Nothing has a fixed rate in city, from taxi fares to household goods so don’t forget to bargain. Goa is the perfect place to test your bargaining skills.
Taxis, or rickshaws, are known for burning a hole in your pocket. Instead, rent a bike/four wheeler for yourself. If you don’t want to ride/drive, you can opt for the bike taxis. These will work out much cheaper for you!
The minute you step into Goa, there are going to people swarming around you, ready to jump at the chance to drain your bank balance. There are going to be the shadiest of the people who will come and offer you the best and cheapest of ‘stuff’ and take you the most happening ‘parties’. You just have to stay far away from them as possible.
All you photography and selfie enthusiasts out there will want to capture those stunning sunsets, beaches and monuments. But stay away from clicking photographs of people that you don’t know. clicking random pictures of people without their permission is both offensive and illegal.
If you fall asleep on the beach, the crabs will have a party time crawling up your body and taking a few bites.
There is a choice of manual and automatic gearbox motorbikes and scooters to be rented. Motorbike Rentals are around ₹300 a day (₹200 in non-peak season) for a Honda Activa scooter and a little more if one is looking for a geared motorcycle (you buy the petrol as needed). Many small roadside shops sell petrol at ₹75 per litre, while the going rate at a station (these are hard to locate in the coastal areas) is around ₹65 per litre. For the motorbikes, always ask for a discount if renting long-term (one month or more). You should not have to pay more than ₹100 per day.
Ensure that you have all the ownership documents of the rented bike. Also, avoid taking motorbikes with yellow plates out of Goa, as it is a punishable offence. Hiring a bike with white plates is acceptable for local travel in the immediate vicinity but if you want to travel further afield then always rent a bike with yellow plates.
Wearing a crash helmet is compulsory when you go on any major roads (there is a ₹100 fine for not wearing one). Foreigners will need an International Driving Permit (Convention 1949); this is the first thing police will ask you for if stopped. You should also carry your normal driving licence with you.
Shopping at the Baga Beach market is an experience in itself. The Saturday market was started as a counter to the one at Anjuna.During the Saturday night market, an array of stalls and shacks selling everything from goodies and treats, clothes, trinkets, handicrafts, bric-a-brac, clothes and jewelry welcome you. Shops and stalls are erected under the open night sky.
If you want to sport a new hairstyle, then head for one of the saloons that offer trendy haircuts. Want to know your future or the future of your romance, then head for the palmistry or tarot card readers who sit in the market. Once done, soaking in the sights and sounds of the market head for one of the beach shacks or terrace cafes that serves everything from pork vindaloo to espresso coffee.
Baga, being one of the most touristy spots in Goa because of tito’s, has several quality hotels and resorts. As many of the hotels in Baga are booked during the high season, it is harder to find a room. It is advisable to book a room well in advance. Beach shacks are also a convenient option for accommodation. For budget and peaceful accommodation our travellers can head to south goa for more real and authentic goan experience.
Try to dress up in your MOST comfortable attire so as to feel fresh throughout the day.
Possession and trade of drugs are illegal in India so stay away.
Do not swim in the monsoon. Do not drive any vehicle on the beach. It is prohibited.