The best beaches in Dubrovnik and surroundings
Vacation on the Adriatic is all about complete relaxation, spending time on the beach and having a good time.
Located just a few minutes of walking distance from the Old City, Banje beach is probably the most prominent public beach in Dubrovnik. This pebble beach offers a stunning view of the city walls, Porporela, and Lokrum Island. There is a restaurant lounge & club Banje where you can have a cooling drink and rent lounge chair and parasol. If you feel adventuristic you can rent a kayak or enjoy various water sports.
Lokrum is a nature reserve island in close proximity to the Old City. You can get there by regular boat lines departing from the Old Port every hour, or even better – rent a boat and have a pleasant day trip at your own pace. The Portoč cove overlooking the Banje beach offers pine trees’ cooling shade, there is also a restaurant and cafe bar, so no wonder it is a favorite bathing location for the locals. The outer side of the island is rocky, offering cliff diving and much more sunshine. One of the Lokrum’s curiosities is the dead sea lake where you can enjoy bathing, jumping and snorkeling, or simply have a drink in the cafe bar in the shadow of the surrounding trees. Rabbits and peacock wander all over the island. You’ll notice they became so bold to approach and ask for food, so best be prepared to offer some.
Sv. Jakov (St. Jacob’s Beach)
If you don’t mind putting in a little effort (meaning: walk on foot or use bus no. 5 or 8, and then taking cca. 160 steps up and down!) for a stunning view and enjoyment on a great sandy-pebble beach, we recommend visiting the St. Jacob’s beach. It is one of the best beaches in Dubrovnik, located in a small bay overlooking the Lokrum and Old City. There is a beach bar so you can have a refreshing cocktail or coffee. You can also rent a kayak or jet-ski, or lounge chairs and parasols and simply frolic in the sun. This experience is definitely worth the effort you’ll put in to arrive here.
Uvala Lapad Bay (Sunset Beach)
Sand and gravel beach Uvala has settled in Uvala Lapad bay 2,5 km from the Old City. You can reach it with buses no. 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7. You’ll find tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and fun and sports facilities near. The Sunset Beach located on the beachfront offers drinks and food in lounge and cafe bars, changing booths, showers, towels, parasols and deck chairs for rent. It boast with a view to splendid sunsets, so if you visit Uvala make sure you stay until the sundown.
Yes, Dubrovnik has Copacabana beach, too. It is located on the northern side of the Lapad Peninsula. Copacabana is a nice pebbly, family-friendly beach. It is easily accessible by bus, car, and stroller. If offers a beautiful view of island Daksa, Elaphiti islands, and the Dubrovnik bridge. Various facilities and services are available: showers, changing booths, toilets, wheelchair access ramp, parasols and deck chairs rent, cafe bar, restaurant,… If you like having fun on the sea you can rent a paddleboat or jet-ski, go parasailing, or on a banana ride, and the kids can play in the water park. During the hot summer nights, Copacabana becomes a place to be for chill out with popular music and cocktails.
Coral Beach Club (Cava)
Settled near Copacabana, Coral Beach Club is a posh place for the young people who enjoy spending time on the beach accompanied by music, light snacks, and cocktails in an open-air restaurant surrounded by olive trees and palms. Here you can rent luxurious deck chairs, have a massage or attend an after-beach party. Of course, there are sports activities, too.
Also known as the Blue Lagoon because of the stunningly blue color of the sea, Sikirica is a small peninsula about twenty kilometers west of Dubrovnik. Actually, during the tide, Sikirica becomes an island. The beach is rocky and surrounded by pine trees. There are no tourist facilities here. Yet, this is one of the best bathing spots we like to take our guests, they are always fascinated by its pure nature. From here you can see Elaphiti islands and admire a breathtaking sunset.
When it comes to sandy beaches, Šunj is probably one of the best beaches in Dubrovnik and its surroundings. It is settled on the southeast side of the island of Lopud, in a beautiful bay surrounded by dense pine forest. A visit to Lopud and Šunj is part of our Elaphiti islands tour. This sandy beach is a favorite destination to locals and tourists alike as the shallows stretch a hundred meters away from the coast. Therefore it is family and elderly-friendly, but also suitable for young people who like to have fun on the sea. If you need to take a break from the sea and sun, here are two beach bars/restaurants on the beachfront, and one in the woods. Parasols and deck chairs are available for rent.