Though the beaches along this entire strip are really just different patches of one long and continuous stretch of sand, some places have more character than others. Betalbatim Beach, just to the north of Colva, is a good example of what a difference a few hundred metres can make; it's as calm, quiet and pastoral as Colva is crowded and is itself divided into the romantically named Lover's Beach and Sunset Beach. A handful of beach shacks crowd around the various entrances.
Majorda Beach is separated from the laneways by a stream, forded by rickety bamboo bridges. Further north again, Utorda is a clean, if slightly characterless, stretch of beach, approached on rickety bridges over a series of creeks. It’s mostly popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding swish resorts, as well as for Indian beach weddings at places like Royal Orchid and Zeebop.