I honestly didn't know what to expect from Dubrovnik beaches. We had major beach plans for later in our Croatia itinerary so I wasn't really expecting to spend too much time on the beach here. But wow, did I have it wrong! Today I'm bringing you some of my favorite beach scenes from Dubrovnik and a couple more beaches that I am adding to my list for our next visit!
Banje Beach is probably one of the most popular beaches in Dubrovnik. It is literally a 3-5 minute walk from the old wall gates so it is easy to see why it is so popular. I don't know what it was for me, it could have been the cloudy day, but Banje Beach was not my favorite. There is a beach club behind the beach chairs and waiter service, which is always nice when you are chilling on the beach. However, this beach just didn't feel very easy going to me....too much 'pay for this, pay for that' nonsense. But nevertheless, in a pinch, I'd head back! And it seems to always get rave reviews!
The pebbles are small, there are a ton of chairs (for a fee), and even some water sport action happening on the beach. You also have a nice little view of the old port and of course, the many, ridiculously expensive yachts just hanging out off the coast!
Oh Bellevue Beach, you're a beauty! The little trek down to this beachy cove is well worth the many stairs. So. Beautiful. Hotel Bellevue sits perched above and I can only imagine the view every morning from the balconies. If you've got the $$$$ stay here friends!
The water is crystal clear and the color is unlike any that I saw throughout our week in Croatia. The beach is free to lounge and there are no chair rentals. So bring a towel and/or a padded mat! The pebbles are cozy but they can get hot!
After sunning a bit, take a dip in the water. It is super cold because of how protected it is. It literally took my breath away! But there were so many other people out there so I had to suck it up and deal with it! This would be a perfect spot to snorkel as well as there is a cave off to the side. Bellevue Beach is a special little spot just down from the Old Town and I promise you, you won't regret the extra steps to get there.
Now this beach is connected to the Valamar Resorts but is right next to the public Cava (naturist) and Copacabana beaches so if you don't get the opportunity to stay at a Valamar Resort, head to one of those ASAP! The views are the best and we sat and watched the boats come in and out all day (dreaming that we owned one!).
Sveti Jakov Beachvia According to Perri
Svetl Jakov Beach was recommended to us by our AirBnb host who said that this is where the locals go. You can take a bus, and then it is a bit of a walk but it looks fantastic! Adding to the list for a return to Dubrovnik!
Lapad also looks to be a great boat watching beach and there are plenty of hotels to choose from near the beach! With pebble and sandy beaches, you can make the perfect choice for you!
Have you visited any of these gorgeous beaches? If not, what's your favorite terrain for a beach...pebbles, rocks or sand?
Find Your Beach!