10 Beautiful Beaches in Croatia
Best Places to Visit for Sun, Sand and Surf
Croatia's main tourist attraction is, and always has been, its beaches. With miles of pristine continental Adriatic seaside and dozens of islands to visit, the sun and fun are endless. For this journey, leave the kids and your inhibitions home; we're taking you to Croatia's 10 sexiest beaches.
10: Zrce Beach (Novalja, Pag Island)
Located on Pag Island, Zrce Beach is a white-pebbled beach, kissing the crystal-clear Adriatic. It's the only beach in Croatia with the Ibiza party spirit, and droves of locals and tourists flock here looking for a good time. After-hours action at this beach includes 3 popular open-air clubs; Aquarius, Papaya and Kalypso offer drink specials, hot DJs, and pools, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. No reason to change out of your bathing suit to party at these hot spots.
9: Hvar Islands (Pakleni, Hvar Island)
Island-hop from Pag Island to the Hvar, another hot and hip destination for tanned tourists. During July and August, the beaches here are packed which makes for body-bumping parties in the evening. When the sun goes down, head to some of the most popular bars on the Dalmatian coast like Korzo and Carpe Diem.
8: Sv. Jerolim (Sveti Jerolim, Hvar Island)
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Don't leave the Hvar Islands just yet. Sv. Jerolim on Sveti Jerolim's coast, is isolated and beautifully preserved. A well-known nude beach, this isn't the place to go for large parties and a swinging singles' scene, but it is the perfect hideaway for you and someone special. There are a few restaurants on the beach and outdoor showers to wash away the day's heat.
7: Zlatni Rat (Bol, Brac Island)
Zlatni Rat beach is home to a spectacular sandbar known as the Golden Horn. The bar is 580 yards long and provides this beach with a unique shape and unparalleled people-watching. The beach offers restaurants, cafes and a surplus of water sports. The nightlife is more relaxed than Zrce beach, but there are plenty of open-air bars and nightclubs open for mischief.
6: Kandalora Beach (Frkanj Peninsula, Rab Island)
Sure, parties and nightclubs are hot, but you can't get any sexier than a nude beach. And Croatia offers these in spades. Kandalora beach is divided into three pebbled and private coves where sunbathers dare to bare it all. There's a small fee to enter these beaches, but the coves are easily reachable if you're dropping anchor in the Adriatic.
5: Valalta Resort (Rovinj)
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If you're looking to add a little romance to your Croatian vacation, Valalta Resort near Rovinj is a perfect destination. Accommodations here include fully equipped apartments, luxurious caravans and intimate bungalows. The beach stretches for about three miles and offers many sandy and stone bays perfect for nude sunbathing.
4: Brela Beach (Vrulja)
Brela Village is a Mediterranean dream; miles of white beach lined with fig trees and olive groves. Brela is the home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia, with nearby Vrulja Cove topping the list. A desirable location for couples, its best reached by boat and encourages swimming and sunbathing au naturale.
3: Baska Beach (Krk Island)
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Krk Island is the largest Croatian island and is located in the picturesque Kvarner Bay. The must-see destination on Baska is the Vela Plaza, or Great Beach, where bars, restaurants and cafes offer a reprieve from the sun. The Great Beach is the place to be seen, but Baska beach also offers plenty of coves for those seeking a more intimate experience.
2: Girandella Beach (Rabac, Istria Island)
Once a quiet fishing village, Rabac is now a bustling tourists' resort with a spirited nightlife. At Girandella Beach, unique rock and jetty formations make diving very popular during the day. At night, the partying takes place right on the beach, where DJs spin house and techno music. Two summer festivals not to be missed are the Sunrise Festival and the Rabac Summer Festival.
1: Plat Beach (Dubrovnik)
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Number 1 on the countdown is one of Croatia's best-hidden beaches with kicking nightlife. This tiny beach is a balmy oasis of beautiful landscapes. The beach has very little shade, so an umbrella is a must to provide some shelter and a little privacy on the nude beach. In the evening, head to the best restaurants and clubs in Croatia. Click here for a full description of Dubrovnik's nightlife.