Sinquerim Beach

Sinquerim is a coastal village in North Goa that includes the pristine Sinquerim Beach. It is famous for the imposing Fort Aguada that flanks it’s southern tip and the scores of Bollywood movies that were shot here. It is a very popular tourist attraction and the massive Sunburn Music Festival happens here each December.

Attractions in Sinquerim

Along with one of the best beaches in Goa, Sinquerim does have a lot of other tourist attractions that include:

Fort Aguada

A stunning feat of engineering,  the Aguada Fort was built by the Portuguese to protect Goa from a sea based attack. Wander it’s ruins and try and find the freshwater spring that fed the water reserves and gives this fort it’s name. In fact, the water storage capacity of this fort was among the largest in the East. Click lots of pictures.

Aguada Lighthouse

Originally built in 1864, the Aguada lighthouse is the oldest in Asia. Today, the lighthouse complex still does a fine job doing what lighthouses should, pointing a bright light towards the sea to guide ships along the coastline. It attracts plenty of tourists too.

Sunburn Festival

Held between the 27th to the 29th of December, Sunburn is the largest music festival in Asia and among the top 10 on earth. It began in 2007 as an experimental electronic music event but has now grown into a monstrous commercial house music franchise. If you’re into massive crowds of tens of thousands dancing to the biggest names in commercial electronic music, this is the place to be. Tickets are expensive but the alcohol is cheap.

Watersports in Sinquerim

Sinquerim has plenty of activities in the water too. The watersports on Sinquerim beach include:

Boat rides

Take a tour of the coastline around Sinquerim and discover hidden coves that were used by smugglers, see the massive profile of the Aguada Fort as would appear to potential sea-borne invaders and spot the occasional dolphin.

Banana boat ride

A very sly boat ride; this one twists and turns and finally topples it’s passengers right into the Arabian sea. Fear not; this is part of the adventure and trained staff quickly gather the surprised tourists and bring them back to shore safely.

Water scooters rentals

For the more adventurous lot, play Bond or bad and ride the waves on powerful water scooters. You can choose to ride solo or be chauffeured. Ride solo.

Para-sailing

Strap on a parachute and sail into the sunset.

[box type=”alert” style=”rounded”]Keep out of the sea during the monsoons.[/box]

 

Sinquerim Tips and Secrets

[box type=”info” style=”rounded”]Take a walk around the Aguada Fort and head towards the south. The views of Panaji are priceless and this area is quiet and undisturbed by the tourist hordes.[/box]

[box type=”info” style=”rounded”]Aguada beach is a lesser known beach nearby and a beautiful place to spend an evening.[/box]

Sinquerim, Goa – How to Get There

Sinquerim is located in the Bardez sub district of North Goa and is about 50 minutes by car from Dabolim Airport. This beautiful village is around 16 kms from the capital, Panaji and is bordered by Goa’s famous Candolim beach. The Calangute-Baga beach stretch is a few minutes.

[box type=”info” style=”rounded”]You can get to Sinquerim from Panaji by heading towards Calangute on the Chogm Road and taking a left at the ‘Dolphins’ circle in Calangute.[/box]

Average Transit Fares to Sinquerim

From / To

Taxi Fares to Sinquerim

Auto Rickshaw Fares to Sinquerim

Motorcycle Taxi Fares to Sinquerim

Approx Transit Time to Sinquerim

Dabolim Airport, Mormugao

60 min

Panaji

20 min

Margao Railway Station

50 min

Tivim Railway Station

30 min

Suggested Plans for a Day in Sinquerim

Silhouette at Sunset in Sinquerim

Silhouette at Sunset in Sinquerim

Wake up, have a light breakfast at one of the shacks on the beach. That being done, pick the Fort next, you can enjoy the sites of the Fort or you can refer to our little secret and do some exploring on your own. Next  you can stop at a prominent restaurant for lunch and spend some time there.  The afternoon would probably be too hot to go out so I’d suggest laying low in your room or wherever you’re staying or going to the beach for a swim. The evening would be a good time to try out the water sports at the beach or check out the lighthouse as it will be all lit up and look better than it would during the day. Putting an end to a tiring day calls for a visit to one of the popular night clubs.

Activity

Venue

Morning

Sightseeing

Fort Aguada

Hangout

Windmill Cafe

Afternoon

Lunch

Republic of Noodles

Dessert

Chocolate Man’s Cafe

Evening

Water Sports

Sinquerim Beach

Hangout

Ganesh Shack

Night

Dinner

Sweet Chilli

Party

SinQ

Suggested Plans for a Weekend in Sinquerim

Sunset at Aguada Fort Sinquerim

Sunset at Aguada Fort Sinquerim

For those seeking to escape stressful city lives, Sinquerim offers an affordable and easily accessible getaway in Goa that is close to nightlife and activities. From historical forts to world class restaurants, superclubs to solitary sunsets, Sinquerim has plenty to keep you busy.

Activity

Venue

Cost

Day 1

Hangout

Party

Day 2

Sightseeing

Activity

Dinner

Party

Day 3

Hangout

Lunch

Shopping

Hotels in Sinquerim

Vivanta by  Taj near Fort Aguada

Vivanta by Taj near Fort Aguada

Sinquerim gets a fair share of tourist traffic but there are plenty of hotels and guest houses that cater to all sorts of budgets. The world famous ‘Taj ’ from the Taj group of hotels is situated here and other quality accommodations include the Aguada Anchorage, Seabreeze Sinquerim etc.

Hotel

Rating

Distance from Beach (walk)

Contact

Vivanta by Taj

*****

2 min

Aguada Anchorage

****

10 min

Seabreeze Sinquerim

***

5 min

Restaurants in Sinquerim

Sinquerim has some of the best restaurants in Goa. Besides regular restaurants, the seashore is lined with many shacks that serve a wide range of exotic meals.

Restaurant

Type

Pricing (Rs per person)

Contact

Republic of Noodles

Asian

Joe Joe’s Corner

Goan

250

247-9453

Sweet Chilli

Continental

1000

247-9446

Banyan Tree

Thai

1350

664-5555

Cafes and Beach Shacks in Sinquerim

Beach Shack in Sinquerim

Beach Shack in Sinquerim

Unlike some of the other beaches further north, Sinquerim doesn’t have many cafes but it does have plenty of beach shacks. The Chocolate Man’s Cafe and the Windmill Cafe are two of the better known cafeterias and shacks.

Beach Shack

Type

Pricing

Contact

Ganesh Shack

Chocolate Man’s Cafe

Clubs and Bars in Sinquerim

LPK Superclub

LPK Superclub

Sinquerim was never known for it’s nightlife; until the Sunburn Music Festival came along. Sinquerim now has some of the best nightclubs in Goa. Sinq, a recently opened club is extremely popular and just as expensive. In the village of Nerul, right behind Sinquerim, Love Passion Karma or LPK, one of India’s first superclubs, recently opened the gates to this sprawling work of art. The best months to visit Bars and Clubs in Sinquerim are December to February.

Venue

Type

Entry Fees (Rs per Head)

Contact

LPK Goa

Superclub

3000

Sinq Goa

Club / Lounge

1000