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You're Going to Love Candolim

If you love the idea of baking in the tropical sunshine on pure white sands, with high-quality hotels and plenty of shops and restaurants not far from the beach, Candolim could be the ideal destination.

Situated in the Indian province of Goa, Candolim is, on the surface, a busy resort town, and it definitely receives its fair share of European and American vacationers. But it's also a great base to tour less-developed beaches on the North Goa coast such as Vagator or Anjuna, or the 17th-century ruins of the Portuguese Fort Aguada at Sinquerim.

It's the kind of destination where you can dive into the local party scene, chill out in a conventional resort, or find your own way to gorgeous beaches and historical attractions, fine Goan cuisine, and vibrant festivals. And that's why so many people choose Candolim for their Indian escapes.

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When to Visit Candolim

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The best time to visit Candolim is generally between November and March, when the temperatures are warm (but not scorching hot). The Sunburn electronic music festival also draws big crowds in December. However, vacationers wanting cheaper, less hectic breaks could try September and October, when the rainy season hasn't quite ended, but hotel rates should be lower.

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Where to Stay in Candolim

Leading resort hotels in Candolim include the Hyatt Place, the Novotel Goa Shrem, and the Santana Beach Resort. All provide on-site catering, pools, and spacious rooms within walking distance of the sea. Cosier B&B-style options include the Casa Almeida Guest House and the Villa Sol Areia, while Backpacker Panda caters for budget travelers. The best areas to spend time in include Candolim Beach, packed with hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, and nearby Sinquerim, home to Fort Aguada and a host of water sports options.

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Shopping

Candolim, Calangute, and Sinquerim are all excellent places to shop for items like necklaces, earrings, bangles, and sarongs. Head to Calangute for the widest selection, although craft stalls can be found all along the shore. Souvenir stores in Candolim include Ashoka Jewellers and Sheek Emporium, which is a fantastic place to shop for Indian fabrics. The Broadway Book Centre also offers English language books and newspapers - handy for days at the beach.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

The biggest supermarket in Candolim is Newton's, which stocks goods from all over the world, but Lawande Supermarket also has a wide selection of essentials. Both are a good bet when you need to stock up for picnics. Prices are fairly low in general, with a gallon of milk coming to around Rs. 160 and 12 eggs costing Rs. 65.

Where to Eat in Candolim

Goan cuisine is one of the area's biggest attractions. As the name suggests, Viva Goa is a place that takes pride in local traditions, serving up sumptuous seafood feasts, while Claudina's and Tony's are homely "shacks" near the beach that are perfect for enjoying a bite after a day of sunbathing. Beyond seafood, the selection of options is surprisingly extensive, with Italian dishes at Tuscany Gardens and Burmese curries at Bomra's. Wherever you dine, it should be affordable, with meals costing around Rs. 200-400 per head.

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