The Miramar Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Goa. Conveniently located just a few kilometres from the bustling capital city of Panjim, it is the go-to beach for both domestic and international tourists who flock to this beautiful beach throughout the year. It was originally named “Porta de Gaspar Dias” by the Portuguese and later renamed Mira Mar(from Portuguese it literally translates to (“viewing the sea”) since it is located strategically at the confluence of the River Mandovi (This 70km river is often considered to be the lifeline of the tiny state of Goa) and The Arabian Sea, an enormous region of the Indian Ocean covering over 1.5 million sq. Lazing about on the glistening silver sands of this pristine palm-fringed beach affords panoramic views of the crystal clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean as one become witness to the union of river with the majestic Ocean. It is particularly frequented by tourists to witness the gorgeous sunsets. Sip on some sweet tender coconut water or munch on some delicious snacks as the sun slips over the horizon. This picturesque beach is most romantic at night; the soft sands shine in the moonlight, a cool breeze floating around, and couples enjoying their evening strolls. There are so many interesting things to do at this fascinating place; fishing, bird-watching (loads of migratory birds flock to this beach), watching pretty dolphins and wonderful jogging trails. Due to quite dangerous undercurrents however, swimming can be risky and there are lifeguards employed to protect tourists. There is also the magnificent architecture of the Aguada Fort across the river that makes for a pretty picture.
The best part of this beach is that there are simply so many things to do-and so little time! All major attractions are located within close proximity to each other within walking distance so you don’t even need transport; you can simply stroll along the tree lined lanes of Campal to get to the Miramar Beach; enjoy a coffee at the café, science aficionados can visit the nearby Goa Science Centre ( a science park spread over four acres featuring innovative exhibits, experiments and lectures by eminent scientists) on the new Marine Highway connecting Miramar to Dona-Paula, a picturesque road that runs along the entire length of the beach to the Dona Paula jetty which offers scenic views of the harbours where one can watch the ships coming in along the horizon. Or you can catch a movie at the local Inox multiplex or browse through some local souvenir shops. There are a cluster of educational institutions nearby like the prominent Sharada Mandir School that provides world class quality education right here in Goa.(Admission into this school is so difficult that parents actually camp outside the premises overnight on the eve of admissions day!)
The beach attracts vendors and street traders who peddle everything from the hugely popular chaats ( a traditional Indian savoury snack), chouriço pao (Goan sausage bread-spicy Pork sausage enveloped by the humble pao-not for the faint stomach!), cutlets, croquettes and of course the Shawarma ( an Arabic preparation where meats grilled on a rotating vertical spit are served with accompaniments like veggies pickles, hummus in a wrap/pita bread).An old favourite is “Silva’s” a modest hole-in-the-wall eatery where one can indulge in sumptuous Goan delicacies; I will go out on a limb and say they serve the most authentic Goan food I’ve had anywhere. It’s a carnivore’s paradise; their beef/fish cutlet breads and famous Pork Sorpotel ( a spicy Goan delicacy accompanied by “sanna”-a steamed rice and coconut bread) sell like hot-cakes and their Calamari Chilly and Beef Roast are a perfect antidote to a rainy day. Don’t go for the ambience; they specialise in take-aways and do catering for local events; only true foodies (like yours truly) frequent this place to sample a bite of Goan cuisine. A slice of heaven, I say!