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.
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
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.
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
Dabolim Airport situated 32 km from Dona Paula is the nearest aerodrome. On
reaching visitors can hire pre-paid taxis and reach the beach.
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.
The developed Dayanand Bandodkar Road from Panaji continues straight to
Miramar and then to Dona Paula.