At the age of 14 the apsiring hippy within me set up the following email address ‘TheLittleHippy’@live.co.uk. As a wannabe free spirit I was fascinated by the hippy mantra.
Since then, I have always fantasied about the the way of life you can only truly experience in a hippy beach town. This obviously extends to when I travel and my constant desire to be barefoot on a beach.
When travelling, no matter where I am, I often find myself attracted to some of the most unusual hippie-chic places. Places just like Anjuna Beach, Goa – the hippy heaven on the North Goan coast.
With only 8 days to see Goa I had Anjuna Beach marked down on my India bucket list as a must see hippy beach resort packed with nightlife and fun.
Anjuna Beach, Goa
Holiday to Goa
First of all, I should mentioned that I travelled to Goa for 8 days on a holiday to Inida with TUI – the tour operator. We booked out holiday to Goa last minute and got a great deal.
I’d be spending most of my time whilst on holiday in Goa in Candolim, Goa whilst also trying to get as much as possible out of the surrounding area.
This meant prior to my trip I got to research some of the most fun and exciting places surrounding Candolim including Baga Beach, Panaji, Calangute and the hippie-loving Anjuna.
Where is Anjuna Beach?
Anjuna Beach is around 30 minutes away from the British tourism fave Candolim where we’d be staying during our Holiday in Goa.
The hippie-chic resort of Anjuna Beach Goa is located on the Arabian Sea on the coast of India. It is regarded as North Goa – as most tourists refer to visiting either North or South Goa.
Map of Anjuna Beach, Goa
How to get to Anjuna Beach
You can very simply get a taxi from Candolim, Baga or Calangute to Anjuna Beach. A taxi will likely cost between 1000-1500 rupees. However, I suspect this is the tourist price.
It often works out cheaper to book a return journey and get the number of your driver to WhatsApp later. This is pretty common in India and a good tip if you have a limited budget.
As mentioned the journey should take around 30 minutes but the scenery and sights in the surrounding area make the time pass by quickly.
If you are heading to the beach and not Anjuna Market it’s likely you’ll be dropped off at the ‘viewpoint’ where taxis generally line up and drop off tourists.
You can check out the view point, but you’ll probably just want to head left and follow the clay muddy football down to the sand. Don’t be alarmed to find yourself passing lots of market style stalls and bars and restaurants.
Guide to Anjuna Beach, Goa
Anjuna Beach Goa has been a famed destination for its hippy scene since the 1960’s. Before visiting Anjuna, we were warned by a few expats in Candolim that it was ‘full of hippies’.
Surprisingly, I didn’t really get that vibe. I suspect it’s because even though we visited during the peak season and peak month of December, tourism to the area has been notably down since the demise of Thomas Cook.
The village of Anjuna is spread over a wide area and has less of a community feel than Candolim. To get to the main beach of Anjuna, you’ll probably need to walk through the stalls bars and restaurants that line the footpath to the beach.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Anjuna Beach is probably during the peak season, just expect it to be busy.
Historically December is a peak travel month for Anjuna and Goa in general but as referenced above the demise of Thomas Cook has seen a large shift in tourist trends to the Goa.
I expected Goa to be must busier with tourists in December based on what I had read online prior to my visit but with Thomas Cook monopolising most fo the travel in the area it was pretty quiet.
Usually around 30,000 Brits travel with Thomas Cook to Goa each winter! No wonder Anjuna felt like a ghost town!
Things to do in Anjuna Beach
Anjuna Beach is for chilling. Much quieter than both Agonda and Candolim, Anjuna is a smaller stretch of beach with far fewer shacks and shops.
The beach is easy to get to from the main town and ‘veiwpoint’/taxi rank I mentioned earlier.
You’ll need to walk through the bars and restaurants in Anjuna town to get to the sand.
On the beach you’ll find all the regular waters sports, shacks and amenities on Candolim and Palolem Beach in South Goa.
Animals on the Beach
Cows are important to Indian culture and many of the different religions in India. The sacred cow is a concept that isn’t challenged in India and not something I’m going to get into too much detail about.
If you are a lover of animals and cows in particular then my god you are in for a treat on the golden sands of Anjuna Beach.
Anjuna Market is possible one of the most popular things to do in Anjuna Beach. During the season, hundreds of people – tourists and locals alike flock to Anjuna Flea Market.
Opening time is usually early, around 7 or 8am, however locals have mentioned some stalls open up earlier even at around 6am.
The market only operates during the core season which is from October – March.
At Anjuna Market you’ll find everything from spices, to clothing to jewellery and more. If you are souvenir shopping or want to buy in bulk then Anjuna Market is the place to go.
Anjuna Beach Restaurants
We found ourselves struggling to choose where to grab a drink and bite to eat. There are a lot of bars and restaurants in Anjuna Beach.
As well as the standard ‘shacks’ on the beach offering food, drinks and services to tourists, you will find a range of bars just up from the beach and on the pathway leading down to the sands of Anjuna Beach.
Some of the best and most popular Anjuna Beach Restaurants include;
- Eva Cafe Anjuna Beach
- Curlies Beach Shack
- Cafe Cotinga
- Burger Factory
Eva Cafe Anjuna Beach Restaurants
We opted for Eva Cafe, you’ll easily be able to figure out why based on the below pictures. But, if you love to be barefoot, listening to chilled music from Israel and watching the ocean eat the sun then Eva Cafe Anjuna Beach is the one for you.
The interior is perfect, the drinks are icy cold and the food is delicious. Sit back, smell the insects and enjoy the nightfall and accompanying pink skies.
The sunset and viewpoint
As mentioned earlier, our taxi dropped us off at the viewpoint and we watched the sunset from Eva Cafe.
At the taxi point you’ll notice a sharp drop off on a cliff that you can either walk down to get to the rocks and watch the sunset this is what the locals do, so don’t be surprised when a crowd starts to gather.
Alternatively, you can head to the bars and restaurants closer to the beach like we did to get your sunset pics.
We chose Eva Cafe, the hippie-chic boho loving barefoot spot for our sunset watching, but there are plenty of others to choose from and if you don’t want to leave the sands of the beach then you can happily watch from your beach shack or sun lounger.