Top 10 Beaches of Makarska Riviera

The beaches in Makarska are truly unique in Croatia and a real highlight for sun-loving beach addicts. On a coastline of around 50 kilometers you will find wonderful bays and a whole series of fantastic dream beaches along the Riviera. Many of them have the Blue Flag, the symbol for top water quality. The sea shines here in the most spectacular shades of blue and green pine forests and the high Biokovo Mountains create a brilliant panorama. But where 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 the 10 best beaches in Makarska. Additionally, you will get useful tips and information on how to best plan your next vacation.


Punta Rata Beach – Brela

Punta Rata Beach in Brela is certainly the most famous beach in Makarska. Even the Forbes magazine voted this dream beach as one of the most beautiful beaches worldwide in 2004. The special thing about Punta Rata beach is its striking rock, the “symbol of Brela”, which protrudes from the turquoise blue sea. This beach is one of the most beautiful on the Makarska Riviera and should not be missed on any trip to this region.

Tip: From the apartments Punta Rata Room you will have a wonderful view of the sea and the marvelous Punta Rata Beach!

Ikovac Beach – Baska Voda

Another great place to have a swim is the beautiful Ikovac Beach in Baska Voda. This pebble beach, which is around 250 meters long, is located north of the harbor and enchants with an incredibly amazing ambience: the light pebbles, the turquoise blue sea and the mighty Biokovo Mountains provide a spectacular beach backdrop. Wonderfully fragrant pine trees provide cool shade, and bartenders in a cozy beach bar shake delicious drinks.

Tip: The beautiful Hotel Croatia is located in the center of Baska Voda and is only around 100 meters away from Ikovac Beach!

Makarska Beach

The approximately 1,500-meter-long city beach of Makarska town is one of the most popular beaches in the holiday region. It is located in Donja Luka Bay, about a 10-minute walk from the old town. This very fine pebble beach is sloping gently, and countless pines offer cool shade here. There are a variety of bars, restaurants and cafés along the beach. Numerous water sports, such as pedal boating, riding the banana boat are also offered here and there is also a water park.

Tip: The wonderful hotel Park Makarska inspires with a 1-A location right at the beach and the promenade.

Tucepi Beach

The 4 km long beach of Tucepi is a breathtaking, gently sloping and very bright pebble beach. This one is really popular with families with children and offers vacationers a varied program of leisure and water sports activities. Along the beach there is a beautiful waterfront with supermarkets, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. Of course, here in Tucepi you will also find countless apartments and hotels, perfect for a vacation by the sea.

Tip: The TUI BLUE Jadran is a beautiful 5-star dream hotel for a very special holiday on the Makarska Riviera.

Podrace Beach – Brela

The Podrace Beach is located in Brela and is a true pearl among the most beautiful beaches of the Makarska. Anyone who bathes here is offered a panorama as beautiful and unique as on a postcard. This small bay lies hidden between rocks and green pine trees and shines in the most beautiful azure sea colors. Here, the water is crystal clear and there are some good spots around the rocks to snorkel and to admire the intact underwater world.

Tip: The Villa Dalmatia Apartments is a really fantastic accommodation, everything is new and modern, very clean and the location on the dream beach is perfect!

Vruja Beach

Vruja Beach is one of Makarska’s secret beaches. It is located near Brela, in the very north of the Makarska Riviera. This picturesque natural bay offers a dream setting with red rocks and untouched nature. Some sections of the coast and smaller bays are suited for nudist to bathe. A real insider tip among the quiet and secluded beaches of the Makarska Riviera!

Nikolina Beach – Baska Voda

The beautiful Nikolina beach is located in the heart of Makarska Riviera in the center of Baska Voda, right next to the harbor. This pebble beach was named after the patron saint Nikola and therefore you will find its statue near the beach. While swimming in the crystal-clear sea you will enjoy a wonderful ambience with the spectacular Biokovo Mountains in the background. This beach is sloping gently, which makes it a popular place for families. There are restaurants, bars and cafés along the promenade – perfect for a refreshment.

Tip: The Grand Hotel Slavia is a very lovely hotel in a fabulous location just next to Beach Nikolina!

Nugal Beach – Makarska

Another highlight among the ultimate best beaches on the Makarska Riviera is the Nugal Beach. This natural bay is located in the Osejava Nature Park, between the city of Makarska and Tucepi, and can only be reached by a short hike. This place is just stunning, as if it just popped out from the travel magazine: high rocks, glowing pine forests and the most beautiful sea colors enchant the visitors. Nugal beach is one of the best nude beaches in Makarska, although non-nudists can also use the beach in different sections. This is a beach that you should definitely have seen during your vacation on the Makarska Riviera.

Dracevac Beach – Podgora

Another highlight on our list of Makarska’s most beautiful beaches is Dracevac Beach near Podgora. It is located at the top of the resort and is a real dream beach on the Makarska Riviera. The 400-meter-long bay offers plenty of space and there is even a part for nudists. The fragrant pine forests provide enough shade on hot summer days.

Duba Beach

The beach Duba is located in the south of Makarska, near Blato, and is an absolute insider tip for a quiet and lonely trip to the beach on the Riviera. Due to its secluded location, this beautiful beach offers wonderful lonely places. Perfect if you want to bathe far away from the other tourists. Here, the gravel is particularly bright and the sea turquoise blue, which creates a picturesque atmosphere. Also, there are some great snorkeling spots along the rocks.


Conclusion: The Makarska Riviera is one of the most popular bathing destinations in Croatia, and that’s not without reason: Because here you can find some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. The most popular vacation spots for a beach vacation are Makarska, Brela, Baska Voda, Tucepi and Podgora.

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