We wait in the airport in Goa for our bags, you can tell immediately that people traveling here are wealthy, they look, dress and act the same as wealthy Mexicans. Our airport pickup was waiting for us to take us to our first hotel in South Goa that is south of the airport, around 20 km away. According to the website it is walking distance from the beach, they just didn’t specify it takes 1 hour walking to get to the beach; at least we got a super nice room upgrade bigger than our apartment back home!
Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Goa still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese province; the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961. Again, a big mistake.
We walked to the closer beach called Majorda, On the way there we found this amazing restaurant with super cheap drinks so we basically spent the rest of the day there. Alcohol here is half the price because thanks to the Portuguese, alcohol does not get taxed as the rest of horrible India; this is a big appeal of Goa and the reason why many local and foreign tourists come here.
After the restaurant we walked to the beach with its fine sand and we were amazed how clean it was. The problem here is that the Arabian sea was pretty brown, at least in this specific beach and nobody is swimming in it.
We are in low season so the beach was empty and only one food shacks was still half open. The monsoon is coming in the next 2 weeks so everything is closed and not many tourists can be seen here, but the weather is surprisingly perfect!
It was getting dark fast so we walked to our hotel. When you walk around Goan towns you can see a lot of churches as this area was controlled by the Portuguese.
The hotel had American TV (first time since we usually don’t stay in fancy hotels) so we enjoyed watching some great classics like Snakes On A Plane, Friends and other American shows! The next morning we got our free breakfast from the hotel, the catch? We had to cook it ourselves; yes, they forgot to mention that as well on the website. The breakfast was 1 egg each, some bread, stale cereal and a packed juice. After cooking our 1 egg per person, we were exhausted so we went back to bed to take a nap.
The hotel rented free bikes so we could go to the beach faster, we ended up at the exact same restaurant but this time Eitan got a buffalo steak. It was surprisingly delicious and he couldn’t tell it’s not normal beef.
We noticed that taxis here in Goa are extremely expensive, not even Trump can afford it, so that is a reason we couldn’t move a lot around here. To give you an idea, to get a taxi to take you to another beach 3 km away will cost you around $25 usd.
So that was the end of our relaxing 2 days in South Goa, we were a little disappointing from the whole experience as we expected at least turquoise waters and a little more to do (we found none), so the next morning we will be moving top North Goa.