Having been the meeting pot of races, religions and cultures of East and West over the centuries, Goa has a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle quite different from the rest of India. All the communities have mutual respect towards one another and their secular outlook has given Goa a long and an unbroken tradition of religious harmony and a tolerance of all people that is attractive.
Besides the natural beauty, the fabulous beaches and sunshine, travelers to Goa love the laid-back, peaceful, warm and friendly nature of the Goan people. After all, more than anywhere else on planet earth, this is a place where people really know how to relax and there is no better place to relax than on its beaches!
The most popular beaches include Candolim, with its parasailing and water skiing facility; Calangute, the most popular and often the most crowded beach; Baga, is quieter and more isolated but appealing to western tourist who love to fish; Vagator, is a favorite venue for mid night parties during tourist season; Anjuna, known for its swaying palms, soft sands and natural beauty; Sinquerim, one of the best beaches in Goa with international class facilities for water-skiing, para-sailing, fishing, scuba-diving and wind-surfing; Miramar, is much commercialized and a large number of hotels and exclusive homes of Goa's rich and famous live here.