Croatia's best family and kids beaches to explore

Posted on Feb 09 2010

Best Croatian Beaches

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with your whole family; holiday which would give you all much needed rest but also be fun because of your little ones, Adriatic coast is the answer. Days filled with different activities, safe play in shallow waters and on pebbly, sandy and narrow beaches, and lots of entertainment for the youngest and their parents, well, those are the days spend on the Adriatic.

On each beach you will find many families with kids so basically the whole coast is family friendly. Still, there are some beaches which offer more to families with children, from all sorts of diving or windsurfing activities, waterslides and other water sports for older children, pines shades and a nice place for children to have an ice cream and mom and dad a cold beer or cocktail.

The beaches of this famous Riviera (8km) are made of wide bays with gravels or sand and rock beaches with characteristic terraces, and it is possible to hire lay downs and sunshades, bicycles, boats. Dramalj, a wonderful tourist destination in the Vinodolski channel has perfect beach which is ideal for small children due to its shallow waters. You can relax and enjoy your days as your kids play safely and have fun.

Lapad peninsula is regarded as one of the most beautiful parts of Dubrovnik and its bay has a long boulevard with many coffee bars where one can refresh himself in hot summer days. At the end of this boulevard, all beaches are located, and some are as parts of many hotels in that area. Sandy beaches, restaurants, tennis courts, children playgrounds and car-free areas guarantee active and safe holiday for entire family.

Jelsa is a small port on the north central part of the island of Hvar. The town is built around a wide natural inlet that attracts holiday visitors and visiting yachts. On the both sides of the harbour there are wooded coves ideal for relaxation and swimming. Nice sand beaches, vineyards and olive-groves render this small town and its surroundings a special attraction. And of course, there’s the islet of Zecevo which has been frequented by nudists since the sixties, and that makes this place one of the pioneers of nudist tourism on the Croatian coast.

Lopar's 2km long sandy Paradise Beach (Rajska plaza) is one of the most famous beaches on the Adriatic. The finest of sand, shallow, crystal clear and warm sea water (up to 28°C in the summer months), the greenest pine forest which offers protection and shade are surely just some of the reasons why numerous guests are attracted. Due to the shallow sea level, the beach is perfect for inferior swimmers, children and elderly people. The Lopar beach has restaurants, bars, life-guards, life-saving equipment, first-aid equipment, facilities for the disabled, rental facilities, recyclable waste facilities, catering facilities, phones, etc. The life-guards are also present on this famous beach that has been honoured by Blue Flag award.

TROGIR (Medena and Pantan Beach)
Pantan Beach is 500m long gravel and sand beach with pine-tree wood on eastern side for a nice shade. The area around is protected natural resort with wonderful Pantan Mills on the north side of the beach.

Medena Beach lies along the Seget Riviera, micro-location on the south side of Trogir, 4km from Trogir Centre. It is very cultivated 3km long gravel beach surrounded by old pine-woods and various sport facilities: tennis courts, water sport centre, beach volleyball, water-slide and football and basketball courts too.

ZATON (Zadar Channel)
It has a 1.5 km long pebble and sandy beach surrounded by a pine forest which offers a wide selection of sports and recreational activities including tennis, horseback riding and water sports. The vicinity of the city of Zadar ensures plenty of entertainment for children and adults. This beach is an attractive destination for families. The sports and recreational offer includes 16 tennis courts, various other sports fields, as well as bicycle, surfboard, sailboat and boat rental. And this Holiday Village beach received international recognition 'Blue Flag’ for water quality, safety and other services on the beach.

Trincel beach is located in Stara Novalja (Old Novalja), and is covered with soft sand, surrounded by vegetation and close to the road leading to the city centre. The beach has beach volleyball court , waterslide for kids into the water, dressing cabins, showers and toilet, rentals of canoe and peddle boats, rentals of lounge chairs and umbrellas, fast food at the beach, mini bar located at the centre of the beach, large parking area, first- aid and life-saving equipment and life-guards. This beach attracts many tourists because of its cleanliness and beauty.

Sveti Duh sandy beach is one of the most beautiful on the Island, located 10 kilometres east of Novalja town. It is about 5 kilometres long and it is connected with the beach Eista, which is also a sandy beach.
Rucica Beach is a sandy beach, rather undiscovered but you should definitely visit it. A hidden beach is about 10 km from Novalja, near the village Metajna on the island of Pag, Croatia. Extraordinary moon-like surroundings make it really special.

Stoncica bay, often refereed as Vis' Hawaii, is a beautiful sandy bay with an interesting restaurant with home atmosphere. There is a beautiful lighthouse and few private apartments and whole houses to rent.

Island's the biggest and the most beautiful sandy beach Zaglav is situated 10km south of Vis town, near Milna village. You can't drive all the way to Zaglav so it’s often visited by yachts. Both places are perfect for those who seek isolation, peace and beautiful surroundings.