Mobor Beach with Kids, fun, peace, crabs and starfish

Are you traveling to Mobor Beach with Kids?

Goa is not just a party destination. It is full of natural beauty and has some of the best of beaches in the world.

I recount my stay at Mobor beach a couple of years back and I can safely say that it was the most peaceful holiday I ever experienced. The golden sand on the Mobor beach is clean and crisp. There is no onslaught of tourists like other busy beaches of Goa. You can walk down the beach without being hassled by locals selling water sports or massages.

Why go to Mobor beach?

Mobor is one of the few secluded beaches in Goa that still has it’s natural beauty.

The best part about Mobor Beach is that you get to see the local flora and fauna in its natural state. We were able to locate a kingfisher, a black billed magpie, cranes, sparrows, a starfish, and much more. The beach is dotted with crabs of all shapes and sizes.

If you are one of the nature lovers then Mobor Beach will give you endless opportunities to explore its natural beauty.

You can get a glimpse of the Goan village life if you walk down the river side.

Small houses that spell old world charm are nestled around the pockets of the river where fishermen live. Usually, you will find a well, coconut trees, chicken running helter skelter across the porch, goats tied on the verandah in old Goan houses. It is a very beautiful sight especially early mornings.

There are small hotels, guest houses and luxury hotels that can suit all types of pocket around the beach.

The area around the beach comes under the conserved area by the government. That is why it’s natural beauty is intact. You will find ponds with blooming lilies, palm and coconut trees, pristine sand on the beach. Sal river flows on the other side of the beach.

Most of the local people engage in fishing. The Cutbon Jetty opposite to the Mobor beach is one of the busiest fishing harbors of south Goa. The beach is full of sea shells and tiny creatures from the sea.

Where is Mobor beach?

Mobor beach is located in the southern part of Goa where River Sal and Arabian Sea merge. It is next to Cavelossim beach and is 2 kms long. It is the southern most tip where the Sal River meets the Arabian Sea and is an extension of the Cavelossim beach. It remains tranquil, clean, and beautiful throughout the year, even in the peak tourist season.

Mobor beach is a long stretch of sand, with the Arabian Sea on the one side and the Sal River on the other. Mobor is a unique beach because it has water on three sides.

How to Reach Mobor beach?

By air: Take a flight to Goa from Mumbai. You can book a private taxi that will take you to the hotels on the Cavelossim beach. It takes an hour to reach Cavelossim beach from the Goa airport. From your hotel take half an hour walk to reach Mobor beach.

By road: You can drive down to Goa from Mumbai that will take around 13-14 hours. Mobor is 20.3 kms from Margao by state highway MDR43.

By rail: You can reach the Madgaon (Margao) railway station that is 11.7 kms away from Cavelossim beach.

13 weekly trains runs from Mumbai to Goa. The first train from Mumbai to Goa is at 00:30. The last train from Mumbai to Goa is at 23:20. Fastest train between Mumbai to Goa is KCVL Garib Rath.

Where to stay in Mobor beach?

Mobor Beach houses the best of hotels like Susegad – The Leela, Leela Palace, Holiday Inn Resort Goa, The Byke Old Anchor Beach Resort and many other smaller resorts and home stays. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Goa with our kids which is right at the beach.

There are several other small hotels, apartments, villas and guest houses around this area.

Where to eat in Mobor Beach?

Mobor beach is lined up with smaller shacks as well as has beach side restaurants of the hotels.

Just imagine lying down on a lounging chair, holding your favorite drink and looking across the beautiful sea for hours. Food and drinks are never a problem here (though the shacks close down during monsoon season between May till October.) 

At the beach side hotel restaurants

We tried the food at Holiday Inn Resort Goa beach side restaurant and it was excellent. There are several hotel restaurants on the beach side where you can walk in for a drink and snacks. Susegado at The Leela Hotel in Mobor Beach is a great place to celebrate with the sunset.

At the river-side restaurants

There are several restaurants along the river side like Grasshopper Bistro and Bar where you can eat good food as well as see tiny boats plying up and down River Sal. 

You can walk down to the Fisherman’s Wharf or avail complimentary car shuttle between the hotel and the Fisherman’s Wharf. The Fisherman’s Wharf offers amazing food as well as you can witness local fishermen going on their boats with their fresh catch from the sea.

At the beach side shacks

If you love to dine is shacks then there are a few open next to the Holiday Inn Resorts beach restaurant. Sam’s Shack arranges occasional parties where fire acrobats perform. There is live music, dance and lot of good food and drinks.

Most of the expats, especially Russians throng this shack in the middle of the week; usually Wednesday night. The best part is that kids are welcome to the party as well. So old and young, all can dance to the Abba, Boney M and some more retro tunes.

Betty’s Place, Golden Eye restaurant, Joe’s River Cove and the Riverside are other popular restaurants at Mobor Beach.

What is the best time to visit Mobor beach?

The best time would be the winter season between November and February as the weather is cooler and pleasant. This is also the peak tourist season. The beach shacks and restaurants will be all open. There will be water sports.

June, July, and August are the wettest months. There is a lot of rain and even thundershowers on some days. 

Is the sea safe for swimming with the kids?

The sea is safe for swimming. The sea at Mobor is safe for swimming even for kids. You won’t find any undercurrents or rocks. The beach slopes down gently into the sea.

What are the activities at the Mobor Beach?

You can participate in the water sports and book cruises along the Sal river. You can book bird and dolphin watching tours that the kids will love.

Walking: This area is good for people who love to walk as you can explore the beauty of the sea as well as the river side. The beach is almost 2 kms long and you can walk to the tip of the beach where Sal river meets the Arabian Sea.

I used to walk down to the tip of the beach every morning to see the local fishermen trying to catch fish or the boats leaving the river and going into the vast sea to catch bigger fish.

The dogs on the beach are friendly and are busy catching baby crabs. It was fun to watch them go after the baby crabs and the crabs coming and going inside the sandy waters with waves.

Mobor beach in Goa with kids

At night the beach gets a little isolated as not much light filters through the five star properties. But if its full moon, you can always venture out with a torch in your hand. We found the beach safe. 

Water sports: There are many vendors who offer water sports at the beach. You can book a water-scooter, banana boat ride, para-sailing and several other fun activities at the beach. You can book through the shacks at the beach.

Dolphin and Bird Watching, Fishing tours: Hotels and private vendors arrange Dolphin and bird watching tours early morning. You can also approach the nearby shacks to arrange these tours. Local fishermen offer dolphin trips. The best time to see dolphins is early in the morning. The 2-hour trip also includes light snacks.

You can book a half-day or a full day fishing experience to learn how to catch fish from the experienced fishermen in the area. You will be allowed to bring back your catch. You can ask a local shack or your hotel to cook it for you. You might catch gold fish, snappers, salmons, barramandi, among others.

Boat ride on river Sal: The restaurants on the river side arrange boat cruises up and down the river Sal. They charge Rs 4000 and upwards for an entire boat (usually a motor boat). If you have a large group then you can book a river cruise that will cost cheaper per head.

Places to visit near Mobor Beach

Cutbona Jetty – The most busy and famous harbor on the southern tip of the beach, Cutbona Jetty will offer a glimpse of the fishermen’s life. You can see a fishing port in action. Many small and large boats (also known as trawlers) leave at night and come back to the port with the catch. You can see how fresh fish is segregated for the market.

Churches – You can see the catholic and other Christian chapels like the Jesus of Nazareth Chapel, Holy Cross Chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes, and the Cutbona Chapel near the beach. Ask your hotel for details.

Temples – You can visit local Hindu temples. Especially, during Dussehra, the locals create huge effigies of the giants who were killed by the gods. These are colorful and very interesting to look at.

Beaches – You can visit other pristine beaches like Agonda, Palolem, Cola, and Patnem further south. Be prepared for a day long plan, as you won’t be able to enjoy them in a jiffy.

Betul Fort, Lighthouse – You can visit Betul Fort, a 17th century fort built by Maratha king Shivaji Maharaj. As the fort is built on the mouth of the river, you will get some spectacular sunset view. It is mostly ruins inside the fort.

You can visit the lighthouse too, on the opposite bank.

Which is your favorite beach in Goa? Have you visited Mobor beach? Do leave your recommendations in the comments section. 

You can also read about Holiday Street in North Goa, the most convenient and economical place to stay.

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