Goa, India, attracts visitors from all over the world with its tropical beaches. Goa has a 60-miles-long coastline, and several beaches to choose from. Goa has hundreds of cheap guesthouses and bamboo huts on the beach, but very few typical traveler hostels. Because you can get a private room in a guesthouse for very little money, most budget travelers stay in guesthouses or bamboo huts on the beach. However, there are a few new hostels, and many guesthouses cater especially for backpackers. These are some of the best hostels in Goa.
Asterix Hostel is located on Vagator Beach in North Goa. Vagator is a small beach but known for its parties and its busy social life. You will meet people from different corners of the world here, and the Asterix is a friendly place to stay.
Nearby restaurants serve food from around the world and the beach is a short walk away. The hostel does not accept large groups of travelers, which makes it an ideal place for individuals or small groups of people to meet other visitors from back home. Vagator is also close to the nightlife in Anjuna and in Baga.
Anjuna Palms is a guesthouse on the Anjuna Beach in North Goa. Known for its parties, bars and the weekly market, Anjuna is filled with restaurants, bars and shops. Anjuna Palms is run by a family and has both private rooms and dorms. You can choose from rooms with ensuite bathrooms or shared bathrooms, or sleep in a dormitory.
The beach is less than ten minutes' walking distance away and there are many places to eat, shop and drink nearby. Hot showers are available around the clock, and the guesthouse has a laundry service. It also offers Internet access and Wi-Fi for an additional fee. If you are flying to Goa, ask about the airport pickup service
Holy Cow Huts are located in Palolem in South Goa, and are known as one of the best hostels in Goa. Accommodation is in nice huts near the beach. This hostel has a restaurant with 24 hour room service, Wi-Fi and a laundry service. Breakfast is free for guests, and the hostel provides bed linens and towels. The Holy Cow Huts is a good place to meet other travelers and to enjoy the beautiful palm-fringed beach in Palolem. There are many restaurants along the beach that serve international foods and drinks until late in the evening.
Goa is extremely popular especially around Christmas. If you travel during the peak season, make sure to book a room before you arrive and have your travel visa documents arranged. For more advice about travel to India, check out our India travel page.