Essential Info

Recommendation

If you’re flying out, as a couple or group, on Saturday evening get to the airport at least 4 hours in advance or you’ll not be sitting together on the plane. Some airlines allow check in up to 8 hours before the flight so you’ll find some people spend the day at the airport in the restaurants and bars.

If your on a charter flight your baggage allowance is probably only 20kg so pack light. It’s likely that you’ll be purchasing items in Goa. Airlines charge approx. 700 Rupees per Kilo for excess baggage so don’t go mad in the flea markets.

When leaving Goa make sure you get to the airport at least 3 hours in advance or you’ll find yourself at the back of a very slow check in queue, created by excess baggage charge ignorant holidaymakers.

Airplane food has a bad reputation and Indian airplane food deserves that status. Be aware that the food served on your return flight will be prepared at very low cost in India and should not be eaten unless required as an enema. Instead order sandwiches at your favorite restaurant the night before.

Duty-free in European Airports is overpriced and should be avoided at all costs. Many familiar brands of alcohol and cigarettes are available in Goa for half the price or less. Connoisseurs of tobacco and alcohol claim that it’s not the same and I would agree but it’s all going to kill you in the end.

Don’t exchange money with the bureaus in the Indian airports as high rates of commission are charged. An ATM machine is available outside the arrivals terminal building in Goa, ask an official for directions better still wait till you get to your destination and exchange there if the shops are open.

If you’re planning on hiring a vehicle take your driving licence with you. The local Police often stop tourists and fine those that are unable to produce driving documentation. You are permitted to drive in Goa for the first 7 days of your stay using your own countries Driving Licences. Officially you require an International Driving Permit.

The Indian Driving Test, basically, involves starting a vehicles engine so a lower level of competence is to be expected. When driving in Goa always expect the unexpected, especially odd is how right of way is given to vehicle entering roundabouts or exiting small side roads.

Mosquito Repellent is available in most shops in Goa and I have found it to be more effective on Indian Mosquito than brands available at home and of course it’s much cheaper. It is always recommended to take Malaria tablets before, during and after your trip, so it is of course wrong that I have never felt the need to do so.

If your new to India your sensitive stomach will react to a single microscopic unknown so I recommend that you drink only the more expensive brands of bottled water. Every year the Indian government closes bottled water companies due to malpractices.

Discard your home countries chip in favour of an Indian and text your friends the number. The chip will cost approx. 400 Rupees plus top up charge. Calls to other countries mobiles cost about 20 Rupees a minute see links page for currency converter.

Medicines are readily available for all your holiday ailments and you’ll find most local pharmacists are happy and capable of performing an on the spot diagnoses. Many people now come to India for treatments and operations (especially dental work) mainly because of the lower cost but also because the doctors look the same as at home.

Gratuity in India has become commonplace due to tourism, Generally 5% should suffice, however, I always leave 10% if I intend to return as they always remember who gives a tip.

Go with the Flow – Baga River – Brazilian, Great location if you want to impress
The Mermaid – Candolim – Continental/Indian, tiger prawns and fillet steak the best Wok & Roll – Sinquerim – Thai, authentic Thai food good portion sizes
Tuscany Gardens – Sinquerim –  Italian, great thin crust pizzas
Horizon Grill – Candolim – Great steaks and grilled/BBQ food
Dehli Dharba – Panjim – North Indian, Chana Masala my favorite
Navtara – Calangute – Vegetarian South Indian
Bomras – Candolim– Burmese, amazing dishes that you’ll have never heard of
Tamarin – Calangute – Mediterranean and Kashmiri, sounds strange but its the best
Thai n Wok – Panjim – Thai/Chinese, authentic taste of Thailand
Chocolatte – Candolim – Cafe, tea, coffee and confectionaries also fab salads
Artjuna – Anjuna – Cafe with the best Falafels I have ever tasted
Black Sheep Bistro – Panjim – Continental,
Cafe de Goa – Calangute – Cafe, wonderful lunch location, real coffee
Banyan Tree – Fort Aguda – Thai, expensive but authentic
Maracas – Porvorim – Mexican, tapas you which one can’t stop ordering

Grand Hyatt – Babolim, 13:00 to 16:00 Sunday Champagne brunch is fantastic
Mapusa Market – Locals market, best on Wednesday and Friday but also everyday
Anjuna Market – Seasonal tourist flea market. Wednesdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm
Apora Market – Seasonal tourist market event every Saturday from 6.00pm till 2.00am
Panjim Market – Locals market everyday 9.30am to 6.00pm
Spice Plantation – Tours everyday except Sundays
Aranbal Beach – Hippy hangout
Vagator Beach – Trendy and scenic
Basilica of Bom Jesus – The mortal remains of St Francis of Xavier
South Goa – Let me organise a tour of the south including beaches and temples
Mangueshi Temple – 21km from Panjim is the most visited temple in Goa
Fort Aguda – The light house and the great view are a must
River Rafting – Seasonal white water rafting

Club Cubana – Apora – Popular music
Fabulous nightclub in the hills, entrance fee is payable then most drinks are free.
Titos & Mambos – Baga – Popular music
Themed nights, admission is free before 10.30pm
Sinq – Candolim – Restaurant, Bar and club
Great atmosphere created by the large number of sofa’s
9 Bar – Vagator – Trance music
Expect a younger crowd intoxicated on more than just alcohol. Admission is free but the place closes at 10.00 pm.
LPK – Candolim – Psychedelic dream come true
Primrose – Vagator – Late night watering hole
Chapora – Vagator – Juice bars and drinking establishments
Deltin Royal – Mandovi River – Casino

Casa Da Praia is a Bed & Breakfast not a Hotel so, therefore, we do not have a reception desk or full time staff but it does mean that you are welcome to bring in outside food and drink. We offer rates that are considerably cheaper then a similar standard Hotel but, of course, we do not offer the same level of service.

We only have 8 units at Casa Da Praia with all of them designed to have a view of the garden and pool. We will always give a choice of ground or 1st floor unless there is no option available.

In some rooms we have used Indian slate on the floor and all rooms have antique furniture to create a rustic look that some guests do not appreciate so we recommend that you study the photos on this website to confirm suitability.

We are a family and couples orientated establishment so we do not accept  groups.