I hope you’re reading this because you’re planning a trip to ! 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.
Places to visit in Goa in 3 days
This first things you have to decide about Goa is 1. how to get here 2. which area you want to stay 3. when to come. These are all pretty important details! Getting to Goa is easy enough. Before reading this itinerary in full, you might want to read my ultimate guide to Goa to learn more about the state and the areas you can stay in.
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. As for which area, I am going to focus this itinerary on Anjuna/Vagator as a base since that’s the most common choice travelers make. 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. Because most come in peak-season, this itinerary will be based on that.
You also need to decide if you want to rent a car or bike. You can alternatively ask your hotel for a taxi drivers’ number.
Day 1 in Goa
Check into your hotel! There are some seriously kickass places to stay in Goa and like I said I am focusing this itinerary on Anjuna/Vagator, but you can drive to Ashwem, , Arambol, Siolim, Saligao, and more easily. To choose a hotel, check out my article on the best hotels in Goa, which is a list of all my favorites. If you want to really budget, check out this list of the cheapest guesthouses and hostels in Goa.
After checking in you’ll want to see the beach I”m sure so 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. You can head down the beach to the right further and have more food options at Sports Bar. You can surf at this beach if you get there very 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.After the beach and showering up for dinner, you could enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the new beer garden, Zorba, in Anjuna then head to a perfect Goan dinner of rava fish or Indian tandoori at Anand Bar which is near Bobby bar intersection on the way to Vagator. After dinner you can party! It depends on the night so check to see where the party is. Some nights its Waters to techno, others it’s Hilltop for trance.. you’ve got to see what is on each day.
Day 2 in Goa
Don’t waste the day being hung over! Head to the brand new Puttu cafe for a kickass healthy breakfast. They have the best smoothies and fruit bowls the unhealthy stuff if you want like bacon sandwiches. It’s delicious.
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 which 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.
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 the vibe usually leads to a fun night out after. Again, you have to check wug.com to see where the party is.
Day 3 in Goa
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.
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 her own brand which is the cutest and I wear all the time.
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.
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.. lots more. The shopping here is fabulous and there are two little “clubs” in the market.
Goa Itinerary | Places to visit in Goa in 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 FAQ about Goa including the nightlife which you might enjoy and I wrote my 5 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!
If you are coming to Goa, you definitely need my ebook, . It’s 170 pages filled with the most up to date, comprehensive information about Goa 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. .
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