• Baška (Krk Island): This coastal village has more than 30 beaches of varying size and a promenade that skirts most of them. The shore is a stretch of fine pebble, which gently curves around a southeast-facing bay, making this former fishing village a sun worshipper’s paradise.  
  • Novalja (Pag Island): Any cove off Novalja can be a private beach. The water offshore is so clear you can see the white, sandy bottom 6m (20 ft.) below. If you have a boat, drop anchor for a while, take a dip, and let your stress float away. Partygoers come here specifically to swim, drink, and dance on Zrće beach, just outside town, which is also known for its open-air summer music festivals.  
  • Orebić (Pelješac Peninsula): Orebić is a civilized place where families linger together. At the end of the day, Mom brings covered bowls full of fruit down to kids who don’t want to leave their sand castles and snorkels. The water is warm, the sun is constant, and the people are as nice as they come.  
  • Zlatni Rat (Brač Island): Visit this beach just so you can say you did. This is the famous strip that appears in all the Croatia ads, usually in an aerial view. From above, it resembles a green finger rimmed with sand and tipped with a curling tendril extending into the sapphire sea. From ground level, it is a sun-blasted, pebbled landscape covered with a huge international crowd soaking up the rays. It also happens to be Croatia’s top windsurfing destination.  

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.