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Croatia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. You have so many choices with beautiful inland cities like Zagreb or coastal towns like Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Pula, Rijeka, and Opatija.

Croatia is known for the beauty of its beaches such as Brela, Makarska beach, or the secret little beach of Stiniva.

The most beautiful beaches of Croatia are waiting for you in this list of Best Beaches in Croatia!

Zlatni Rat Beach, Bol

Zlatni Rat has been considered by travelers from all over the world, as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

Aerial view of Zlatni Rat Beach in Bol

In the morning, board a ferry from the Split port for a crossing to the port of “Supetar” on the island of Brac. Once on the island of Brac, a bus will take you in 50 minutes to “Bol”, the locality where you will find this gorgeous beach. If you want to enjoy this beach every day during your holidays, the best option is to book a hotel in Bol.

Makarska Beach

Makarska is a must-see destination for lovers of beautiful beaches. Book your flights to Split and discover one or more beaches every day. Nugal beach, Brela Beaches, Velika Duba beach, and Vodice beach, are all that await you and are some of the most beautiful beaches in the Adriatic.

Sand beach surrounded by mountains

Makarska and its beautiful beaches are just a few meters from your hotel. Gradska Plaza “City beach” is a beautiful, long sheltered pine beach (over 2km).

Banje Beach, Dubrovnik

One of the most popular cities in Croatia has also one of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, Dubrovnik. In addition to its pop-culture fame, Dubrovnik also features a beautiful old town and ancient city walls, and places to dip yourself in the ocean and enjoy a day on the beach.

People on a beach next to wall of Dubrovnik

Banje is very popular and crowded, it’s the closest you can get to Dubrovnik without being part of it. Make sure to book reservations in one of the few restaurants along the beach for an ideal way to watch the sunset and celebrate your trip.

Island of Dugi Otok, North Dalmatia

As the day goes by, colors change from turquoise to emerald to blue at this wide bay with. This is Saharun (also known as Sakarun), near the northern tip of Dugi Otok island, a beach perfect for children, with a sandy seabed and shallow water.

Boats near a beach at Dugi Otok

It’s undeveloped, nothing but sunbeds, straw parasols, and a couple of makeshift beach bars. The nearest village, Božava, lies about three miles away and is served by boat from the city of Zadar on the mainland.

Vela Stupa, Korčula, South Dalmatia

Vela Stupa is one of an archipelago of large islets rising from the turquoise sea between Korčula Island and the Pelješac peninsula. Accessible by speedboat from Korčula town, the spot is Instagrammable, with a pebble beach, sunbeds, bean bags, and swings in the sea.

Small island near Korcula Island

There’s also a restaurant and bar serving Adriatic seafood, where the menu changes daily depending on the morning’s catch. The place also has a vegetable garden and makes its own bread and ice cream.

Baška, Krk, Kvarner Gulf

The town of Baška sits in a wide bay, on the island of Krk. It’s built around the mile-long curving sand-and-pebble beach of Vela Plaža, giving onto a shallow turquoise sea and backed by a promenade lined with cafés, restaurants, and hotels.

Benches looking at the beach in Krk

Organized bathing began on the island in 1908, today, this beach is filled with sunbeds and umbrellas and offers jet skiing, parasailing, and scuba diving. For a quieter time, head to the village Stara Baška, where you’ll find pebble beach Oprna Bay.

Mulini, Rovinj, Istria

Float across Lone Bay on a stand-up paddleboard for views of Rovinj’s old town, with its pastel-colored façades, hilltop church, and fishing harbor. Behind you, Mulini Beach is covered with a polished-concrete bathing deck, sunbeds, parasols, and a bar serving cocktails and food.

View of Rovinj from the sea

Stay until early evening for DJ music and Mojitos. Or walk south of Mulini to Zlatni Rt, a lush forest with pines, cypresses, and cedars, for more secluded bathing.

Rab Island, Kvarner

In 1936, King Edward VIII whisked Wallis Simpson to Rab for a romantic break. They got special permission from local authorities to skinny-dip at Kandarola beach, an event now seen as the birth of naturism in Croatia.

City view of Rab from the sea

Kandarola remains nudist-friendly to this day, but better still is Sahara, one of Croatia’s rare sandy beaches, close to the town of Lopar on Rab’s north coast. If an all-over tan doesn’t tempt you, nearby Paradise Beach is an almost mile-long arc of sand, giving onto a shallow bay complete with water sports and volleyball.

Island of Brač, Central Dalmatia

Quite a small beach, but beautiful, and quieter than those of nearby Bol. With fine gravel underfoot and large rocks on each side, it has views of Hvar island in the distance and vineyards behind.

House on a beach on Island of Brac

There’s nothing on the beach itself. A short walk up the hill is a different perspective over the water. Murvica is accessible by road about three miles from Zlatni Rat beach.

Hello! I’m Sara, a Croatian native. I’ve traveled all over the world and have knocked out some amazing cities and countries off my bucket list.

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