Situated just three km from Goa’s capital, Panaji, Miramar beach is located at the estuary of river Mandovi. The word Miramar is derived from Portuguese word, which means ‘viewing the sea’.
The beach is famous for its golden soft sand and palm trees. It is said that the sand of the beach looks brighter in moonlight.
The two-km long beach is popular and locals and foreigners visit the beach in large numbers. It’s a favourite hangout for a leisurely stroll down as the sun sets on the distant horizon.
Another attraction of the beach is that it offers beautiful view of Aguada Fort, built by the Portuguese to safeguard their colony Goa. The fort is located across Mandovi river.
Miramar is just hopping distance from Panaji, the capital of Goa. The capital of Goa lies on the left bank of Mandovi that skirts the town and makes for a beautiful setting. Panaji, earlier Panjim, is among India's most scenic state capitals. It is a fascinating city, filled with tiled roofs, tree-lined avenues and bridges. A trip to Miramar is part of a trip to Panaji.
Today, the beach is very much commercialized. On the beach there are many luxury and mid-range hotels and restaurants. You can also find many shops selling handicrafts and souvenirs.
Miramar beach is not considered safe for swimming as there is a strong undercurrent.
Where to stay
There are many accommodation options. One can get luxury, mid-range hotel on the beach side. You can get latest modern amenities in these hotels and resorts. One can also opt for state-run Miramar residency hotel.
Where to eat
There are many restaurants in Miramar, which serve Portuguese, Konkani and inter-continental cuisines.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Miramar is between November and March. During this time, a large number of migratory birds come to the beach. People do visit in large numbers during Christmas and New Year celebrations.