Beaches in Croatia offer a range from golden bays to dramatic peninsulas. They stretch along the coastline between northern Rijeka and Dubrovnik in the south. Not to mention the several seductive shorelines sit on the southerly Dalmatian coast. But where to begin? Start with our rundown of the best beaches in Croatia.
Spiaza is the main beach on Susak. A moon-grey crescent, edged with shallow seas, it spreads out from Susak village and if you want to swim, be prepared to wade out a bit for deep enough water. Bok Bay is another sandy beach further to the east, it's always quieter than Spiaza because of the walk to get there.
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However, Bačvice is definitely the most famous of all as the home of picigin — the uniquely Dalmatian game involving much leaping around to stop a small ball from hitting the water. It's hard to describe the passion for picigin in Split, so just head for the beach and see for yourself.
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Parking at the beach is very limited so despite the loveliness it's never as crowded as it should be. If Brač puts you in the mood for a spot of voyaging, start with a look at Island-hopping in Croatia: a practical guide.
You’ll find several fine coves and bays to the east but the most attractive by far is Uvala Dubovica, a broad pebbly beach near a historic manor house. The shallow seas here make it a top pick for families, although in high season it also attracts yachts and motorboats.
Uvala Dubovica isn’t the easiest beach to reach which tends to reduce crowds. Parking on the main road is limited to only 50 vehicles, so don’t drive. Instead, rent a bike or scooter in Hvar town and have some fun beach-hopping along the coast.
It’s a narrow beach with little shade although that doesn't deter visitors to this lovely, shallow and sandy bay. If it gets too hot, the local campsite café serves drinks and snacks and there's often a summer beach bar on Grebišće itself.
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Iconic images of this silvery tongue of shingle stretching out into vivid turquoise waters are instantly recognisable the world over so the beach does attract crowds during summer. Don't let that put you off, it's still a compelling place to visit and you may actually find it hard to leave.
Each beach is a natural sun trap and spots on the rocks are prized, although all three are very popular with skinny dippers too. So if you're a sun worshipper and asking Split or Dubrovnik: where should you go first? Proizd might push you in Dubrovnik's direction.
But Šunj Bay is worth the effort. A graceful crescent of fine shingle and sand strung between rocky promontories, it's simply beautiful and completely unspoiled. Although after your trek, you'll be pleased to find there's a casual beach bar here.
Don't worry, it's not all gloom and doom as Kupari is also home to one of the best beaches in Croatia where fine shingle and sand crescent contrasts starkly with the ruined buildings.
Please don't go exploring, the hotels are unprotected, potentially quite dangerous and definitely not on our list of where to stay in Dubrovnik.
There’s a sequence of smaller, progressively less crowded, sandy beaches beyond the headlands to the north, beginning with Livačina Bay, followed by the predominantly naturist Kaštelina Bay slightly further up.
One of the local attractions here is Sakarun Beach which is known thanks to its crystal-clear turquoise waters, soft white sand, and pine trees that provide natural shade. The beach is relatively secluded and visitors can reach it by car or by boat. Sakarun Beach is surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation and offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea.
Punta Rata Beach is a stunning beach located in the town of Brela, along the Makarska Riviera. One of the most iconic features of Punta Rata Beach is the Brela Stone, a large rock formation rising from the sea just off the beach.
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The other famous beach in Makarska Riviera is naturist-friendly Nugal, an enticing stretch of pebble squeezed between red-streaked cliffs 3km southeast of town. To get there, head to the eastern end of Makarska’s Riva and pick up the marked trails leading up into the woods.
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