miramarIt is Just 3km southwest of Panaji, Miramar is the nearest beach to the city. Its pivotal location makes it easily accessible. Often it is regarded as the Marine Drive of Goa, the Miramar Beach is close to the heart of Panaji. Located at the place where Mandovi merges into the sea, it is considered the city’s leisure zone. It is particularly crowded in evenings and on Sundays. During mid-May, many women visit this beach to take what is called the sea cure by bathing in its salty waters. It is believed that during high tide, if you can brave the crashing waves on your back, you will be cured of arthritis and joint pains.There are few resorts and hotels located just beside the beach offering a beautiful view of the sea.It is a quiet beach, just right for morning and evening walks. The sunset looks very beautiful from the beach. You can spend a quiet evening on the beach and revel in its beauty. In Dona Paula, the Cabo Chapel, built in 1541, is open for midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

miramarDuring the season, Raj Bhavan is decorated with brilliant lights. In the Miramar, at a last distance from the beach, lies the Samadhi (Hindu Grave) of Dayanand Bandhedkar, Goa’s first chief minister whose least rites were performed at the spot. Scuba driving facilities area available along the Miramar-Dona Paula stretch and some of the hotels nearby could also arrange it for you. There are a number of places where you can get good food in Miramar. Most eating joints have various sea delicacies in their menu.

Around Miramar:

Bambolim and Siridao Beach
These beaches are 5km away from Miramar beach. Bambolim is a relatively small beach frequented more by locals than tourists.

Siridao Beach is known for its fabulous sunsets that light up the whole of Mormugao Harbour. To reach these beaches, you can take a taxi/auto that runs from Panaji and Vasco via Bambolin. The beach is a good two to 4 hrs away from the bus stop.