Is Goa Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Goa is a heavily visited tourist destination, setting certain safety standards. In tourist areas and popular spots, safety is generally maintained, and police presence is visible. However, local customs should be respected to avoid unwanted attention, and it's always advisable to avoid isolated areas, especially after dark. Precautions such as pre-booking safe and reliable transportation and staying in well-reviewed accommodations are recommended. As with any destination, keeping personal belongings secure and not accepting drinks from strangers can further enhance safety.

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How safe is Goa?

Safety at nightModerate

Goa is generally considered a safer destination for solo female travelers compared to some other parts of the country. However, it's important to take precautions if you're out alone at night. Stick to more populated areas and take well-lit, main roads. It's always advisable to hire a reliable cab service instead of walking alone at night. Stay alert, be mindful of your belongings, and trust your instincts as you would in any foreign destination.

Public transportationModerate

Public transportation in Goa can be quite reliable with its network of government-run buses and private taxis. However, as a solo female traveler, it's advisable to be more cautious, especially during late hours. Unauthorized taxis can pose risks so always opt for pre-booked cabs from reputable companies or use the popular app-based services. Buses linking the major towns are safe during the day, but can be crowded, so maintaining personal space can be challenging at times. It's generally safe, but always helpful to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Street harassmentLow

Goa has a considerably higher number of tourists, including solo female travelers, compared to other parts of India. While it is generally considered safer for women, it is not completely devoid of cases of street harassment. It's always helpful to be vigilant especially during late hours or in isolated places. Take basic precautions such as dressing modestly and staying in crowded, well-lit areas.

Petty crimesModerate

Petty crimes like pickpocketing and bag snatching exist, especially in crowded areas and tourist hotspots in Goa, but it is not rampant. As a solo female traveler, it is recommended to remain vigil and cautious at all times and avoid isolated places at night.

Tap waterUnsafe

Tap water in Goa may not be consistently safe to drink. Although some local residents do drink it, it's generally not recommended for tourists due to different sanitation standards and the risk of water-borne diseases. It's advisable to stick to bottled or purified water to avoid any potential health issues.

Is India safe right now?

When planning a trip to India, it is wise to stay vigilant due to high levels of crime, threat of terrorism, and possible civil unrest. Governments of the US, Canada, and Australia all advise to exercise increased or a high degree of caution when traveling throughout the country. Always stay aware of your surroundings and maintain up-to-date information on potential security threats.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States government advises exercising increased caution in India due to crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 23, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in India due to the potential threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 7, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in India overall, due to the threat of terrorism, crime, and the risk of civil unrest. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 19, 2024

Is Goa safe to visit?

4.4 /5

Based on 4 experiences

Solo travel experience

I spent 5 days in North Goa between Ashwem and Mandrem beaches. It was a wonderful area, I felt very safe there. I moved around on a scooter everywhere without any problems. I reached the hotel from the airport by taxi at a fixed price. I loved morning yoga, beautiful beaches and lots of greenery.

Posted: August 27, 2023
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Is Goa safe to live?

Is Goa worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 4 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.4/5

Safety

4.4/5

Food

4.4/5

Budget-friendly

4.4/5

Group travel experience

It was a fantastic experience in Goa with my group. It was my second time visiting Goa. We explored two pubs, visited four beaches, and enjoyed water sports. The food experience near the beach area was wonderful, and we also indulged in some shopping.

Posted: January 30, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Honestly best traveling experience ever This was my first time traveling solo and I met wonderful people made new friends, explored new cultures and I loved it. My journey was full of new experiences, music, dancing, mingling, playing around, trying new things, creating, and so much more.

Posted: January 28, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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