Arambol Beach Party Experience – Celebrate New Year in Goa
Arambol beach in Goa, India, is a special place for many reasons. Not least, the Arambol beach party every sunset. Here, you can lose yourself in the freestyle drum beats and meet free-spirited people.
Goa’s Arambol beach is creating a buzz with visitors from around the world. In and around Arambol village you can find a popular hippie flea market, yoga classes, and tasty vegan restaurants. And every day there’s an Arambol beach party, as a drum circle gathers to play music, dance and celebrate Goa’s spectacular sunsets.
Arambol beach party
Since it first gained popularity as a hippie beach resort in the 1960s, Arambol has kept its mellow atmosphere. The government’s restrictions on local development have helped it retain its laid-back charm. Instead of major hotel chains, the 16km (10 miles) shore is lined with independent wooden bars, restaurants and beach shacks.
As well as wide sands and choppy waves, there are usually interesting things happening everywhere you look on Arambol beach. The sunshine brings everyone to the shore – jugglers, traders, yogis and even nonchalantly strolling cows.
Arambol beach is in the very north of Goa, close to the border with Maharashtra state. The only beaches further north in Goa are the remote Kalacha beach, close to the Arambol Sweet Water Lake, and Querim beach, also known as Keri beach. Just over the border in Maharashtra is Paradise beach, another popular beach attraction for Goa backpackers.
South of Arambol beach in Goa is Mandrem beach, Ashwem beach, and Morjim. All the beaches join together so you can easily walk along with them and visit them all. From Morjim beach to Arambol beach the distance is around 6 miles (10 km).
Further south is the popular North Goa beach resorts of Anjuna and Calangute. The distance from Calangute to Arambol beach is around 19 miles (31 km). To travel from Arambol beach to Calangute beach or the nearby Baga beach takes around an hour by car or 2.5 hours by bus via Mapusa Bus Stand.
About the Arambol sunset party
Locals and tourists from around the world were gathered in a circle on the beach to play musical instruments and dance as the sun goes down. As I heard trumpets, tambourines, harmonicas, and other instruments, a free-for-all where anyone can pick up an instrument and play along.
Others started dancing close to the drummers and musicians, with hula hoops or just moving their hips to the hypnotic rhythm. Everyone became a part of the party. The sun dipped towards the horizon amid a rainbow of vivid colors – oranges, pinks, and purples – and I breathed in the salty sea air. People whooped and cheered along to the infectious heartbeat rhythm and playful melodies, which steadily grew louder and more intense as the sun approached the sea. The drummers were tapping their hands on the skins and generating a throbbing, vital heartbeat. The last of the sun’s rays finally disappeared behind the horizon and, at this moment, the entire group cheered with delight and appreciation for the end of another wonderful day. Arambol has a heartbeat and everyone is welcome.
Discovering the Arambol beach nightlife
If you are looking for an Arambol beach rave party, you may find one on certain nights at venues such as the Cocoloco Club towards the north of the beach and ASH to the south. The most happening place for beach bars near Arambol beach is further south in Morjim. Check out the party nights at Bora Bora, Marbela Beach resort and Re: Fresh.
However, the local government is clamping down on drinking alcohol on Goa’s beaches, so over the years, the rave parties have moved underground to more discreet inland locations. Look out for posters and flyers around Arambol beach or check out What’s Up Goa for the latest listings.
The best Arambol beach accommodation
For Goa’s authentic Arambol beach shacks, the best thing is to check them out when you get there and reserve your room at Renassa Dacha Arambol with an on-site restaurant it is only a 5 minutes walk to the beach and they make you feel like family.