Top 10 Beaches
Top 10 Beaches
From North to South the Croatian coastline spans across almost 6000 kilometers in length. From pebble, sand and rocky beaches the options are limitless. With 1185 islands and endless kilometers of turqouise Adriatic sea the beaches of Croatia are one of our countries greatest natural assets. Check out our list of the top of the top. Keep in mind narrowing it down to ten was not an easy task!
Punta Rata Beach, Brela
Punta Rata Beach in Brela on the Makarska Riviera is one of Croatia's crowning jewels. Beauitful is an undersatement. The turqouise azzure sea embraced by the pearly pebble beach with the iconic Brela Stone (a large rock in the sea with trees growing from it) is not only a stunning view it is an absolutely beautiful beach to spend your days basking in the Mediterranean sun on. Suprisingly even in the high season summer months this beach never gets too crowded.
Zlatni Rat, Brac
Zlatni Rat Beach has gained its position on numerous Top 10 Beach lists not only of Croatia but of the Mediterranean and Europe as well. This stunning beach on the idyllic island of Brac is famous for its shape of a large jutting out beach which forms into a small peak at the end. This peak actually changes shape as the winds and currents continually reform the direction it leans more towards. A ferry boat from Makarska takes you to Brac and a small boat taxi brings you to the island. The experience of getting there is half the fun.
Saint Ivan Beach on the island of Cres is located in the bay of Lubenice. This beach is the material from what holiday magazines are made of. A white sandy beach with crystal clear waters and beautiful natural coral reefs. Since the beach is not easy to get to the seclusion of it adds to its beauty. You can access the beach either by boat or for those of you who enjoy a good hike you can take the riskier route and walk down to the beach on quite a rugged and steep path.
Vela Beach, Krk
Vela Beach on the island of Krk in the town of Baska is a large beach (Vela meaning big in Croatian) sitauted on the largest island of Croatia. Vela stretches across 1800 meters of white sand and pebble beach. Since 1999, it has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for numerous consecutive years in a row. This beach is surrounded with endless options of recreational water sports, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Seclusion, sand, opalescent sea, and an endless horizon await you! The beaches of Proizd islet, on the island of Korcula, part of the town of Vela Luka, are one of Croatia's best kept secrets. The small secluded beaches feature white sand and pearly pebbles, luscious vegetation, and ultimate tranquility. Nudist beaches can also be found here. Proizd is accesible by taxi boat.
Rajska Beach, Rab
Rajska (Paradise) Beach on this island of Rab in Lopar is one of Croatia's best family beaches. Stretching across 2 kilometers of sand and aquamarine waters this beach is with reason a very popular tourist destination. The island of Rab offers numerous dining options, water sports, souvenir shopping and all types of accommodations. The shallow waters is what makes it great for families with young children along with the constant watch of certified lifegaurds.
Kamenjak Natural Park, Premantura
The beaches of Kamenjak natural park are located in the small town of Premantura 10 kilometers from the city of Pula in Istria. These beaches are not glorified for the white sandy beaches and typcial paradise scenes they are however well known for their rugged coastlines, strong winds and then unexpected secluded pebbly beach coves. Although the beaches in this area are quite barren locals have claimed these parts as their own and have uncovered the ideal destination for windsurfing enthusiasts along with adrenalin seeking cliff jumpers. Admission to the natural park is 30 hrk, upon entrance park your car almost anywhere and hike down to the coastline, now the rest is up to you. Explore this hidden beauty!
Lapad Beach, Dubrovnik
Lapad Beach in the fascinating city of Dubrovnik is the ideal location for a beach summer vacation. Located in the beautiful Lapad bay these sandy beaches are in the vicinity if numerous hotels and resorts. The sandy beaches are dotted with beautiful pine and palm trees allowing shade for those seekeing a little shelter from the strong Croatian sun. Lifegaurds also supervise these waters making this beach family friendly.
Marinova Draga Saldun, Ciovo
Ciovo is a small peninsula connected by the mainland via the UNESCO city of Trogir. Ciovo boasts beautiful beaches some which are sandy others are rocky. Our pick however is the Saldun Bay beach, Marinova Draga Saldun, which is a beautiful small stretch of sandy coastline and blue crystal clear waters. This beach makes our list as it combines just the right amount of seclusion and tourist offerings. The beach is quite peaceful yet still offers an array of cafes and bars to get a bite to eat or to enjoy a few lazy cocktails beachside. The beach is walking distance from the center of Trogir.
Dubovica Beach, Hvar
This Top 10 List would not be complete if we did not mention one of the most romantic beaches of Croatia, Dubovica Beach. This small bay on the island of Hvar is the ideal place for couples. Dubovica Beach is an excellent destination to spend hours basking in the sun with your significant other. The sandy beach is cradled by luscious vegetation and green pine trees, ideal for finding shady spots. This is also an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkelling as the waters are so clear, visibility is incredible.