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Goa at a Glance

Goa's white beaches, palm trees and sparkling blue waters lure visitors into tropical paradise. This area has been a favorite of beach goers for centuries. Goa's laid back feel stems in part from its 500 years under Portuguese colonial rule. It's not uncommon to take a siesta-style break from the hot Goan sun. Laid back meals, tropical drinks and a mix of eastern and western cultures makes Goa a fascinating and pleasant place to visit.

Many tourists make their trip to Goa all about the beach. However, if you step out of the resort a cool collection of sights, sounds and smells await you. Visit one of the bustling markets filled with textiles, fruits, vegetables and trinkets. Step into the cool sanctuary of a Portuguese stone church or discover an intimate little chapel in some far off village. Increase your chances of seeing wildlife by hiking in a nature preserve or taking a boat tour into the choppy waters.  

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High Season
November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      • Major Airport Goa- Dabolim International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and many other nationals need a visa to travel, work or study in India. Contact the Indian Embassy for more information and to understand specific requirements. American citizens can research travel requirements using the U.S State Department's website as well.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Summertime is very wet in Goa and quite humid. The water is so high that it is dangerous to swim in the ocean during this time.

      Safety Concerns Goa's waters may have strong undertows and can be quite dangerous. Take heed of local warnings and avoid swimming in dangerous waters or while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Tourists should also avoid walking alone at night and protect their belongings from being stolen from rooms or beach blankets. 

      Health Concerns Drugs are widely available to party goers in the Goa region. However, drug possession is severely punished by law and it's best to avoid the risk. Visitors should plan on drinking bottled water or bring their own water filter.