Located in the extreme southern regions of Croatia along the coast of the Adriatic Sea is one of the most prominent seaports in this area of the country as well as its oldest city, Dubrovnik. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been over 30 years now and is oftentimes referred to as the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” For many tourists, it is the beaches of the area that draws them to this popular Adriatic destination. The following is a list of the best beaches in Dubrovnik.
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Lapad Beach – located on the Lapad Peninsula approximately 2.2 miles (3.5 km) from the old town is Lapad Beach and its sandy, vehicle-free beaches. You can take in the full force of the sun here or just relax beneath one of the many shade trees that dot the coastline. There is actually a series of pebble-lined beaches referred to as Lapad Beach and you can easily find them at the end of a lengthy pedestrian walkway that is lined with bars, cafés, and restaurants.
Banje Beach – This is another pebbly beach which is conveniently situated near the town and features a crowded, noisy public area. There is also a concession area that charges an entrance fee but one way or the other, either spot is a great place to beat the summer heat in the city. Here you can enjoy some amazing vistas out over the sea as well as views of the city walls, the Island of Lokrum, and most importantly, Old Town Dubrovnik which is a must-see destination while visiting the city.
Babin Kuk – touted by many as the most popular beach area in Dubrovnik, Babin Kuk is a calm, quiet area that is frequented by families with children as well as retirees. The only drawback to the area is that there is not a lot of beachfront so you want to be sure and get here prior to 11:00 am whenever possible. This is especially true if you are hoping to relax on a bed under a parasol.
Dubrava Beach – last but not least is the semi-removed beach at Dubrava. There are no sandy beaches in Dubrovnik, only pebbly ones and this one is no exception. Dubrava is located farther out and to the north of Babin Kuk. The fact that it is a little bit farther out explains why fewer people frequent this beach compared to those that are closer in.
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