Top Ten Beaches in Croatia

Croatia boasts not only over a thousand idyllic islands along its coast but also some of the cleanest beaches in Europe, with beautifully crystal clear water.

From secluded coves embraced by lush greenery to expansive sandy shores with vibrant seaside promenades, the Croatian coastline offers a diverse and unforgettable beach experience.

Join us on a coastal journey as we explore the very best beaches Croatia has to offer. Whether you seek serene relaxation, exhilarating water sports, or a taste of local culture by the sea, we’ve curated a list of the most alluring and unmissable destinations. So, pack your sunblock and beach towels as we dive into a world of sun-soaked beauty and discover the hidden treasures that await on the best beaches of Croatia!

Saharun Beach

Saharun Beach on Dugi Otok

Located on the enchanting Island of Dugi Otok, Saharun Beach is easily reachable by a ferry ride from Zadar.

The color of the sea at this special beach is unlike anything you have ever seen before. If you didn’t know any better, you would think that you are somewhere in the Caribbean.

Spanning nearly a kilometer in length, this special beach boasts a fine expanse of smooth, ivory-white stones. On hot summer days, fragrant pine trees offer ample shade, making it the perfect beach to spend an entire day. Also in the summer months, there are two beach bars where you can rent sunbeds and parasols. What more could you possibly want?

Zlatni Rat Beach

Zlatni Rat on Brac Island

Zlatni Rat is on the island of Brac just off the coast of Split.  It is famous for its long pebble beach that stretches out into the warm Adriatic Sea like a horn. This beach is often named in the top three best European beaches, and well deserved. 

The natural beauty and shallow waters not only attract sun seekers but also water sports enthusiasts. Zlatni Rat is considered to be Croatia’s best windsurfing destination. Try your hand at surfing or scuba diving. And if you have children, they’ll love the inflatable green-and-yellow aqua park.

Planning Tip

Arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Zlatni Rat gets quite busy during midday.

And for the rest of your time check out these Interesting Things To See & Do In Brac

Stiniva Beach

Stiniva Beach on the island of Vis

Nestled within a concealed cove and cradled by stone rock formations, this beach boasts an exclusive and artistic allure. A true masterpiece of Mother Nature herself, its creation owes gratitude to the mighty winds and waves that have sculpted its mesmerizing landscape. As you set foot on the shore, you’ll be enchanted by the large, glistening white pebbles that add an extra touch of charm to this pristine oasis of untouched beauty.

The beach is not easy to reach though, without a boat. You will have to follow a goat trail to get there but it is truly worth it when visiting Vis.

Paradise Beach

Paradise beach on Rab Island

Over a kilometre long the half-moon-shaped Paradise Beach is the biggest and most family-friendly beach on Rab Island.

At this soft sand beach, you’ll find an abundance of sunbeds and water sports to enjoy. Moreover, it’s conveniently surrounded by a great selection of cafes and restaurants. There are other beautiful beaches on Rab Island as well, but Paradise Beach is by far the most popular.

Punta Rata Beach

Punta Rata beach in Brela, Makarska

The Makarska Riviera is famous for its stunning white pebble beaches and turquoise water.

 The Punta Rata beach in Brela is considered to be the most beautiful one by many visitors. With its blend of white pebbles, dense pine forests, charming seaside promenade, and the majestic backdrop of Mount Biokovo.

Planning Tip

Visit the Brela Stone on the western side of the Punta Rata beach. This unique beauty of the sea, stone, and plants makes for the perfect photo, which features on many postcards of Croatia.

Saplunara Beach

Saplunara Beach on Mljet Island

One of the last hidden jewels in the Adriatic, Saplunara beach is largely untouched and quite isolated. This sandy lagoon seems to come straight out of a movie. You will not find watersport facilities here, only a beach bar and sunbeds. Mljet island lies off the coast of Dubrovnik and can be reached by ferry. The ferry will take you to Sobra and from there you can take a bus or a taxi to Saplunara.

Queen's Beach Nin

Queen’s beach in Nin

The Nin Lagoon is an oasis of sandy beaches with Queen’s Beach being the longest one. This 3km long beach is ideal for children and very safe thanks to the shallow water. 

Legend has it that this beach earned its name when the wife of a Croatian king found solace and healing in its therapeutic mud, believed to have soothing properties for various ailments. Since then, it has been affectionately known as Queen’s Beach.

You will find several beach bars here and showers as well. The view of the Velebit mountains from the lagoon is breathtaking. If you would like to try bathing in medicinal mud, this is where you need to be, as there is a big area with medicinal mud right next to Queen’s Beach.

Baska Beach

Baska Beach on Krk Island

Baska beach is the most attractive pebble beach on Krk Island. It is a very long beach, almost 2km long, and offers all the facilities that you can possibly imagine. 

Located in the heart of Baska town, this beach offers the convenience of quick access to numerous restaurants and bars, all just a stone’s throw away. The shallow sea and fine pebbles make it an ideal spot for families with children and those who are not confident swimmers.

Hawaii Beach in Pula

Hawaii Beach in Pula

The picturesque bay beach presents a stunning turquoise ocean, featuring a gently sloping entrance, making it ideal for young kids. The beach is located just outside of the historical town of Pula, in the Verudela tourist resort. Besides pebbles, you can also find rocks on this popular beach. The surrounding cliffs are perfect for jumping into the sea. There are plenty of pine trees around the beach providing natural shade.

Dubovica Beach

Dubovica beach on Hvar island

This hidden gem holds its allure in the fact that it remains undiscovered by the masses, making it even more enchanting. Escape the crowds and find yourself in an idyllic 150-meter pebbled paradise, a secluded haven waiting to be explored. Uvala Dubovica lies 8km from Hvar town and is the perfect place for a relaxed day at the beach. You have to follow an unmarked trail followed by a steep path that leads down to the beach. On both sides of the beach, you will find some old stone houses and even a little church. One of the old stone houses is actually a little tavern that serves delicious seafood dishes, a must-try for anyone spending a day at Dubovica Beach.

Indulge in the best of Croatia’s beaches with our enchanting island cruises. Immerse yourself in a week of exploring picturesque seaside towns, serene beaches, and delightful restaurants serving delectable, freshly caught seafood. A truly unforgettable experience awaits!

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