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Dona Paula Beach

Location: 7 kms from Panaji in West Tiswadi Taluka
Address: Goa
Best time to Visit: October to May
Beach Activities: Beach walking, night parties, scuba diving, sightseeing, sea cruises
Attractions in and around: Hawaii beach, Vainguinim beach, Cabo Chapel, Dona Paula Beach, Mormugao Harbour
Resorts and Hotels: Pescador Dona Paula Beach Resort, Villa Sol, Cidade de Goa
STD Code: 0832

Dona Paula Beach, Goa7-km from Panjim, nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries, Dona Paula Beach is an idyllic spot to relax and sunbathe. Water scooter facilities are also available over here. Named after Dona Paula de Menezes, this place is called the Lovers Paradise due to a myth that has been attached to this place. According one legend the Viceroy's daughter after facing objections from her family about her love affair with a poor fisherman jumped off the cliff.

BoatThings to do and see on Dona Paula Beach
The beach in Dona Paula has the 200m-long Hawaii Beach, located opposite th the jetty. The beach is known as the site to adventure sports and sailing activities. The Vainguinim Beach is also a part of Dona Paula and is entirely occupied by five-star resort, Cidade de Goa. The beaches are safe for swimming and tourist can splash sea-water for long hours.

The islet-hillock of the place has a traditional Portuguese pergola, which offers the speechless view of the Mormugao Harbour and the Arabian Sea to the south and the west. It also offer a close view of the Zuari Bridge, which has a sculpture depicting a man facing the west and an women facing the east.

Cabo Chapel
Built in 1541, Cabo Chapel has a single steeple and is open to the tourist only for midnight mass on Christmas Eve. History indicates that it was once the summer residence of the Archbishop of Goa and after extensive modification later in 1870, it became the palace of the Governor of Goa.

Water Sports
Tranquil and blue, Dona Paula unravel the ultimate in aquatic sport and fun. Dona Paula Sports Club, Dona Paula offers some of the best water sports facilities to the sports enthusiasts including Water-scooter rides, Motor-boat rides, etc. The Marriot Resort and Cidade de Goa organizes scuba diving at Grande island and completes the adventure session.

Dona Paula Beach Shopping
There are several shops along the beach side, which sell variety of goods ranging from eatables to clothes. Fishermen-turned-local vendors also sell straw hats, lace handkerchiefs, and spices in these shops. Feni and port wine-the two Goan liquor specialties-are a must buy and local liquor is easily available. Indian handicrafts and jewelery are available at the Indian Arts Emporium in Dona Paula.

Eating at Dona Paula
A number of shacks with eating options are developed on Dona Paula Beach. Sea Pebble, on the seashore next to Dona Paula Beach Resort, Menino's White Rock Cafe offers the tongue tinkling cuisines at affordable rate.

Place of accommodation in Dona Paula Beach
Luxury staying is the other name of Dona Paula Beach. A number of resorts like Cidade de Goa, Villa Sol, Prainha, O Pescador Dona Paula Beach Resort and more has deluxe arrangements, which comfort the visitors during their stay here.

When to visit Dona Paula
The best time to visit Dona Paula beach is from October to May

How to reach Dona Paula
By Air
Dabolim Airport situated 32 km from Dona Paula is the nearest aerodrome. On reaching visitors can hire pre-paid taxis and reach the beach.

By Rail
Karmali Station is just 9 km away from Dona Paula Beach. The station premises are available with pre-paid taxis and visitors can hire them at fix rate. Tourist arriving on the Konkan Kanya Express are facilitated with Kadamba buses, which ply over the coastal road.

By Road
The developed Dayanand Bandodkar Road from Panaji continues straight to Miramar and then to Dona Paula.

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