Mumbai beaches are famous for their unique and colorful identities. While not all of these are quite as idyllic as some of the Goa beaches, they are interesting stretches of sand against which the Arabian Sea gently—and sometimes not so gently—laps. Mumbai is not known as a beach-going destination, and visitors are most likely to be in town for other famous Indian attractions located here. As a result, the existence of Mumbai beaches is an added bonus, and many visitors find themselves pleasantly surprised that it's possible to take a day out from their busy itinerates to bask around on the beach.
The most famous among the Mumbai beaches is the Chaupatty beach, which is located near Marine Drive, the famous boulevard that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. Chaupatty beach is famous for the celebrations that take place on its shores during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, usually around late August, when idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in the sea.
In terms of typical beach-going, the Juhu beach is probably the most famous of the Mumbai beaches. It is considered the largest beach in Mumbai, with three entry points at Andheri, Santa Cruz, and Vile Parle. The Juhu beach is also well-known for the street food vendors who sell, among other things, chats and bhelpuri. Located in one of the richest parts of Mumbai, the Juhu beach is well known as a favorite hangout of Bollywood stars, many of whom own mansions located at the southern end of the beach.
The Versova beach, meanwhile, is located next to a small fishing village of the same name in the suburbs of Mumbai. This quiet Mumbai beach is interspersed with large boulders, which make for great seating spots if you want to gaze out over the ocean, read, or perhaps sketch as the sun rises or sets. The area of Versova is known for its large number of Kolis, a Marathi fishing community. Every afternoon, that day's catch is auctioned, meaning that dining out in these parts is a particularly attractive thing to do given the exceptionally fresh seafood on the menu.
The Aksa beach in Malvani, Mumbai is one of the least-known of the Mumbai beaches. This Mumbai beach is, consequently, very clean and happily empty. Vacationers arriving at this Mumbai beach are well catered to, as they're able to choose from a plethora of resorts and cottages nearby.
Many vacationers spend a couple of days in Mumbai and then head toward Goa, which is much more popular among those who want to relax on idyllic Indian beaches. Panaji, the capital city of Goa, has several beautiful beaches, with the Miramar and Dona Paula beaches among the most popular. These are resort beaches that are normally home to more tourists than locals. As a result, activities and accommodations, are never hard to come by, but a bit of peace and quiet can be. There are plenty of other beaches in Goa, however, that are truly deserted wonderlands—you just have to travel out from the center a bit to find them.