Agonda beach is the perfect beach for anyone who simply wants to relax away from it all. This seemingly endless pristine beach stretches for around 3 kilometers and it's lined with simple beach shacks. Hawkers aren't allowed on the beach, so you'll be able to remain refreshingly undisturbed.
Patnem is located in south Goa, 43 kilometers (26 miles) from Marago and 76 kilometers (47 miles) from Panaji.
It's 10 minutes north of the much busier Palolem beach, south Goa's most popular beach. So, if the solitude at Agonda gets too much, you won't have far to go for entertainment.
The closest railway stations to Agonda are Marago on the Konkan Railway, and Canacona (also known as Chaudi). Canacona is a 20 minute drive away from Agonda and the journey costs around 200 rupees in an auto rickshaw. Marago is 30 minutes away and costs 600-700 rupees in a taxi. Alternatively, Goa's Dabolim airport is around one hour away. A taxi from the airport will cost 1,000-1,500 rupees. Head left after you've exited the airport to find the prepaid taxi counter.
Weather and Climate
The weather in Agonda is warm weather throughout the year. Temperatures rarely reach more than 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day or drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.
Some winter nights can get a bit chilly from December to February though. Rain comes from the southwest monsoon during June to August. The beach huts are dismantled during this time and the beach is deserted. The tourist season kicks off in late October and starts winding up late March.
What to Do
Chilling, swimming, walking, eating and just generally doing nothing are the main attractions at Agonda.
Boat trips are possible for those who are up for some activity.
Where to Stay
Most people choose to stay in a coco hut on Agonda beach. This guide to the best Goa beach huts has some recommendations.
Alternatively, Om Sai has clean and cheap huts by the beach. At the southern end of the beach, Fusion is a funky place with 10 garden huts, live music nights and a flea market. If you're looking for something a bit more upmarket, H2O has sea view cottages on the beach. Also check out Agonda White Sands huts and villas.
For something different, if the thought of a jungle retreat a little distance away from the beach appeals, you will love Khaama Kethna.
Where to Eat
Fatima's Corner is possibly the most popular restaurant in Agonda, so much so that it can be a struggle to get a table during the tourist season. The seafood is reasonably priced and delicious!
The ambient Simrose has an outstanding position on the beach, as well as some of the best food (and beach huts) around. They grow their own herbs and vegetables, and even bake their own bread. It's the perfect spot for some romance or to sit and watch the sunset with a drink.
For super fresh and healthy food, try Nature Organic. It's easy to miss this gem of a restaurant, as it's not on the main road.
However, it's well worth the effort to find it (look for the sign south of Saint Anne's Church, near the entrance to H2O resort). The local Goan owners are a young couple who have come up with an inventive menu that will even appeal to non-vegetarians.
Where to Party
If you're looking for party places on Agonda beach, you're likely to be disappointed. It's much too chilled out. However, south Goa's biggest outdoor dance club isn't far away! Head to Leopard Valley on the Palolem-Agonda Road to dance the night away.