Holidays in Dona Paula
With a beach known both as ‘Lovers’ Paradise’ and the water sports capital of Goa, Dona Paula is something special. The resort is a peaceful and incredibly beautiful place to relax, and still offers lots of entertainment and things to do. Located in the heart of green and flourishing north Goa, holidays to Dona Paula bring you close to tropical jungle landscapes just waiting to be explored.
October to March for the best beach weather.
Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Dona Paula this summer for tropical beaches and the best water sports around, all tucked into one of the prettiest corners of Goa.
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Throw yourself into Dona Paula’s easy-going beach life and pick out the best lounger on the sand to enjoy the hot Indian sunshine. The resort is the best place around for water sports, so get stuck in and hire water skis or plan a snorkelling trip. If you fancy trying something new, hire a water scooter. Plan a day spent at sea on a sailing excursion, or visit the local bird sanctuary or browse for trinkets in the stalls along the bustling waterfront. In the evening, sit down to an authentic curry or hit a local bar for some drinks and live music.
Known affectionately as ‘Lovers’ Paradise’, Dona Paula’s beach has true tropical paradise beauty with powdery white sand shaded by miles of coconut palms. The water is warm and incredibly clear, with a shoreline that shelves gently out to sea, making it a favourite for snorkelling and safe for kids. The beaches are scattered with comfortable sun loungers and thatched parasols, and lined with beach stalls that serve cold drinks, snacks and souvenirs. With plenty of water sports and sailing activities to pick from, the beach is Dona Paula’s best attraction.
Dona Paula has developed a reputation for being Goa’s water sports capital, with the near-perfect conditions of the beach providing the ideal environment. Expect popular activities such as jet-skiing, water-skiing and parasailing, as well as some fantastic diving and snorkelling. Some pretty exhilarating options come in the form of speedy water scooters, or huge rubber rings attached to a speed boat. There are plenty of things for kids to do in Dona Paula, with lots of sailing and cruising excursions to choose from, from fishing to leisurely yacht rides.
Goa’s lush natural beauty provides lots of interesting places to visit in Dona Paula. The resort neighbours the National Oceanography Institute and the popular Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, an island sanctuary brimming with rare birdlife and mangroves that is fascinating for visitors with an interest in wildlife. After a day of adventure, the resort has a laid-back but sociable nightlife scene, with a good choice of restaurants, bars and even a casino. As a special night out or celebration, the nearby Mandovi River is a good place to book a party cruise.
Water babies: Spend all day in the warm, turquoise ocean. Go snorkelling to explore the crystal clear depths or zip across it on water skis.
Families: Play on the beach all day or plan exciting daytrips and sailing adventures out at sea.
Nature lovers: The magnificent scenery is filled with attractions for nature lovers, with wildlife-rich national parks and jungles waiting to be explored.
Language: The language spoken in Dona Paula is Konkani, although India’s official languages, Hindi and English, are widely understood
Currency: The currency used in Dona Paula is the Rupee
Local time: Dona Paula is 5 hours 30 minutes ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Goa International Airport, also known as Dabolim Airport
Flight time from UK: Approximately 9 hours 30 minutes direct
Tourist Information: Further Dona Paula tourist information can be found at www.goatourism.gov.in/destinations/other-attractions/179-dona-paula
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/india for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Dona Paula
Temperature: Peaking in the low to mid 30s in May, cooling off to the mid to high 20s (°C) by September
Best time to visit: October to March for the best beach weather
Dona Paula enjoys the classic tropical climate of North Goa, complete with hot, humid summers broken up by several months of monsoons. The heat reaches its peak around May, and when the rain has cleared by October the tourist season begins in earnest. The best time to visit Dona Paula is during winter, for plenty of sunshine and relief from the humidity.
By bus: Dona Paula’s beach and local attractions are easy to access by road, with a regular bus service for quick access to the coast.
By taxi: Fixed price taxis are on hand at the beach, hotels and local attractions. Make sure you check the price before you hop in.
By motorcycle: An unusual sight for visitors is the area’s unique and popular motorcycle taxis, a handy way for one person to make a zippy journey. The motorcycles are also available to hire if you fancy a go yourself – but don’t forget, you’ll need a licence.
Summer celebrations: Dona Paula’s beach is a hotspot for festivals and celebrations in the local area. Events like Hindu celebration Janmashtami in September are an exciting experience for visitors, where locals turn out in crowds to enjoy the colourful festivities, feasts and dancing.
Beach party: The Feast of St Lawrence also takes place on the beach at the end of the monsoon season in September. One of the most important Christian celebrations on the local calendar, expect a colourful whirlwind of parades and celebrations hitting the town for 3 days.
Holidays In Dona Paula
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