The northernmost beach of Bardez Taluka, Vagator Beach is about 22 km from the capital of Goa, Panaji. It is situated on the banks of Chapora River from Morjim in Pernem. Vagator is known for its views of soft white sands, coconut palms and the Arabian Sea.
Located amidst rocky cliffs in the shadowy palms, Vagator is popular for its chain of beaches. The architecture of bungalows and farmhouses here is influenced by Portuguese architecture. The tiny cottages located on the sea shore have gardens exemplified by colours of purple, lemon and fuchsia. For exploring Vagator, the months of November to March, are the best.
Being located near the sea, fishing is the prominent activity as well as the main occupation of the people. The water colour keeps changing from aquamarine to emerald, which is one of the attractions. Along with the beach, the prominent attraction of the destination is the 500 years old Portuguese Fort.
The culture of the region is defined in its music, local art and craft and nightlife. The destination is inhabited by people of various religions including Catholics, Hindus and Muslims. This gives a glimpse of various festivals like Christmas, Easter, Ganesh Chaturthi, Sanvsar Pavdo and Shigmo. Local Konkani songs along with Portuguese lyrics are an attractive feature of Vagator.
The closest airport to Vagator is Dabolim Airport, which is located at a distance of around 45 km. Situated at a distance of 29 km, Karmali Railway Station is the nearest railway station serving Vagator. Buses are available from Mapusa, which is 9 km away, to Vagator.