Dona Paula Beach is situated just 7 km away from Panjim. It is also the meeting point of the Zuari and Mandovi rivers. It got its name from Dona Paula De Menezes, the daughter of the then viceroy, who committed suicide after not being allowed to marry Gaspar Dias, a local fisherman whom she loved. Cabo Raj Bhavan, the official residence of the Governor of Goa, is also situated in Dona Paula along the western tip.
Bundled along the southern side of the hammer-shaped headland that separates the Zuari and Mandovi rivers, it is one of the most haunted beaches in Goa. One can have a nice view of Mormugao from here. Bordered by casuarina groves and palm trees, this beach is beloved by both local and international travellers. One can also shop for a variety of products varying from spices to straw hats from local vendors.
It offers a large number of water sports activities that adventure lovers can indulge in. These include motorboat riding, kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing, para-sailing, ski-bob, harpoon fishing, sports fishing and much more.
One of the famous tourist attractions in Dona Paula is the National Oceanography Institute. It includes a marine biology museum, taxonomy reference center and all major branches of coastal and marine oceanography.