Miramar beach is situated in very close proximity to the capital of Goa, Panaji, whilst it is also just a few short kilometres away from the popular tourist beach of Dona Paula. Due to its closeness to the capital, it is easily accessible with regular public services running throughout the day and into the late evening on a daily basis.
Miramar is known locally as ‘Gaspar Dias beach’ and offers visitors in excess of 4km of soft white sand in addition to a deep forest which follows the beach for its entire length. The beach is well known for the solitude it provides and is ideal for those midnight moonlight walks across the sand. In addition, the views it offers of the surrounding area such as Fort Aguada and many more sites of cultural and historical significance nearby is a factor which continues to drive tourists back to its shores year upon year.
The beach at Miramar is often viewed by both locals and tourists alike as a base for further exploration of the beaches directly to the North and South. This is for many reasons, but primarily due to the strong undercurrents that are often present which mean that the sea is highly unsuitable for the average swimmer. Some say it is for this reason that the Portuguese named the beach “Miramar” during India’s time as a colony, a name which translates to “watching the sea”.
Therefore, the main activities on offer are simply sun bathing or exploration of the surrounding area on foot. Miramar has much to offer in terms of its landscape, with rolling hills, tropical fields and a mass of palm trees all very close to the beach making it ripe for investigation by visitors. The popular Salim Ali bird sanctuary is also located nearby and makes for a memorable experience as it houses a wide variety of exotic birds that are both migratory and native to the local area. Due to the capital of Goa, Panaji, being situated less than 3 kilometres away, many visitors also choose to venture inland to take advantage of the rich culture it provides. From the ancient temples to the sought after river cruises and jungle treks, there are a wide variety of tourist activities to choose from.
Miramar is very commercialised so as you would expect, there is a wealth of accommodation options for tourists, ranging from serviced apartments to luxury 5 star resorts and popular locally run budget hotels. The vast majority of hotels offer spectacular views of the sea. There’s also a wide variety of dining options available at Miramar; from the traditional food stalls which characterise Goa serving predominantly local cuisine, to more mainstream restaurants catering specifically to the Western tourist market.
Whilst Miramar beach might be unsuitable for swimming, this really shouldn’t be viewed as a negative factor. Not only does it more than make up for this with its immense natural beauty and wildlife, but it serves as the ideal base for exploration of both the surrounding area and other beaches which are located just a short walk away.