Which beach to visit in South Goa? The southern coast comprises two contrasting sections. The whole coastline of Salcete is one unbroken stretch of sand from Velsao to Mabor. From Quepem southwards the coastline changes dramatically. Betul has a rocky headland and a small but inacccessible sandy cove, encapsulated by the laterite cliffs of the Cabo de Rama headland, already in Canacona taluka. The coastline then sweeps southeast with the beaches of Saleri and Agonda providing a prelude to the magnificent and beautifully protected beach of Palolem, the southernmost of the beaches increasingly visited by tourists.
Each section of beach has its own character, depending partly on the villages behind the beach. Unlike the northern beaches, in Salcete virtually the whole coast is lined with village houses scattered beneath the coconut palms, with rice fields immediately behind. The southernmost of the Old Conquests, many of the coastal villages have spectacularly attractive whitewashed village churches.
Salcete has no racky headlands and the beach at low tide is a wide stretch of firm sand, backed in places by quite high dunes. Only occasionally does settlement come down to the beach itself, as at Colva. The largest beach resorts, some of which have been controversial in Goa, serve largely package tours in the winter and Indian tourists during the monsoon season. Several have excellent facilities and are largely self-contained. Although the south is nowhere near as commercialized as the north several places have at least a few beach shacks serving food, specialising particularly in excellent sea food.