Goa in the Monsoons

Due to its fame as a beach destination, most travellers think Goa in the monsoons is a wasted trip. However, this is a misconception. Goa during this time of year is very different from the peak seasons. Hence, going in with the right expectations is your best bet.

goa in the monsoons

off-season months in goa

Off season months in Goa are usually the months between May and September. May is likely to be very uncomfortable and unbearably hot for travellers. The monsoons usually hit Goa in the first half of June, which cools it down and turns the countryside to a lush shade of green.

what can i not do in goa in the monsoon season?

With Goa in the monsoons, it can sometimes rain all day, and the power can go off in some hotels and houses. We recommend staying in a modern accommodation – it is the perfect season to spend some money on some luxury. However, if you are travelling on your own and are looking to meet other travellers, then Goa has plenty of hostels. Despite there being fewer parties, this guarantees you are unlikely to be alone and you’ll find exciting things to do nonetheless.

Beaches at this time of year are a no-go; waters will be choppy and not safe for swimming. Likewise, there are unlikely to be any water sports on offer.

best beaches to visit in goa in the monsoon

We recommend choosing a beach in North Goa. Baga-Calangute is a good bet- they’re walking or a short-ride distance from shacks and restaurants that will be still open, as this beach tends to be open all season. For quieter travellers, staying around Anjuna or Vagator is a better choice.Although, most restaurants and shops will be shut. We suggest avoiding the very north of Goa, as there will be very little activity here. The beaches in the South of Goa during this time are likely to be pretty empty, but the resorts of North Goa are ideal. We can help you sort the confusion out- just click Plan Your Trip.

night life in goa in the monsoon

The night life in Goa in the monsoons is likely to be minimal. Most of the major clubs are closed during off-season. We could still try finding party hotspots for you but give no guarantee of availability.

For more information about travelling to India in the monsoon season, visit our blog. Please feel free to contact us- we can help you plan the perfect Goa trip no matter what time of year.

goa in the monsoons

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21 responses to “Goa in the Monsoons
  1. Hello indiasomeday Team,
    I am 20 years old and want to spend 3 nights in goa (7th till 10th of july)
    I am looking for nightlife and people. could you recommend me any hipp and cool boutique hotel under 7000 rupees a night?

    Best regards

    1. Hi Leonard,
      Most accommodations are closed in Goa at the beaches and where the nightlife happens in July. You could try Casa Vagator, Wildflower Vilas or Waters Boutique Hotel in Baga. If you need any more help be in touch with us: thinkingindia@indiasomeday.com
      Good travels,
      Your India Someday Team

  2. Hi Admin
    We ( 4 adults) are planning to be in Goa in early to mid-September. Fully aware that weather is changeable, we would love to stay somewhere not too isolated where we can get a flavour of Goan life. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

  3. Hey me and my other friends are planning to visit Goa for 2-3 in the month of July.we would like to experience night life and good beaches in Goa can u plz help us out

    1. Hi, Most accommodations are closed in Goa at the beaches and where the nightlife happens in July. You could try Casa Vagator, Wildflower Vilas or Waters Boutique Hotel in Baga. Enjoy!

  4. Hi, thank you for your helpful post! My friends and I were planning to visit Goa from September 29 to October 2. Would you recommend those days?

    1. Hi Rojhelle, It is possible to visit Goa end of September. Many restaurants and resorts reopen in September or on Oct 1st. Check out the more popular beaches like Vagator, Baga, Anjuna etc. In South Goa you will find only empty beaches with nothing open to stay up north. All together you might face rain and strong winds and currents but also hot days. So be prepared for any weather. Enjoy!

  5. Hey me and my other friends are planning to visit Goa from July 14th to 18th. We would like to take things easy maybe experience some beaches even if it probably rains. Can u recommend a nice stay in north Goa? Best Greg

    1. Hi Greg. Most accommodations are closed in Goa at the beaches and where the nightlife happens in July. You could try Casa Vagator, Wildflower Vilas or Waters Boutique Hotel in Baga. Enjoy!

  6. I’m planning to visit south goa with my pet alone. I know the weather is going to be upon us. I believe this weather is perfectly suitable for my pet to be, as I want my pet to experience the beach and have a blast, so be it alone. Would appreciate if you could please give me some leads of pet friendly hotels or shacks close to beach by palolem or nearby places.

    1. Oh this is a very difficult question that we are not able to answer. 1. None of us or our travellers have travelled with a dog and 2. the accommodation scene in Goa is changing so quickly always that it is hard to keep track.

      Not on the beach but great for families and pet owners: Olaulim Backyards.

      Enjoy Goa!
      Your India Someday Team

  7. Hi Team,

    Planning to visit Goa in August, probably the weekend before Independence Day more for relaxing and some sightseeing. Would you suggest it’s right time and if so what’s your suggestions on places to stay.

    Cheers
    Varada

    1. Hi Varada,

      Basically a visit to Goa is not ideal until after October but it is possible. For sightseeing and relaxing stay in central Goa around Panjim where you can find great charming BnBs and resorts.

      Enjoy,
      Your India Someday Team

  8. Hi
    me and my other friends are planning to visit Goa from sep 12th to 14th sep. Would you recommend those days?

    1. Basically a visit to Goa is not ideal until after October but it is possible. When you are with friends go to places where nightlife and activities are happening like Baga, Vagator and Anjuna.

      Enjoy,
      Your India Someday Team

  9. Wish I had come across your article before my trip. The resort I am at (Taj Holiday) is beautiful but very quiet, I would love to try it again peak season though.

    Off Season, this would be an ideal time for a family, or group of friends, but as someone currently traveling solo it lacks a certain something unless you want a true getaway with no one around.

    As mentioned in the article heading to Baga

  10. Please suggest which area to stay in Goa during 1st week of September. I am taking my kids for vacation. Suggest a good place where kids can enjoy and local sight seeing is also possible. If u can suggest good hotels or resorts that will be helpful, budget is not a concern.

    1. Hi. As mentioned Goa is difficult in off-season between April and October. You can stay at a resort like Casa Vagator, Wildflower Vilas or Waters Boutique Hotel in Baga.

      Enjoy,
      Your India Someday Team