Top 15 Most Amazing Beaches in Croatia

The beaches in Croatia are a highlight of the country and an absolute magnet for visitors from all over the world. On the 2,000-kilometer coast of the Croatian Adriatic Sea and more than a thousand islands you will find countless coves and beaches with fabulous water quality. 102 beaches in Croatia carry the blue flag and some of them are even voted to be the most beautiful beaches in the world. Many of them are pebble beaches, but there are also lovely sandy beaches to explore! But where are Croatia’s best beaches? With an unbelievable variety of bathing possibilities, it can be hard to decide which beach in Croatia to choose for you next holiday.

But where to find the best bays and the most beautiful places for a swimming and relaxing? And what are the most wonderful sandy beaches in Croatia? In this beach-guide we have summarized the highlights of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, perfect for your next holiday.


Zlatni Rat Beach | Golden Horn, Brac

The famous Golden Horn on the island of Brac, also known as Zlatni Rat Beach, is probably one of the most famous beaches in Croatia. The Zlatni Rat, which is often thought of as a sandy beach, is actually a pebble beach, which stretches like a giant golden horn 500 meters into the azure blue sea. Due to its unique shape, it is world famous and has become a very popular destination for a beach holiday in Croatia. The next village to the dream beach is Bol, a lovely place for holidays with plenty of accommodations.

Tip: The beautiful apartments of the Villa Aurea Palma are almost directly above the Zlatni Rat. From here you can walk to the Golden Horn and avoid the expensive parking fees.

Sakarun Beach | Dugi Otok

The Sakarun Beach, often spelled Saharun, is certainly the most famous beach on Dugi Otok and one of the best sandy beaches in Croatia. The 800-meter-wide bay enchants with bright white sand and also the Caribbean blue sea colors are an absolute eye catcher. With its extraordinary beauty, the Sakarun beach often advertises for Croatia in magazines and commercials. Nevertheless, the holiday island Dugi Otok is still quite tranquil and a beach holiday there is absolutely recommended.

Tip: As a hotel tip we can recommend the Hotel Maxim, the only 4-star hotel on the island. It is in a very quiet location and from the pool you have a beautiful view over the sea and the quiet harbor.

Beach Dubovica | Hvar Island

Absolutely beautiful and a real highlight on Hvar Island is the dream beach Dubovica. The beautiful bay is located in the south of Hvar and can only be reached from the road via a rather steep footpath. Its special ambience and its uniqueness make it one of the best beaches in Croatia. This bay is so beautiful and special as though it has just popped out from a travel magazine! Here the sea is crystal clear and shimmers in the most beautiful varieties of blue. A picturesque stone house and the cozy beach bar create special beach flair.

Tip: For a memorable beach holiday check out the best accommodation on Hvar Island.

Punta Rata Beach | Brela

The Punta Rata beach with its famous Stone is one of the most famous beaches in Croatia. Even the Forbes magazine has already ranked this dream beach among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located on the picturesque Makarska Riviera, in the holiday resort Brela, and every year the Punta Rata beach attracts numerous tourists from all over the world. With its magnificent sea colors and the picturesque rocks, this beach is an absolute postcard motif and has earned a place on our list of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia.

Tip: For a holiday in Brela we recommend the Villa Dalmatia Apartments, which are located only 200 meters from the Brela stone! Top apartments in a prime location!

Beach Pupnatska Luka | Korcula

Another highlight among the most beautiful beaches in Croatia is the Pupnatska Luka Beach on the popular holiday island Korcula. This bay is located in the island`s south and impresses with a fine pebble beach and an amazingly beautiful atmosphere in the midst of untouched nature. This bay is surrounded by dense pine forests, which provide cool shade in summer. Meanwhile, the Pupnatska Luka beach is easy to reach by car and a popular destination for tourists in Korcula.

Tip: There are no accommodations right on Pupnatska beach. For a holiday on Korcula you will find great places to stay in the holiday region Lumbarda and Korcula Old Town.

Banje Beach | Dubrovnik

The beach Banje is the city beach of the famous southern Dalmatian city Dubrovnik and is for sure one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. This dream beach is located in close proximity to the historic old town and so, while bathing in the azure blue sea you can also enjoy a wonderful view of Dubrovnik and the offshore island Lokrum. The Banje beach is a pebble beach, which can only be reached by a walk down a steep stone staircase.

Beach Nugal | Makarska

The beach Nugal is located on the Makarska Riviera, between Tucepi and Makarska Old Town and is one of the most beautiful natural bays in the region. Several times, this hidden beach has been voted one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia by various magazines and the media. Nestled between high rocks and deep forest, it enchants with a stunningly beautiful beach scenery. As this bay can only be reached by a hike or by boat, Nugal beach offers a wonderful feeling of seclusion.

Beach Mala Raduca | Primosten

The beach Mala Raduca is the main beach of Primosten and, at the same time, it is one of the most beautiful bays of this highly recommended holiday region. Here you can enjoy an incredible atmosphere and while swimming in the turquoise blue sea you always have a picturesque view of the beautiful old town. There are hardly any natural shade spots, but beach chairs and umbrellas can be rented on the beach.

Tip: The Apartment Primosten Adiomare is located near the beach and offers a great view of the bay and the charming old town.

Podvrske Beach | Island Murter

With its beautiful flair and fantastic beaches, the Island Murter is the perfect place to spend your beach holidays in Croatia. On the island itself are some amazing beaches, including great sandy beaches. The most beautiful is the turquoise blue crystal-clear beach Podvrske, probably one of the nicest sandy beaches in Croatia. With its mix of fine gravel and sandy beach, this gently sloping beach gem is popular with families with children.

Tip: Really brilliant are the Mobile Homes Slanica, which are located near the beautiful beach Podvrske and beach Slanica.

Beach Malo Zarace | Hvar Island

The Malo Zarace beach is one of the most spectacular beaches of Hvar and also one of the most special beaches of Croatia. The natural scenery is just breathtaking and the most wonderful turquoise blue sea colors are just amazing. When snorkeling in the crystal-clear sea, you will experience a wonderful underwater world and during bathing you will enjoy a very special atmosphere. Due to its immense beauty, the beach has become a popular place for visitors from all over the world.

Beach Velika Plaza | Omis

Another beach highlight and one of the best sandy beaches on the Croatian coast is the main beach of Omis, the beautiful Velika Plaza. This great sandy beach has a length of about 700 meters and therefore offers enough space for everyone, even in the high season. As this beach very gently slopes into the sea, it is especially popular with families, the elderly and non-swimmers. Due to the perfect location on the Omis Riviera and the proximity to the old town of Omis, the Velika Plaza is a perfect place to spend your beach holidays in Croatia!

Tip: The Hotel Plaža is located directly on the large sandy beach and impresses with a breathtaking sea view and a huge breakfast buffet.

Beach Pinizule | Kamenjak Nature Park, Istria

The Pinizule beach is located in the Kamenjak Nature Park in Istria and is probably one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. This beach not only offers a great natural setting and crystal-clear waters but also a nice beach bar with shaded areas. In addition, you will find footprints of dinosaurs from the cretaceous age on the rocky coast, which can be visited during a lovely beach walk. During a holiday in Istria you should definitely include a visit to this natural jewel and a swim at the incredibly beautiful beach Pinizule.

The best places to spend your holiday around Kamenjak are Premantura, Medulin and Pula. Especially recommended is the Aparthotel Punta Blu – a new, very well-equipped hotel with pool and large rooms.

Beach Martinica | Island Brac

The picturesque beach Martinica is located on the southern side of the holiday island Brac. Here you can bathe in an incredibly beautiful setting, right next to the Dominican monastery. This beautiful pebble beach falls off flat and is therefore very popular with families with children. The Martinica beach has almost no natural shade, but umbrellas can be rented on site.

Tip: From Bol you are only have to walk a few minutes to reach Martinica beach. The Apartments Villa Miranda offer lovely holiday flats in a prime location.

Lojena Beach | Otok Levrnaka, Kornati Islands

The island Otok Levrnaka in the Kornati archipelago region has one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. The beach Lojena, a beautiful bay with crystal clear waters amazes Kornati day trippers. The beach is a pebble beach, but as soon as you are in the water the ground turns into a fine white sandy beach. Many Kornati tours have a stopover here in order to swim and sunbathe. If you want to stay there longer, it is advisable to explore the Lojena beach with your own boat or with a private skipper.

Tip: Tours to the Kornati National Park are offered from several locations in Dalmatia. Among the best starting points are the islands Murter, Zadar, Sibenik and the island Dugi Otok.

Veli Zal Beach | Dugi Otok

The beach Veli Zal on the island Dugi Otok is probably one of the best kept secrets of Croatia and an absolute insider tip. The turquoise blue water color is really fantastic and is unrivaled in Croatia. The crystal clear water is ideal for snorkelers too. The great thing about this hidden beach is that it is still very quiet and not very touristy. There is no beach bar or restaurant nearby and therefore you should bring your own food/drinks for you perfect beach day.

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  1. Taylor Johnson Reply

    I really liked Punta Rate Beach. Glad I came across this because was planning a trip to Croatia for next summer! Thanks for the share!

  2. Wow,a really enticing post and knowledge sharing article.Love the clean beaches and the color of the waters

    • Hi Allyson – next summer Croatia – I am sure you want regret 😉

      Have a nice day
      Martina and Jürgen

  3. I loved the reference to George Bernard Shaw. Croatia is on my list of destination, and you’ve just given me another reason to get there sooner than later. Great blog!

    • Thank you so much for your lovely words 🙂 We are happy that we could give you some nice travel inspirations!
      Have a nice day

      Martina and Jürgen

  4. What a gorgeous group of beaches. The clear and colorful water is beyond amazing. The only problem now if which of these beaches to pick. I know. Don’t pick one. It’s time to plan to go see all of them.

    • Hi Lionel!
      You are so true – the water there is just perfect blue and clear.
      Have a nice day

      Martina and Jürgen

  5. Zlatni Rat was by far my favorite beach while I was in Croatia. The pebbles are so soft, and don’t get stuck in the suit like sand does. All of your picks look amazing though! Would love to do a tour of Croatian beaches some day.

    • Hi Grace,
      thanks for your comment! We are sure you would love the other Croatian beaches too 😉
      have a nice day

      Martina and Jürgen

  6. This has put Croatia firmly on my radar! Podvrske beach – Murter looks amazing with its blue water and how great to know about the laid back atmosphere. I would also love to visit the post card perfect Punta Rate beach – Brela, Makarska Rivijera. Great list, will save this for my next European adventure!

    • Hi Kreete,
      so happy to hear that 🙂 We are sure you wont regret 😉

      Have a nice day
      Martina and Jürgen

  7. This makes me realize how much I missed by only seeing Dubrovnik. Seems a trip back to Croatia needs to be in my plans!

    • Hi Jonathan
      Thats so true, Croatia has so much more to over 🙂
      We will go back next year for sure!

      Have a nice day,
      Martina and Jürgen

  8. All you have to do is say ‘beach’ and ‘Croatia’ and I’m sold. I could hardly pick a favourite from all these gorgeous beaches. However, I do love a rugged coastline with beautiful cliffs:)

  9. Ughh it’s super cold and wintery where I am so reading this and looking at the different beach pictures seriously just makes me wanna book a flight over to Croatia. Cape Kamenjak definitely reminds me a bit of Greece and I simply can’t get over how blue the waters are!!! Beautiful recommendations!

  10. Nice choice, but you have forgot my favourite: Vela Rina, Island Mali Drvenik

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