Goa Night Activities (other than clubbing)

“I’m fed up. During the day there is a lot to do in Goa. But what is there to do in the night?”

“There are a lot of nightclu…”

“No.!.. Please don’t mention nightclubs! It’s already been talked about too much. What else is there?”

…. Have you felt the same way? Don’t worry. Here are some suggestions to have a fabulous time in Goa at night…

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Beach walks at night

Sure, going to the beach, basking in the sunlight, and admiring the glorious sunsets are an experience in itself. But walking on the beach at night is a whole other story. The air is different and there is a strange welcome sense of calmness as you hear the waves gently crash the shore. The stars are the best part. There are countless stars twinkling and shimmering against the vast dark night sky.

Beach at night

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Beach shacks

After your peaceful beach walk and stargazing, you can spend your night at beach shacks. Many of them have beautiful night lights, comfy seating, and delicious food. Some of them even have live music for your entertainment. The places which are popular for their beach shacks are Anjuna, Vagator, Baga, Ashvem, Candolim, Colva, Benaulim, and more.

Beach shacks at night in Goa
Pic Credit: Hello Travel

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Night markets

Goa’s night markets are cooler than they sound. Here you can get jewellery, interesting outfits, souvenirs, and scrumptious snacks. Some markets have live music too. 

Here are some night markets you can go to for a good time:

Anjuna Flea Market (Every Wednesday – 9 am to 6 pm)

Goa Collective Bazaar (Vagator) –  It starts from 3 pm and continues till late at night every Friday.

Saturday Night Bazaar (Arpora) – It starts in the evening and continues till late in the night.

(Please note there may be restrictions or cancellations because of the Covid- 19 pandemic)

Night market in Goa

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Food trucks

It’s so satisfying to get great snacks after wandering around the state. Many food trucks in Goa serve really good Goan snacks and dishes like ross omelette, cutlet pao, sausage bread, chicken cafreal, chicken rolls, croquettes, and much more.

There are too many food trucks to name but I shall tell you some well-known ones – Antojitos (Caranzalem Circle), Jerry’s Food Truck (Bambolim), Noronha’s Corner (Assagao-Anjuna crossing), The Goan Food Truck (Cansaulim), etc.

However, don’t limit yourselves to just these. There are plenty more food trucks with delicious food to try in various places.

Goa Food truck dishes

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Just ride

If you have rented a scooter or have your own vehicle, going for a long ride in the night can be quite fun. There are so many things you may discover like local markets, cityscapes, boutiques, quiet places to sit for a while, great food destinations, and so much more.

If you’re in Goa during festival seasons like Christmas and Diwali, riding becomes magical as you’ll get to see houses all lit up, street dances, big cribs, and carol singers.

Riding at night

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Cultural performances

Goa and the performing arts go hand in hand. This state has a rich culture. Traditional Goan dances include Fugdi and Dhalo. You can also enjoy Tiatr performances (Konkani plays).

Places where you can view delightful cultural shows are Kala Academy, Ravindra Bhavan, Gomant Vidhya Niketan, etc. 

Dances in Goa

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Live music at restaurants

Goa’s traditional dishes are amazing and worth tasting like vindaloo, cafreal, xacutti, etc. But you’re not limited to only these. There is a wide variety of cuisine in the state like French, Greek, Japanese, North Indian, South Indian, etc. While enjoying these amazing dishes many restaurants also put up live performances which really amps up the vibe.

Live music at restaurants

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Cruises

Goa is one of the best places for cruises. Here, you can enjoy overnight cruises and dinner cruises. At some cruises, you can experience great food, lovely music, dances, and gorgeous views of the river. It’s a pretty good way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. 

Night cruises in Goa

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Overnight camping

Camping is one of the best ways to have a different open-air experience and be close to nature. There are many beautiful camping spots in Goa. It is better to reach out to operators that can arrange camping trips for you. This will ensure safety, a good location, and an enjoyable experience.

Tents and a beautiful view

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SHERYL GONSALVES| Planet Goa

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Author: Sheryl
Goa is a special place for Content Writer, Sheryl Gonsalves, with its picturesque beaches, gorgeous sunsets, rich heritage, and delicious food.

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