So you’ll be traveling around Goa alone as a solo backpacker in India, and you would like to have at least some level of normal social interaction.
Or, maybe you’re just looking for a cheap place to stay! 😉
Either way, there are hostels in Goa that can give you budget accommodation and a chance to be meet people and maybe even find a travel partner to your next destination.
The beach areas listed below are where to go in Goa so that you’ll have a chance to stay at a hostel!
Also see how to spend your time in South India, including beach huts in Goa, possibly the best beach in South Goa, how to get from Goa to Kerala, the Kerala backwaters on a budget, best hostels in Kerala, and yoga retreats with ayurveda.
First, WHY the listed beaches are worth visiting in Goa.
Then, a list of the best hostels in each of these places.
And, no matter where you stay in Goa…
You can make a day trip to another beach…
You can find colorful buildings…
You can eat with views of the ocean…
And you can go for a walk on the quiet village backroads!
What are the best beaches for hostels in Goa?!
Where to look for hostels in Goa?
Things to look for in a hostel
None of these things will make or break your stay, but they could be extra things that you may want to look for!
- Common area
- Rooftop access
- Hot water shower
- Filtered water provided
- Breakfast or snacks for purchase on-site
- All-female dorm room or mixed dorm
- Private room – meet people but have your own room!
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Hostels in North Goa
1. Anjuna Beach
This is one area you’ll want to highly consider staying if you’re visiting Goa because you want to be where the action is.
For Goa nightlife, partying, and trance music, this might be the place you want to choose.
And being where the action is also means that there are loads of budget accommodation options to choose from in Anjuna.
There’s also a famous flea market in Anjuna.
Best hostels in Anjuna
2. Vagator Beach
Vagator is another popular beach, and it’s located near Anjuna.
This can be considered one of the most scenic beaches in Goa.
Best hostels in Vagator
3. Arambol Beach
Arambol Beach is another one that can be considered to be one of the most scenic beaches in Goa.
Located in the far north of Goa, this can be an area that’s a bit less lively than Anjuna.
And that can be a good thing if you’re looking for less action during your trip to Goa.
Mandrem is another quieter beach that’s nearby Arambol that you might find to be worth a visit.
Best hostels in Arambol
4. Mandrem Beach
Or, instead of making a trip to Mandrem from Arambol, there are a couple of hostels in Mandrem too that are worth looking into.
Another beach you may want to visit if you’re staying in Mandrem is Morjim Beach.
So staying in this area gives you a few choices for some favorite beaches with less crowds.
Best hostels in Mandrem
More North Goa beaches
Baga and Calangute are also popular tourist beaches that can have more crowds, although there are a little bit less hostels in this area compared to Anjuna.
But you may consider looking into this area too.
These beaches are closer to Panjim and South Goa.
More hostels near North Goa beaches
- Bedrock Boutique hostel in Baga
- #Hashtag Rooms hostel in Calangute
- Woke Hostel in Arpora
- Backpacker Panda Goa hostel in Candolim
Hostels in Panjim
Panjim is the capital of Goa, and it’s located right in between the North Goa beaches and South Goa beaches… so basically it’s central Goa!
You might want to stay in Panjim if you’re interested in seeing a different side of Goa.
In Panjim is Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter of Goa (and India).
And, that’s where the best (and only?) hostel in Panjim is located.
This is also a good base for visiting Old Goa where you’ll find some UNESCO world heritage sites.
A beach close to Panjim worth looking into might be Bambolim Beach.
You can also make a day trip to a more popular North Goa beach from Panjim too.
Best hostel in Panjim Latin Quarter
Hostels in South Goa
South Goa is known as the more quieter side of Goa.
As a result, there really aren’t too many hostels around here either.
Palolem, Patnem, and Agonda are a few of the best beaches in South Goa for backpackers.
Of these, Palolem is the best place to go to meet others so you can stay in a hostel.
In general, South Goa can also be a good place to try staying in a Goa beach hut too if you’re not committed to staying in a hostel.
Best hostels in Palolem
HAPPY HOSTEL STAY IN GOA!
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Where to stay on the backpacker trail in Kerala
- Fort Cochin: Zostel Kochi
- Alleppey: Zostel Alleppey or Funky Art Beach House for chill beach vibes! (see my pics - zostel / funky) OR Dream Nest to be closer to town // and see how to spend one day in Alleppey
- Alleppey backwaters: cottage right on the waters
- Munroe Island: cottage backwaters homestay right on the waters (and see why you should consider munroe island!)
- Varkala cliff: Seawin or Prashanthi with ocean views