What to wear in Goa in December? You need the answer to this question before you start packing your bags for the much-awaited Goan holiday.

December is the busiest time in Goa. Your choice of clothing in Goa during this time has to be in sync with the weather, the location and the level of comfort.


Goa is my all-time favourite beach destination. I have visited the place in almost all kinds of weather conditions and seasons. Therefore, in the current blog, I will assist you with choosing the best outfits for your visit to Goa in December.

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December is the liveliest time in Goa. What you wear in Goa will depend on what place you are visiting & your level of comfort.

What to wear in Goa in December: An Overview

December is the time when Goa is the liveliest. With the Christmas and New Year around, all of Goa is buzzing with visitors from all over the world. This means that the best beaches of Goa will get busier and accommodations will get more expensive.

Weather-wise, December is cooler and more pleasant when compared to November. The weather is dry and the sea is calm which makes it the best time to visit Goa.

Before I go into the details of what to wear in Goa in December, here is a quick overview:

Weather Conditions in Goa during December

Hot and Dry

Average Day Temperature- 33 degrees Celsius

Average Night Temperature- 24 degrees Celsius

What to Wear in Goa in December for Women?

Dresses

Full-length pants/ palazzo

Swimwear

Cotton Shorts

Tops

Flip flops/ Crocs

Scarf

What to Wear in Goa in December for Men?

Swimming shorts/ trunks

Shorts/ Bermudas

Cotton Shirts

T-Shirts

Flip flops/ Crocs

Outfit Ideas for Goa in December

December is considered to be the best time in Goa.  The whole of Goa emanates a festive vibe. The crowds begin to pour in and the beaches and clubs are all set for parties.

What to wear in Goa in December depends on where you are going. If you are going to the beach, your attire is going to be different than what you will wear when exploring Goa’s other attractions.

Here are some of my outfit recommendations for Goa based on locations:

What to wear on Goa Beaches in December?

The beaches of Goa are buzzing during December. There are beach parties, water sport activities and many other things happening. This is also a good time to take a dip in the sea as the temperature is quite favourable and the sea is calm. 

Here are my recommendations for what to wear n Goa in December:

For Women:

Dresses– Pack your favourite dresses for Goa. Dresses are the most comfortable and stylish piece of clothing for this season. You can also wear these dresses when you are out exploring the towns and cities of Goa. You can also wear them as party outfits. I would suggest sundresses, boho and maxi dresses. avoid any bodycon 

Shorts –   Don’t forget to put shorts high up your Goa packing list. Shorts are the best piece of clothing for hot weather. They are not only comfortable but they also give you the ease of movement. So, whether you wish to indulge in some water sports, go to a club or pub, or just want to visit the forts of Goa, they are a perfect choice. You can wear them with T-shirts, crop tops, tank tops, etc.

T-Shirts and Tank Tops – T-shirts are a must carry. Pair your favourite loose t-shirts with shorts or pants or skirts. You could also carry some tank tops and other tops

Swim Wear – December is the best time to take a dip in the sea. The water remains around 28 degrees Celsius which is perfect for a swim.  Therefore, make sure you carry your swimsuits. You can wear any type of swimsuit at the beaches in Goa, be it monokinis, bikinis or the really cool tankinis for the shy ones.  If you are not comfortable in bikinis, go in for some good old shorts and a tank top. Cotton shorts are not a good option for the sea. Choose a polyester or nylon blended material.

Tip: Keep those Bikinis strictly to the beaches. Avoid wearing revealing outfit outside of beaches to avoid unwanted attention.

Sarong/kaftan/ Cover-up Dress – If you are planning to wear a swimsuit, carry a Sarong, kaftans and cover-up dresses.  Wear them over your swimsuits and you are good to chill on the beach. My favourite are tasselled cover-up dresses. They are light, airy, comfortable and look really nice.

Tip: You can buy some really cool cover-up dresses and kaftans at the beach markets in Goa.

 

Flip Flops/ Sandals – Pair your favourite dress, shorts or swimsuit with a pair of flip flops or open sandals. Avoid wearing leather or suede flip flops, as the sand and water can disfigure them.

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If you are comfortable, you can choose to wear Bikinis in Goa. However, make sure that you limit your swimwear to the beaches only. Although there is no dress code in Goa as such, some places may require you to dress more modestly.

For Men:

Shorts – Shorts are a pretty great option to wear on the beach. Wear them with tank tops, shirts or t-shirts. Go for lighter colours since they look the best on the beaches.

Shirts – Men can wear shirts on the beach too. Wear them with your shorts. Choose shirts that are a little loose. Printed shirts look the best with plain Bermuda shorts.  Choose natural fabrics like linen, cotton, etc.

T-shirts & Tank Tops – Along with the shirts, take along a few T-shirts and tank tops. Cotton and linen fabric is the best and most comfortable option.

Swimming Trunks/ Shorts – December is a great time to take a dip in the ocean. If you plan to do so, make sure you carry swimwear. These are usually made up of nylon or polyester and therefore dry up quickly.

Flip Flops/ Sandals – Flip flops and sandals are the best options for footwear at the beaches in Goa. They go well with all your attire. Avoid wearing leather or suede flip flops, as the sand and water can disfigure them.

What to wear when exploring Goa in December – For Men & Women

There are many more things to explore in Goa other than the beaches. You can visit the famous temples, churches, fort and even villages. While there is no dress code for places as such but some places may require you to dress more modestly.

Here are some of my recommendations:

For Women:

Palazzos – These are a very comfortable option for exploring Goa. They are airy and light and look great too. You can wear them with t-shirts, crop tops or tank tops.

Loose Pants – You can also choose to wear some loose cotton pants. There are a number of options available- from classic baggy pants to dhoti pants. Pick the style that suits you the best.

Shorts – You can also wear cotton shorts paired with T-shirts for exploring Goa. Make sure the shorts are of decent length. By decent, I mean at least mid-thigh. Booty shorts or hot pants is not really a good idea.

Dresses – Dresses are a good option as well.  However, if you are planning to go hiking or want to indulge in some adventure sports, stick to pants or shorts. Also, make sure that the dresses are not too revealing or inappropriate.

Scarf – Carry a couple of scarves. You can use them to protect yourself from the sun and also use it to cover up if you visit some religious places.

Sneakers/ Comfortable Shoes – Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers if you plan to indulge in some local sightseeing or wish to go for some hikes or spend your time in places other than beaches. Walking around in flip flops gets tiring, so you need comfortable footwear.

Light Zipper/ Shrug- Carry a light shrug or a zipper. Although the temperature in Goa doesn’t fall a lot, they can dip slightly during December. 

For Men:

Light Zipper– During December, Goa can get a little cool in the morning and evening. Carry an light zipper just in case the temperatures drop.

Loose Pants – You can also choose to wear some loose cotton pants. There are a number of options available- from classic baggy pants to dhoti pants. Pick the style that suits you the best.

Shorts – You can also choose to wear cotton shorts paired with T-shirts or shirts for exploring Goa. 

Shirts – Shirts make for a comfortable choice when travelling around Goa. I would recommend cotton shirts over synthetic fibres.

T-shirts & Tank Tops – Along with the shirts, take along a few T-shirts and tank tops. Cotton and linen fabric is the best and most comfortable option.

Sneakers/ Comfortable Shoes – Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers if you plan to indulge in some local sightseeing or wish to go for some hikes or spend your time in places other than beaches. Walking around in flip flops gets tiring, so you need comfortable footwear.

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Flip Flops are a must for your Goa vacation. If you are going to be spending your time on the best beaches of Goa, make sure you have a pair. Trust me walking in shoes on the beach isn’t going to be a challenge, getting that sand out of the shoes will be.

What to wear in Goa in December- Other Essentials and Accessories

There are certain other things that are a must when visiting Goa. While some of these are optional, others are absolute must-haves.

Must-Have Things in Goa in December

Sunglasses – Make sure you buy some good sunglasses to protect your eyes from the Goa heat. They needn’t be super expensive; they just need to do the job well. Choose a pair of sunglasses that are big, comfortable and offer 100% UV protection (both UVA and UVB). I found these pretty good sunglasses online. They look stylish, are UV protected and pretty much in budget.

Bag – You need to carry a bag for all your day to day travel needs.  The bag should be big enough to hold your essentials like sunscreen, lip balm, water bottle, mobile phone, etc. Tote bags are a great choice. For guys, I would suggest messenger bags.

Sunscreen Lotion – You must apply sunscreen on your exposed skin. Apply good sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 50. Also, make sure you reapply me every few hours.  Wash your face or simply wipe off with a wet tissue and reapply the sunscreen.

Sun Hat – Broad rimmed hats are really helpful in protecting against the harsh sun. You can get one of the straw hats at the beach itself.

Lip Balm – Your lips need protection from the sun too. The sun can be harsh on your lips. Choose a UV lip balm to keep your lips hydrated and protected from the sun. I have tried a lot of lip balms, but I like the SPF 15 Nivea lip balms the best, they are lightly tinted with a mild fragrance. Men can opt for the untinted lip balms.

Goa Dressing Tips for December

Apart from the above recommendations, there are certain other dressing tips for Goa in December that you need to be aware of. These tips are:

Go  Natural

When in Goa, wear only natural fabrics like Jute, Cotton, Linen, Silk etc. They are comfortable in the hot and humid weather of Goa in December. These will allow your skin to breathe.

Ditch the makeup

Ladies, you don’t want your makeup to smudge in that sweaty weather. Wear sunscreen and your moisturizer. That and a hat is all you need.

Sunscreen is a must

The sun can be very harsh in Goa, make sure you carry a good sunscreen with a high SPF. Also, make sure you reapply it after every few hours.

Denims are a big no-no

Jeans might sound comfortable but they aren’t really a good choice for Goa. The humidity will make you sweat underneath your favourite jeans.

Say NO to leather

Wearing leather in the humid weather is a really bad idea. Be it leather jackets, shorts or skirts, there is no place for those in Goa.

Innerwear is not Swimwear

If you do plan to go swimming, buy proper swimwear. Wearing innerwear on the beaches is cringeworthy. The swimwear need not be too fancy or expensive. Depending on your budget and what you are comfortable with, you can choose from several options. This goes for men as well as women.

Heels, Really?

Ladies, unpack those heels. You don’t need them here.  Even if you plan to go to a club for parties, no one expects you to be in stilettos.

I hope this blog helped you in packing your bags for Goa and also gave you some interesting outfit ideas. If you have any more questions, or you have some tips to share, do share them with me in the comments section. I will be happy to hear.

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

About the Author 

Divya Sarjolta

I, Divya Sarjolta, am a die-hard traveller. Academically, I am a Gold Medalist and PhD in Economics. A Himachali by birth, I hail from the beautiful town of Shimla. I enjoy exploring life to the fullest and have pursued quite a lot of backpacking trips around India. Two things I crave more than anything else is good food and travel. I try to lead my life by my favourite lines from Game of Thrones. As Oberyn Martell puts it, “It is a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.” So, I believe explore while you can. You can reach out to me on Instagram or Quora.

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