Croatia is a beach lover’s paradise. Boasting an extensive coastline and dozens of delightful off-shore islands dotted around the perfect turquoise waters of the Adriatic, there is a perfect beach for each and every visitor. Popular beaches offer rental facilities for loungers and umbrellas as well as equipment for waters ports, and you can almost always find a restaurant/bar nearby.
1.Mali Bok Beach, Cres
Picturesquely located on Cres Island off the northern coast of Croatia, Mali Bok Beach is a truly sensational little strip of paradise. Cres Island is known for its beautiful coves and bays, surrounded by towering cliffs, and Mali Bok is one of the most beautiful. However, such an idyllic beach comes at a price – it is difficult to access and on the small side. You can find parking close to the village of Orlec and you then have to follow a steep trail down to the beach – however, most visitors agree that the hike is well worth it. You will need to take everything you need down with you as there are no services.
Mali Bok Beach, Orlec, Cres Island
2.Zlatni Rat, Brac
Located on Brac Island (which lies south of Split), Zlatni Rat Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches along Croatia’s remarkable coastline. The beach is formed by millions of fine pebbles which have been deposited around a coral reef and extends over 500 meters into the sea. Due to constant wind and water movement, the beach is actually a work in progress which changes shape from time to time, making it even more irresistible. Zlatni Rat beach forms part of a protected natural area and is a favorite haunt of surfers and kite surfers, as well as bathers and sun worshippers. You can reach the beach on foot or by boat or take advantage of the summer tourist train.
Zlatni Rat, Brac Island, Croatia
3.Berulia Beach, Brela
You will find Berulia Beach tucked three scenic coves in the popular coastal resort of Brela. The beach stretches for over 400 meters and is backed by a scenic forested area which provides shade in summer. Although the beach is quite narrow, it offers many facilities to enhance your visit including public toilets, outdoor showers and chance rooms. You can hire deck chairs and umbrellas and there are plenty of water activities on offer including para-sailing, pedal-boats and jet skiing. Probably the best feature of Berulia Beach is the fact that it enjoys Blue Flag status (for the cleanliness of the water) and there are lifeguards on duty.
Berulia Beach, Brela, Croatia
4.Gradsko Kupalisto (Town Beach), Crikvenica
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You will find Gradsko Kupalisto or Town Beach about 200m north of the Crikvenica, easily accessible on foot or by car or public transport. This is another of Croatia’s beautiful Blue Flag beaches, boasting crystal clear water and great services. This beach offers something for everyone and is very popular with families. Young children can have fun at the children’s playground, while adults can enjoy a relaxing beach massage. Other activities on Gradsko beach include tubing and banana boat rides, swimming and kayaking. You can hire loungers and umbrellas on site and there is a restaurant and café, toilets and showers. This beach charges a daily entrance fee between 8am and 5pm – outside of those hours everyone can enjoy free entry.
Gradsko Kupalisto, Crikvenica, Croatia
Located immediately besides Dubrovnik’s famous city walls, Banje Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Croatia offering wonderful views of the ancient city ramparts, and Lokrum Island. You have to walk down a steep set of steps to reach the beach (which makes this beach unsuitable for strollers or wheelchairs) but once you reach the beach you can hire everything you need for a relaxing beach day. To escape the hot mid-day sun you can spend some time in the shaded café or have a genuine Croatian meal in the restaurant. Active visitors can enjoy jet-skiing, banana boats rides, para-sailing or pedal boats.
Banje Beach, Dubovnik, Croatia
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Sveti Jakov beach is one of the prettiest of Dubrovnik’s beaches, located south of the city and offering distant views of the historic walled city. Like many of Croatia’s best beaches you will need to make a little effort to visit Sveti Jakov – there are about 160 steps leading down to the beach – easy enough at the start of your day but not so great when you need to go home. To avoid the steps you can access the beach via bus or boat from Gruz, which will take you directly to the beach. Once you reach this fine pebble beach you will find lounger and parasol hire, a restaurant and beach bar and a concession where you can hire sea kayaks and jet skis.
Sveti Jakov, Dubrovnik, Croatia
One of Croatia’s most beautiful (and least known) beaches, Sakarun Beach lies at the northern tip of Dugi Otok Island, which is located due west of the mainland town of Zadar. Finding your way to Sakarun Beach is an adventure in itself and you will first have to hop aboard the ferry from Zadar for a pleasant journey around the Zadar archipelago to Dugi Otok Island. From there you can take a local bus or hire a car to reach the beach. What makes this beach so special is the amazing color of the water, the brilliant white pebbles and the beautiful backdrop of verdant green pines. The beach is particularly good for families as the water is shallow and ideal for children. During the summer you can hire loungers and umbrellas from one of two beach bars.
Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok, Croatia
8.Bi Val Beach
You will find Bi Val Beach located within the popular Bi-Village resort and campground, close to Fazana, on the western coast of Istria. This Blue Flag beach is a great option for families with children of all ages. The shallow water is perfect for younger children and there are sandy areas where the kids can build sandcastles and pools. Older children can have hours of fun enjoying tube rides, banana boats and pedal boats. Adults can simply relax or get more active trying jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing and water skiing. The beach offers changing rooms, showers and toilets and you can hire loungers and umbrellas.
Bi Val Beach, Fazana, Istria, Croatia
The island of Korcula lies off the west coast of Croatia, roughly half-way between Split and Dubrovnik, where it boasts one of the country’s best beaches, Pupnatska Beach. To reach this delightful family beach you do need to navigate a rather perilous road, but once you get to the beach you will be happy that you took the trouble to find it. Pupnatska offers crystal clear waters (great for snorkeling) and areas of shallow water where children can safely wade. There is also a sandy area suitable for sand-castle building. You can hire chairs and umbrellas and there is a restaurant/snack bar and toilets.
Pupnatska Beach, Korcula, Croatia
10.Vela Przina Beach, Korcula
Vela Przina Beach is one of the few sandy beaches you will find along the coast of Croatia, which makes it very popular especially for families. The beach is located 15 minutes by bus from Korcula Town on the southern side of Korcula Island, where it is a very popular gathering place for locals during the summer months. Families will find that Vela Przina is an ideal beach for children, offering shallow water for wading and lovely soft sand for building castles and pools. There are two beach-side restaurants where you can buy snacks and light meals and there is easy access to the beach from the parking area.
Vela Przina Beach, Lumbarda, Korcula, Croatia
11.Paradise Beach, Lopar
Imagine a two kilometer crescent of wide sandy beach, lapped by the warm azure waters of the Adriatic and you will have a pretty good idea of what to expect from Paradise Beach. You will find Paradise in the town of Lopar on the island of Rab, which lies off the northwestern coast of Croatia. Paradise Beach is perfect for families with young children who can spend hours wading in the very shallow waters and playing in the sand. There is an aqua park and volleyball court for older children and you can rent equipment for a wide variety of water sports.
Paradise Beach (aka Rajska), Lopar, Rab Island, Croatia
12.Nugal Beach, Markarska Riviera
Naturists will be pleased to know that there are several beaches in Croatia which are designated Nudist Beaches, usually indicated by the letters FKK. Of these, Nugal Beach (aka Beach Plaza) on the Markarska Riviera is considered to be one of the most beautiful. To reach this very private little beach which is located on the Markarska Riviera, south of Split, you will need to be ready for a 30 minute hike in from Tucepi. Although anyone can use Nugal Beach (with or without a bathing costume) it is probably not an ideal beach to take children, unless your entire family embraces nudity. There are no restaurants or facilities at the beach so you will need to bring your own drinks, snacks and umbrellas.
Nugal Beach, Markarska Riviera
13.Queen’s Beach, Zadar
An idyllic beach for families with young children, Queen’s Beach (aka Ninska Laguna) is a three-kilometer stretch of sandy beach located within the Nin Lagoon in Zadar. The beach is almost completely surrounded by shallow water which makes it perfect for little children (you will need to bring an umbrella as there is no shade on this beach). It is also the ideal spot to try your hand at wind surfing. Locals believe that the mud in the lagoon has medicinal properties and you may try the local practice of immersing yourself in the mud before sunbathing – however, the mud is rather smelly so try this at your own risk. The beach has a single restaurant where you can buy snacks and there is also parking, a shower and a public toilet.
Queen’s Beach, Nin Lagoon, Zadar
14.Rucica Beach, Pag
Rucica Beach is a small crescent-shaped pebble beach located about one kilometer from the town of Metajna on Pag Island, which is characterized by its barren moon-like landscape and is famous for its cheese and wine. Although Rucica Beach is not as picturesque as many of Croatia’s other beaches, it has a charm of its own and is well worth a visit. At one end of the beach you will find rocky areas which offer good snorkeling and there is a coffee shop with a terrace where you can escape the sun for a few minutes. The beach offers wonderful views and the opportunity to take a short hike to several other beaches. You need to bring your own umbrella and chairs.
Rucica Beach, Metajna, Pag, Croatia
15.Livacina Beach, Rab
Livacina Beach is located on the north-eastern corner of Rab Island, about 1.5 kilometers from the town of Lopar, where it offers a near-perfect beach for the whole family to enjoy. Here you can expect to find a crescent of clean sandy beach lapped by the warm azure waters of the Adriatic, against a backdrop of towering pines which offer some natural shade. You can reach Livacina beach by public transport or by car – parking available on site. The very shallow water offers perfect bathing and wading for very young children and you can hire loungers and umbrellas. There is a near-by dive shop where you can take diving lessons or excursions and this beach is good for snorkeling and pedal boats.
Livacina Beach, Lopar, Rab Island
16.Maslinica Beach, Rabac
You will find the beautiful white-pebble Maslinica Beach in the resort town of Rabac in Istria, in the extreme north of Croatia. The beach is extremely popular and has been awarded a Blue Flag for its clean, clear waters and the many facilities it offers visitors, including handicapped access, showers and toilets. You can rent anything you need for a day in the sun from one of the on-site concessions and there are several restaurants and bars where you can sip a refreshing drink. Children can enjoy a variety of water and land activities including tubing, banana boats, pedal boats, volley ball, tennis and mini-soccer and little children can have fun at the playground.
Maslinica Beach, Rabac, Istria, Croatia
17.Amarin Beach, Rovinj
Located three kilometers north of Rovinj, Amarin Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the west coast of the Istrian peninsula. This Blue Flag beach is mainly covered in pebbles and there are rocky areas which children will love exploring. Entry into the sea is very shallow making this an ideal beach for families and the elderly who can easily reach the beautiful clear waters. You can hire everything you need on-site including umbrellas and sun loungers and there is an aqua park for the children. Amarin beach has several restaurants and bars, toilets, showers and water-sport rentals including jet-skis and pedal boats.
Amarin Beach, Rovinj, Western Istria, Croatia
18.Golden Cape Beach, Rovinj
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Located about 1.5 kilometers from the town center, the Golden Cape beach is a wild and beautiful rocky beach interspersed by pebbly inlets. Due to the rocky nature of the shoreline in this area, access to the beautiful crystal-clear water can be a little difficult and Golden Cape Beach would not be suitable for small children. However, the beach is backed by shady pine trees which provide some welcome shade and you can find several secluded and private spots for sunbathing. You will need to bring everything you need to the Golden Cape Beach as there are no restaurants close by.
Golden Cape Beach, Rovinj, Istria, Croatia
19.Pecine Beach, Island of Krk
If you are looking for a lovely sandy beach with crystal-clear water, Pecine Beach could be ideal for you. The beach is located close to the village of Silo in the north-east of the Island of Krk. This Blue Flag beach is easy to access by car or on foot and provides lovely soft sand for children to play in and shallow waters for bathing and wading. You can hire beach loungers and umbrellas from an on-site kiosk and the beach has outdoor showers, changing cubicles and public toilets. If you enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving you can explore the nearby sunken ship wreck. When you need a drink or an ice-cream you will find outlets on site.
Pecine Beach, Silo, Krk Island, Croatia
20.Bacvice Beach, Split
Bacvice Beach offers a small crescent of soft white sand lapped by the gentle waters of the Adriatic, close to the town of Split. The shallow waters and soft sand make this an ideal beach for families and elderly visitors who require easy access to the water. Bacvice Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for the quality of the water and for the many services available. You can hire loungers and umbrellas on site and there are restaurants and bars offering refreshments. Younger visitors can have hours of fun on the banana boats, pedal boats and aqua-park while adults can try their hand at jet-skiing, diving and sailing. Showers, changing cubicles and toilets are available.
Bacvice Beach, Split, Croatia
21.Spiaza Beach, Suzak Island
You will find Spiaza Beach tucked away on the tiny car-free Croatian island of Suzak, where it provides a haven of peace and tranquility, far from the usual hustle and bustle of the better-known tourist resorts. The beach is sandy and the shallow water makes it ideal for families with young children. Everything you may require for a great day on the beach can be found on site including umbrella and chair hire as well as cafés and restaurants serving local delicacies. You can reach this remote island by means of the daily ferry from Losinj or by catamaran from Rijeka.
Spiaza Beach, Suzak Island
22.Kanegra Beach, Umag
You will find Kanegra Beach close to the ancient walled town of Umag on the beautiful Istrian Peninsula. Kanegra Beach is popular and well-equipped with everything you need for a pleasant day on the beach. Although this is a pebble beach the gravel is quite fine and suitable for children of all ages to enjoy. There is a lovely grassy area for picnics and there are many activities for children including a playground, mini-golf, trampoline and pedal boats. Adults can relax and unwind, enjoy sunbathing and swimming or go sailing. You can rent loungers and umbrellas on site and a beach bar, restaurant, pastry shop and café bar will ensure that hunger pangs are held at bay.
Kanegra Beach, Umag, Istria, Croatia
23.Ambrela Beach, Verudela
Located close to the entrance of the popular tourist resort area of Verudela on the Istrian Peninsula, Ambrela Beach is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The beach boasts Blue Flag Status and offers near-perfect conditions for families with young children who can safely play and wade in the shallow waters. There is also some natural shade provided by ancient trees and you can hire beach chairs and umbrellas. Older children can have hours of fun playing on the inflatable iceberg sea playground, going on banana boat rides or trying out the pedal boats. There is an excellent selection of restaurants, cafés and bars to keep everyone happy.
Ambrela Beach, Verudela, Istria, Croatia
24.Steniva Beach, Vis
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If you would like to see why Steniva Beach was voted the Best Beach in Europe (2016 Europe’s Best Destinations) you had better get ready for an adventure. This remarkable little beach is very difficult to access, which makes it all the more irresistible to the curious traveler. First of all, Steniva Beach lies on the most remote island of Vis, which requires a two-hour ferry ride to reach. Once there you will need to hike down a steep and demanding trail to reach the beach or charter a boat from near-by Rukavac. Your reward used to be the chance to access a little slice of heaven to enjoy in near-solitude. However, now that the secret is out everyone flocks to see Steniva Beach and much of the magic has been lost.
Steniva Beach, Vis, Croatia
25.Borik Beach, Zadar
Borik Beach is located about four kilometers from the Zadar city center and offers an excellent Croatian beach experience. Although most of the beach is covered in pebbles there is a small sandy area for younger children to play in. This beautiful stretch of Blue Flag beach is ideal for the whole family and offers a wide variety of interesting activities for everyone. While younger children can enjoy the shallow waters, older children will delight in trying the banana boat and tube rides or the thrill of parasailing. You can rent everything you need for a comfortable day in the sunshine and there are a selection of bars and restaurants to refresh you.
Borik Beach, Zadar, Croatia
25 Best Beaches in Croatia
- Mali Bok Beach, Cres, Photo: Andrea/stock.adobe.com
- Zlatni Rat, Brac, Photo: LianeM/stock.adobe.com
- Berulia Beach, Brela, Photo: kite_rin/stock.adobe.com
- Gradsko Kupalisto (Town Beach), Crikvenica, Photo: Maurizio Rovati/stock.adobe.com
- Banje Beach, Photo: gudrin/stock.adobe.com
- Sveti Jakov, Photo: Jason Wells/stock.adobe.com
- Sakarun Beach, Photo: aygulchik99/stock.adobe.com
- Bi Val Beach, Photo: Fotolyse/stock.adobe.com
- Pupnatska Beach, Photo: tverdohlib/stock.adobe.com
- Vela Przina Beach, Korcula, Photo: victoria1988/stock.adobe.com
- Paradise Beach, Lopar, Photo: utamaria/stock.adobe.com
- Nugal Beach, Markarska Riviera, Photo: feferoni/stock.adobe.com
- Queen’s Beach, Zadar, Photo: xbrchx/stock.adobe.com
- Rucica Beach, Pag, Photo: Naeblys/stock.adobe.com
- Livacina Beach, Rab, Photo: utamaria/stock.adobe.com
- Maslinica Beach, Rabac, Photo: vrabelpeter1/stock.adobe.com
- Amarin Beach, Rovinj, Photo: t0m15/stock.adobe.com
- Golden Cape Beach, Rovinj, Photo: Patrick Daxenbichler/stock.adobe.com
- Pecine Beach, Island of Krk, Photo: tverdohlib/stock.adobe.com
- Bacvice Beach, Split, Photo: Soonthorn/stock.adobe.com
- Spiaza Beach, Suzak Island, Photo: allexxandarx/stock.adobe.com
- Kanegra Beach, Umag, Photo: Ralph/stock.adobe.com
- Ambrela Beach, Verudela, Photo: shock/stock.adobe.com
- Steniva Beach, Vis, Photo: Nino Pavisic/stock.adobe.com
- Borik Beach, Zadar, Photo: Ralph/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Zbynek Jirousek/stock.adobe.com