14 best beaches in Croatia
First-time visitors to Croatia are often startled by the striking turquoise hue of its sea and see-straight-to-the-bottom waters. This Mediterranean sun destination certainly has no shortage of beaches – thanks to its 1777-km-long (1104 miles) Adriatic coastline and close to 1200 islands, there’s a beach for everyone. The question is, do you prefer sandy or pebbly?
The pros and cons of each are a topic of debate – some swear by the crystal clear waters of a pebble beach not clouded by sand, while others need to feel the soft sandy powder between their toes. In Croatia, you’ll mostly find pebble beaches nestled in the coves of rocky shorelines, but there are also many sandy exceptions.
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And did you know that all beaches in Croatia are public? It’s the law! You can lay down your towel where you please – there’s no such thing as a private beach here.
Whether you’re looking for pebbly or sandy, family-friendly or sporty, we have the beach for you with our handy guide to the best beaches in Croatia.
1. Zlatni Rat, Brač Island
Croatia’s most photographed beach does not disappoint. Follow the pine-scented promenade from seaside Bol to this gorgeous expanse of fine soft pebbles, lapped by inky blue waters. Its astonishing V-shape changes and shifts with the tide and currents of the Adriatic Sea. The beach’s windy eastern side is a top spot for windsurfers, while the cool kids hang out at the beachside Auro Cocktail Bar.
Planning tip: It’s a 30-minute stroll from Bol. An alternative is to park at Parking Zlatni Rat, a 10-minute walk away.
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