North Goa is the Goa every one hears about - parties on the beach, yoga studios, and tons of European tourists. But South Goa, especially Palolem Beach, is where you can go to relax. The towns have lots of tourist shops and restaurants, but they are not overrun with them. The beachs are uncrowded and still filled with local fisherman and their boats. You will have to share the sand with a few cows, but that's just Goa.