The beach is much crowed during daytime with both locals and tourists who hang by the beaches until late hours of the day and night.
Calangute is the perfect tourist haven, completed with shacks and stalls under the shade of palm trees selling everything from fried prawns and beer, to trinkets made of seashells. If you want quite and piece skip Calangute.
The road from the town to the beach is lined with Kashmiri-run handicraft boutiques and Tibetan stalls selling Himalayan curios and jewelry. The textiles are from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Karnataka, and are generally of high quality. Haggle hard and don’t be afraid to walk away from a heavy sales pitch.
Eating Out and Nightlife
Restaurants serve seafood, Goan dishes, and few vegetarian dishes. Western breakfasts are featured prominently.
Calangute’s bars and restaurants are mainly grouped around the entrance to the beach and along the Baga road.
Due to repeated crackdowns by the Goan police on parties and loud music, Calangute’s nightlife is surprisingly tame. All but a handful of the bars wind up by 10.00 pm. One notable exception is Tito’s at the Baga end of the beach, which stays open until after midnight in the off-season and into the small hours of the morning in late December and January. Few other hippy hang-outs are open late; Pete’s Bar and Bob’s Inn.
One of the places worth visiting nearby is the St. Alex Church. The Church of St Alex greets the visitors with its two towers and a magnificent dome gracing the façade. The inside of the church is a display of the line and beauty of its architectural style and attractive altars.
To escape the hawkers, head fifteen minutes or so south of the main beachfront area, towards the rows of olf wooden boats moored below the dunes. In this virtually hawker-free zone, one’ll only come across teams of villagers hauling in hand nets at high tide or fishermen fixing their tack under bamboo sun shakes.