Top 10 Beaches of Makarska Riviera

The beaches in Makarska are truly unique in Croatia and a real highlight for sun-seeking beach vacationers. Along a coastline of around 50 kilometers, you will find wonderful bays and a whole series of fantastic dream beaches along the Makarska Riviera. Many of these beaches even carry the Blue Flag, a sign of the best facilities, cleanliness and top water quality. The sea in Makarska also shines in the most spectacular shades of blue and green, and dense pine forests and the high Biokovo Mountains create an impressive backdrop. But what is the most beautiful beach on the Makarska Riviera, where are the secret beaches and secluded bays? With a huge selection of dream bays, you can easily lose track.

In this travel guide, we have put together a list of the best beaches in Makarska. We also show you stunning pictures and provide useful tips, information and recommendations that will definitely help you plan your trip.


Punta Rata Beach – Brela

The Punta Rata Beach is located in the picturesque resort of Brela and is certainly the most famous beach in Makarska. Even the renowned Forbes Magazine named this dream beach one of the most beautiful beaches in the world back in 2004. It has also been awarded the Blue Flag. What makes Punta Rata Beach so special is its striking rock, the so-called “Kamen Brela – Symbol of Brela“, which rises out of the turquoise blue sea and gives the coast a unique ambience. Thanks to the natural surroundings, you can also discover numerous fish while snorkeling. This beach is one of the most beautiful on the Makarska Riviera and should not be missed on any vacation.

Tip: There are some great hotels in the area for a beach vacation. The Bluesun Hotel Maestral just a few steps away from Punta Rata beach is highly recommended.

Ikovac Beach – Baska Voda

A great place for a swim on the Makarska Riviera is the beautiful Ikovac Beach. This absolutely picturesque bay is located in the pretty resort of Baska Voda and is a great choice for a beach vacation on the Makarska coast. This 250-metre-long pebble beach is located to the north of the harbor and enchants visitors with its incredibly beautiful ambience. The light-colored pebbles, the turquoise blue sea and the mighty Biokovo Mountains make for a spectacular beach backdrop. Wonderfully fragrant pine trees provide cool shade, and a cozy beach bar serves delicious drinks.

Tip: The Noemia Apartments are an insider tip for a wonderful summer vacation. They are located almost directly on the beach, are very modern and also have a pool.

Makarska Beach

The approximately 1,500-metre-long main beach of Makarska town, also known as Gradska plaža, is one of the most popular beaches in the vacation region. It is located in the beautiful long bay of Donja Luka and is just a 10-minute walk from the picturesque old town. This very fine pebble beach is gently sloping, and countless pine trees provide cool shade. Makarska beach is also ideal for families with children. There are also numerous bars, restaurants and cafés along the bay. Numerous water sports such as pedal boating, aqua park and banana boating are also offered here.

Tip: There is plenty of good accommodation around Makarska beach, such as the charming hotel Park Makarska with a prime location right by the beach and promenade.

Tucepi Beach

The 4-kilometre-long beach of Tucepi is a wonderfully gently sloping and bright pebble beach with a picturesque backdrop and great facilities. It is very popular with families with children and offers beach holidaymakers a varied program of leisure and water sports activities. Behind the beach is a beautiful promenade with stores, restaurants, bars and souvenir stores. Of course, there are also countless wonderful apartments and hotels in the resort of Tucepi, which are perfect for a vacation right by the sea.

Tip: There are some truly recommended hotels on the northern coastline, such as the TUI BLUE Jadran, a beautiful 5-star hotel for a very special vacation on the Makarska Riviera.

Nugal Beach – Makarska

A highlight and an insider tip among the top hidden beaches on the Makarska Riviera is Nugal Beach. This natural bay is located in the Osejava Nature Park, between the town of Makarska and Tucepi, and can only be reached via a short hike. A backdrop straight out of a travel magazine awaits you here. High cliffs, glowing pine forests and the most beautiful sea colors conjure up an incredible ambience. Nugal beach is one of the best FFK beaches in Makarska, although non-nudists can also use their own sections of the beach. A unique dream beach that you should see during your vacation on the Makarska Riviera.

Podrace Beach – Brela

The Podrace Beach is a true pearl among the most beautiful beaches on the Makarska Riviera. It is located in the popular resort of Brela, just a short walk from the famous Punta Rata Beach. Swimming here offers a panorama as wonderful and unique as from a postcard. This small bay is hidden between rocks and green pine trees, and the sea shines in the most stunning azure blue sea colors. The water is crystal clear on this stretch of coast, and there are some good snorkeling spots around the rocks to admire the unspoiled underwater world.

Tip: The beautiful Villa Dalmatia Apartments are really fantastic, everything is new and modern, very clean and the location on the dream beach Podrace in Brela is also perfect!

Nikolina Beach – Baska Voda

In the center of Baska Voda, right next to the harbor, is the beautiful Nikolina Beach. This pebble beach was named after the patron saint, St. Nikola, and there is a statue close to the beach. While swimming in the crystal-clear sea, you can enjoy a wonderful ambience with the spectacular Biokovo Mountains in the background. This beach is gently sloping, which makes it very popular with families with children. There are restaurants, bars and cafés along the picturesque promenade where you can soak up the wonderful flair of Baska Voda.

Tip: The Grand Hotel Slavia is an excellent hotel in Baska Voda. Guests love the fabulous location right on the beach, the beautiful rooms and the pleasant flair.

Vruja Beach

The wonderful Vruja Beach is one of Makarska’s secret beaches and a visit is a tip for anyone who wants to swim undisturbed in nature. It is located near Brela, in the north of the Makarska Riviera, and can only be reached on foot. This picturesque natural bay offers a dream setting amidst rocks and untouched nature. The sea shines in the most beautiful turquoise-blue colors, and you can explore an interesting underwater world while snorkeling. Some stretches of coastline and smaller bays are used for naturist bathing. A real insider tip among the quiet and secluded beaches of the Makarska Riviera!

Dracevac Beach – Podgora

A highlight on our list of the most beautiful beaches in Makarska is Dracevac Beach. This marvelous bay is located in Podgora, at the upper end of the resort to be precise, and is considered by connoisseurs to be a real dream beach on the Makarska Riviera. The 400-metre-long bay offers plenty of space for relaxing and sunbathing, and there is even a section for nudists. The fragrant pine forests just behind the beach are also really pretty and provide soothing shade on hot summer days. In the high season, a small beach bar provides the necessary refreshments and parasols and sun loungers can be hired.

Duba Beach

The Duba Beach is located in the south of Makarska, near Blato, and is an absolute insider tip for a quiet and secluded beach holiday on the Riviera. The beach is located below the coastal road, with a few parking spaces available for a fee. Due to its secluded location, this beautiful beach offers wonderful secluded spots to relax. Perfect if you are looking for peace and quiet and want to swim away from the hustle and bustle. The pebbles here are particularly light, and the sea is turquoise blue, creating a picturesque ambience. There are some highly recommended snorkeling spots along the rocks.

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