Only a short walk away from the hubbub of downtown Panaji, the golden sands of Miramar Beach are the ideal playground for the locals and tourists alike. Being only three kilometres from Panaji city, the beach is the most crowded beaches in Goa. Previously named Porta de Gaspar Dias or Gasper Dias Beach by the Portuguese settlers, now it is popularly called Miramar beach. This beach in Panaji is also a famous spot to celebrate local festivals in Goa. Besides water sports, the beach is also a popular destination for morning and evening walks.
The Cabo Raj Bhavan Hillock near Miramar Beach is a hot spot for adventure activities. Visitors to the beach can enjoy a range of water sports here. The National Institute of Water sports provides basic lessons to visitors. After a short training session, visitors can indulge in leisure and adventure activities at the beach.
Swim, lay, and play in the sand! Beach walking, picnicking, parasailing, and swimming are popular things to do at Miramar Beach. Parasailing can be enjoyed by a 300-feet long rope attached to a speedboat and with a balloon at the other end. Travellers can also enjoy short boat river cruise on Mandovi River from Miramar Beach. Windsurfing is another one of the popular things to do in Miramar Beach. To rejuvenate your soul, try Goan cuisine or local street food with coconut water from beach shacks at the beach.
For those looking to enjoy less adventurous activities, shopping at Miramar Beach is a great option. Although souvenirs at the beach stalls are not exclusively exotic, yet there might be some cool stuff available at the local shops like scarfs, hats, jute shoes, and t-shirts. For an authentic shopping experience, travellers can hit the main market in Panaji. Clubbing at Miramar Beach is one of the best things to do in Panaji. There are a few luxury resorts with outdoor party venues and hip bars along the beach where one can party all night long.
Archaeological Museum, Covent of St. Francis of Assi, Goa State Museum, Church of Our Lady, and Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary are popular places to visit near Miramar Beach. The beach is open all day long. There are no specific visiting hours for Miramar Beach in Panaji.