Goa in December: weather and travel tips

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 26.10.2023

As the year gracefully winds down, Goa emerges as an irresistible destination that beckons sun-seekers, cultural enthusiasts, and adventurers alike. The weather in Goa in December is enchanting, but the last month of the year also brings a tapestry of experiences that celebrate the city's diverse heritage and festive spirit.

Is December a good time to visit Goa?

December is one of the most sought-after months to visit Goa, as it offers travellers a perfect mix of pleasant weather and a vibrant festive atmosphere. 

The state comes alive with Christmas and New Year celebrations, attracting tourists from around the world. The bustling Indian beaches, lively parties, and a myriad of cultural events make December an unforgettable time to explore Goa's beauty and charm.

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Calangute Beach in Goa © Shutterstock

Weather in December in Gao is great for beach walks © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Goa in December

December is one of the most sought-after months to visit Goa, offering travellers a perfect mix of pleasant weather and a vibrant festive atmosphere. With daytime temperatures ranging from 21°C to 32°C (70°F to 89°F) and warm sea temperatures at approximately 28°C (82°F), Goa becomes an enchanting winter escape.

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Dudhsagar Waterfall, Goa, India © Soumitra Pendse/Shutterstock

Dudhsagar Waterfall, Goa, India © Soumitra Pendse/Shutterstock

Can it rain in Goa in December?

The weather in Goa in December is characterised by the beginning of the dry season, and the chances of rain are relatively low.

While isolated showers may occur, they are infrequent and do not typically disrupt travel plans. Goa enjoys clear skies and pleasant weather during this month, making it one of the most popular times to visit.

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The Saturday Night Market in Arpora © Shutterstock

Night markets in Goa, India  © Shutterstock

What about the crowd & cost?

December is the peak tourist season in Goa, and it's when the state comes alive with a bustling crowd and a vibrant atmosphere. The beaches, streets, and popular tourist spots are brimming with visitors from all over the world. The festive spirit during Christmas and New Year's celebrations adds to the lively ambience.

However, the peak season also comes with higher costs. Accommodation prices tend to be at their highest during December, and it's advisable to book well in advance to secure your stay. Dining and activities can also be more expensive compared to the off-season.

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Resort huts on Mandrem beach in north Goa, India © saiko3p/Shutterstock

Mandrem Beach in Goa © saiko3p/Shutterstock

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Fishermen with catched fish in the net on their boat on the fine sandy beach Palolem, in Goa , India.

Palolem, in Goa , India  © Shutterstock

What to do in Goa in December 

The weather in Goa in December presents an ideal opportunity to discover the vibrant and diverse attractions that Goa boasts. To maximize your December getaway, here are some activities to consider.

Participate in Christmas celebrations

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit by experiencing Christmas celebrations in Goa. Visit local churches, attend midnight masses, and witness the beautifully decorated streets and homes. Goa's unique blend of Indian and Portuguese traditions makes its Christmas celebrations truly special.

Try beach hopping

Each of the Goa beaches has its own unique charm. From lively Baga and Calangute to serene Butterfly Beach and Palolem, spend your days beach hopping, sunbathing, and enjoying water sports.

Enjoy the nightlife

Experience Goa's vibrant nightlife by exploring its beach clubs, bars, and beachfront shacks. Dance to live music, enjoy beach parties and experience the local nightlife scene.

Go on a spice plantation tour

Embark on guided tours of spice plantations to discover the aromatic world of Goan spices. Learn about the cultivation of cloves, cardamom, pepper, and other spices while enjoying authentic Goan meals amidst lush greenery.

St. Catherine Cathedral (1640) in Goa © Shutterstock

St. Catherine Cathedral (1640) in Goa © Shutterstock

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Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 26.10.2023

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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