North Goa (Arambol / Mandrem) - discover the wild side of you
Goa can be everything, from the darkest dark to the brightest light. You can loose yourself or find yourself and everything in between. It strongly depends on your intention and decisions you make: Where to stay, where to go, what to do. From enlightenment to hashish smoking darkness, from raw food to fast food, from the detox of your life to the hang over of your life. You choose.
If you’re like me on a quest to the bright and more quiet side, here are my recommendations:
General advice for accommodation:
Stay in Mandrem, rather than in Arambol. Mandrem is a bit more settled, less crazy and has more quiet spaces to pull back to.
The whole stretch of beach up here is gorgeous and it’s a must to enjoy sunrise and / or sunset. The sun rises in land and sets into the ocean and it’s a very special time!!! Either sit quietly at the beach like many goans and enjoy the transformation into night/day, go for a walk along the shore or enjoy the drumming circle embedded in a circus like setting in front of Love Temple on Arambol beach. There is a market set up by mostly foreigners with fairly nice things such as jewellery, art and fashion. You’ll get roasted corn, fresh coconut and fruit offered by locals. The sound of the drum, fire shows and AcroYoga if some practitioners are around make this a really special setting. Certainly enjoyable if you like some live around you.
Go for long walks at the beach, you can walk all along the coast from Ashvem, through Mandrem to Arambol without leaving the beach.
All in total is about 1h 30 depending on your speed and if you stop for a swim. When the sun rises in the morning the fisher boats come in and it’s a quite romantic thing to share the silence and watch the birds waiting for their share :)