Dubrovnik Beaches and Water Sports

(Dubrovnik, Southern Dalmatia, Croatia)

Either side of the peninsular, home of Dubrovnik's old walled city, are a number of appealing family beaches suitable for sunbathing, paddling and swimming. Many coastal hotels in Dubrovnik front the beach and treat the sand / pebbles as their own, even though in almost all cases these are public stretches.

Most of these Croatian beaches offer a pleasant experience, being lapped by the Adriatic Sea and coming with a choice of seaside facilities, such as cafes, children's play areas, gift shops, and in some cases, swimming pools. The most popular beaches also offer an array of water sports, with all kinds of equipment being available to hire and sea kayaks / canoes being in good supply.

General Information

The Dubrovnik Riviera is made up of a real variety of beaches, some of which boast fine sand. Others are made up of small pebbles and rocks. Most pebbly beachfronts are to be found around the bays, with the promontories being a little more rocky.

Banje Beach is comprised of small pebbles and lies to the east of the Old Harbour. Banje is especially close to the action and features amazing vistas of the Old Town, its walls and the offshore island of Lokrum. Further to the east of Dubrovnik is the Sveti Jakov Beach (St. James), which is especially attractive and a good place to hire jet skis.

The sandy Lapad beaches are amongst the city's best and based around the Lapad Peninsula. Reachable by a charming coastal pathway, these pretty beachfronts have a few seafood eateries, highly suitable for sunset-watching and dining.

Many families holidaying in Dubrovnik favour the exotic-sounding Copacabana Beach in the Babin Kuk area (part of Lapad), where the shallow water and children's toboggans are all notable draws, along with the windsurfing and water skiing opportunities.