Goa might not be one of the first places that you think of for a family holiday, but it offers great weather, fabulous beaches and some great things to do and see for children so I would urge that you consider it. It is a really different place to visit and will be an education to young children, it is great for them to be able to experience different cultures and experiences and Goa will certainly offer them that.
You can travel to North or South Goa, the South is generally quieter but there is more to do in the North so it would depend upon what sort of holiday you are looking for as to which area you would visit. I would recommend choosing a quality place to stay, there are plenty of family friendly hotels in Goa and if you choose one with a swimming pool your children will have somewhere to play and keep cool while you catch some rays! It is worth bearing in mind that sometimes the sea can be rough so a pool at your hotel could be invaluable.
Food is relatively inexpensive in Goa so you will be able to eat out if you don’t stay at an all inclusive resort. For peace of mind and ease, especially if you are travelling with younger children I would consider looking for an all inclusive option amongst the hotels in Goa and dine out for a couple of nights to experience the atmosphere and different foods that are on offer.
While you won’t find your usual tourist attractions and entertainment in Goa, there are still some great things to see. The waterfalls are one of the highlights – you can see monkeys there which is really something special. There is also a Jungle Book resort where you can stay and also ride elephants which is an amazing experience for children of all ages and will be something to tell all their friends about when they return home.
There are some great beaches for swimming, including Ashwem and Mandrem and also Agonda and Palolem in the South of Goa. Make sure that you be careful in the sea as the waves can be dangerous at certain times of year. If you are heading to Goa in the hotter times remember to take shade for the beach and pack a high SPF suncream for all the family.
The best time to visit Goa is November to April, don’t wait until the summer as August is their peak monsoon season! It would make the perfect place to visit in February half term or even the Easter break, although it is getting hotter and more humid around Easter time.
Have you visited Goa before with your family? Do you have any tips or things you would recommend people see?