- May 4, 2017
- Posted by: Planet Goa Team
- Category: Beaches
Laid-back, idyllic, peaceful – Coco Beach is all these and more. Although it has always been one of Goa’s smaller beaches, over-fishing and erosion have denuded it further, over time. It is this sense of approaching expansive views of the ocean through a narrow road and a small stretch of sand that lends Coco Beach its air of intimate retreat. The picturesque stretch is a wash with lovely private residences, fishing boats and charter yachts bobbing in the water. While the waters aren’t ideal for swimming due to some degree of pollution from fuel, Coco Beach makes for a pretty day out. The sands are covered with tiny shells, there are no shacks, vendors or hawkers to speak of and the general air is one of a beach that commercial Goa has forgotten about.
Things to do: Aside from sleeping, lazing, eating and drinking, you can wander down to the beach for a swim or a dose of dolphin watching. There are only a couple of restaurants at Coco Beach. Some sight-seeing can also be done in the area. There is the impressive Reis Magos Church and the Reis Magos Fort, formerly a prison. Further down the estuary from Coco Beach, the small beach of Quedevelim is also worth a visit. For history buffs, Nerul Church is a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Location: North Goa, 14 kilometers from Mapusa and 11 kilometers from Panaji. The closest railway station is Thivim.