The very best beaches Croatia offers range from golden bays to dramatic peninsulas. They stretch along the coastline between northern Rijeka and Dubrovnik in the south. Several seductive shorelines sit on the southerly Dalmatian coast and they put Croatia on the list of the most beautiful countries in the world – voted by you in 2022 .
But where to begin? Start with our run down of the 10 best beaches in Croatia. The following information is taken from The Rough Guide to Croatia , your travel guide for visiting Croatia.
Susak is one of our top 10 Croatian islands for getaways . It’s tiny, composed mainly of sand and reached by ferry from Mali Losinj on Cres. As Cres itself is some distance from the mainland, the journey to Susak takes time which only adds to the island's connoisseur appeal.
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.
If your perfect beach is long, sandy and stretches to the horizon, then head for Nin, 15km from Zadar . Nin’s Kraljičina plaža has two beach bars and little else, apart from mesmerising views of the Velebit mountains.
Don’t be alarmed to see sludge covered bathers here, the reedy area behind Kraljičina plaža is rich in peloid mud, thought to be a natural treatment for muscle and joint pain. Take a look at another 6 reasons why you should visit Zadar Croatia .
If Kraljičina plaža leaves you wanting more, think about taking a full day boat trip from Zadar to Sakarun Beach.
There's no denying Bačvice beach plays an important role in the lives of almost everyone who calls Split home. It's a shallow bay of sand and shingle, popular with families and a café-packed pleasure pavilion to the east makes it quite a buzzy social hub too.
However, Bačvice is definitely most famous of all as the home of picigin, the uniquely Dalmatian game involving much leaping around to stop a small ball hitting the water. It's hard to describe the passion for picigin in Split, so just head for the beach and see for yourself.
If you want to escape the city for a few hours, take a half-day Blue Lagoon and three islands boat trip from Split.
Lovrečina Bay is one of several beaches on Brač which delivers on the hype. It's just four kilometres east of Postira and sets its soft, sandy shores and translucent waters againts a haunting backdrop of graceful medieval ruins and ancient olive groves.
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 .
Brač Island is ethereally lovely as the sun goes down, see for yourself on a three hour sunset kayaking expedition with local guides.
Hvar Town has a global reputation for Renaissance grandeur, celebrity glamour, chic bars and dazzling nightlife. It's also on our things to do in Croatia: the ultimate list . However, if you want good beaches our advice is to head out of town.
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 an 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.
You need to go sailing at least a little on Hvar, so why not book a Blue and Green Cave day tour from the island?
Grebišće is absolutely perfect for smooth paddling, thanks to its sandy seabed and you’ll find it just 4km east of Jelsa on the Sućuraj road, after a short walk through Grebišće campsite.
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.
What are the best beaches Croatia is known for? The answer these days is likely to be Zlatni Rat, close to Bol on the island of Brač, which is now one of the country's most photographed beaches.
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.
Approached by water taxi from Vela Luka, Proizd looks like an average Adriatic islet, but its mix of pine and maquis hides an amazing secret. Proizd is actually one of Croatia's top sunbathing spots thanks to a trio of dramatic beaches comprised of sloping slabs shelving into clear seas.
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.
As one of Croatia's 5 best honeymoon destinations , Dubrovnik does romance very well and the delightful 50 minute ferry crossing from the city to Lopud Island is proof of that. It's a passenger-only ferry and Lopud is car-free, so after your romantic sail you can expect a bit of a hike to get to the beach.
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.
It's hard to imagine having enough of Croatia's beaches, but if you need a breather a guided walking tour of Dubrovnik Old Town is perfect.
Looking for a beach with a post-apocalyptic tinge? Try Kupari south of Dubrovnik where a holiday resort for the Yugoslav Peoples’ Army was shelled during the 1991–95 war and the remains of the derelict hotels can still be seen to this day.
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 .
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