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best secret beaches on earth: Agonda Beach, Goa, India

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Agonda Beach, Goa, India

Rave music put Goa on the map as a party paradise in the 1990s, but this palm-lined beach on the Arabian Sea is known for its laid-back village feeling. Touristy, it is not. Surfers enjoy the wild waves but swimmers are warned that the currents can be dangerous. While other Goa beaches offer five-star resorts and chain hotels, nightlife, and gourmet Indian food, Agonda remains largely a simple and authentic destination where beach huts, which can run as low as $20, are decidedly rustic.

—David A. Keeps


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