Located at a distance of 3 Kms from Panaji Miramar is the nearest Beach from Panaji. Miramar Beach is also called Gaspar Dias and is located close to the confluence of Mondavi river and Arabian sea. Miramar beach also is a great destination for bird watchers as the beach is in the migratory route of birds and Miramar is home to these birds during winter.
Miramar beach is located in Panaji near the Miramar circle with the Hindu-Christian Unity statue at the center. Miramar is more of a 'Indian' beach which is visited largely by local crowd. Miramar beach thanks to its accesibility converts itself into a venue of various programs & events peridically. Miramar being located close to Old Goa is also a good place to stay if you want to explre the churches of Old Goa.
Located to the south of Miramar, Caranzalem beach is a 3.5 km long stretch of beach visited largely by the locals living in the area and domestic tourists on the way to Dona Paula.
About 12 kms away from Miramar lies the historical city of Old Goa about 10 kms from Panaji. From 16th century till the 18th century, Old Goa was the capital of the Portugese. The main churches in Goa from a tourist perspective is located in Old Goa. The churches in Old Goa were built with laterite and plaster. Labeled as "Rome of the East", Old Goa has been marked by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The churches are open on all days.
Dona Paula is a quaint bay located about 4 km from Miramar beach with a magnificent view of the Mormugao harbour. Dona Paula is nestled on the south side of the rocky, hammer-shaped headland that divides the Zuari and Mandovi estuaries.