Since every beach in Zadar Region is fabulous, it may be good to point out which beaches are most suitable for certain things. Which is the best beach for families? The best beach for surfing? Knowing the main attraction at each beach will make your Croatia vacation that much better.
1. Sakarun Beach – Veli Rat, Dugi Otok
Situated 20 miles west of Sali on Dugi Otok, Sakarun is a safe escape for getting away from city beaches. The beach itself is a pebble/sand like many others in Croatia. The water is shallow far out into the bay. You can keep on walking and walking and still be able to stand on the sea ground. At the swimming limit, approximately 250 meters from the coast, the depth is around 3.5 m. As a result, the sea water is a bit warmer here than on the other beaches along Zadar coastline. You can spend time in swimming and snorkeling or enjoy in the picnic areas of pine’s shadow. Its beauty is one of the reasons why Sakarun is one of the most photographed beaches in Zadar Region.
On the beach, there are two catering facilities: a cocktail bar and a barbecue stall. During the summer, a small train comes every hour from the hotel compound in Božava. (Photo: boriskacan.com) For Sakarun visiting, you can
rent a boat or choose from one or more great trips from our tours offer.
2. Lojena Beach – Levrnaka, Kornati Islands
Turquoise water and white sand, just like in the Caribbean. It is a small shingle beach with sand and a bay ringed by a floating boom. There are only two small houses in the central part of islet Levrnaka, but regardless the Lojena beach may be a bit crowded because skippers often like to show that particular part of Kornati’s heaven to their guests. During the snorkeling, the underwater world will amaze you with its beauty and relaxed movements. The bay is particularly great for anchoring, but the middle part is quite deep and, according to some, there is a WW2 German boat sunken just off the shore further out of the bay and it is regularly visited by divers in the region.
For all those who haven’t got a diving qualification, we recommend the usage of a mask and a snorkel while peeking into the blue depths of clear and translucent Kornati sea because you can see many memorable things even from the surface. For snorkeling (diving without the autonomous diving equipment) you don’t need a special license, while diving with the use of autonomous diving equipment must be performed only in organized and authorized groups. You can visit this beach by
renting a boat, or join us on a private or organized boat tour.
3. Kostanj Beach – Kukljica, Ugljan Island
Cove Kostanj is located between places Kukljica and Kali, where a beautiful sandy beach and a small church of St. Jeronim (13th c.) are placed. There are no extra facilities on the beach, just sea, sand and a pleasant shade of the pine trees. It is ideal for kids, romantic couples and non-swimmers. Here, not only the seabed is sandy. Young children and non-swimmers take great pleasure from the shallow shores. There is an old pine forest providing the shade.
Due to its location in a hidden cove, the best way to reach the beach is with a
boat. It only takes 10 minutes from Zadar to the Cove of Kostanj.
4. Podbrizi Beach – Vrgada Island
The sandy beach Podbrizi on Vrgada is often included on the lists of the most beautiful Adriatic beaches and even the places we must see at least once in our lifetime. Sandy beach, blue sea and hot sun will make you enjoy your visit to this little paradise. There is a bar on the beach that offers cool refreshments such as ice cream, cold drinks and cocktails. Getting to Vrgada is easy. You just have to Rent a Boat or book an organized or private boat Tour.
5. Veli Žal – Mežanj, Dugi Otok
Veli Žal is a pebble beach in front of the islet Mežanj on an uninhabited SW part of the Dugi Otok island. Over a kilometer-long beach can be reached by boat and if you are in a good shape by a well-marked road. Most of it is pebble and somewhere rocks, while the sea bottom is partially sandy. Veli Žal is ideal to spend the day alone, even in peak season, possibly until the sunset that is here “going down into the sea.” (Photo: Ivan Coric).
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