Surrounded by the brilliantly blue Adriatic, Hvar is the absolutely ideal beach getaway destination. Whether you’re looking to party, to relax, to go snorkeling, or to eat good food and drink good drinks, there is something for virtually every type of beachgoer here.
The best beach for boat riding
Located on the eastern side of the island, Pokrivenik Cove is surrounded by majestic cliffs and a pebble beach in the center. You can find here a small dock for boats and a cute, authentic restaurant where you can try the local fresh fish of the day. The water is clear and as blue as can be, offering the perfect backdrop for a day of sailing.
The best beach bar
Hula Hula Beach Bar
Just a 15-minute walk from the center of Hvar, Hula Hula Beach Bar is located on the seaside path between the Amfora and Podstine hotels. Offering chill music and a stunning view of the Adriatic (especially at sunset), Hula Hula also offers some bigger parties for when you’re looking to get a little wild.
Where: Ul. Vlade Avelinija 10, Hvar, Croatia
Hours of operation: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
The best party beach
Carpe Diem Beach Club
This beachfront bar and restaurant in Stipanska Bay hosts nightly dance parties throughout the summer and can be reached by boat taxi from the Hvar city center. With a fabulous view of volleyball players, the bar’s pool and the Adriatic, enjoy tropical cocktails under the shade of pine forests as you dance the night away.
Where: Stipanska, 21450, Hvar, Croatia
Hours of operation: Varies depending on the day and the season
The best bougie night out
Beach Club Hvar
Refreshing cocktails, great food, comfy sunbeds, and a retro-Mediterranean vibe make for the ideal setting for a nice night (or day) out. Beach Club Hvar, located in Podstine Beach, is also popular for weddings, if you’re on the lookout for a beachside venue like no other. Named one of the best beach clubs in Europe, it’s best to book yourself a spot in advance to be sure you get into this exquisite spot.
The best beach hike
Picture this: You’ve just opened up your Instagram, and as you scroll through your feed, you notice one of the most beautiful beaches you’ve ever laid your eyes on. We’re talking straight out of a travel magazine. A real-life postcard. A dreamscape that can only be reached by foot. A jewel of nature.
You’ve definitely stumbled upon Dubovica Beach, and one of Croatia’s best beaches. The sea is crystal clear, giving new meaning to 50 shades of… blue. The stone houses that line the coast and the cozy beach bar where you can sample freshly caught fish only make it that much better.
Pro tip: The walk down to the beach is quite steep, so it’s worthwhile wearing comfortable shoes here.
The best beach for swimming and snorkeling
Jagodna Beach, although popular for nudists, is open to anyone who wants to visit. There is a campsite nearby which offers a unique vibe to your beach getaway, but this also makes for a slightly crowded beach depending on the time of year and day you visit. Despite this though, Jagodna Beach is one of Hvar’s best beaches for swimming and is only accessible by walking through water in the bay.
The most Instagrammable beach
Malo Zarace Beach
Picture perfect, breathtaking and rocky, Malo Zarace Beach isn’t exactly one of Hvar’s “best kept secrets,” but for good reason; it’s easily one of Hvar’s most breathtaking. If you come during the off-season though, this beach is completely empty.
The best beach for a picnic
Located on the north side of the island not far from the quiet beach town of Vrboska, this pebble beach is surrounded by dense pine forests that offer shade on hot summer days. Although there is (only) one restaurant here, packing your own lunch and setting up camp is ideal at Maslenica.
The best beach for a seaside resort
Ivan Dolac Beach
Located on the south shore of Hvar, the village of Ivan Dolac is surrounded by vineyards, resulting in some of the best wines on the island. You can also find lots of tasty restaurants that serve up local cuisine, a vibrant nightlife, classic Dalmatian architecture, beautiful flowers and pebble beaches to help you enjoy a relaxing getaway.
The best secret beach
Just a 20-minute walk from Pokonji Dol Beach (which is just a 15-minute walk from old town Hvar), this picturesque and secluded beach is one that only insiders know about. If solitude and relaxation are what you want, solitude and relaxation are what you will get. Mekicevica Beach is the very definition of a hidden gem.