: Near Mapusa Road, North Goa
: Anjuna Beach, Chapora
Best Time To Visit
: September To March
What is the trademark of Goa is very well reflected in Vagator which is one of the most beautiful of the soft white sand beaches that Goa is famous for. Whenever you see a picture of a beach typically dotted with palm trees and sea green water with people in water clothes and having fun in water, you will see all this and much more in the Vagator beach. This beach is just like one out of a picture postcard. The inhabited area around this beach is lush green, dotted with coconut palms, friendly farmhouses and pictorial Portuguese bungalows. On the north-west corner of the city are the remains of the Chapora fort. The fort is well preserved and offers some splendid views from its ramparts.
Leisureeating Out And Nightlife
Vagator's many cafes and restaurants are scattered along the main road and the back lanes that lead to Ozran Beach. There are also several seafood joints behind Big Vagator Beach, one or two of which serve Indian dishes in addition to the usual fish rich Goan specialties. Nightlife focuses on the Primrose café, out towards Anjuna, which boasts a beefier than average sound system, and a later bar.
Road : Buses leave Panaji (a 55- minute ride) and Mapusa (a 30-minute ride) for Vagator every 15 minutes. From the bus stop it is a 1-km walk over a hill to the beach. Most of the accommodation, restaurants and cafes are located in this area. Panaji, Goa is accessible by air from all the major cities of the country. There are adequate train and bus connections also from other cities.
Places To Stay
Accommodation in Vagator revolves around a few family run budget guesthouses, a pricey resort hotel and dozens of small private properties rented out for long periods.
Exchange : The Primrose Café, on the south side of the village, has a foreign exchange license but their rates are well above those on offer at the banks in Mapusa and Calangute.
Medical : If one needs medical attention, contact Dr. Jawarhalal Henriques at Zorin, near the petrol pump in Chapora.