If you like long stretches of white sand, warm blue sea and beach shacks serving a wide variety of food, then chances are, you’ll love Benaulim Beach.
After a lazy start to our first day in Goa, India, we jumped into the car and headed to Benaulim beach, close to my dad’s house. It felt so good to dip our feet into the clear water after months of freezing weather in the UK. A ten-minute walk in the sand was all it took to get me into holiday mode – so relaxing!
Later in the holiday, we spent a morning sunbathing here, and I enjoyed jumping waves in the sea. The beach has lifeguards, but pay attention to the flags, as it is rougher here than in some of the more sheltered bays.
The only thing I didn’t like about Benaulim was the amount of people trying to sell things to us. My mum attempted to get rid of one lady by buying something, but that led to others swarming over. In the end, Mum just got up and walked off into the sea until they went away. My tactic of telling them I’d look at their stuff tomorrow seemed to work better. This issue is in no way limited to this beach, or to India, but it’s been a long time since I’ve experienced so much hard selling.
Where to Eat
My favourite beach shack was The Mahal, a five minute walk south from the car park. With comfy sun loungers to relax on, friendly staff and the most delicious vegetarian jalfrezi I’ve eaten, it was a no-brainer really. I liked it so much on my first visit, that we returned later in the trip.
On another day, we had lunch at Johncy Bar and Restaurant, which is on the beach just north of the car park. Here we enjoyed a selection of starters, as well as cheese, garlic and chilli naan breads. Some of us also had Irish coffees (good and strong apparently).
Where to Sleep
We were staying with my dad and step-mum, but I love the look of these two hotels:
If you’re on a budget, what about Castello’s Coco Huts, situated right by the beach, and available for around £2.50 per night?
If you want something more luxurious, then Resort Taj Exotica could be for you. With tons of facilities, reviews I’ve read recommend the personalised attention from staff.