Candolim and Sinquerim beaches, located immediately below Fort Aguada, are now almost entirely the domain of luxury hotels and package-tour companies. Independent travellers can still find some relatively cheap rooms here, especially outside the peak season.
Candolim Beach is a clean, straight stretch of sand running north to Calangute. It’s a little quieter, with fewer beach shacks, and tends to attract a slightly older crowd, as well as the few travellers who find Calangute and Baga too busy and Anjuna and Vagator too much of a scene. There is uninterrupted firm sand from here all the way to north to Baga and if you want a long beach walk, there cannot be a better place to start from.