Top 5 Zadar County Beaches
Even if you don’t have a diving qualification, you can still enjoy the blue depths of the crystal-clear Kornati sea by using a mask and snorkeling. No special license is required for snorkeling, but autonomous diving equipment must be used only in authorized and organized groups. Rent a boat to explore the beach or join us on a private or organized boat tour. With so many breathtaking beaches in the Zadar Region, it can be overwhelming to decide where to spend your day. To make the most of your Croatia vacation, it’s helpful to know which beaches are best suited to your interests.
1. Sakarun Beach – Veli Rat, Dugi Otok
Escape the city beaches and experience the stunning natural beauty of Sakarun Beach on Dugi Otok, located just 20 miles west of Sali. This pristine pebble/sand beach offers shallow and crystal-clear waters that stretch far out into the bay, allowing visitors to walk and swim for hundreds of meters while still being able to stand on the sea ground. The water’s depth at the swimming limit, approximately 250 meters from the coast, is around 3.5 meters, making the seawater warmer here than on other beaches along the Zadar coastline.
Sakarun Beach is the perfect destination for swimming, snorkeling, and enjoying a relaxing picnic in the shade of the surrounding pine trees. As one of the most photographed beaches in the Zadar Region, its natural beauty will leave you in awe.
The beach is equipped with two catering facilities, a cocktail bar, and a barbecue stall, providing visitors with refreshments and snacks during their stay. During the summer, a small train runs every hour from the hotel compound in Božava, providing easy access to this stunning beach.
For those seeking adventure, rent a boat or choose from one of our exciting tours to experience Sakarun Beach from a unique perspective. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this breathtaking beach and create unforgettable memories on your Croatia vacation. Book your trip to Sakarun Beach today!
2. Lojena Beach – Levrnaka, Kornati Islands
Levrnaka’s Lojena beach is a hidden gem in Kornati’s paradise, boasting turquoise waters and soft white sand reminiscent of the Caribbean. While there are only two small houses on the central part of the islet, the beach may get a bit crowded due to skippers wanting to show their guests this picturesque spot. Snorkeling in the bay will reveal a stunning underwater world with graceful movements and impressive sea life. The bay is also perfect for anchoring but be warned that the middle part is quite deep, and some say that there is a WW2 German boat sunken offshore. Divers in the area regularly visit this site. Even if you don’t have a diving qualification, you can still enjoy the blue depths of the crystal-clear Kornati sea by using a mask and snorkeling. No special license is required for snorkeling, but autonomous diving equipment must be used only in authorized and organized groups. Rent a boat to explore the beach or join us on a private or organized boat tour.
3. Kostanj Beach – Kukljica, Ugljan Island
Cove Kostanj is a stunning location nestled between Kukljica and Kali, boasting a picturesque sandy beach and the charming St. Jeronim church, dating back to the 13th century. The beach is a natural oasis, devoid of any modern amenities, where visitors can enjoy the tranquil sound of the sea, feel the soft sand beneath their feet, and take refuge in the refreshing shade of the ancient pine trees.
The cove is perfect for families with young children, couples seeking a romantic getaway, and those who are not confident swimmers, as the sandy seabed and shallow shores provide a safe and enjoyable experience. The old pine forest is a delight for nature lovers, adding to the scenic beauty of the surroundings.
Located in a secluded cove, the best way to reach Cove Kostanj is by a half-day or full-day panoramic boat tour. This tour not only takes visitors to this hidden cove but also provides access to the nearby cove Frnaža and the secluded pebble beach on the small islet Ošljak, making it an all-in-one adventure. (Photo: Alena Spišiakova)
4. Podbrizi Beach – Vrgada Island
The sandy beach of Podbrizi on Vrgada Island is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Adriatic and a must-visit destination in a lifetime. The golden sand, crystal-clear blue sea, and warm sun make for an unforgettable experience in this little slice of paradise. And if you need a break from the sun, there’s a beach bar where you can enjoy a variety of refreshing treats, including ice cream, cold drinks, and cocktails.
Getting to Vrgada Island is a breeze, as you can rent a boat or book an organized or private panoramic boat tour. Once you arrive, you’ll find yourself surrounded by stunning natural beauty and a serene atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxation and unwinding. You can take a dip in the clear waters of the sea or explore the island’s many hidden coves and beaches.
Whether you’re looking to spend a day lounging on the beach, exploring the island’s natural beauty, or enjoying the local cuisine, Vrgada Island has something to offer everyone. So don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit this picturesque destination and experience the beauty of Podbrizi beach for yourself.
5. Veli Žal – Mežanj, Dugi Otok
Veli Žal is a stunning pebble beach situated in front of the islet Mežanj, on the uninhabited SW part of the Dugi Otok island. With over a kilometer of pristine coastline, this breathtaking beach can be accessed by boat or by a well-marked road, which is perfect for those who enjoy hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the island. Most of the beach is covered in smooth pebbles and rocks, while the sea bottom is partially sandy, creating a unique and diverse underwater environment. Veli Žal is the perfect place to spend a day alone or with a loved one, even during peak season, as it is secluded and peaceful. You can relax on the beach, swim in the clear blue waters of the sea, or explore the many hidden coves and beaches that dot the coastline. One of the highlights of Veli Žal is the stunning sunset that can be seen from the beach. As the sun descends below the horizon, it appears to sink directly into the sea, creating a breathtaking display of colors that you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re an avid photographer or just looking for a romantic evening, the sunset at Veli Žal is a must-see. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful and secluded beach where you can unwind and connect with nature, Veli Žal is the perfect destination. With its natural beauty, clear blue waters, and stunning sunset views, this hidden gem is a must-visit for anyone exploring Dugi Otok island. (Photo: S. Müller)
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