Goa Tips

If it’s your first time in Goa, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make your trip a memorable one.

  • Goa is safer than most other places, but why to take chances? Always keep your documents and money secure and in proper baggage.

  • Carry as less cash as possible. ATM’s are in plenty and Credit cards and Travelers cheques are accepted almost everywhere.

  • If you the enjoy crowd then October to January is the best time to be there. Otherwise visit during off season.

  • The most famous beaches are not the only good ones. Be adventurous; try some newer, less frequented beaches too. You can have more privacy and fun due to lesser crowd.

  • While traveling in a bus or train, never leave your belongings unattended.

  • Do not accept any offerings of food etc from strangers.

  • Always carry some kind of card or document containing details of your identity, contact details, blood group, medical details etc for help in case of any emergency.

  • There are many budget hotels that offer cheap accommodation in Goa. They also provide good quality service and excellent food. Just look around a bit to find one that gives you budget accommodation as per your expectations.

  • You get all kinds of food in Goa. Thai, Tibetan, Chinese, Italian, Mexican and Portuguese. Don’t miss out on the exotic, authentic and freshest seafood dishes everywhere in Goa. Even smaller restaurants have some great stuff to offer.

  • Drink only bottled mineral water.

  • While shopping, BARGAIN! Things might sound cheaper to you due to currency conversion, but you should find out the prices at different places before buying anything or even paying for the taxi fare. Ideally ask for 1/4th of quoted price and settle for slightly higher.

  • Keep away from beggars. You’ll find many everywhere and if you give something to one of them, ten others would surround you.

  • Nudity is punishable.

  • Using mosquito repellents and nets really help.

  • Keep your travel documents safe. In case you lose any of them, contact the nearest Government Tourist Office or Police Station immediately.

  • Hire a guide from agencies approved by the Government. Always insist on an identity card.

  • When traveling by auto-rickshaws or taxis, insist on the tariff card issued by the Transport Directorate. It’s available with the driver.

  • Beware of strangers, touts, unapproved guides, taxi-drivers etc.