ place to stay called Cola Beach Resort (read about Cola Beach Resort here on Trip Advistor).