Arambol is located approximately a one hour drive from the Dabolim Airport.
Adjoining the famous Anjuna beach, Vagator is a little more laid back, though still pretty much steeped in the rave culture.
Scooters can be rented for Rs. 250 a day. Anywhere and everywhere you will find people trying to rent you their scooter. If you like a bike, a 350 CC Enfield would cost you Rs. 500 a day ( kick starting one of these can be an experience, learn how to do it frm the owner if you want to rent one. The recoil from the kick can break your leg ) . This is the best way to see Goa, you can go where ever you want. And getting around is easy, locals are very helpful just pull over and ask someone. In case of a taxi, going anyplace the taxi drivers will start quoting from Rs. 250 to 400. Have to bargain.
If you are looking for place where a lot of young crowd is attracted and great places to party, then you should try living in South Anjuna), or another popular place is Little Vagator ( there is also a ‘big vagator’ close to it, just in case you do not find accommodation.
If you like the tranquil, 30 km. North of Vagator is a pristine beach called Arambol. Its Very beautiful. If you look to live in a hotel prices can be from Rs. 2000 or resort prices can be from Rs 3000 a night. These are the prices for the tourist season, which is from Nov. to Feb. Baga is another beach place, but attracts local tourists in Huge numbers. Its not that much fun to be there anymore.
Little Vagator has a Goa trance party every night from 7 to 10 at Nine Bar, close to the beach. Good music, cheap booze. People start here and then to other places, if they are living in Vagator.
Tito’s in Baga is a popular Disco. Besides in Dec and January, there is always a rave party going on somewhere. Ask the tourists, if he looks doped he surely knows the parties around there. You will find these young 18 yr old local kids at parties rocking out hard, there is a big chance that he is a dealer.
People also like visiting south Goa, which is a more traditional Goa, totally unlike north Goa. Worth a visit.
Bargain on anything you buy at the street vendors and people on the beach (stuff on the streets, pay 50% of quoted price).
In Vagator, you can find a 24 hour restaurant/convenience store/chill out called Robert's place near Primrose. Since 2003, a flea market is organised here every Wednesday, though it is yet to make an impression like the ones in Anjuna or Arpora.
The Saturday night flea market in Arpora, organised by a German since early nineties, is by far the largest and most vibrant flea market in North Goa. There is also a sizeable performance area which promotes local talent.
A well known place among travellers for fruit juices and fruit salad is Scarlet's in Chapora.
Primrose, Nine Bar (both open air clubs) and Disco Valley (where many outdoor parties were held, but now only Christmas and Sylvester parties).
Cottages can be rented from Rs. 400 for one person. In little Vagator there is also a place that has bamboo huts on stilts to rent ( these are not on the water :) )
Close to Vagator and Chapora is the Petrol Station, where you want to monitor what's happening if you don't want to be scammed.