The 7 best beaches in Croatia

Croatia’s Adriatic Sea coast is just awesome – with more than a thousand islands and 102 blue flag beaches this country counts to our top favorite holiday destinations in Europe. The perfect piece of earth for sun lovers and beach addicts.


But where to go and where are the best beaches in Croatia?

We had been several times in this amazing country and so now, in this blog post we are going to share with you our 7 best beaches in Croatia, which you have to try!


Beach Pinizule & Cape Kamenjak – Istria

The Kamenjak National Park is a real nature jewel in Istria. In the winter, it is the home of the Mediterranean monk seals and in summer home of the beach lovers. You will find various beautiful beaches in this area, we recommend visiting the park for a few days, so you are having enough time to explore all the fantastic places. Don’t miss the Cape Kamenjak, well known for cliff jumping and his crazy Safari beach bar and make sure to visit one of the best beaches in Croatia, the Beach Pinižule.

Where to stay: Best to stay in the area around Premantra, Pula or Medulin. There you will find plenty of nice apartments  and also a few hotels.

Pinižule beach
Cape Kamenjak


Sakarun Beach –  Dugi Otok

Dugi Otok is a 50 km long island west of Zadar and probably one of the best kept secrets of Croatia! We stayed there for a day trip but next time we will definitely stay longer. It was amazing there! It’s a wonderful place for a tranquility and relaxing stay, you will find some great landscapes and beaches. The most beautiful beach is the Sakarun Beach, a white sand beach with around 800 m and it’s definitely a must see, if you are on the island.

Where to stay: Best to stay in the area around  Zadar region or directly on the Island Dugi Otok. From Zadar you have to take the ferry to Dugi Otok. Around Zadar you will find plenty of nice apartments and also some great hotels.


Punta Rate beach – Brela, Makarska Rivijera

Punta Rata, with its picturesque stone in the sea, is one of the most popular beaches in Croatia. None other than the American Forbes magazine included this beach amongst its world’s top 10 most beautiful beaches list. And they are right – This beach is absolutely a postcard motive! Brela with its 6 km long pebble beach is a perfect place to spend a great holiday and besides, there are lots of really good restaurants overlooking the sea. The Punta Rata beach belongs definitely to the best beaches in Croatia.

Where to stay: Best to stay in the area around  Makarska region or directly in Brela.  Around Brela you will find plenty of nice apartments  and also some great hotels.


Kornati Islands – Lojena beach, Otok Levrnaka

“On the last day of Creation God desired to crown His work, and thus created the Kornati islands out of tears, stars and breath.“ George Bernard Shaw

If you are visiting this National park you will understand how George Bernard Shaw was feeling, when he was writing about this wonderful piece of earth: A huge archipelago consisting of 140 islands covering an area of 300 square km.
Several amazing bays and beaches are waiting for you to explore them. Avoid booking Kornati big boat excursions. Best you take a private skipper from Murter so you can see all this great places by yourself. One of the best beaches in Crotia you will find on Otok Levrnaka in the Kornati National park, named the Lojena Beach.

Where to stay: Best to stay in the area around  Murter Island.  There you will find plenty of beautiful apartments  and also some nice hotels.


Podvrske beach – Otok Murter

With its laid-back vibes and its incredible beautiful beaches it’s the perfect getaway in Croatia. On Murter are a few awesome beaches, but our favorite beach is the Beach Podvrske. The turquoise blue colors of this beach are unbelievable!
Additionally, it’s a great starting point if you are fancy to make some excursions to the Kornati National Park, to Sibenik, Trogir and Primosten.

Where to stay: Best to stay on Murter Island.  There you will find plenty of beautiful apartments  and also some nice hotels.


Golden horn, Zlatni rat – Brac Island

The Golden Horn is a really picturesque place and probably one of the best-known photo motives in Croatia. We had been there for a daytrip from Makarska and we liked it a lot. The golden pebble beach has a unique shape, like a half-moon and its water is crystal blue and clear. Because the beach is so popular you should visit it in the preseason.

Where to stay: Best to stay on the Brac Island .  There you will find plenty of beautiful apartments  and also some nice hotels.

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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!

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