Goa is a completely entertaining place, offering something to everybody. There are beach sports, bullfights, casinos, rave parties, river cruises, grand shopping arcades and water sports to indulge in apart from exotic beach resorts, spectacular coral reefs and rich marine life to explore.
The warm golden sands and the lovely cool sea of Goa's beaches offer wonderful and refreshing opportunities to indulge in the vigorous beach basketball, the slower and easier beach volleyball, making sandcastles with the children or go in search of variety of shells with them in a beach combing expedition. Goa is the perfect place to indulge in beach activities with an irresistible combination of silvery sands, palm grooves and the playful sea waves alluring people with their tidal rhythm.
All the amateur and the professional gamblers will certainly enjoy Goa, 'Las Vegas of India'. With the motto of 'Life is a Gamble', take the in the top-notch casinos of Goa that present popular games like roulette, blackjack, baccarat and craps. The uniqueness of Goan casinos lie in the way they offer a delectable blend of cosmopolitan sophistication and friendly local hospitality. You can some of the best casinos in Goa with an aura filled with excitement and vigor. One can also enjoy playing a small game while ship cruising through the seas luxuriously such as in Caravella.
Goa's rave parties held every night around the time of New Year and Christmas are famous through out the world. Started with an influx of drugged and drunken hippies from all over the world in the 1960s, they have now evolved to a more family-oriented mood and have given birth to a new music kind known as Goa Trance that characterize the nights of Goa. Multi-layered synth lines and sub-bass rhythms characterize this branch of techno-music. Rave parties are full of dance, music and fun.
Long and wide beautiful rivers and the scenic lakes of oa offer long and languorous river cruises that have become one of the major tourist attractions in Goa. Different moods at different time of day such as in daytime, sunset or moonlight along with adventurous crocodiles or dolphin spotting cruises make them a real wonder for the tourists.
Shopping in Goa
Shopping at the colourful local markets displaying exotic products ranging from cosmopolitan department stores and designer boutiques to makeshift stalls in the Anjuna Flea market, the Mapusa Friday market and the new market at Margao is one of the most enjoyable moments at Goa. Anjuna Flea Market came into existence with the hippies auctioning their belongings and has now developed into a sort of souvenir bazaar selling handicraft items from all over India such as Gujarat, Rajasthan and Kashmir. Wooden carvings, coir mats, wood furniture, straw hats and freshly baked bread at Mapusa Friday market is much more Goan in its look and also trades fish, fruit, vegetables and other fresh produce.
Goa's splendid coastline, rivers and lakes present multiple opportunities for thrilling aquatic sport activities such as surfing, snorkeling, jet-skiing, boogie boarding, scuba diving, water-skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and deep sea fishing. One can also opt for riding a water scooter or a speedboat at Dona Paula or leisurely sail on a paddleboat on the picturesque Mayem Lake. Scuba diving at Grand Island and paragliding at Arambol beach and Bogmalo beach are some of the most opted aquatic sports in Goa along with the multiple national windsurfing events that attract the attention of the tourists to Goa's endless array of coastal and inland waterways.