For years Goa has been a highlight of the west coast in India. Everything from its cheap alcohol to its pristine beaches, clean at that, and its cosmopolitan crown have attracted many youngsters and old timers alike. Goa comes very close to a true tropical holiday experience, something that many other coastal cities and towns in India have found difficult to simulate.One of the first things one notices about Goa is how heavily influenced it is by the Portuguese way of life, primarily because it was under Portuguese rule well into the sixties. Furthermore, the people of Goa are very proud of their heritage and have done a fantastic job preserving their heritage buildings and their other landmarks both natural and manmade. The city attracts travelers from the world over, different countries and they all swear by the experience, comparing it to the likes of Bangkok, Ibiza and other prominent beach destinations.