Best Beaches of Croatia

Croatia is blessed with Europe ‘s most glorious coastline which has miraculously escaped the over-development of some other Mediterranean vacation and holiday destinations. Situated in Southern Central Europe,Croatia is a roughly horseshoe-shaped country with a coastline 1,777 kilometers long. No less than 1,185  islands lie offshore, but only 66 of them are inhabited. Slovenia lies to the north, Italy to the west.To the east and south are Bosnia and Montenegro, both peaceful, and newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia. Croatia’s stunning coastline is on the Adriatic Sea, one of the cleanest seas in the Mediterranean and wonderfully warm.

Croatia’s main tourist attraction is, and always has been, its beaches. With miles of pristine continental Adriatic seaside and dozens of islands to visit, the sun and fun are endless. For this journey, leave the kids and your inhibitions home; I’m taking you to Croatia’s sexiest beaches.  As far as beach travel destinations go, Croatia beaches cannot be beat! Continue reading about the best beaches of Croatia.  Planning your vacation here?  Visit our Croatia Travel Guide and start planning today.

Stiniva Beach, Vis Island

Stiniva beach is located on theisland of Vis in southern Croatia. It is a beautiful beach on the southern part of the island. Part of this fantastic pebble beach is always in the shade, so you can also hide from the hot midday sun.  If you want to emerge yourself in this beach, you can head there by foot taking the narrow steep path that goes from the hamlet Žužeca. It will take about 15 minutes to reach the bay and the beach. You can also rent a car in Vis and visit this beach.

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Plat Beach (Dubrovnik)

Plat beach is located near Dubrovnik in an area called Župa Dubrovačka between the Cavtat and Mlini settlements. It is hidden behind stones and provides total privacy, making it an oasis of peace and quiet.  Plat is a naturist beach and is meant for those to wish to enjoy its privacy, but is also appropriate for singles, families with children and romantics. Its only negative side is the fact that there is no shade from the sun so the only way to refresh yourself in the hot summertime is at the nearby café and swimming in the sea.  There is also a restaurant which offers various Dalmatian specialties. Those who prefer sports and recreation can enjoy volleyball and picnics, however, you must bring all your own equipment because the beach does not provide such services. The sea is shallow enough that it is appropriate for small children and those who do not know how to swim.

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Girandella Beach (Rabac, Istria Island)

Beneath the Girandella tourist village there is a beautiful pebbly beach with some rocky and paved parts. It is also awarded with a Blue flag. Here you can relax and enjoy the summer pleasures all day long. There are many restaurants, bars, shops, and a popular diving center within the tourist village. On the seaside you can rent deck chairs, parasols and pedal boats or try other activities such as banana riding or water skiing. A traditional Summer festival where yiu can listen the popular electronic music is organized at this attractive beach and it attracts a large number of young people. The Girandella beach is an ideal vacation destination for enjoying in all the summer pleasures with a great choice of activities.

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Brela Beach (Vrulja)

Vrulja beach is located near the beautiful resort Brela on the Makarska Riviera. Vrulja is surrounded with awry and high cliffs because of which it is not easily approached. It is best to come to the beach by boat from Brela. Those who do not want to spend the whole day in the sun can enjoy in the shade beautiful tall pines and other Mediterranean plants provide you with.  The Vrulja Beach is favorite among tourists and the local people, with a part of the beach intended for nudists. The beach is pebbly and the sea is crystal clear and a little cooler due to many sources. The beach is ideal for romantic couples and families with small children.

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FKK Kandarola Palit Beach, (Frkanj Peninsula, Rab Island)

The island of Rab is a famous tourist destination with beautiful beaches and picturesque bays. The forested green peninsula Frkanj attracts many swimmers with its beautiful hidden rocky beaches. The most famous beach Kandarola is found here, a naturist beach where you can rent a taxi boat that goes to the beach and back to the port of Rab. The beach is clean and a variety of activities can be practiced that fit perfectly into the natural environment. It is surrounded by rich flora and fauna and sharp rocks that rise from the sea. On the beach you can find showers, a bar, a restaurant, a water slide for kids and volleyball on the sand.

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Zlatni Rat (Bol, Brac Island)

The paradise beach Zlatni rat is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Croatian coastline and at the same time the most representative panorama of Bol. It was created by deposits of fine pebbles as sediment around the underwater reef, spreading as a small tongue as much as 500 meters into the sea. The very tip of Zlatni rat keeps changing its shape constantly due to the influence of winds, waves and sea currents, making it appear different and repeatedly interesting. This location is a protected natural area and a favorite spot for surfers and kite-surfers from around the globe. During the summer months, every half an hour there is a small tourist train going to the beach, as well as tourist boats that take off from the port of Bol.

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Mali Bok Beach, Cres Island

Mali Bok is a stunning spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving.  It does get deep very quickly and might appear a bit scary, as the coast on this side of the island is very steep.  If you are lucky, you might spot a griffon vulture, the biggest bird in Europe.  The griffon vulture only finds its home in a very few remaining places in Europe including the island Cres.  Cres is truly the eco island paradise of Adriatic.

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Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok

Near the beach are the places Veli Rat, Veruni, Soline and Božava. The beach gained its reputation with the whiteness of the sand and clean sea, surrounded by pine trees that provide a welcome shade in the summer. This is a wide expanse of beach with shallow waters, suitable even for young children. On the beach are two catering facilities that offer refreshments and light snacks. Transport is organized from Božava to Sakarun with a tourist train, which departs every two hours.

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Beach Rucica, Metajna (Pag, Dalmatia)

The beach of Rucica is located in Metajna, in the eastern part of the island of Pag. The beach of Rucica is a stone and rocky beach suitable for different extreme sports and especially for mountaineering. The beach Rucica is protected and hidden among the rocky beach. Rucica is a beach of fine gravel beach lapped by a turquoise sea. The only disadvantage is that Rucica doesn’t have any kind of vegetation and so there is no shade on the beach.   This beach is recommended for families with small children, fun and sports.

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Golden Cape Beach, Rovinj

The coast is mostly rocky with a few small pebble inlets. Pine trees shadow allows you to rest after a long swim in the beautiful clean water. The Golden cape (Montauro) is located inside the Zlatni rt Park Forest a few minutes walk from Lone bay following the gravel road toward the old quarry used by rock climbers just half an hour walk from Rovinj town center.   The Golden cape is suitable for tourist and nature lovers seeking a wild rocky beach or a small pebble inlet. Spots with some privacy are not an exception for this beach.

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Pecine Beach, Rijeka

Pecine Beach is a Blue Flag beach littered with pebbles, sand and rocks. Its level shores provide safe bathing for young children and people with disabilities. In addition, the barrier-free beach offers a variety of tourist activities (including diving, beach volleyball, children’s entertainment, tennis, football) as well as catering in the form of beach cafés and restaurants. Showers, toilets and changing rooms complete the whole offer for tourists. The crystal clear waters and the Pecine Beach, Rijekasunken Pelastis ship wreck located nearby draw snorkelers and divers to the beach. To reach the Pecine Beach you can go either on foot or by car.

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Queen’s Beach, Nin

The Queen’s Beach is a 3-km-long sandy beach in the Nin lagoon with one of the most beautiful views of Mount Velebit that takes your breath away- It is favorable for a peaceful vacation of families with small children. The biggest site of medicinal mud in Croatia is situated in Nin. The medicinal mud locality (peloid) is located next to the famous Queen’s Beach. The mud has been used for forty years in the therapy of various diseases. The area has 6 nature habitats of 3 rare and 4 endemic plants. There are also birds that like swamps. The ecologically preserved environment attracts nature lovers throughout the year.

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Vela Przina Beach, Korcula Island

Vela Przina Beach is a lovely sandy beach, one of many picturesque beaches in Lumbarda, offering spectacular views across the sea all the way to Lastovo.  This is a very popular sandy beach, filled with tourists and locals. Gets very crowded in summer so if you like sandy beaches hurry up to take good spot as early as possible. Located on the southern side of the island, so it faces open sea, though secluded within a large bay. There are two open-air cafes right on the beach for simple foods and refreshments.

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Paradise Beach, Lopar

The largest and best known sandy beach in Lopar is so called Rajska (Paradise) Beach.  It has been awarded”Blue flag” for the quality of water, preservation of natural surroundings as well as safety. It even got on the CNN’s Top 100 world beaches list.   There is a lot to do, from beach volleyball, to aqua parks, parasailing and beach parties. If you have a dog, take it to the south part of the beach and enjoy a swim together.

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30 Comments

  1. fabio gargiulo

    Even if i live so close (Italy) i never had the chance to go there. I knew that the beaches were beautiful but thanks to this post I have the confirmation. The descriptions are well done and the photos are attractive, the summer is still long and I certainly had the drive to spend a few long weekends there. Thank you Leahrae for sharing your knowledge.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I can tell you that Croatia is wonderful.  You will have to vacation there 🙂  Thanks for visiting the best beaches of Croatia.

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  2. AmDetermined

    Your post is educating as I have learnt little about Croatia from your post, I love creating new moment for my self, i would love to visit most of the beaches listed in your post, spending my birthday party coming up next 2 month at the beaches will be a memorable one.

    for future reference to the post I will be sharing your post on my social media and for my friends to also learn from your post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you and glad you enjoyed your visit to the best beaches of Croatia.  Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Henderson

    This are all really nice beaches. I have always been a great fan of beaches since when I was young. So now I’m looking for a nice beach to enjoy my summer with my girlfriend, something new. I heard the people of Croatia are really friendly and I love that. I think this is my summer vacation destination. I particularly like Paradise beach and I really want to see that beauty. Great post.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Henderson.  I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about all of the best beaches of Croatia.  A wonderful beach destination for sure.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Paul

    Dear Leahrae,

    You might be aware that I am a regular visitor to your site.

    When I am doing my schooling, do you know what is my daily prayer? Dear GOD, bring the beach to my city lol. That much I love beaches and in the part of the world where I live, we have one river. Trust me, I am 37 years old just once I seen water running in that river.

    I used to travel to beach destinations. Sitting on the beach, walking on the sand, taking bath, and feeling the breeze is a different feeling which cannot be explained. That’s the beauty of mother nature.

    The images and the video you shared are a treat to watch. I am amazed to know that most of the photos you shared are taken by yourself, I was thinking you might have taken it online.

    The description you provide about the places is very helpful.

    Much Success!

    Paul

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Paul and thank you for visiting my site.  I am glad you enjoy reading and learning about the different wonderful beach destinations.  There are many that is for sure!

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  5. Helen and Cleopatra

    WOW, Leahrae thank you for introducing me to Croatia. What a beautiful place with so many lovely locations and beaches. Reading this great article made me want to pack my bags now since we are in the middle of winter here in Australia. I also enjoyed your gorgeous pictures and professional website. Happy travelling. Helen

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much!  I am glad you enjoyed 🙂

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  6. Abayomi

    Great article indeed,someone could plan his holiday to visit this wonderful beach for great experience. Croatia’s stunning coastline is on the Adriatic Sea, one of the cleanest seas in the Mediterranean and wonderfully warm,I got to know this through your article,The different types of beach explained and the one that got me excited is the Pat beach,Plat is a naturist beach and is meant for those to wish to enjoy its privacy, but is also appropriate for singles, families with children and romantics,my own opinion is that the positive benefit is more than the negative,I love such an environment.Thank for sharing.Rock higher in online business.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.  I am glad you enjoyed my post on the best beaches of Croatia.

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  7. RoDarrick

    Nothing beats the exceptional feeling of the ambience felt at the beach. Some are made for the parties while some are meant for solitude. However, I favor solitude more than anything when I’m on a beach. Though you have mentioned some exceptional beaches in Croatia and would surely excite any traveller, but I guess I would be just fine with the tranquility of the Girandella Beach. I would really love to connect with nature in such a beach. Very interesting and enjoyable post. I will share it to my social media platforms. Cheers

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Darrick. I am glad you enjoyed.  I prefer solitude as well 🙂

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  8. Norah Jansen

    This site must be so much fun to update! Croatia is so stunning and even though I live in one of the most beautiful countries on earth (New Zealand) we’re thinking of moving back to Europe so that we can travel to these beautiful places.
    With regards to your site, I’d remove the counter from your sharing buttons as it just draws negative attention when you don’t have a high number of shares. In my opinion.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I just added the counter today. I guess I can remove the counter portion until I get more clicks on it. Thank you so much for letting me know. Also for visiting my site. And yes, it is fun to update!

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  9. Norah Jansen

    Croatia has been on my bucket list to visit for a long time and this post just makes it even more attractive. Thanks.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are most welcome Norah. Croatia is a great beach travel destination to be on anyone’s bucket list!

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  10. Sami

    Croatian beaches seem really spectacular when viewed through your site and information. There seems enough room for everyone.

    Do you have seasons that are better to visit?

    These do seem to be well-suited for anyone’s vacations time.

    Thanks for your view of the interesting and beautiful places to spend vacation time .

    Sami

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Anyone and everyone would enjoy a beach vacation here for sure. The best time to travel for weather is between April and September. This is also their busiest time. July and August is Croatia’s peak tourist time and will be the most expensive, so if you want a budget friendly beach vacation, avoid these two months. If you want to avoid the crowds, head there between September and May 🙂 Croatia Beach Holidays are wonderful anytime you go for sure !

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  11. Mrpbrown

    This is a fantastic website nice pictures, very informative and well structured good information. Would be nice to give reconmendations of Hotels to stay or giving them rating. But this is a good looking website using good keywords. Headings are placed well also with depth information of Croatia. You can join forums of destinations and engage with travellers.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much! I have lots of ideas on getting even more stuff added…working on it 🙂 Thanks for looking at Beach Travel Destinations!

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  12. Justin W

    Very impressive article! I had no idea that Croatia was so full of beautiful destinations. Looking at heading to Europe next summer and will definitely keep in mind this article on my ventures!

    Your website is laid out great too and other articles are very informative! You seem to have a wealth of knowledge on beaches through out the world. Thanks for all the information!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Justin…definitely a passion of mine. I love beach travel…I don’t know what I would do without being able to head to the beach!

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  13. Jerry

    I believe half way through reading this my bags and clothes magically started packing themselves. This has certainly been added to my list of vacation destinations. It’s good that technology hasn’t taken away some of the little beauties we get to experience. Thanks for the awesome info. Do you think priceline is a good solution for both finding hotels and flights ?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, Priceline really cannot be beat for sure. And I agree with having my bags packed as well. I review these places…some I have been to…and then I am ready to go! Thanks for visiting!

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  14. Steve

    Immediately upon entering the site I see warm sunny pictures of beaches which makes me want to keep reading. There is a lot to offer here, from where the best beaches are, the best times to book vacations, beach gear ideas and plenty more. So many beautiful pictures included on your posts makes me want to book a vacation very soon. I never knew that some of these places even existed! Nicely done Leahrae!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Steve! I am working hard to make it the best place for finding everything you need regarding Beach Travel Destinations!

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  15. Desirae Cardenas

    WOW!! Your website looks great. It looks very professional and well done. Your pictures are amazing, did you take them yourself or find them online? Color scheme looks very clean and clear. The fonts that you have used look good with your color scheme also. Have you actually been to all of those place or are they places that you would like to go?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Desirae and thank you for the comments. Some of the pictures are mine as I have been to a lot of beaches. And of course after researching others, my bucket list just got immensely longer. I would really like to go to some where in the Caribbean I have not been yet. I have not decided where, but I have been to some of the places I covered 🙂

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