Sakarun Beach: Caribbean flair in Croatia
The Sakarun Beach, also named Saharun Beach, is a sandy beach on the “long island” Dugi Otok and this picturesque bay is one of the most beautiful in Croatia. On this unspoiled beach you will find Caribbean flair in the middle of Europe: crystal clear turquoise waters, fine white sand and a perfect blue sky makes your Sakarun Beach trip unforgettable. Bathing at the Sakarun is one of the best things to do on the island of Dugi Otok. This beautiful sandy beach is also a popular destination for excursions from Zadar town. Daily visitors come from the Zadar region to experience one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Nevertheless, until now, the beach was spared by mass tourism. Its visitors are individualists and peace seekers who appreciate the incredible atmosphere of the sandy beach.
Yes, the Sakarun Beach is a true paradise. The fine white sand and the turquoise blue colors are a real postcard motive and a visit is a highlight of every trip to Croatia.
The approximately 800 meters long Sakarun Bay offers enough space for sun-seeking holidaymakers. The marvelous bay is lined with fragrant Mediterranean pine trees, which gives especially in midsummer cool shades. Especially for families and children the Sakarun beach is a popular place for spending a wonderful day at the beach. Since the beach falls off very shallow, the little ones can splash around and build sandcastles on the long white sand beach. Despite the Sakarun being located by the open sea, it’s protected by the long bay and thus always provides pleasant bathing temperatures.
Also, sailors love this unique beach and drop their anchor there for a while. As the Sakarun is a hidden beach and there are no hotels yet, swimming in the beautiful bay is a truly beautiful experience and also a true insider tip under boaters.
Right on the beach there are no restaurants, but there are 2 nice little bars that offer coffee, cool drinks, ice cream and a few small dishes. Especially beautiful is the wooden terrace of the Amarcord Beach Bar, from where you have incredible views. In the preseason the mood on the beach is really relaxed and the atmosphere is unbeatable.
How to go to Sakarun: Ferry from Zadar to Brbinj
The most comfortable way to reach Sakarun is to go there by car. To get from Zadar to Sakarun it is best to take the ferry to Brbinj. The crossing with the car ferry takes about 1:45 hours. After arriving at the ferry port of Dugi Otok (Brbinj) it is again about 15 km to the sandy beach. The Sakarun is located on the northwest side of the holiday island Dugi Otok. Nearby are the small towns of Veli Rat, Soline and Božava, which are smaller holiday destinations.
From the main road on the left side, a narrow gravel path leads to Sakarun beach. At the end of the road you are going to find enough parking facilities. Currently, parking at Sakarun Beach costs 10 kuna per hour.
If you are not traveling by car, travelling to Sakarun can be a bit tricky: There is a regular bus service on the island of Dugi Otok, but it only runs every 4 hours. From Božava you can reach the Sakarun beach with a small tourist train. This runs in the main season about every 2 hours.
Day Trip to Sakarun
A day trip from Zadar to Sakarun Beach is definitely recommended. Especially popular are kayak tours, where you can explore the most beautiful spots of the island Dugi Otok. But also boat tours to visit this dream beach are offered and can be a great experience!
Accommodations at Sakarun Beach
Directly at the Sakarun beach there are (as yet) no hotels or apartment complexes. But on the Island Dugi Otok you will find a good selection of accommodation in the immediate vicinity of the beach. Popular places near the Sakarun are Bozava, Soline and Veli Rat. Since there are only a few places to stay on the island of Dugi Otok, it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance. If you want to stay longer on Dugi Otok, you can also consider staying in the beautiful port city of Sali which is located at the end of the island.
The are recommended accommodations near Sakarun:
- Hotel Maxim: Hotel Maxim is at the moment the only 4 star hotel on Dugi Otok. The hotel is located in Bozava, the nearest town to the famous Sakarun Beach. Beautiful and very quiet location, also from the pool you have a beautiful view of the sea and the quiet harbor.
- Guest House Sakarun: Located less than 1 km from Sakarun Beach, this lovely holiday home offers guests a great terrace and great views. Perfect house for families!
- Apartments SOL: A very nice apartment in the small village of Soline. The location is very nice, right on the water with a view of the sea.
Camping on Sakarun Beach is officially not allowed. The island of Dugi Otok offers its guests two different campsites: Camp Kargita, near the lighthouse in Veli Rat and the Camp Mandarino in Soline.
Holidays on Dugi Otok and Sakarun Beach
The island of Dugi Otok is not only a popular destination for daytrips from the Zadar region, above all, the “long island” is a dreamy holiday destination in Croatia. In addition to the picturesque beaches and little villages visitor will have the chance to explore lots of interesting sights. Particularly noteworthy is the Telascica Nature Park and the Kornati islands National Park.
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