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Let's Go To The Beach!
Below are some beach recommendations. The first four are probably the best (and the closest) and will give you a sense of the coastline.
Description: This island is about a 15 minute boat ride from the Old Town. It’s a protected nature reserve and a great place to spend a full day. The “beaches” here are huge slabs of rock which back up into a more grassy area with pine trees. There are beach chairs and umbrellas for rent. There is also a botanical garden, an old fortress you can hike to that has great views of Dubrovnik, and a small lake they call the Dead Sea – lots of children learn to how to swim here. There is a restaurant at the far end of the island that used to be an Old Monastery. There is also a small café near where the boat drops you off.
Directions: Boats depart every 30 minutes from the Harbor in the Old Town to the Island Lokrum (last one is around 7:00pm). There is a small stand on the Pier where you buy your tickets beforehand. Also, you should confirm the pick-up and drop-off times since the schedule may change during the fall months.
Buza (hole in the wall)
Description: This is a special spot for locals and if you make it here for a swim, please show respect for them when there. Buza means ‘hole in wall’. This is a hard-to-find local spot right outside the city walls. It’s literally through a little hole in the wall by St. Stjepan which opens onto the cliffs overlooking the water. You basically swim right off the rocks but cautiion - if no one is swimming in the water when you are there, don't swim.
Directions: You can get there by taking one of the streets behind the big cathedral and walking along the city wall. There’s no real sign (one sign that says "Cold drinks" so pay close attention to any openings in the wall. Also, don’t confuse Buza beach with the Buza entrance to the Old Town.
Banje Beach (East West Club)
Description: This is a pebble beach just outside the Old Town. It’s very popular, great for families and usually very crowded and somewhat of a scene. There are beach chairs, umbrellas and even cabanas for rent. You can rent jet skis and other water activities here too. It has a cool bar area called EastWest Beach Club which becomes a nightclub at night.
Directions: The beach is just outside the Ploce Gates of the Old Town below the Lazareti Complex. If you walk through Lazareti, there are stairs at the end leading down to the beach.
Description: Currently it is under redevelopment and will be fabulous for the 2017 Summer Season! This is the largest beach in Dubrovnik and is located in Lapad Bay, a short drive from the Old Town or quick bus ride. It’s a pebble beach with chairs and umbrellas for rent. There are lots of restaurants, café bars, kids playground and shops in the area. There is also a nice walking path at the far end of the beach that ends takes you to a hiking/walking path along the bay coastline filled with hotels, swimming spots and restaurants.
Directions: The bus stop is right outside the Pile Gates of the Old Town so just ask where they sell the bus tickets at the small kiosk. Otherwise, you could take a taxi from the taxi stand outside the Ploce Gate or the Pile Gate.
Description: This beach is located about a 20/30 minute walk from outside the city in a cove beneath the church and abbey of St. Jakov (St. James). It’s a pebble and sandy beach with a great view of Dubrovnik and is known to have sun for the longest period of time. There are chairs and umbrellas for rent and a small restaurant. There is also a very scenic but steep staircase which you may or may not have to walk (you will use the staircase if you walk or take a taxi but you can also take a water taxi from the Old Town to the beach).
Directions: Best way to get there is by walking 20 /30 minutes, car or water taxi. Car taxi will be cheaper but water taxi will get you closer. If going by car, they can only get you so close, after which you will have to walk on foot for a bit before reaching this 'never ending' stairway that takes you down to the beach. Also, make sure you arrange a time for the taxi to pick you up if you don't want to walk home. If you take a water taxi, it will drop you off at a small pier at the end of the beach. Again, make sure that you set up a time for them to return to pick you up.
Copacabana beach is located on the north side of Lapad peninsula below the Babin Kuk touristic settlement near Dubrovnik’s old town. It is a pebble beach with some cemented levels and the sea is shallow and a great spot for small children. Plus they have an inflatable playground on the water! Copacabana offers a beautiful view of the island Daksa and Elafiti islands and the semi-suspended bridge which is unique in the world.
Coral Beach Club
The Coral Beach Club is located on the sunny west coast of the peninsula Babin kuk close to the five-star Hotel President, Valamar Group. In generous distance the cruise liners are passing by on their way to the port. A much more spectacular play offers itself to you every night when you watch as the deep red sun sinks into the sea on the horizon. Urban legend has it that the women of Dubrovnik right here waved their seafaring husbands goodbye and waited longingly for their return.
A day at the beach. You're enjoying the light and warmth of the sun under the palm trees. Your umbrella provides shade, just as you like it. You feel at ease. A drink next to your day bed, a snack, you can give your body a treat. Will you briefly cool in the shower, or jump off the boardwalk into the sea? Maybe later. The time has stood still. There is no reason to get up. It's your day at the beach.
Description: This is a City close by - It is sort of a mini Dubrovnik. It has a cute small centre of town, a small harbour and some small swimming areas on either side of the harbour. It is about a 45 minute boat ride from Dubrovnik or a quick bus ride. A nice day trip if you want to see another area of Croatia.
Directions: You can buy tickets for the boat excursion at one of the stands in the Harbor of the Old Town or take a city to city bus. Just look for signs for Cavtat.
Elaphite Islands Three Island Tour
Some people recommend this tour because it gives you an opportunity to see three islands (Lopud, Sipan and Kolocep). However, the down side is you have a limited amount of at each island so not necessarily enough time to swim and see everything. Also, they don’t tell you where to go on each island so you need to ask (for example, Lopud has one of the only sand beaches in the area but it is on the other side of the island - best to hire the golf cart to take you there - its a long hot walk). You can buy tickets for the excursion at one of the stands in the Harbor of the Old Town. You should book the trip the day before you want to go.