I hope you’re reading this because you’re planning a trip to Goa! It’s such a fantastic place to visit. Although I recommend coming longer than the 3 days mentioned in this title, often readers email who mention they have that amount of time therefore I wanted to put together a basic 3 day Goa itinerary and show you the top places to visit in Goa in 3 days.
It seems to be a question I am asked a lot! Perhaps, I’ll add a 5 day itinerary down the road.
Tips for Planning Your Trip to Goa
This first things you have to decide about Goa are:
- How to get here
- When to come
- Where to stay
- How to get around
How to Get to Goa
You can fly into the only airport (GOI) or you can take a train into Thvim or Margao stations, or a bus straight into the town you want to be in.
When to Come
The best time to come is October through March but if you want to come in monsoon, here is an article on what to expect in Goa’s monsoon.
How to Get Around
You’ll need to decide if you want to rent a car or bike. You can alternatively ask your hotel for a taxi drivers’ number.
Where to Stay in Goa
You’ll want to choose between North or South Goa. It just depends on what you want. If you’re looking for a busier scene, try the north, and if you’re looking to relax, try the south. Read these posts to help you decide where to go and the best place to stay in Goa:
- Ask Me Anything: Should I go to North or South Goa?
- What’s the Best Place to Stay in Goa? [My Absolute Favorites]
The BEST Places to Visit in Goa in 3 Days
For this itinerary, I’m going to focus on Anjuna and Vagator in North Goa since they’re the most common choice travelers make. I’ll also be focusing on peak-season since that’s, of course, the popular time frame when everything is open!
Places You’ll Visit in Goa on Day 1:
- Vagator Beach
Check in to your hotel
First things first, check in to your hotel! There are some seriously kickass places to stay in Goa. While you’ll want to look into places in Anjuna and Vagator, if you have a car, you can also stay in:
- And more
Relax in Vagator Beach
After checking in you’ll want to see the beach. For day one, I recommend heading to Vagator Beach to eat lunch and have a day in the sun. You can grab nice pizzas at the beach shack Antares or you can get some Goan curry at Shiva Place. For more food options, head down to the beach to the right for Sports Bar. You can also surf at this beach early in the morning.
Let yourself be pampered on the beach by the girls: getting threaded, massages, and buying sarongs when they come around to your beach chairs.
Dinner in Anjuna
After the beach and showering up for dinner, you could enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the beer garden, Zorba, in Anjuna then head to a perfect Goan dinner of rava fish or Indian tandoori at Anand Bar which is near the Bobby bar intersection on the way to Vagator.
Party in Goa
After dinner you can party! Goa is great for nightlife, so I have a few posts to help you figure out where to go for what!
- 10 Essential Tips for Goa Nightlife
- Goa Nightlife: 5 Most Popular Party Places in Goa
- 7 Best Beaches in Goa for Nightlife
- 20 Best Nightclubs in Goa For an Epic Time
Places You’ll Visit in Goa on Day 2:
- Vagator Beach
- Old Goa
Breakfast in Vagator
Don’t waste the day being hung over! Head to Vagator Beach for breakfast.
Sightseeing in Goa
You can skip the beach today to do the tourist things. There isn’t much for tourists in Goa because it’s a “chill out” place. You can go to Ponda to the spice plantation (learn about spices, see the elephants, eat lunch here) which is just near Panjim. This means you can see Old Goa (Portuguese influence, old churches) in the same trip. It’s about 1 hour from Anjuna and will cost you about 2,500 Rs. You can wander Panjim and do some shopping in the old Portuguese lanes.
Vagator Beach for Dinner
Head back to your hotel to freshen up for dinner then pick from this list of the top restaurants in Goa (all my favorites). I recommend Thalassa if you can get there by sunset. It’s on Vagator cliff and has the best sunset view in Goa plus the vibe usually leads to a fun night out after.
Places You’ll Visit in Goa on Day 3:
- Anjuna Beach
- Vagator Beach
Shopping and Sunbathing in Ashwem
If you want to see a new beach, I recommend going North about 20 minutes to Ashwem, which is a lovely beach. You can have lunch at La Plage, a very popular French restaurant. Then catch some rays. There is great shopping on this side of town. Check out my shopping guide to Ashwem to see the exact shops.
OR Shopping in Anjuna/Vagator
If you decide to stay in Anjuna/Vagator area you can still do some shopping. I wrote a guide to shopping in Goa. You’ll want to start at Tia’s Shop outside her mum’s restaurant Natti’s Naturals (try the colorful salad, I don’t know what it’s called!). Tia carries all the best brands in Goa plus her own brand which is the cutest and I wear all the time.
Chill Out at Anjuna Beach
You can try Anjuna Beach if you were at Vagator the first day. Anjuna is chilled out and the famous beach from the party days. You can have a beer at Curlies to see the vibe. They do a good fish curry there as well. If you’re lucky, you’ll be in Goa on a Wednesday and can go to the Anjuna Flea market which is just on the edge of the beach.
More to Do in Goa
If you want to do some more things before your last dinner and night out, you can check out this list of 50 things to do in Goa. If you weren’t lucky to be here on a Wednesday, perhaps it’s a Saturday and in that case you can visit the Saturday Night Market in Arpora. It’s my favorite market and you can eat dinner there. They have loads of options like rotisserie chicken, authentic pizza, Thai food, Greek gyros, dosas, curries, and Tandoori.. plus lots more. The shopping here is fabulous and there are two little “clubs” in the market.
Final Notes on this Goa Itinerary for 3 Days
So, that’s really about all you can fit in this 3 day Goa itinerary. I kind of picked my favorites beaches and restaurants. I couldn’t list the bars as you really need to check each day to see what’s happening. It’s not fun to show up at an empty bar! I wrote a post answering a few FAQs about Goa and I wrote my top tips for Goa where I talk more about transportation.
There are a few things I didn’t mention that are great to do in Goa but 3 days most likely is not enough time, unless you really prioritized these things: volunteering with animals and going to the secret beach.
If you take some time to read more of my articles on Goa you will see there are SO many fabulous options of things to do, that you might end up extending your time in Goa to a longer stay!
General Travel to India Tips
- Why You Need World Nomads travel insurance for India
- How to Get a Visa for India (which, yes, you DO need)
- How to Dress in India
- 100 India Travel Tips You HAVE To Read
If you are coming to Goa, you definitely need my ebook, Insider’s Guide to Goa. It’s 170 pages filled with the most up to date, comprehensive information about Goa plus it has all my secret places to go that I’ve found after living here almost five years.This book has 50x more information about Goa than my blog and is organized to make things easy for you to find. Click here to buy it now.
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