Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok: Caribbean flair in Croatia!

The Sakarun Beach, also named Saharun Beach, is located on Dugi Otok Island, about 1.5 hours by ferry or boat from the city of Zadar. This fine white sandy beach is no longer an insider tip, but this dreamlike bay is still one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. On this picture book perfect beach you will find Caribbean flair and that in the middle of Europe! Crystal clear turquoise seawater, fine white sand and the whole ambience make swimming at Sakarun beach an unforgettable vacation experience in the Zadar region. But not only this dream beach is amazing, also the “long island Dugi Otok” itself is absolutely worth visiting and a guarantee of a fantastic stay in Croatia.

In this travel guide, we give you all the important information about Sakarun Beach on Dugi Otok. In addition, we show you amazing pictures, reveal exclusive tips and show you the best accommodation around.

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Directly at Sakarun Beach there are still no hotels and accommodations. Less than 1 kilometer away is the lovely Guest House Sakarun, a small, pretty vacation cottage in a quiet location.

The Island Dugi Otok is ideal for an idyllic vacation. Because besides the Sakarun beach, there are many bays and attractions to discover, such as the Telascica Nature Park and the Kornati Islands.

If you are not staying on Dugi Otok, you can also go on day trips from Zadar to Sakarun Beach. There are two possibilities, either on your own with the car ferry or you book a guided tour to the island.

Near the beach Sakarun there are plenty of parking places. Parking currently costs 10 kuna per hour and is free in the off-season.


All about a visit to Sakarun Beach

Sakarun Beach is not only the top attraction on the island of Dugi Otok, but this gorgeous sandy beach is also a popular destination for tourists coming from Zadar. Visitors from this region come daily to experience one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Croatia. Nevertheless, the beach has been spared from mass tourism until now. Its visitors are individualists and those seeking peace and quiet, who appreciate the incredible atmosphere of the sandy beach.

Yes, Sakarun is a true paradise. The fine white sand and Caribbean turquoise blue colors are truly unique, and a visit is a highlight of any Croatia trip. Sailors also love this unique beach and like to moor there for a while. Since this bay is so hidden and there are no hotels so far, bathing in the beautiful place is a unique experience and also with boaters a real insider tip.

The approximately 800-meter-long bay offers enough space for sun-seeking beach vacationers. Mediterranean-scented pine forests line the beautiful beach and provide cool shade, especially in midsummer. This sandy beach is especially popular with families with children. Since it slopes very gently, the little ones can splash around in the sea and play in the sand as they please. Although Sakarun is located on the open sea, it is protected by the long bay, so water temperatures are always pleasant.

Right on the beach there are no restaurants, but there are 2 charming 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.

Getting to Sakarun by Ferry (Zadar – Dugi Otok)

For getting to Sakarun Beach, it is best to take the ferry from Zadar to Brbinj on Dugi Otok. The crossing by car ferry takes about 1:45 hours. Once on the island, it is another 15 km by car or bike to the sandy beach. For those who do not come by car, it will be difficult. There is a bus service on the island, but it only runs every 4 hours.

Day Trip to Sakarun Beach

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 guided boat tours and sailing trips to the dream beach are a great experience!


Where to Stay near Sakarun Beach

There are no hotels or apartments directly on Sakarun beach yet. However, on the island of Dugi Otok you will find a good selection of accommodation in the immediate vicinity of the beach. Popular places near Saharun are Bozava, Soline and Veli Rat. Since there are only a few places to stay on the island of Dugi Otok, it is recommended to book your accommodation or vacation home in advance. Here are our tips for the best places to stay near Sakarun…It’s worth a look!

  • Nice 4-Star Hotel: The Hotel Maxim is one of the few 4-star hotels on Dugi Otok. It is located in the small village of Bozava, near Sakarun Beach.
  • Apartment with View: The Apartments SOL is a beautiful apartment in the small village of Soline with a terrace and a fantastic view of the sea.
  • Nice Cottage: The Guest House Sakarun is a lovely cottage, less than 1 km from Sakarun Beach, and offers a great terrace with a magnificent view.
  • Vacation House with Pool: The House Sakarun with swimming pool is a real insider tip for a holiday. Sakarun Beach is also not far from there.

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