Palolem is the southernmost beach in the tiny province of Goa, and pipped as an idyllic, unspoilt beach paradise by many guidebooks.
This both is and isn't true. It seems that since the guidebooks leaked the secret of Palolem, it has had been overrun by tourists, many of them after english breakfasts and cocktails.
The main drag of Palolem beach is no longer unspoilt, but lined instead with western-style bars and restaurants owned by expats that spill down onto the beach.
Behind this beachfront, maekshift beach huts pop up in their dozens ready for high season (December - March). The atmosphere is great, and it's a good place to party for a couple of days, but it most certainly isn't the beach escape described so affectionately in the Lonely Planet of a few years ago.
However, if you head further south along the beach, you'll find Patnem, which is a small beach commune-type area for those really hoping to get away from it all, and lots of basic shack accommodation. Many long-term backpackers head for this area, and choose to dip in and out of the bright lights rather than stay in central Palolem.
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