Hey folks - alternatives to Anjuna?

#1 Sep 30th, 2017, 06:39
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Hello Indiamikers,

I have been an occasional lurker on the Indiamike Goa boards for almost a decade now, allow me to thank you guys for all the invaluable info I've gotten!

I'm planning to travel to Goa with a friend around mid-October, but I'm having trouble figuring out a place to stay! In the past I've always stayed at Anjuna, spending my days idling in or around Curlies. However the last time a year back I felt the vibes aren't the same anymore, it's become a too rowdy. I'm not the sort to shun crowds for absolute peace and quiet, but last time it felt like more of a Delhi club filled with drunk people than the psy mecca I knew. Since then I've heard even more negative news, what with the police raids and everything. Hence I'm wondering if you wise people can suggest something better?

I'm looking for somewhere that's lively without being too commercial. One option I've been considering is Vagator, since it has the famous psy scene and everything - would it be a good substitute for the lost Anjuna vibes? I want to stay right on the beach/within a very short walk. The fancy beach resorts and 5 stars are out of my budget, but because of my friend I don't want to stay at an absolute shack either - some clean hotel with courteous service and a passable pool would be the best! Would you be able to recommend something like that?

Thanks a bunch in advance! Peace.

Molu
#2 Sep 30th, 2017, 07:00
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Welcome to IndiaMike, Molu (loom91)

Don't try and recreate the past, that's a (nice, but one-way) trip down nostalgia lane. Find a new place to stay and chill and create a new present and near future.

Vagator is very nice but it cannot be an Anjuna of yore. It is swell, but it is different, being so high up and far away from the beach, and all.

Ashwem or Morjim could be an option (La Plage, etc. but I dunno your budget) but there are many, many options and they change season to season. You are a seasoned traveller to that part, in fact, so you should be advising us.
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Thanks Vishva - you're right that the past cannot be recreated. Still, what I'd liked about Anjuna was that it wasn't congested and commercial like Baga yet there was a party vibe with people and good music. Do you think Ashvem now fits that description?

My budget is not more than 3k (4k to stretch it). La Plage offers accommodation? TripAdvisor only shows it as a restaurant.
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And I'm anything but seasoned compared to the folks on this forum As I said, the few times I've been I've stayed around Anjuna only.
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'La Plage' had a few shacks between the car park and the resto-shack, and nice they were too when I peeped in, but I have not stayed there and I have not been back to Goa for over a couple of years.

Ashwem and Morjim are certainy no Anjuna of old. They are much, much mellower. That's why I like and prefer them. I'd found the Anjuna vibe a little too 'substance driven', but that was ages ago, and my poisons were different.

I've partied hard and memorably at Vagator, but that was at a private New Year's eve party at a swank joint on the cliff, not on the public beach so so far away below.

That vibe you speak of has been lost up and down coastal Goa for years. I reckon you may be disappointed with every wannabe aspirant beach.

You will have to create a new 2020s Goa for yourself. People in the 2120s will reminisce and say that "those were the heady Goa 'Molu days', 100 years ago!" (just as we do about the 1920s 'speakeasies' today)

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