Croatian coast is famous for its many many islands so it is a difficult task to choose only a few beautiful beaches in this part of the Adriatic. Most blogs and websites list Zlatni rat in Bol or Banje in Dubrovnik as the most visited, but today I will focus on the less heard of ones, which I had the pleasure of visiting with a sailboat and enjoying them with my children….
LOPUD –island Lopud
Lopud is a small island with a village of the same name and it is situated off of coast of Dubrovnik. If on a sailboat, you can anchor here and enjoy the beach. There is also a regular boat-line from Dubrovnik so this s great place for an all-day swimming trip. Sand in your shoes and an ice-cream or a cocktail in your hand.. There are restaurants and cafes along the beach and the village….
LIMONI ili Blaca bay – island Mljet
Island Mljet locals call this bay Limoni… it is situated on the southeast side of the island and you can’t reach it directly. Saplunara bay is best for anchoring, and also has nice sandy beaches.
Whether you are on a bouy from a local restaurant on the west side or anchoring on the east side, we sincerely recommend taking a 20 minute walk to Blaca bay (Limuni or Limoni, according to the local dialect). Just don’t forget to take a bottle of water and comfortable shoes. You cannon access it by boat as its deepest part is only 1m. Our Dubrovnik based Oceanis 41 is named after this beautiful bay.
BILIN ŽAL , Lumbarda – island Korčula
As an overnight choice, Lumbarda provides safe berthing and less crowds than city of Korčula, which is accessible by bus or rent-a-car. Bilin žal and Vela Pržina are two beaches accessible from Lumbarda on foot. During a nice day and if your keel is not to big, you can even anchor here for a short time. These sandy beaches will be a hit with your children, so whether you are just passing through Korčula waters or staying on the island itself, these two are a must visit.
PORTERUŠA- island Šćedro
This pebble beach is situated on the southside of island Šćedro, and it is unihabited. It makes for a great pit stop for yachtsmen on thier way from Korčula to Hvar, with its crystal clear water, and all the peace and quiet you need. Do not hesitate to stay here for a short time.
ZAVALA or PLAŽA – island Hvar
Small village Zavala hides on the hills on Hvar’s southside. For those whose plan is to relax on one of many pebble beaches, renting an apartment here is the best option. If sailing from Hvar to Korčula, on a nice day you might tie your boat on the pier. Gorcery shopping is possible here, but bear in mind that grocery store is 15 min on foot so it is not such an easy task during hot summer days. Or just sit back and enjoy the beautiful view on Šćedro island.
UVALA MILNA – island Vis
Island Vis is famous for its many bays and coves, with Stiniva and Srebrna being the most popular ones (a few of our boats are named after Vis bays). If on a not too big sailboat, you can anchor in Milna, known for its beautiful sandy beach.
Not always getting the recognition it deserves, Podgora, a small village on the Makarska coastline, is actually a great choice for berthing. It is rarely crowded, and the beaches are spacious, long and clean.