This is one of the more popular beaches in South Goa and there are good facilities here. The beach immediately next to the town is not so nice. In the afternoon, out of state tourists walk around the beach checking out the crowd, and vendors are anxious to sell postcards and other trinkets. On the outskirts of town, the beach is much more peaceful. Colva can be a pleasant place to stay for awhile. The people who come here are older families, Indians, and some young people. This is a popular package tour destination.
If you are looking for seclusion, you may want to head further south to Palolem, and if you want a techno party place, you may want to go to Anjuna or Vagator.
There are no all-night techno parties here as there are in North Goa. The social scene takes place at the restaurants along the beach and the restaurant-bars about 500m south on the beach. These places play old rock, current hits, and dance music. They do not usually cater to the techno crowd.
Castaways, south of the beachfront, is a popular nightspot, especially after 10 pm. Pitstop stays open late. Splash, on the beach, 500m south of the main road to the beach, is a popular place with a dance floor. Next door, Ziggy’s is also popular. On a normal January night, expect about thirty to forty people at a time in any of these places.