Best Beaches in Croatia: Top 12
Clear water and undisturbed landscapes are the two main features of Croatia’s beaches. From Istria to Dubrovnik, with more than 1000 islands Croatia has more than 6000 kilometers of coastline with an amazing variety of beaches. Family, water sports, nudist, sandy and pebbly, for all tastes and for all kinds of tourists… Many are accessible, others more isolated, which can only be reached by boat – but all provide a sense of pleasure in a corner of paradise. And so, let’s find out what they are the best beaches in Croatia .
1. Zlatni Rat (island of Brac).
It is located in the quiet town Bol, in the south of the island of Brač. This is probably the most famous beach image of Croatia in the form of a golden horn, the shape of the end of which changes depending on the winds and tides.
This beach deepens half a kilometer into the sea and is a surfer’s paradise because there is always wind. There are windsurfing and diving schools here. Also it is one of the best beaches in Europe.
2: Bane (Dubrovnik)
It is the most popular beach in Dubrovnik, and one of the most beautiful in the world, with a view of the city walls and the nearby island of Lokrum. It is quite lively, with many holidaymakers and with all the amenities: hammocks, umbrellas, changing cabins, sports entertainment, catamarans, bars… Especially do not miss its nightlife after sunset.
3. Beaches Proizd (Korcula)
Proizd is a small island near the island of Korcula. It is located near the town of Vela Luka, in the west of Korcula, where you can take a boat and in half an hour sail to this paradise with white beaches, hidden coves and clear turquoise water. Three beaches, known as Bili Boci, and the northern part of the island stand out, with beautiful views of the neighboring island of Hvar and the open sea. There is a small restaurant next to the pier for visitors.
4. Punta Rata Beach (Brela)
Next on the list of “Best Beaches in Croatia” is Punta Rata. This is a family beach, included in the top ten beaches in the world by Forbes magazine. It is pebbly, like most beaches in Croatia, but the entrance to the sea is sandy, making it ideal for families with children. It is surrounded by pine trees that provide shade for shelter from the hot sun. With infrastructure in place there are bars and restaurants nearby, as well as places to rent water sports equipment.
5. Beach Stiniva (Vis Island)
A beautiful and secluded bay, only 30 meters long, hidden among rocks. It is located on the southern part of the island. You can get here by narrow paths (it is not very easy) or by boat. Stiniva is a natural, wild and perfect landscape, and undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Croatia.
6. Podvrske (Murter Island).
The beach is several km long, with an area for nudists. There are areas of sand, gravel and stones. Here you can fish and enjoy water sports such as snorkeling or water polo. There is a dock with small boats, a place to jump in the water and a bar.
7. Saharoon (Dougie Otok Island)
This Croatian beach is known for its unpolluted white sand and clean sea. It is surrounded by pine trees, which provide a pleasant shelter from the sun. It has a length of 800 meters and not very deep sea, which makes it ideal for holidays with children. There are two bars for a drink or a snack. You can get here by train from the village Božava, which leaves every two hours.
8. The beach Zrce (Pag).
This beach in the northeast of the island of Pag is particularly popular among young people for its trendy clubs where you can dance until dawn. The main clubs include Aquarius, Papaya and NOA, which are reminiscent of the spirit of Ibiza. In addition to discos, this beach offers umbrellas, hammocks and other water fun supplies for rent, has catering facilities, as well as lifeguards.
9. Rajska Beach (Rab Island)
The picturesque village of Lopare, famous for its beautiful sandy beaches, is only 12 kilometers from the ancient town of Rab on the island of the same name in the wide bay. The most famous is Rajska, 1.5 km long, with many facilities for visitors and a wide gastronomic offer. It is ideal for families with children, where they can swim in the calm, shallow sea under the supervision of lifeguard service. It is also one of the few sandy beaches on the rocky islands of Croatia.
10. Sveti Ivan (Cres).
Sveti Ivan is the most famous beach of the Croatian island of Cres, with snowy white pebbles and crystal clear water. It is located at the foot of Lubenice, a picturesque ancient fortress town, built almost entirely from stone. It is a favorite place for stopping the yachts.
By land, Sveti Ivan is accessible only on foot, but the scenic 45-minute descent to the sheltered beach is part of its appeal. The climb back up takes about an hour and a half.
It was once ranked 15th out of the top 40 beaches in the world by the German magazine Bild.
11. Cape Kameniak (Istria)
Cape Kameniak, at the southern end of the peninsula of Istria, is a protected area with untouched nature and clean sea that stretches for about 30 kilometers. Mostly rocky areas are found here, with ideal bottoms for diving, but there are also beautiful beach areas. Further south, strong currents prevail, which are ideal for windsurfing.
12. Dubovica Beach
Dubovica is a beautiful beach on the popular coast of the island of Hvar. A short drive from the village of Milna, this pebble beach hides in an emerald green lagoon, contrasting with a small group of historic stone houses nestled among the hills. The calm, clear waters are great for families and diving enthusiasts.
What can be said lastly … Croatia is an amazing country, especially when it comes to beach vacations. If you plan to spend your next vacation as always in Turkey or Egypt for example, it is better to forget about these destinations. Discover something new, perhaps not yet so popular. After all, some Croatian beaches are worthy to be included in the list of the “Best Beaches in the World.