Top 10 Beaches in Croatia

to visit on a sailing yacht charter

(click a pulsing white dot below to find your next favorite beach in Croatia)


Spiaza Beach


Zrce Beach


Queen’s Beach


Sakarun Beach


Bacvice Beach


Zlatni Rat Beach


Dubovica Beach


Banje Beach


Lumbarda Beach


Saplunara Beach


Sunj Beach

With a breathtaking long coastline and over a thousand islands, a sailing vacation in Croatia allows you to explore a variety of beaches. Whether you’re looking for a remote beach, a white-sand beach, a snorkeling beach, a family-friendly beach, or a party beach, you’ll be sure to find it among the best beaches in Croatia. 


In the south of Hvar, just a short jaunt from Milna, you’ll find the largest beach on the island.  Perfect for relaxation, this uncrowded pebble beach is known for its surrounding historic stone houses.


Located in Nin, this sandy beach surrounds Nin’s lagoon and its shallow water.  You can dip your toe in the mud of the lagoon which is said to have healing properties or do as the locals suggest and cover yourself in the mud before sunbathing and a swim.  Great for relaxation and families for a laid-back experience.

Our favorite beach in Croatia for family-friendly relaxation.


Image of a crowded beach in Banje, Croatia

Banja Beach is the closest to old town Dubrovnik and is just outside the Ploce Gate.  This pebble beach has one of the most stunning views of Dubrovnik’s ports as well as the island of Lokrum.


Southeast of Korcula, Lumbarda beach offers a gorgeous pebble sand beach surrounded by vineyards with shallow waters for exploring or kayaking/SUP’ing.  Nearby you can visit other secluded beaches as well as the town of Bilin Zal with its charming cafes and delicious local wine.


image of Spiaza area in Croatia

On the tiny sand island of Susak, Spiaza beach stretches from the small village and offers shallow water perfect for a getaway.


On the south of the island Mljet, you’ll find Saplunara beach. Stunning peaceful scenery surrounds this sandy white beach with crystal clear waters.  Saplunara beach is a great spot for unspoiled nature and perfect for scuba or snorkeling.

Our favorite beach in Croatia for hopping in the water for a snorkel or scuba dive.


Located on Dugi Otok near Zadar, this romantic beach features turquoise clear water with both white sand and pebbles, surrounded by luscious green pines.  Resembling more of a Caribbean beach, the long shoreline promises relaxation and romance in a postcard setting.

Our favorite romantic beach in Croatia.


A sandy beach in a city, Bacvice beach in Split is a favorite spot for locals.  Here you can play picigin, a traditional Croatian beach game that’s sure to help you work up a sweat. If you’d like to take it easy, you can enjoy the sandy beach or late-night bars and nightclubs.

Our favorite beach in Croatia for meeting new friends and taking a load off.


On the island of Pag, Zrce beach is a bustling beach full of people and music. With clubs and bars right on the beach, this Croatian Ibiza area is perfect for those looking to party on the beach.

Our favorite beach in Croatia for giving you a night you’ll never forget.  


Tourists on Sunj Beach, a sandy beach on Lopud Island, Elaphiti Islands, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

On the small island of Lopud, Sunj beach is a quiet paradise.  With clear, shallow waters and fine white sand, Sunj is great for water sports and family relaxation.


Croatia, Hvar island, Bol. Famous beach in Croatia. Aerial view on the Zlatni Rat. Summer seascape background from drone. Travel - image

And any list of best beaches in Croatia must include the famous Zlatni Rat, located on Bol, Brac Island. This spit island’s elongated shape is one of the most famous beaches in Croatia.  With stunning views of seas, scenery, and history from all angles, Zlatni Rat is a must-do.

Now that you can’t stop thinking about lounging on the beaches of Croatia, check out our post: Best Yacht Charter Locations in Croatia.

If you’ve always dreamed of exploring the world on the water, but don’t yet have the skills you need to sail, you can start to change that today. Enroll in NauticEd’s Sailing School (we’ll even give you two free online sailing courses to get you going).

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Last updated on June 5th, 2022