Independent travellers have made camping Croatia popular. So there's a new generation of small, family owned sites springing up on the Adriatic coast. Services like WIFI are widely available. A mix of location and atmosphere define the best sites. And campgrounds on South Dalmatian Islands are now the top choices.
Take a look at our nine favourite beach camping Croatia spots, from north to south. Remember all sites are on hard, stony ground, so watch your tent pegs. The information in this article is taken from Rough Guides Snapshot Croatia: Split and the south Dalmatian coast.
1. Camping Monika: beach camping Croatia at its prettiest
Avoid staying in overcrowded Dubrovnik in summer. Choose beachfront camping instead. Molinat is 35km south of the city on a small, shallow bay. Surrounded by greenery, the village faces east and has several campsites.
- Camping Monika sits on a shingle-edged inlet south of Molunat main beach.
- Olive trees shelter 30 pitches.
- On-site restaurant serves seafood and local wines.
Don't avoid Dubrovnik completely. An old town guided walking tour is easy to do from Molunat.
2. Camp Grebišće, Jelsa: camping on Hvar's peaceful north coast
- Free WIFI.
- Pitches available in the shade of olive trees.
- On-site restaurant.
- Campsite café serves snacks and drinks.
- Beach bar at the east end of Grebišće Beach.
Want to island hop from Hvar? Take a full-day sailing tour of the Paklinski Islands.
3. Camp Lupis, Lovište: discover the less travelled side of Pelješac
- Family run.
- Terraced site shaded with Tamarisk.
- Right beside the beach.
- Walking distance to the village.
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4. Kamp Lili, Jagodna: blissful beach camping in Hvar
Travelling to Hvar's south coast is an adventure. Take care on the winding road through Pitve. And beware of the single-lane tunnel. Your reward is blissful peace. No clubs or cocktail bars on this stretch of coast. Local beaches range from shingle coves to rocky outcrops. And the landscape mixes sloping vineyards with cliffs.
- Family run Kamp Lili sits on Jagodna Bay.
- Pine tree-shaded pitches.
- No campervans or caravans.
- Overlooks two shingle beaches.
In search of more peace? Try an afternoon sailing tour of the Paklinski Islands.
5. Camping Mala Milna: tucked between two Hvar beaches
Milna sits east of Hvar Town. It's just a small group of houses below the main Hvar–Stari Grad road. But the main beach here is broad, pebbly and sheltered. And smaller, quieter Mala Milna beach is only a short walk west.
- Camping Mala Milna sits between both beaches.
- Pine-shaded, sea-facing campsite.
- Small tent pitches right beside the shore.
6. Adriatik Kamp, Primošten: camping Croatia for active travellers
- Midway between Šibenik and Split.
- On its own, beach-fringed peninsula.
- Terraced, shaded site with 350 pitches.
- Beach volleyball, tennis courts, pedalos, diving school.
- On-site restaurant and bar.
Drop in on Split and take a guided walking tour of Diocletian's Palace.
7. Camping Jasenovo, Žaborić-Jasenovo: one of the best small campsites in Croatia
- Gently sloping, pine shaded site.
- Close to small, pebble beach - great for sunsets.
- Prettily landscaped with only 50 pitches.
- On-site beachside café-bar serves goo ice cream.
Head to Šibenik for a full day boat tour of Kornati National Park.
8. Antony Boy Camping, Viganj: capital of windsurfing beach camps
The windsurfing village of Viganj is camping Croatia at its best. A string of sites line Ponta Beach here. And you don't have to be a surfer to get the vibe.
- Antony Boy Camping is a medium size campsite.
- On-site windsurfing school.
- Kids' playpark, bicycle rental.
- Close to cult Beach Bar K2.
When the wind drops, try a sunset kayaking tour from Dubrovnik.
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