Hvar is an amazing destination in Croatia for beach lovers, as the island has plenty of amazing beaches to fit all tastes. And today, we’re going to talk about the best beaches in Hvar Island so you can make sure you won’t miss any of the top ones.
Before checking the list, it’s worth noting that not all beaches are accessible for most tourists because they’re difficult to reach. Some, sometimes the most beautiful, can only be reached by boat. (Fortunately, you can hire one if you really want to see them)
But I will make sure to mix those secluded ones with beaches that you can easily reach so you don’t have to spend extra money during your stay.
IMPORTANT! The easiest way to experience the best beaches around here is by booking a private tour like the ones recommended below:
- Full day island & beach hopping (including the mesmerizing Blue Cave)
- A premium, yet more expensive Private Boat Tour of Hvar South and Pakleni Islands
Speaking of money, make sure to read my previous article on how much you should budget for your Croatia vacation.
Hvar Island Beaches – Overview
The island of Hvar has a large number of beaches of all kinds and for every taste and need. Most of the beaches on the island are rocky – like most in Croatia – followed by pebble ones and very few but really nice sandy beaches.
Gravel beaches are located on the southwest side of the island facing the open sea, near the villages of Ivan Dolac, Zavala, and Milna, including the Pakleni islands archipelago.
Families with small children can enjoy some shallow sandy beaches in deep bays in Jelsa (Mina beach) and near Sucuraj, Mlaska and Cesminica beaches or Maslinica sandy beach in Stari Grad bay.
Except for the beaches near the island’s towns or those part of the larger resorts (check the best All-inclusive resorts in Croatia here) most of the beaches are scattered around numerous bays, inlets and on smaller islands along the northern and southern island’s coastal line.
Most of the beaches here are encircled by pine trees and low Mediterranean bushes, offering protection during the high heat of the summer.
Now let’s get a bit more in-depth with all the best beaches on and around Hvar Island!
Beaches in Hvar Town and Surrounding Areas
This is where most of the tourists will be, so it makes sense to start here.
The most popular beaches in Hvar town are scattered on the Paklina islands. Very often these islands are wrongly called ‘Pakleni’ islands. That’s unfortunate, because in Croatian that means “Hell’s Islands” and trust me – they’re pretty much the exact opposite!
Paklina means “resin” in Croatian – and the name comes from the plenty of pine trees found in the area. But you can just call them “Paradise Islands” – they’re that nice!
This archipelago is the most beautiful part of the Hvar Riviera, offering the best and most popular beaches around. Let’s read about them!
Hvar town beaches
- Amfora beach – biggest town beach, in front of Amfora Grand Beach Resort, a 5 minutes walk from the old town.
- Sirena beach – in front of hotel Sirena, 2 km from the town.
- Franciscan monastery beach – just a few minutes from Hvar town central piazza.
Best Beaches Close to Hvar Town
Milna beaches – located in the Milna village, 4 km east of the city. Next to Milna lagoon, there are two other woody lagoons – Malo and Veliko Borce. The village offers a lot of private apartments and villas.
There is organized transportation by boat from Hvar port, and it is also reachable by car or on foot.
Zarace village beaches – not far from Milna village, we have Zarace village, 6 km away from Hvar.
On the rocky cliffs, stands this small scenic settlement with two deep coves with pebble beaches, Velo Zarace (Big) on the east and Malo Zarace (Small) on the west side.
The village has several restaurants and comfortable private accommodation and can be reached by car or by boat.
Dubovica beach – this small pebble secluded beach is 8 km east of Hvar. It ca be reached by boat from the port in Hvar or by car. It has a small restaurant offering fresh fish meals.
Sveta Nedelja (St. Sunday) beach – a small settlement 12 km east of the Hvar town. It’s reachable by car or boat. There are beautiful pebble beaches with some good restaurants in the area. You also have the possibility to rent rooms or apartments there.
Best Sandy Beaches on Hvar Island
Croatia is not known for its multitude of sandy beaches and Hvar makes no difference. However, you still have plenty of options if fine sand is a must have for you.
The sandiest beaches on Hvar island can be found in the eastern part, close to the small village Sucuraj, a ferry port that connects the island with the mainland.
But here are all the options of sandy beaches on the island, all of them offering nice sand, amazing water and promising an overall amazing experience:
- Sucuraj Perna sandy beach
- Mlaska sandy beach and campsite – Sucuraj
- Grebisce sandy beach – Jelsa
- Mina sand beach – Jelsa
- Stari Grad – Maslinica sandy beach
- Soline Vrboska family beach
Best secluded beaches in Hvar, Croatia
If you want to stay away from the crowds (and it can get crowded especially during the peak season!) then check out my map below where I have highlighted some of the best secluded beaches in the area:
Note: Google doesn’t allow me to embed the map, so you’ll have to click here to check it on Google Maps.
As you can see, most of these secluded beaches are near the small village of Brusje. The village is located in the Western part of the island, some 6 kms away from the town of Hvar. All of them are pebble beaches.
I have personally visited some coves in vicinity of Brusje. They are located one after another at the bottom of the steep slopes, below this small village.
These coves are more attractive for boaters and yachts owners but it’s possible to reach them on foot (be careful if you try to, though – it’s a very steep walk down).
The most beautiful coves here are Grabovac, Lucisca and Stiniva.
Naturist beaches in Hvar
When talking about Hvar naturist beaches, we have both official naturist ones but also other hidden little coves or bays, where you can enjoy total privacy.
You can find them practically everywhere and are well known to boaters in the area. These beaches offer the best naturist vacations and are perfect for privacy, with no other people in sight for at least 100 meters.
Keep in mind that those free beaches are rocky so it is a good to have a mattress!
One disadvantage of these beaches is the fact that it’s difficult to reach them. The best way is to hire a small boat in any of the ports (like Jelsa, Hvar town, Stari Grad, or Vrboska).
Now, if you don’t care too much for privacy and you prefer more popular naturist spots, these are the most frequented naturist beaches on Hvar island:
- Zecevo – this is actually an entire island dedicated for naturists. Offering small rocky beaches, it is open during the summer season and can be reached by boat from Jelsa.
- Jerolim – naturist beach on the island of Jerolim (Paklina islands), southeast of Hvar, can be reached by boat from the town of Hvar.
- Stipanska – naturist beach on the island of Marinkovac (Paklina islands), can be reached by boat from the port of Hvar.
- Mlin – naturist beach on the island of Marinkovac.
- Palmizana – a part of Paklina islands.
- Zavala – naturist beach between Zavala and Sveta Nedjelja on the southern part of the island.
Hvar is a large island with plenty of amazing beaches to choose from. No matter if you want something secluded or on the contrary – something very popular and crowded – you can surely find it here.
I hope that my recommended beaches will be appreciated. Make sure to let us all know in the comments section below which are your favorite beaches in and around Hvar!