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Corrupt police
You can either hire yourself some transport or use the public transport, theres lots of choices available. For taxis, motorbike taxis and autorickshaws you can nearly always find some available near the main cross roads (Starco Junction) and it's best to negotiate the price before you get in.
=== Bicycles By bicycles ===
It is possible to hire bicycles, usually without gears and somewhat dangerous to ride given the traffic.
=== Hire Motorbikes By hire motorbikes ===
A great way to get around is to hire scooters or Motorbikes. On a daily basis which can range anywhere from ₨ 150 to ₨ 400, depending on what you hire. They may require a small deposit, but don't leave your passport, you can leave a photocopy if you are asked. Bikes are available easily, just ask the locals who own restaurants , and shacks. refrain from asking the locals who run road-side stalls or at flea markets. Also a good idea would be to ask the person at the reception at your hotel. If you're lucky, they can arrange one for you. If you do manage to get one please fill the tank to the fullest, as petrol pumps are far away from each other.
Be aware that no one seems to wear helmets and the traffic can be busy especially in peek season, its not a good place to learn how to ride a scooter or motorbike. Also you should have an international drivers license to ride a bike. If you are going to go into Mapusa or Panjim find a helmet, the police will want a bribe (baksheesh) fine you if you don't have one or an international license.
The nearest petrol pump is Near Vagator, to get there head north at Starco junction until you hit the main T junction at Vagator, turn right and head for about 2 km (1.2 mile) just past where the road merges with the main road into Chapora, the petrol pump is on your left, join the queue of waiting bikes.
Petrol is also available in one liter bottles at most of the stores around Anjuna, although the price would be roughly 60% higher than from the gas station and also purity is hard to guarantee.
=== Local By local bus ===
These are very cheap and are a good way to get to other towns like Mapusa or Vagator but won't take you off the beaten track.
=== Motorcyle Taxi By motorcyle taxi ===
These are a Goan specialty, simply pay the driver and he'll take you where you want to go, probably the cheapest form of public transport after local buses. Most short trips will be in the ₨ 100 range. You will find one at Starco Junction.
=== Auto Rickshaw By auto rickshaw ===
The usual indian autorickshaws are also available, cheaper than taxis more than motorbike taxis. Negotiate
=== Taxi By taxi ===
The most expensive option but the best for getting further afield like the airport or if you want to visit Old Goa or the beaches in South Goa.
=== Beach ===
Anjuna Beach is to the south of the village with its usual lot of restaurants and bars. Not really the most beautiful beach you can see in Goa, and not really a quiet place (beware of the occasional skydiver landing on the beach, watch out for that one infuriated cow), but it's still possible to have good times there. Be sure to check Curlie's at the end of the beach, that's the place where people meet, chill or just listen to music === Movies ===Some restaurants have TVs with cable TV but if . That said, it is a racist place that systematically racially discriminates against Indians. If you want the movie experienceare an Indian man, two movies per night are shown on a big screen at try going to the Sea Queen restaurant on upstairs area of the south side shack at any point of the road about half way between Straco Junction day or during any of their parties and Paradisoyou will be asked to pay an entry fee. This place is good for watching films but never stay there as the Sea Queen staffNotice then how western tourists (men/women), however, seem really friendly and good to talk are allowed toget in for free. After some prodding, especially while the cleaner is cleaning your room, and stealing guy at the money of the customersentrance will even admit to only charging Indians. Waiters work with the cleaner in this and the owner knows about itSo, Indian or not, if you're principally against racial discrimination, so he might be involved with all of avoid this. BE CAREFUL and do not let your holidays to become a nightmare like it happen to many of us who stayed thereplace.
=== Nightlife ===
Unfortunately it seems that Ingos has been forced to move from its old location at Arpora to a new location on the other side of the new road bridge just north of Siolim, its yet to be seen if the new location will be successful. Many of the Westerner stall holders have moved to Mackies for the moment.
 
==='''''Inkman's studio'''''===
 
Inkman's studio are known to be Printers, suppliers and distributers of promotional items. Apart from this they also deal in digital prints, papers, printers, inks. Inkman's studio products are known for their quality and economic prices.
Inkman's studio first started in Mapusa, that is a business town close to where they have now moved.
Located at the center of Anjuna,they cater to the tourism industry as well as the local markets.
Known for customized printings for special occasions such as birthday's anniversary's weddings and all important events they have brought these products within the reach of the common man with extremely their low pricing.
=== Mackies Saturday Night Bazaar ===
=== Money ===
There are three ATMs in Anjuna now right next to Dominoes Pizza: AXIS bank, HDFC bank & Kotak Mahindra. This is a new HDFC ATM as you enter Anjuna in from Baga side on the same building as Dominoes Pizza, This way to Starcos. There is also a Corp bank ATM on the only ATM so far road that connects to Vagator/Chapora from Starcos junctions. These developements have happened in the Village last year and it tends to get crowded in peak season timea half or so. So plan for it and be Patient :-)
==Eat==
* Basilico is a pizza and pasta place near main crossing, to get there turn left on the way to Paradiso from main crossing, you'll see the sign indicating the way.
* Biryani Palace is just down for Starco corner, this slightly more expensive restaurant specializes in North Indian dishes like Kebabs, Bryanis and Tandoor dishes. Friendly waiters.
* Curlie's is one of the most active beach shacks of Anjuna beach. It's located near the south end of the beach. This is one place to go to meet people. It is also a racist place that systematically racially discriminates against Indians. If you are an Indian man, try going to the upstairs area of the shack at any point of the day or during any of their parties and you will be asked to pay an entry fee. Notice then how western tourists (men/women), however, are allowed to get in for free. After some prodding, the guy at the entrance will even admit to only charging Indians.
* Munche's a.k.a. Munchies corner is open 24 hours a day. a place to eat food, have a drink, watch cable TV, meet people at night or find a list of upcoming parties. It's located on the left side of the road, on the road to Vagator between main crossing (Starco junction) and Oxford Arcade.
* Oasis is one of the most popular restaurants in Anjuna. It serves cheep food and has friendly staff, its located on the north side of the main road towards the beach from Starco junction.
* Shore Bar. This is definitely the best place to eat in Anjuna. The food is really good and the menu is never ended!!! People are nice is is by the sea.
* Avalon Sunset - Is a muliticuisine restaurant by the shore, good food and the Menu offers Indian, Israeli, Continental and Chinese. Very friendly staff. Being right on the shore by the rocks it s a great place just sit by and enjoy an afternoon drink as well. It's the first restaurant as you walk southwards towards the beach on the main street of Anjuna. They also hire bikes and the restaurant is a WI FI zone for browsing the internet. They even have laptops that they let the customers use.
 
*<eat name="Tantra Beach Shack" alt="" address="Flea Market" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Vegetarian food and thali on the beach. three floors, antique furniture</eat>
*<eat name="Whole Bean" alt="" address="" directions="on the main road to the Anjuna flea market" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Excellent place for lunch. Offering great tofu and other health foods. Worth a try.</eat>
*<eat name="Bean Me Up Restaurant and Guest House" alt="" address="" directions="Next To Anjuna Petrol station" phone="2273479" url="www.beanmeup.in" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Bean Me Up is a popular Organic restaurant in Anjuna. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options available, amazing choice of salads and the food is always fresh and healthy, they do have musicians playing on certain nights, open for Breakfast, lunch and Dinner. Rooms also available.</eat>
==Drink==
*<drink name="michele s cafe at la vie en rose" alt="" address="" directions="left road before flea market and before Banyan soul" phone="0091 832 2274848 and 0091 9822388283" http://www.himalayastrek.com="" hours="9AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="">The owner is a French lady. It is a French cafe, recently opened, known for his exquisite Quiches and Desserts. ''Plat du jour/ today special'' is also a plus like ''Chicken Normandie or Calamares Mediterranee''. Open for breakfast with fresh fruit juices and delicious bacon mushroom omelets, the seat out is in the garden on the loan surrounded by flowers and trees. Also guest house with two specious rooms with attached bathroom and terrace and balcony.</drink>
 
==Sleep==
Prices vary depending on the comfort, the commodities, the season, the duration of your stay, and your ability to bargain. To get cheaper prices, you should look in the south part, especially in St Anthony's church area.
* '''Marth's breakfast home'''. If budget is not a problem, this is a nice and friendly place to stay is Marth's breakfast home on the way to flea market (phone 2273365). * '''Villa Anjuna''' (on the road from StarCo Corner to Paradiso) is an excellent place to stay, but is slightly on the expensive side. Double A/C room would cost you Rs. 1000+ per night, but the facilities are worth it. It is very safe, they have security 24 hours, the restaurant is also open 24 hours and the staff are really nice and friendly. The owner is also a very nice and polite man. The swimming pool area is really nice and clean and a good place to meet nice people. *<sleep name="Florinda's Guest House" alt="" address="Anjuna Beach" directions="[email protected]" phone="9890216520" url="[email protected]" checkin="" checkout="11am" price="" lat="" long="">A wonderful place to relax in Anjuna. Right on the beach at "Florinda's Guest House". Beautiful Rooms with attached Bath and 24hr hot water. And so lovely in the Garden. Friendly people.</sleep>*<sleep name="hill view guest house" alt="hill view guest house on MyIndianStay" address="" directions="" phone="" url="http://myindianstay.com/property/hill-view-guest-house" checkin="" checkout="" price="600" lat="" long="">Quite Guest House Situated on the slow of the hills of Anjuna. The Guest House is 10 mins walking distance from Anjuna Beach. In total we have 15 rooms which include occupancy for single, double and triple accommodation. Also A/c rooms available. Rooms with kitchen for long stay and 2 cottages are also available. All rooms have TV, Fridge, attached bath with hot shower.</sleep>
Villa Anjuna (on the road from StarCo Corner to Paradiso) is an excellent place to stay, but is slightly on the expensive side. Double A/C room would cost you Rs. 1000+ per night, but the facilities are worth it. I would really recommend this place. It is very safe, they have security 24 hours, the restaurant is also open 24 hours and the staff are really nice and friendly. The owner is also a very nice and polite man. The swimming pool area is really nice and clean and a good place to meet nice people.
==Stay safe==
=== Corrupt police ===
Around Anjuna/Vagator you may have encounter some corrupted policemen (or pretending to be policemen) trying to scare you to get bakshish. From illegal drug possession to driving without helmet/license, they will try to charge you with almost everything, even threatening to hit you with a bamboo stick. Their catchphrase is "if you help me, I will help you" and they ask you to help them with ₨ 500 to ₨ 5000+. This kind of encounter is not very common, but you have to be aware it may happen almost anywhere (not inside restaurants, parties nor on the beach). If harrassment persists further, then complaint to the local police station.
=== Robbery ===
There have been some cases of robbery in Anjuna, its best to not walk alone at night or to walk in out of the way places. Also keep your rooms locked there are thefts from rooms, specially in places like Sea Queen, that have already a big reputation for stealing customer's money from the rooms.
=== Traffic ===
If you are a long stayer, a [[mosquitoes|mosquito]] net is worth having. You can buy fancy ones at the markets or the German bakery. Oxford stores has ones for ₨ 450 and you can get them from the fabric shops near the Mapusa markey for ₨ 300 or bring one from home.
 
 
=== Scams ===
 
Beware of Gem scams. These people hang around Anjuna and the surrounding cities and become your friend for a few days. Then they ask if you want to do business with them for their jewelry export business, and offer you a large amount of money to transport jewelry in your name to whatever country you're from as to save them taxes and such. They say that you will spend no money but somewhere along the line you'll have to cough up what they want. Research online for more details, but if you feel doubtful then don't do business.
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* Own vehicle: if you rented a 2-wheeler, you have to know that it's illegal to drive on the highway without a helmet. you'll probably be fined. With a small scooter, it's wise not to go further than Arrambol to the north, Mapusa inside land, and stop before the highway to panaji to the south.
If you have a decent scooter or bigger bike and a helmet you can travel almost anywhere in goa, but drive carefully: dogs, goats, cows and even elephants are wandering on the roads which are someplace falling apart.
you'll find many travel agencies in Anjuna where you can book plane, train or bus tickets, check schedule, confirm your flight, etc. one of the most reliable can be found on the post office street.
by the way this agency has one of the best change rates in Anjuna.
==Sleep==
 
'''La Casita Cottages:'''
Road Opp. Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop
*<sleep name="PALACETE RODRIGUES HERITAGE HOLIDAY HOME" alt="" address="Anjuna, Goa, India" directions="" phone="" url="http://myindianstay.com/property/palacete-rodrigues-heritage-holiday-home" checkin="11" checkout="11" price="Rs. 2310" lat="" long="">We are set in a quite lane just ten minutes from the well known market and beach .Palacete Rodrigues Holiday Home is an ideally placed holiday retreat. We have 3 Suites, 11 double rooms and 1 single bedroom with en suite bathrooms.</sleep>
 
 
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