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Dec 15, 2021

Vagator is a village in North Goa, India.

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Adjoining the famous Anjuna beach, Vagator is a little more laid back, though still pretty much steeped in the rave culture. The tourist traffic is predominantly Western backpackers, however it has also become popular with Indian tourists, who particularly come to watch the sunset from the rocks.

Vagator is located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport. A prepaid taxi to Vagator will be about ₹1,250.

The nearest railway station is at Thivim. Other railway stations are at Margao and Vasco da Gama.

Scooters can be rented for ₹250 a day. Anywhere and everywhere you will find people trying to rent you their scooter. If you like a bike, a 350 cc Enfield would cost you ₹500 a day (kick starting one of these can be an experience, learn how to do it from the owner if you want to rent one. The recoil from the kick can break your leg). This is the best way to see Goa, you can go where ever you want. And getting around is easy, locals are very helpful just pull over and ask someone.

In case of a taxi, going anyplace, the taxi drivers will start quoting from ₹250 to ₹400. You must bargain.

lovely sunset from cliff overlooking little vagator
Big Vagator Beach

Vagator Beach has dramatic red cliffs looking down on the shore and two fresh water springs within a stone’s throw of the sea. Vagator Beach is split into two main beaches by a seaside headland which holds the car park and lots of stalls selling trinkets, clothes, soft drinks and snacks. As you face the sea, on your right is Big Vagator Beach and on your left Ozran Beach, more commonly known as Little Vagator Beach.

Between Little Vagator and Big Vagator

Every Wednesday a flea market is held at Anjuna beach. This market is very popular among the tourists.

The Saturday night flea market in Arpora, organised by a German since early 1990s, is by far the largest and most vibrant flea market in North Goa. There is also a sizeable performance area which promotes local talent.

Bargain on anything you buy at the street vendors and people on the beach (stuff on the streets, pay 50% of quoted price).

In Vagator, you can find a 24-hour restaurant/convenience store/chill out called Robert’s place near Primrose. A flea market is organised here every Wednesday, though it is yet to make an impression like the ones in Anjuna or Arpora.

Mapusa is the nearest town for provisions and shopping. This is where the locals shop.

  • Mezcal, Vagator (opposite Vagator Football Ground, on a road to Ozran Beach). 11AM-11PM. Mexican restaurant. 
  • [dead link]Salt n Pepper Restaurant & Guest House (a 10-minute walk from Ozran Beach), +91 832 2273596, e-mail: nathano2@sify.com. A family-run restaurant. 
  • Scarlet’s, Chapora. A well known place among travellers for fruit juices and fruit salad. 
  • Thalassa, Vagator (on top of the cliff overlooking Ozran Beach). Wonderful, authentic Greek food. This open air restaurant has amazing views of Ozran Beach and the sunset. Thalassa is almost always full. In order to have a seaview table you have to book a table in advance. 

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