We (two kids aged 8 and 14, OH & Me ) traveled to Goa in the 4th week of March '13 for 5 days. Stayed at the Farenheit Hotel in Baga which I have reviewed separately which was mostly good on account of its location in Baga and its proximity to the beach. I had thought the weather would be too hot to venture outside but was pleasantly surprised. While it was too hot to go outside in the afternoons, It was good enough in the morning for Lazing on the Beach in the Sunbeds and in the evenings it was plesant enough to venture anywhere.
We spent Mornings Lazing on the beach just behind the hotel, it was a nice area and the Love shack had decent enough drinks with the fruit vendor lady supplying good fruits. We didn't try the food in the love shack as we had good breakfast in the hotel and preferred to eat our meals outside in proper restaurants and places like Britto's.Also that we are veggies and hence not much of our interest in shacks. We were never charged for the sunbeds in the Love Shack as we gave some custom to the shack and sometimes got massages done by their people. I remember a very friendly chap by the name of Bobby there. The area was very peaceful with mostly UK tourists on the beach, i guess from nearby places like vila Goesa. Very few Indian tourists on the beach there although our hotel was full of them.
We had above fantastic to above average meals in places like Thalassa, Britto's, The plantain leaf, Shree Sagar ( baga) , Republic of Noodle, chocolatti, street food on Miramar beach, over the flames,and in the Saturday night market ( ingo's ) and average meals in Tuscany Gardens and J&A's little Italy. The choice of restaurants, even for a veggie, in the c/c/b area was amazing and I wonder why would anyone ever stay outside this belt except for the peace and quiet of the south Goa. Infantria bakery was nice. Had a very helpful book called Times Good Food Guide to Goa.
We went to both the Ingo's market and Wednesday Flea market. Ingo's was amazing with some of the best Nachos I have ever eaten, amazing ambience and the Wednesday market was just about average, maybe it was too hot. Went for a cruise on the river Mandovi in Panjim and thoroughly enjoyed it, they make it so interactive. Used the taxis a lot and although they are expensive, you take it as a part of the price of the vacation and accept it.
Found the western tourists very chilled out and cooperative and some of the Indian tourists a bit overbearing.
Just lying at baga beach in the evening outside Britto's, getting a foot massage done was amazing, very happening beach.
Amazing Holiday, hope to return soon.