Goa is not a single beach, but a rich and varied state — one that offers 63 miles of coastline along the Arabian Sea. Beyond the beaches lies a lush landscape that conceals ancient temples, rich ecosystems and the hilly farmlands that proved irresistible to European spice traders.
Centuries before the hippies, there were the Portuguese — and it’s their lingering influence, not the lax laws, that makes Goa such an alluring place.
Pick a beach, any beach, and you'll find soft white sands that span the peaceful Arabian Sea.
Climb the steep but small hillock to the ruins of Chapora Fort. This perch at the mouth of the Chapora River has 360-degree views.
Stop in the small but central city of Ponda to visit the state's world-famous spice plantation.