Dona Paula was once just a sleepy seaside village, but is today one of the foremost tourist attractions in Goa. Dona Paula Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Goa and offers a marvelous view of the Mormugao harbor. A jetty, replete with stalls, vendors and cafes can also be found here. At the head of the jetty you can find Menino’s, which specializes in Goan delicacy. The beach also offers excellent opportunities for water sports, besides providing magnificent views of the sunset.
Best Time to Visit:
Dona Paula Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Goa, can be visited throughout the year. However, the best time to visit the place is from October to March.
Places to Stay:
There are a variety of accommodation options near the Dona Paula Beach. Some of the good accommodation options include Hawaii Beach Resort, Casa Amarilla, L’hotel Eden, Chances Resort, Prainha Resort and Sandalwood Hotel and Retreat.
Places to Eat:
When you visit Dona Paula Beach with Goa tour packages, you will be surprised by the delicious food found here. There are a variety of restaurants and refreshment stalls near the beach where people can enjoy delicious sea food and dishes from other cuisines. Some famous restaurants near the beach are Goan delicacy, Prainha, Sea Pebble, The Pan Asian and Sea View Bar & Restaurant.
This beach resort has much to offer when it comes to beach activities. The prime beach activity is water sports, for which people come from all over. Some of the popular activities are water-scooter ride, motorboat rides, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, water-skiing, toboggan ski-biscuit, skibob, sports fishing, harpoon fishing, kayaking, and yachting. Around the beach, there are many tourist attractions such as National Institute of Oceanography, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary and Cabo Fort.
How to Reach:
Dona Paula Beach is well-connected to the rest of Goa. Madgaon Junction Railway Station is the nearest railway station to Dona Paula Beach, which is located at a distance of 41km from Dona Paula. From the station, tourists can take taxis and buses to reach the beach. Dabolim airport, located at a distance of 27km from Dona Paula Beach. Tourists have the option of taking pre-paid taxis which are available outside the airport and railway station. It is also easy to reach the beach via road as a number of buses operate from Panaji’s Kadamba Bus Terminal on a regular basis. Tourists also have the option of renting a vehicle on per day basis (scooter, bike, car or jeep).