The Patnem Beach is one of the quietest and most secluded beaches of South Goa. Located in the town of Canacona, this beach is a little slice of Paradise. The beach is known for its peacefulness and beauty as well as the succulent seafood that is available in the area.
Where to Go
Patnem beach is located in the South of Goa, near the more famous Palolem beach. This beach is about 42km away from Colva and 40km away from Margao which is the cultural capital of Goa. The beach is accessible by road.
When to Go
Like the rest of Goa, the best time to visit this beach is in the winter, from October to March, when the cool and pleasant weather and calm seas make perfect weather for swimming and other beach activities. The summer season from March to June is also good weather for swimming even though it is very hot. However as the monsoon approach at the end of May the seas become very rough with dangerous undercurrents until the monsoons are finished in September.
What to Do
There are fewer amusements at Patnem than at the other beaches as the chief charm of this beach is its quiet and solitude. There are a number of ubiquitous Goan beach shacks that line the shore. These shacks made of bamboo and coconut palms are known for their delicious seafood delicacies and authentic Goan cuisine.
There are also shops where one can buy souvenirs and trinkets, but there are less of these than there are at other, more popular beaches.
The sea at Patnem is usually safe to swim in, but it is important to follow the instructions of the lifeguards as there can sometimes be dangerous undertows that can take a novice swimmer unaware.