Though Goa is one of those destinations in India that can be visited all around the year in the month of December, the place becomes all the more alluring and inviting. This beach state features in the bucket list of avid travelers. December is one of the best months of the peak season.
Gifted with abundant lush scenery, glistening beaches, lip-smacking seafood, a pleasant climate, numerous water activities, festivals like Christmas, etc., a relaxed atmosphere, and several man-made wonders, Goa is just the place to be in this month. Bid goodbye to the chilly December in your city and travel to Goa in December.
Here are the top 15 reasons to visit Goa in December:
- Thrilling water sports
- Christmas celebration
- Delicious seafood
- Electrifying music
- Party vulture
- Casino Leisure
- Gushing waterfall
- Strong flavors of spices
- Shopping hopping
- Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
- Safe solo travel
- Palm-fringed beaches
- Hot air balloon ride
- Destination wedding
- Endangered turtles
1. For the love of Water Sports
While a major part of India is suffering from chilly winters, the sun offers a warmer escape to you here. Partaking in watersports is one of the best things to do in Goa in December. Scuba diving, swimming, dingy sailing, banana rides, para-sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and river rafting are some of the adventure sports in Goa. The best spots to enjoy water sports in Goa include Cidade De Goa, Calangute beach, Baga beach, Candolim Beach, and Dona Paula Bay among others. There is no need for you to worry about safety.
There are innumerable operators at all these locations providing you with the necessary basic knowledge, training, and equipment, and conduct all the activities with complete safety measures and as per the guidelines.
|Water activities to do in goa in December||Where||Best time to go|
|Jet Skiing||Baga Beach, Candolim, Calangute, Anjuna Beach, Colva Beach, Miramar Beach and Benaulim Beach||October to March|
|Wakeboarding||Panjim, Candolim, Mobor beaches, Calangute and Baga beaches||October to May|
|Scuba Diving||Grande Island, Agatti Island, Devagh Island, Pigeon Island, Netrani Islands||October to April|
|Snorkeling||Grande Island, Monkey beach, Bat Island, and Bogmalo beach||October to March|
|Rafting||Mandovi River, Tilari River||June to September|
|Banana Boat Ride||Baga beach, Calangute, Anjuna beach, Agonda, Candolim, Palolem, Miramar & Vagator||October to Marc|
|Parasailing||Anjuna, Calangute, Colva, Dona Paula, Majorda, Bogmalo, Candolim and Vagator||October to March|
|Speed Boating||Calangute, Baga, Candolim||October to April|
|Kite Surfing||Vagator Beach, Baga Beach and Calangute Beach||January to April|
|Surfboarding||Arambol Beach, Baga Beach||May to September|
|Yachting||Mandovi River, Mayem Lake, Miramar Beach, Candolim Beach, Palolem Beach||October to May|
2. For partaking in exciting Christmas celebrations
A major chunk of the people in Goa follow Christianity and its rich customers. Being a Portuguese colony, the state is dotted with some of India’s best churches that are not only places of worship but are architectural marvels. At the time of Christmas, the enthusiasm is contagious. All the houses, hotels, and restaurants are decorated beautifully with lights and Christmas.
In December, you can be a part of these exciting celebrations when the whole state is in a festive mood. The glory of the decorated churches shines even more brightly. The bakeries around the state prepare special cakes, pastries, and chocolates for their customers. Some of the best churches of Goa that are worth visiting during Christmas are the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Basilica of Bom Jesus, the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and Se Cathedral.
Venue: Basilica of Bom Jesus, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Arambol Beach, Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach, Anjuna Beach, Se Cathedral
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3. For binging on orgasmic Seafood
Seafood is the specialty of Goa. Almost all the restaurants, beach shacks, and eating joints, whether big or small, sell orgasmic seafood. Goa visit in December is unfinished if you do not taste the exotic delicacies of Goan cuisine. Seafood is one of the main parts of the daily food of the locals of Goa and if you love seafood, you must it here.
The variety of seafood in Goa is endless and includes Mackerel, Crabs, Kingfish, Tuna, Pomfret, Squids, and more. To accompany your meal would be free-flowing booze. Enjoy the amazing weather and gorge on the lip-smacking spicy freshest of catches.
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4. For the sake of some great Music
As the festivities of Christmas get over, another week of matchless partying experience is waiting for you. The merry-making in Goa starts from Christmas and goes on till New Year’s Eve. In between that, Goa plays host to the world-renowned Sunburn Festival, which begins from December 27th and comes to an end on December 29th. This festival has been organized here at the pristine Vagator beach for the past 8 years. The state bustles with a crazy number of music lovers from all around.
Some of the finest musicians and DJs in the world play here for these 3 days and visitors gyrate in the high-energy beats. The experience is just unforgettable. The Supersonic festival, organized at the Candolim beach is also slowly gaining a lot of popularity. The 4-day event was initiated by VJ and presenter Nikhil Chinapa and is attended by local as well as international performers.
Venue: Baga, Calangute, Vagator, and Arpora are popular options.
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5. For infectious Party Fever
If you are looking for an ideal way to usher- in the New Year, you should be not anywhere else but in Goa as the party fever here is just infectious. This tiniest beach state of India is known for being the venue for some of the best New Year’s Eve parties, attended by a huge number of national as well as international tourists. The nightlife of Goa is fabulous and the event of New Year makes the discos and nightclubs throw the best of parties.
Parties during this time of the year are not only given in the discotheques of Goa but there are numerous beach parties that are organized at some of the best Goan beaches like Anjuna, Palolem, Vagator, and Baga. You can enjoy beach-hopping if you like. Silent Noise Parties in Goa are also gaining momentum slowly. Another venue to enjoy parties in Goa in December is the casinos of Goa, stationed on River Mandovi in Panjim, the capital city.
Venue: Baga Beach, Vagator, Sinquerim, Colva, Anjuna, Calangute Beach
6. Play a Hand and Hit a Jackpot at Casinos in Goa
If you are planning a Goa vacation in December with the intent of doing things differently, make sure you try your luck in casinos in Goa. Being the hub of the gambling club, December is the time when casinos in Goa are occupied with local and international tourists.
You could take the inclusive package on huge boats and ships docked in Mandovi River and test your luck with games like baccarat, blackjack, slot machines, and others. Some of the most lavish casinos in Goa offer unlimited drinks and food till you play with a separate entertainment zone and cigar lounge.
7. For the Epic Afternoon Leisure at Dudhsagar Waterfall
The enchanting beauty of the gushing Dudhsagar Waterfall attracts a large number of tourists. It should be on your travel bucket list of places to visit in Goa in December. This place has become an awe-inspiring force of nature for ages, and tourists travel down from all over the world.
The sight of the cascade is so splendorous that you see the milky vapor rise from the falls. It will make you feel like clouds are falling from heaven on the earth. In winter months like December, the falls come into their full glory and look equally mesmerizing. You can even trek to this sparkling waterfall.
8. Travel Differently in Spice Plantation
Goa isn’t just about sun-kissed beaches, there are a plethora of places where one can spend quality time. Visiting Goa during Christmas and New Year’s time will allow you a feast of spice plantation tours. You can embark on a spice plantation journey to learn about the different varieties of Indian spices. There are plenty of spice plantations in Goa where international tourists visit to learn about aromas and the strong flavor of spices.
If you are a nature lover and want to prime your senses with aromas, include a visit to any of the spice plantations in Goa. Did we mention you can even purchase fresh spices? You can also spot some of the endangered birds who flock to spice plantations in winter.
9. Saturday Night Goa Market: Arpora Midnight Shopping
There is no way you can leave Goa possibly empty-handed. Goa is a paradise for shopaholics. Doesn’t matter if you are into hippie culture or not, Saturday midnight shopping at Arpora Market is a place, that should be added to your itinerary. This market is set up in the evening around 6-7 PM and goes on till dusk in the morning. You must shop till you drop from this overnight market. December is when this market becomes a tourist hotspot because it’s the peak month when Goa welcomes the highest number of tourists across the world. From affordable clothes to classy accessories and bags and trinkets, you will find like-minded shopping enthusiasts in the land of hippies.
10. Escape to the Serene Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
A visit to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary in December will refresh your soul and brighten up your day. It is located on Chorao Island and in winter the sanctuary turns into the breeding centre of many migratory birds that are on the verge of extinction. From trekking to admiring nature’s delight, you will be spoiled with choices on Chorao Island. It’s a must-visit place that will reward you with major respite from wild Goan parties.
11. Women Travelers Can Dare to Travel Solo
December in Goa marks the presence of honeymooners and international tourists. So, ladies, Goa becomes one of those safest places where you can travel solo in December. Love beach vibes? Get your toes wet at Arambol Beach and meet the soulful yogis, and jugglers, and watch tourists alike spending a relaxing time. Literally, Goa in December becomes one of the happiest places in India with the amalgamation of serene beauty, thrilling watersports, and remarkable overnight parties.
12. Soak up the Sun at Palm-Fringed Beaches
A trip to this tropical beach paradise in December would be incomplete without soaking up the rays of the sun. For all the people out there who are bitten by the beach bug, December is the best time to take sunbathe. If you ask us about the best beaches for sunbathing in Goa, pick your favorite from Candolim beach, Butterfly beach, and Vagator beach.
13. Hop-On a Magical Hot Air Balloon Ride
You can literally waltz through the clouds with a hot air balloon safari in Goa on your December visit. The hot air balloon ride is for the thrill-seekers who want to break the monotony in Goa and do something vivid with their loved ones.
You will feel the sensation and thrill when you are flying up to 2,500 ft. from the ground. Try this adventure in Goa for around 45 minutes to 1 hour and take your Goa trip to another level. If you are on a honeymoon, make sure you pamper your beloved at the soaring heights to enjoy the panoramic views of the forts and beaches.
14. Plan a Destination Wedding
Envy yourself entering into the auspicious bond of marriage in the arms of stretched beach beauty. If your love is deeper and wider than the oceans itself, then plan a destination wedding in Goa in December and get hitched at the sun-kissed beach. Now you don’t have to look for an international destination to plan a lavish destination wedding.
There are several luxury-defining resorts in Goa that manifest the idea of a dream tropical wedding. From the beachside venue to the opulent hall with majestic sea views, a destination wedding in Goa is sure to spark additional romance in your relationship.
15. See Olive Ridley Turtles in December
The existence of sea turtles has been around for more than 150 million years. One such type of turtle you can find in Goa in December is Olive Ridley Turtles. During your Goa tour, spot these ancient sea creatures. Promote responsible tourism since Olive Ridley Turtles are on the verge of extinction. But guess what? December is the month when you can spot these rare turtles coming out to lay eggs. A few of the best places to see Olive Ridley Turtles are Agonda, Arambol, and Palolem.
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