To the North of the Guest House you will find Calangute, a lively town featuring a wide selection of shops,from Designer outlets to holiday / tourist shops all types of normal retail outlets ie stationers, internet cafes, small supermarkets etc as well as a daily Fish and Fruit and Veg Market. (well worth a visit, take your camera).
On Saturday mornings you will find a open market featuring all manner of stalls and supplies, this is located to the rear of the town of Calangute near the Post Office. Calangute Beach is known as "The Queen of Beaches" a bit of a grand title but neverless a great beach, very busy at weekends with visitors from all over India, Calangute is a "love it" or "hate it" place but should be visited for the true feel of Goa.
Travelling further North you will find Baga, a very busy beach area, further North still a fine selection of wonderful beaches can be found,take a local taxi and enjoy a day out visiting all the Northern Beaches
To the South of the Guest House you will find Candolim and Sinquerim beach, Candolim is a busy holiday area with many hotels and a great selection of Restaurants (ask for a recommendation) here you will find the shops are directed towards holiday makers. When you reach the Sinquerim are you will find the Taj Hotels and the Kingfisher Villa (belonging to the owner of Kingfisher Beers and Kingfisher Airlines) you can see the front gate and wonder at the luxury that hides within, when they hold a party here, Lionel Richie come's over to provide the entertainment.
Best Local Beach. in North Goa walking down the lane from the Alvares (about 800 meters) you will find yourself in the middle to the main North Goa beach (7 miles long) with a wide range of all types of Beach Shacks offering food, drink, entertainment and free sunbeds. The beach here is not to busy and you can enjoy wonderful days here and somtetime stunning sunsets before returning to the Alvares for secluded relaxation.
Amenities to Alvares
The Beach, (all 7 miles of it) a 5 minute walk
Beach Shacks, there are many within a 5 to 10 minute walk
Chemist, there are two Chemists / Pharmacys within a 5 minute walk
Money Exchange, within 5 minutes
Sebys shop or Babutes
Small shops, within 5 minutes
Sebys shop or Henrys shop
Supermarkets, within 7 minutes
Newtons, Lumas Supermarket
Taxi Rank, local taxis are within a few minutes walk
the Alvares has a regular taxi who the owner can call
and also arrange airport pick ups
Breakfast Restaurants, within 5 minutes walk there are a number
Nirvana, Henrys, St Antonys
Restaurants, there are many within a 5 to 10 minute walk
Nirvana, Henrys, Abcradabra, Sebys, Le Reviere, Maggies, Seagull, Clares
St Antonys, Babutes on top, Golden Eye, Pedros Shack,
Internet Cafe, about 7 minutes walk.
Off licence, 5 minutes walk
Doctor / Clinic, about a 3 minute walk
Bus Stops, about a 5 minute walk
Buses to Calangute, Candolim, Panjim, Mapusa.
ATM , 7 minutes walk
"We held my 60th Birthday celebrations at Alvares.......Ideal, a day and night to remember, thanks Lorraine for making it happen". - Dave Lee, Sidmouth UK