If your flight gets delayed and you’re cursing the airlines for ruining your plans of watching the sun set on the beach in Goa because it takes nearly an hour to drive up into the North Goa beach belt, then relax, take a deep breath, get into a taxi and head towards Bogmalo. Not many travellers to Goa know that merely five minutes away from the Dabolim airport lies one of Goa’s most beautiful beaches – Bogmalo.
Bogmalo beach is cushioned between two cliffs and while on one side lies the naval base, the other side plays host to a four star hotel. And in between lies everything that Goa promises to be the sun, the sand and the shacks! But before we go into what you’ll get at Bogmalo, let’s talk about what you’ll not get. A short visit to Baga and Calangute will make you appreciate Bogmalo beach better. There is no fight for beach beds, no persistent hawkers, no touts and certainly no frenzy here. The atmosphere is relaxed, warm and open. Save for maybe a handful of beach beds and an odd couple walking along the beach or kids building sand castles, there isn’t the crazy madness here that the more popular beaches attract. Given its topography, what with verdant hills hugging it from both sides, Bogmalo beach is also one of the safest beaches for water babies. So if you’re in the mood to chuck the boarding pass and jump into the sea as soon as you land, then this would be the best bet.
The shacks at Bogmalo beach are mostly all season restaurants so it’s pretty much a happening place even when the rains pour down. The food is as good as it gets with international flavours as well as native Goan cuisine cooked to perfection. Most of the restaurants host local musicians over the weekend so don’t forget to catch one of the theme nights. What’s endearing about the joints here is that they attract a lot of the local crowd, so the service is always warm and friendly and the food remains consistently good.
The Bogmalo Beach is dotted with little guest houses and even the odd quaint resort. But the icing on the cake is the grand star hotel that stands majestically, defying the onslaught of the tides. The rooms here have breathtaking views of the sea and the restaurants and swimming pools often play host to warm salty mist from the sea.
Bogmalo Beach has a good range of water-sport activities – jet skis, boat rides, para-sailing and even scuba diving. So if you are in the mood for adventure you won’t be disappointed. For the shopaholic, there is a decent range of small shops that sell just about everything -from old Burmese rubies to sun screen lotion, just ask and you shall find! Despite having everything that every other beach in Goa has, Bogmalo Beach holds its own. It is the perfect blend of the idea of Goa that a holidaymaker looks for a great beach culture, awesome food and warm smiles. It has managed to retain its charm by avoiding the commercialization that plagues the north while staying true to its fishing village origins.