Baga beach. A popular tourist destination in the north of Goa. We wasn't planning on going to Baga actually, it was a very last minute decision. I had made plans to meet up with one of my friends from home & her boyfriend, it was their last night in Goa, so I had to make sure we would spend it together! Thankfully we only spent one night in Baga, because I didn't really enjoy the vibe there that much. Read below to find out why.
Baga is extremely popular with Indian tourists.
This is the #1 spot in Goa where all Indian tourists will come for their vacation.
Which isn't a bad thing, but, you will find it a lot more different to anywhere else you will visit in Goa.
As I mentioned above, this is a top spot for Indian tourists. There's a LOT of people in India. On that night alone, the amount of Indian people we met from all over the country was crazy. Even on FaceTime! (yep, I'll explain a little later). The beach is rammed, and according to a bartender, it was off-peak season. DAYUMM. I would had hated to had been there during peak, that's for sure! Compared to our first stop in Anjuna, this place seemed real big! The town itself isn't that big, but seeing as the beach is the main attraction here, it's pretty hefty.
The beach is actually HUGE. Not just long, but very very wide. If you're set up camp on a bed on the beach, you will have to walk a way from your stuff to get to the sea. I didn't like this. So sadly me and Jack didn't get to go in the sea together (I'll explain why I didn't feel so safe in my next paragraph). There's a LOT of beach shacks to choose from to eat, in fact it's a little overwhelming! Everything seems to be on top of each other even on such a wide stretch of beach.
I FELT UNSAFE
When Betsy & Jack had arrived, we set up camp on the busy beach for sunset.
For the first time (after spending 4 days in Goa) I really wanted to get into the sea with my friends.
The conversation was flowing, it was great, we just wanted to chill in the ocean together!
We left our stuff hidden on the beach, we were pretty close to the sea, but we had our eyes set on our stuff regardless.
Sadly, we noticed a lot of locals eye-ing up our stuff, even bending down to see what was under our clothes on our towels.
Jack saw what was happening and darted out, luckily the guy scattered away, but regardless, we didn't like it. It's a shame really, because the rest of Goa where we had spent our time, we had no issue with possible trouble, but Baga felt like a different place entirely. I also didn't feel safe walking the streets at night. Our place was at the end of the beach near the river, so walking the road at mid night in the dark was a little bit scary. It's also party central in the middle of Baga, which personally didn't look ideal to me, but if you're looking for that sort of atmosphere then go for it.
CONSIDER SAYING NO AFTER ONE PICTURE
Indians absolutely LOVE a selfie, which I find admirable how open they are to do it anywhere, with anyone. Though, it can get a bit overwhelming when people flock over to you (in groups of 30) to all pull you about for a photo. I left the 'photo session' feeling a little bit drunk I'll be honest, my head was spinning and I was confused about what was going on. I'd never be rude to someone, but there's a time I wish I had learned to say no.
If you feel bad for having a picture with one and not the other, decline pictures from the start. Otherwise, you'll end up being pulled into a video making session to ask a guys girlfriend if she can accept his marriage proposal. Yep, that happened to me, absolute nightmare. Before I could even acknowledge what this guy wanted me to do, the video was recording with 20 other guys around me. I didn't feel comfortable at all. I have a few more points to add about comfort in my next paragraph too!. Jack also was pulled onto FaceTime to sing Robbie Williams to a family of 5 in Jaipur. It was mental. Before you know it, you have 5 different phones out on FaceTime with family members, being shoved in your face for a quick wave. Now, don't get me wrong, I know that Indian people are not trying to be mean or forceful when it comes to these group selfie situations, in fact they don't even realise half the time how flustered it can get you. In Baga especially these selfie situations happen, since it is such a hugely popular spot for Indian tourists, so in some cases, people may have never seen a westerner before other than in movies. It can be fun at first, but do know your limits, don't get yourself feeling the way I felt after having to run away from a group of guys with their phones out.
I DIDN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE
I hardly saw anyone in their bikinis at Baga beach, so I felt really uncomfortable when I wanted to get in to the sea.
In fact I almost didn't get in due to this. The looks me & Betsy were getting as we got in to our bikinis left us feeling a little awkward. Even for Jack, was getting gawped at left right and centre for his tattoos. It may be a shock for those who have never seen tattoos before, but I wish people knew how to control their staring at times. I completely understand that the Indian culture is very different, and is very new to me since it was my first time visiting India, so I'll always keep that in my mind in certain situations, but it when it leaves you feeling uncomfortable so regularly, it can start to get to you.
Again, with the picture situation. In a bikini or not, people will take photos of you on their phone without permission. It's always awkward when they try to be subtle about it, but their flash goes off and they run away. You start to feel like a weird animal or a statue that people want to photograph. It's always difficult when you're trying to tuck into your curry but notice a camera being pointed at you mid bite.
Now, don't let me stop you from visiting Baga! I just wanted to share my honest experience with you.
Once you get past all of your fears and allow yourself to enjoy your evening, it's great.
Surround yourself with awesome company and I'm sure you'll have a lovely time.
There are a lot more nicer places in Goa to visit other than here, in my opinion.
So definitely consider doing your research on each place- & hopefully my blog will help you with your trip!