Whether it’s about the gorgeous beaches, bohemian spirit, or awe-inspiring architecture – Goa is one of those places, which has something every traveller can relate to. There is so much to do and experience in this one destination that tourists visit Goa throughout the year. But, the month of December brings along the best time to be in Goa, when you can savour the spirit of unparalleled parties and festivities to enjoy it like true Goans. In fact, it is also the time to celebrate Christmas and New Year and the whole state of Goa puts up a spectacular performance to enthrall the visitors. Wonderfully decorated homes and churches create a perfect backdrop against the fascinating scenes of beach-parties of the year. The festive spirit of Goa is contagious in such a way that you would find everyone in a party mode during this time – from locals to visitors alike. In fact, Goa is known for its hospitality, which in a way persuades the travellers to visit this destination again and again during this time of the year. There are many reasons to visit Goa during the month of December. Let’s talk about the most popular ones:
While the northern parts of the country experience blistering cold, Goa offers a balmy weather in December as the temperature remains around 20 degrees Celsius – consequently, many flock to the sunny beaches of this state to avoid the freezing cold. Entire Goa gears up for its legendary celebration of the New Year and Christmas during this time. So, one can enjoy perfect weather and also be a part of this celebration, which has its own charm.
Water Sports Galore:
The warm and sunny weather of December in Goa allows visitors to take part in various sorts of water sports like scuba diving, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, and others, across various beautiful beaches in Goa. Some of the best beaches in Goa to enjoy water sports are: Candolim Beach, Dona Paula Bay, and Cidade De Goa. To support the burgeoning watersport industry, many operators have come up in these areas, which provide basic training and equipments including all the guidelines and safety procedures to all. The best thing about these watersports is that anyone can enjoy them as you don’t require any prior expertise and a lot of physical stamina to participate in these sports.
The festivities start a week before Christmas and reach the next level during the last week of December, as Goa hosts Asia’s biggest dance and electronic music party – the Sunburn Festival. For the last eight years, the Sunburn Festival has been organized in Goa and now it has become an important part of the festivities during this time of the year. This festival allows you to rock to the tunes of some of the best DJs in the world for three days. The atmosphere fills up with pure mirth and excitement during these three days of celebrations and people throng Goa from different parts of the world to be a part of this massive music party. This year the Sunburn Festival will be organized at the Vagator Beach from the 27th to 29th December.
Savour the best seafood:
If you are visiting Goa in December, then one of the highlights of the visit should be the amazing seafood. This coastal state is known for its exquisite range of seafood, which is made up of delicious dishes and can be enjoyed across every corner of Goa. Though, seafood is a staple diet of Goa, there are many Goan-recipes, which make it so special. Some of the most talked about seafood restaurants in Goa are Boom Shankar, Simply Fish and Viva Goa among others, which offer mouth-watering seafood platters. In fact, all the beach shacks in Goa also serve quality seafood, which can be enjoyed by anyone. Imagine yourself sitting in a cool shack with the sun beating down and you are savouring the best seafood delicacies of Goa – well, it just can’t get better than this.
Parties of the year:
Goa is known for its legendary parties around this time of the year. Every year, thousands of tourists visit Goa especially to be a part of its New Year’s Eve parties, which showcase the best of Goa’s nightlife and bring the entire region to life. All the nightclubs throw amazing parties and offer the best in alcohol and food. For those, who don’t prefer these club parties, there are many beach parties, which are organized across the best beaches in Goa such as Anjuna, Vagator and Baga beach.