Top beaches in Croatia for every type of traveler

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Did you hear the news? Croatia is one of the most dreamy destinations calling for a beach vacation! Whether you want to go windsurfing, party with your friends or just relax with your family, there's something for every type of traveler on the Adriatic Sea.

Find the best beaches in Croatia for you depending on your travel type…and splash:

View of the emerald waters in Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok, Croatia

The seaside wonders of Dugi Otok

Thrill and spills: top beaches for adventure seekers

Are you ready to embrace the exhilarating side of Croatia's coastline? The adrenaline-pumping water sports at Banje Beach in Dubrovnik and the wind-surfing havens of Zlatni Rat on Brač Island are among the top beaches perfect for adventure seekers promising non-stop action and fun seaside experiences.

Banje Beach, Dubrovnik

Despite its proximity to the city center, Banje Beach boasts crystal clear waters and a scenic view of Dubrovnik’s Old Town. It’s also a great hotspot for adventure lovers as you can do water sports, ride the waves, and enjoy the splashes!

Beloved by locals and tourists alike, it has a pebbly shoreline and is easily accessible via stone steps. You can enjoy both a free area as well as an equipped one with umbrellas, sunbeds, bathing establishments, and more! 

Fun fact: did you know that in the summer, you can reach Dubrovnik from Bari in Italy by ferry? Well, now you know! You can find additional Italy - Croatia ferry schedules here!

Zlatni Rat or Golden Cape, Brač

This is one of the most reputable beaches in Croatia, found just 2 km from the town of Bol, on the island of Brač. The shape and texture of the beach change depending on the tides making Zlatni Rat the perfect spot for windsurfing!

The western part of the coast is a string of bays and inlets that are quite popular for naturism. Nearby, there is also a pine forest that houses the remains of a Roman villa, as well as numerous refreshment points. 

Ferries from Split to Brač are quite frequent and allow you to reach the port of Bol in less than 1 hour! From there, you can find buses to Zlatni Rat. Alternatively, a 20-minute walk will get you there just as easily. The route is operated by Jadrolinija, Kapetan Luka - Krilo and Krilo Shipping Company (KSC).

Sailing boat close to Banje Beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The beautiful Banje Beach near the center of Dubrovnik

Dance in the sand: best beaches for party-goers

From riding the waves to dancing the night away in a beach bar, Croatia has something for every type of traveler. So, are you ready to let the rhythm of the waves guide you to the most electrifying party beaches? If you're looking to dance till dawn, Zrće and Bacvice stand out as the best beaches for party-goers in Croatia.

Zrće Beach, Pag

Known as the "Ibiza of Croatia," Zrće Beach on the island of Pag is one of the top party destinations, hosting a relentless parade of beach parties, music festivals, and renowned DJs all summer long. 

The beach of Zrće Beach is the place to be for party-goers as it’s well-equipped with numerous beach clubs, bars, and restaurants, ensuring that the party never stops! Its clear waters and pebbled shores add to its allure, making it a top choice for anyone looking to dance the day and night away! 

Tip: you can reach Zrće Beach via car or bus from Novalja, a nearby town offering additional accommodations and services. 

Bacvice Beach, Split

Popular among the young crowd and fun-seekers, Bacvice Beach is known for its vibrant nightlife and Split's traditional game of picigin that is played in the shallow waters! Situated close to the city center of Split (only 4 km away), this sandy beach is easily accessible by car, bus, or on foot!

It’s fully equipped with various amenities, including showers, restrooms, and a wide selection of bars and cafes lining the shore. As night falls, it transforms into a lively party scene, attracting a youthful crowd ready to revel until the early hours. So, are you ready to paaartyyy?

Tip: a quick way to move around the coast of Croatia is—you guessed it—coast hopping. Check out our guide on coast hopping between Split and Dubrovnik, for instance, to get some inspiration!

Sunbeds very close to the turquoise waters of the Bacvice Beach in Split, Croatia

Enjoying a sunny day in Bacvice Beach

Romantic sunsets: idyllic beaches for couples

Leaving dance floors and the high-energy vibes behind, we delve into the realm of romance with idyllic beaches, perfect for you if you travel to Croatia with your sweetheart! Discover Lovrečina Bay and Punta Rata, the perfect beaches for couples in Croatia to create lasting memories with your significant other.

Lovrečina Bay, Brač

Tucked away on the serene island of Brač, Lovrečina Bay emerges as a picturesque sanctuary, distinguished by its sandy shores and enchanting sunsets, making it an idyllic destination for couples seeking a romantic retreat. 

The crystal-clear Adriatic waters, combined with the soft, sandy beach, create a tranquil atmosphere perfect for intimate moments and peaceful relaxation. Accessible by car, and featuring great amenities including a charming beach bar, Lovrečina Bay remains a hidden gem on Brač, perfect for a sunset soirée for two!

Punta Rata Beach, Brela 

Here, we have an award-winning beach, part of Croatia’s breathtaking Makarska Riviera. It is one of Croatia’s proudest seaside gems, so you have likely stumbled upon it somewhere online!

Punta Rata Beach is a white pebble beach surrounded by a thick pine forest. Its crystalline waters are decorated with the famous Brela.

Stone, a rocky formation offering a beautiful backdrop for sunset watching with your significant other. Behind the beach area, you can also find some kiosks, hotels, restaurants, and parking.

Important: if you don’t travel by car, the beach is thankfully connected by bus to Split, Dubrovnik, and Zagreb!

The crystalline waters of Punta Rata beach in Brela, Croatia

The Punta Rata beach in Brela, ideal for a day with your significant other

Serene shores: remote coves for nature lovers

Venturing away from the bustling party scenes, it's time to explore the tranquil side of Croatia's coastline! If you are a nature lover and you're looking for wild cliffs and quiet shores Sakarun Beach in Dugi Otok and Stiniva in Vis are where you have to go!

Sakarun, Dugi Otok

If you’re dreaming of a quiet beach with white sand and turquoise waters away from the bustling crowds, note this beach down! 

You can find Sakarun beach in the northernmost part of Dugi Otok, an island in the archipelago of Zadar. Its white coastline stretches for about 800 meters and it is surrounded by lush greenery. 

Tip: if you want to stay on the island of Dugi Otok, we suggest you plan your trip well in advance, as accommodation options are quite limited. Alternatively, you can plan a fun one-day trip to Dugi Otok, thanks to the ferries of Jadrolinija departing from Zadar.

Stiniva, Vis

If hidden and secluded coves are on your bucket list, the beach of Stiniva is among the best in Croatia! Located in the southern part of the island of Vis (right off the coast of Split), it is a small bay surrounded by majestic cliffs on all sides.

You can take the path to reach the beach that will lead you straight to the shade under the rocky walls. There, the warm and shallow waters of Stiniva Beach will welcome you with a cool dive.

Tip: as the path is quite steep you can also take a taxi boat and reach the beach early in the morning, before it gets crowded. 

The Croatian beach of Stiniva on the island of Vis

The scenic white cliffs of Stiniva

Fun in the sun: the top family-friendly beaches

Indulge in the ultimate family vacation with a visit to Croatia's most kid-friendly beaches, each offering safe swimming areas, fun activities, and all the amenities you need for a stress-free day under the sun.

From the playful shores of Copacabana Beach in Dubrovnik to the gentle waters of Ambrela Beach in Pula, these spots guarantee a joyful and memorable experience for visitors of all ages.

Copacabana Beach, Dubrovnik

Copacabana Beach in Dubrovnik is a haven for families. Its shallow, clear waters ensure a worry-free swim for the little ones, while the inflatable water parks offer hours of fun for the teenagers too. 

Being a parent is tough work so relaxing on a comfy sunbed on the beach under the shade of the umbrellas without having to worry about the kids sometimes is all you need! With its stunning views of the Dubrovnik Bridge and excellent facilities including cafes and restaurants, Copacabana Beach promises a memorable day out for the entire family.

Ambrela Beach, Pula

Nestled along the Istrian coast, Ambrela Beach is a family favorite, known for its gentle, shallow waters and smooth pebbles that are perfect for young children. The beach boasts a Blue Flag status, ensuring clean and safe surroundings for visitors. 

With its welcoming atmosphere and family-oriented amenities, Ambrela Beach stands out as a top choice for a stress-free family vacation. So, take your family to spend a day on the Ambrela beach and enjoy the facilities such as restrooms, showers, cafes, and rental services for a comfortable day at the beach. 

The family-friendly beach of Ambrela in Pula

The family-friendly beach of Ambrela in Pula early in the morning

Paws and play: top pet-friendly beaches in Croatia

Discover the joy of beach days with your furry friend at Croatia's top pet-friendly beaches including Monty’s Dog Beach in Crikvenica and Punta Kolova Beach in Opatija providing a scenic and welcoming spot for both pets and owners along the stunning Adriatic coast.

Monty’s Dog Beach, Crikvenica

Have you ever wished for a beach dedicated to dogs? Your wish is granted! Monty’s Dog Beach in Crikvenica is a beach bar specifically designed for dogs. It is so paw-friendly that even features a bar serving dog beer!

The dog-friendly beach is located near a marina called “lučica Podvorska”, just a 5-minute walk from the center of Crikvenica city.

Punta Kolova, Opatija

Opatija is a stunning destination in Kvarner Bay known for its pet-friendly amenities. One of its highlights is Punta Kolova Beach, a pet-friendly spot easily accessible along the Lungomare promenade, providing a refreshing retreat for pets to play and cool off. 

Monty’s Dog Beach welcoming entrance decorated with flowers in Crikvenica, Croatia

Monty’s Dog Beach welcoming entrance inviting you and your furry friend in!

Most accessible beaches for people with disabilities

Discover the joys of the Adriatic coastline with our guide to the most accessible beaches in Croatia, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for visitors with disabilities. Both Kupari Beach near Dubrovnik and Kolovare Beach in Zadar boast top-notch facilities, providing easy access, inclusive amenities, and spacious areas.

Kolovare Beach, Zadar

Strategically located in Zadar, Kolovare Beach stands out with its comprehensive infrastructure designed to accommodate visitors with disabilities. The beach features ramps, concrete plateaus, and a sandy area, facilitating easier access. In addition to its accessible restrooms, showers, and pathways, Kolovare Beach provides a well-rounded, inclusive experience for all.

The beach is well-connected and easily reachable from the city center of Zadar. Public buses regularly service the route to Kolovare, and there is ample parking available for those driving, making it a convenient option for every visitor.

Kupari Beach, near Dubrovnik

Kupari Beach, in close proximity to the historic city of Dubrovnik, is renowned for its inclusive facilities and amenities, ensuring a comfortable beach experience for people with disabilities

This is a well-equipped beach with concrete plateaus and a sandy area, making it easier for people with disabilities to access. With spacious restrooms, showers, and pathways accessibility is a top priority in Kupari Beach, making it an excellent choice for those in search of a barrier-free day by the sea.

Kupari Beach is easily accessible by car, with parking available near the beach area. If you prefer taking public transportation, regular bus services run from Dubrovnik to Kupari, ensuring a straightforward journey to the beach. 

A wheelchair access sign in a beach in Croatia

Tranquill moments and easy access to the beach

Naturist nirvana: top nude-friendly beaches

Searching for clothing-optional beaches? You are in the right place! Nugal and Sahara are among our top picks for nude-friendly beaches in Croatia offering serene, secluded environments for a liberating and tranquil escape amidst stunning natural beauty.  

Nugal Beach, Makarska

Up next we have one of the wildest and best clothing-optional beaches in Croatia! Located near the mainland town of Makarska, Nugal Beach rightfully steals the spotlight.

Nestled between rocks and surrounded by trees, this small pebble beach is a true oasis of tranquility, making it a favorite spot for lovers of naturism.

You can follow a path through the woods to get there or take the boat. Either way, we recommend arriving early in the morning and bringing any necessary supplies as there are no amenities here.

Sahara Beach, Rab

The Lopar peninsula in the north of Rab, a beautiful Adriatic island, is home to the natural wonder that is Sahara Beach. It’s an officially recognized naturist beach and it offers a breathtaking interweaving of woods, rocky ridges, and inviting waters.

Sahara Beach may not provide visitors with any amenities, but it has shallow and calm waters, making it a great getaway spot for moments of tranquility. Here, you can also enjoy beautiful views of the islands of Grgur and Goli! 

Getting there is quite easy, as the road is well signposted. Once you reach its end, walk along a path for about 30 minutes and let the beauty of Sahara Beach welcome you!

Aerial view of Sahara Beach on the Croatian island of Rab

Sahara Beach and the magnificent beauty of the Lopar peninsula

Dreaming of visiting the best beaches in Croatia already? No matter what type of traveler you are, it's time to hop on the ferry and reach these dreamlike locations. Take a look at our Map of ferries, combine multiple destinations in one booking, book your ferry tickets on Ferryhopper online, and depart for a lifetime adventure!

Don’t think twice about it, book your ferry tickets to Croatia, and don’t miss out on its many Instagrammable wonders. 📷