Croatia is surely famous for its wine, delicious food, and for its iconic Game of Thrones locations. But the wild idyllic beaches with transparent water and luxury resorts are definitely some of the finest assets of the country.
Home to 1,200 islands, islets, and crags off the coast of the mainland, Croatia is dotted with postcard-worthy beaches, more than 100 of these beaches have been granted the prestigious blue flag status thanks to their purity on land and in the sea.
But, even though the beaches in Croatia are amazing and well-known, not all of them are suitable for families with children. So, if you’re planning a summer trip to Croatia with the little ones, you might wanna know what are the best beaches for a family holiday.
Read this post to find out what are the best Croatia Beaches for a family holiday.
Note: Make sure to double-check COVID 19 precautions, protocols, and operating hours before you visit any of these sites.
Best Croatia Beaches for a Family Holiday
Croatia Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok
Croatia beaches cannot look any more paradisiac than this. Sakarun beach is known as one of the best beaches on the Dalmatian coast, which is a must-visit place for beach-lovers. Thanks to its natural beauty and blue-green transparent waters, Sakarun Beach was included in the Croatian ecological network, which was created to protect biodiversity.
The little bay of Sakarun Beach is just like heaven. In there, you get the view of the turquoise and calm water of the ocean, soft white sand and, of course, plenty of sun during the summer. The beach is also not extremely crowded, which means your kids would enough have space to play around while you can read a book and contemplate the Zadar Archipelago, where the beach is located.
How to get to Sakarun Beach?
The beach is located on the west side of Dugi Otok. If you’re already in Zadar, you can take a tourist train from the Hotel Maxim and then take the ferry.
However, you can also take a ferry from Zadar city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast (Location on Google Map). Ferries are going daily year-round, and it takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes for you to get to the beach.
Dražiča Beach, Biograd na Moru
The sun and shade make this one of the best beaches in Croatia for families with children. Located on the southeast part of Biograd, a town in northern Dalmatia, the Blue Flag Dražica Beach is perfect for fun activities and chill water sports, such as canoeing, water skiing, and kayaking.
Dražica Beach also has a great infrastructure, and it’s home to a playground for kids, WC, and a shower.
How to get to Dražiča Beach?
The beach is just 10 minutes’ walk away from the center of Biograd, and you can reach it by pathway.
Slatina Beach, Martinšćica, Cres Island
Located near a camp with the same name, Slatina Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cres-Lošnij archipelago. Unlike many other beaches in Croatia, Slatina has very warm water, which looks green due to its sandy bottom. The beach itself is partially sandy and partially concrete, and this feature makes it a good choice for those seeking the middle term between wilderness and infrastructure.
Another fact that makes Slatina Beach one of the best beaches in Croatia for families with children, is the fact that the beach has a great infrastructure, being home to a restaurant, showers, changing rooms, and a lifeguard’s tower, as well as sports and animation centers nearby.
How to get to Slatina Beach?
The beach is located on Kress Island, so if you are in Opatija, and wish to visit Slatina for the weekend, get in the car, drive the beautiful coastal motorway and get to the beach by ferry.
Zaton Holiday Resort Beach
While Zatar is one of the top choices for families visiting Croatia exclusively for beach holidays, Zaton and Nin are famous for their sandy coasts. Zaton Beach stretches more than 1.5 km. It is on the premises of the Zaton Holiday Resort, a family-friendly vacation paradise in Croatia.
You will see many amusement parks and water attractions for children in Zaton Beach. This means the kids can have a great time, while you soak up the sun and relax. The coastline water pools are safe and the coast area is shallow, making it perfectly safe for children as well.
Other attractions, like bars and restaurants, are also available serving delicious Croatian food. For your comfort, the beach also has outdoor showers, cabins, sports shops. There’s also a beach chair and umbrella rental, public toilets and a grocery store.
How to get to Zaton Beach?
If you’re staying in Zadar, you can take a suburban bus running between Zaton and Nin. The ticket will cost you 13 kuna (EUR 1.75) one-way.
If you are coming with your family from Split or Dubrovnik, the Game of Thrones film set, we suggesting hiring a car and driving the picturesque coastal road on your way to the beach.
Where to stay near Zaton Beach?
You can stay in Zadar country houses, beach villas, and condos with your family. Here are some of our favorites.
Vela Beach, Baška, Krk Island
As we already wrote, Krk Island is amazing purely to experience the Croatian winemaking tradition, but you may as well enjoy the local beach in the daytime.
Vela Plaža is one of the most popular beaches on Krk Island, and you are likely gonna find yourself between crowds of Croatian, Italian, and German tourists whilst sunbathing in this paradise. The water, always calm, has a perfect turquoise shade, which makes this beach looks like it came straight out of a postcard.
Visiting Vela beach with the little is a great idea, especially if your kids love love making sandcastles or creating pebble stone fortresses. With that said, the Vela beach has it all – white sand and gravel alike, supplied with a couple of beach bars and opportunities to keep one active playing sports. You can rent a ball and play volley with your kids, or get on a pedal boat with them and enjoy the calm blue sea of the Krk Island.
How to get to Vela Plaža, Krk island
If you find yourself on the island, the beach is just near the center of town Baska. If, however, you are visiting Krk island from the mainland, you can either take a bus or walk your way on the bridge, as there are no ferries linking Krk with the mainland directly.
Buses from Rijeka to Krk town are running daily, and the journey lasts around 1 hour and costs EUR 9. You can look up the bus schedule on Autotrans website. If you are coming from Zagreb, it will take 3 hours and cost EUR 19. You can take a bus run by Autotrans or Croatia Bus.
Zlatni Rat Beach
One of the most curious fun about Croatia is that the country has a beach that changes shape and position. Located less than 2km from the town of Bol, Zlatni Rat Beach has a unique shape that stretches into the Mediterranean Sea, and it changes depending on the wind, tide, and current.
Listed many times as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Zlatni Rat is 500 meters long and can accommodate over 10.000 people. The beach is surrounded by a crystal-clear sea, which is extremely calm on one side of the beach, offering the ideal conditions for families with kids.
Definitely one of the best places for families, this paradisiac beach is also home to an inflatable water park filled with slides, trampolines, and lily pads for little ones who want to have a good time.
How to Get to Zlatni Beach?
To go from Split to Zlatni, you can get the ferry to the Supetar Port, on Brac. In there, there’s a bus station, with buses that run fairly regularly to Bol (it takes about 50 minutes). You can also take a taxi from the port to Bol.
Keep in Mind When Visiting The Best Croatia Beaches
While we strongly encourage you to enjoy your family beach holidays when your schedule allows you to, the best times to visit Croatia is nevertheless the shoulder seasons, that is May and September – October. For tips on what you need to bring to each beach and insider tips, Sail Croatia, is an excellent source. Between our guides, you can’t go wrong when planning a beach vacation in Croatia.
Although speaking only English is not going to be a barrier, as 81% of Croatians speak English, practicing German is not a bad idea, either, as German and Italian are both popular languages as well.
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