Agonda beach is the perfect beach in Goa for anyone who wants to relax away from it all. This seemingly endless pristine beach stretches for miles. It's lined with shacks and huts, some simple and some fancy. Hawkers aren't allowed on the beach, so you'll be able to remain refreshingly undisturbed.
Agonda beach is located in South Goa, just north of Palolem beach. It's 43 kilometers (26 miles) from Marago and 76 kilometers (47 miles) from Panaji. Much busier Palolem beach, the most popular beach in South Goa, is 10 minutes away. 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 local railway station Canacona (also known as Chaudi). Canacona is a 20 minute drive away from Agonda and the journey costs around 300 rupees in an auto rickshaw. Marago is 30 minutes away and costs around 800 rupees in a taxi. Alternatively, Goa's Dabolim airport is around one and a half hours away. A taxi from the airport will cost 1,800-2,000 rupees, depending on whether you want air conditioning. You'll find a prepaid taxi counter inside the arrivals terminal before you exit the airport.
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, and the humidity really rises during the summer in April and May. Rain comes from the southwest monsoon from June to August. The beach huts are dismantled at this time and the beach is deserted. The tourist season kicks off in late October and starts winding up late March.
Do be aware that there's only one ATM at Agonda, and it does charge a transaction fee for withdrawing money (200 rupees per transaction). It's located at Fatima's Corner and is known to run out of money from time to time. The line of people waiting to use it in the evenings is often quite long as well. There's another ATM near the cricket pitch just outside of Agonda but you'll need transport to get there. Otherwise, use the State Bank of India ATM in Chaudi.
What to Do
Chilling, swimming, walking, eating, shopping (you'll find the usual stalls selling clothes and accessories), and just generally doing nothing are the main activities at Agonda. Boat trips are possible for those who are up for it.
If you want to venture further afield, Cabo de Rama Fort is an offbeat attraction about 20 minutes north of Agonda beach. The road there is really scenic, and the ruins of the Portuguese fort are interesting to explore. Allow a couple of hours there and then drop into The Cape Goa for a bite to eat. This spectacular boutique resort is nestled into the rock on the side of a cliff. The restaurant serves a range of yummy Indian and western dishes, and the view is to die for!
Where to Stay
Most people choose to stay in a coco hut on Agonda beach and there are ones to suit all budgets. This guide to the best Goa beach huts has some recommendations including Simrose, Agonda Cottages, and The Bay.
Other upmarket options include H2O, which has sea view cottages on the beach, Agonda White Sands and Antara Sea View Resort. Just back from the beach, Cinnamon is a new place with deluxe huts set around a swimming pool.
At the southern end of the beach, Fusion is a friendly place with great owners, 10 simple garden huts, music nights and movie nights, and yoga. It will appeal more to fun-lovers than serenity-seekers.
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 atmospheric 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.
If you're feeling in the mood for a thali, head to the Roadhouse Bar and Grill. It's a small roadside joint that also serves decent momos seafood.
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.
Alternatively, the restaurant at Agonda White Sand is recommended for an indulgent meal. They have a well-stocked beach bar as well!
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. It's open during the tourist season from mid November until March. Fridays are the main party nights there.