Croatia Sailing - Top Beaches Accessible Only by Boat


The coastline of Croatia sets the perfect backdrop for a European sailing vacation. Whether you rent a boat in Šibenik or step aboard a yacht charter in Split or Dubrovnik it would take a lifetime to discover Croatia’s thousands of miles of Adriatic coastline, islands, coves, and beaches. No matter if you’re an adventurous traveler, prefer to lay on the beach, or are sailing with young children, there are endless options to drop anchor and swim ashore. While there are more beautiful beaches than we can count, we picked a few of our favorite sailing destinations below!


Split yacht charter to Zlatni Rat

When planning a Split, Croatia sailing trip, visiting one of the top beaches in the world is a must on your Croatian vacation bucket list! Also known as the Golden Cape, Zlatni Rat is a famous spot of pristine beach jutting out from the island of Brač. Take a yacht charter from Split and jump off your boat into the serene blue sea. You can spend the day on the beach, kayaking or exploring the ruins of a Roman rustic villa in the pine tree grove that hugs the beach. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hike Vidova Gora and take in the postcard-perfect views of Zlatni Rat from above. Bring water, because the climb can take up to two hours.


Rent a boat in Dubrovnik to visit a hidden cave

For the true sea lover, Betina Cave in Dubrovnik is only accessible by water. Take a day trip from Dubrovnik, and swan dive from your sailboat into the clear, teal water. Bring your waterproof camera to take pictures from the white pebble beach where you’ll find shade in the waterside cave. We recommend bringing paddleboards and kayaks to explore the surrounding area. In a kayak, you can easily transport a picnic from your boat and enjoy lunch in the serene beachside cave. This hidden gem will offer a day of tranquility if you’ve been busy touring the Old Town of Dubrovnik.


Zadar boat trips to Saharun Beach


If you are boating with the family, Saharun Beach on Dugi Island is the perfect option for a day trip from Zadar. You can wade into the shallow, crystal clear water to splash around with the children all day. The nearly mile long white sand and pebble beach offers plenty of room for soaking up the sun or playing beach games. If you need a break from the sun, nap in the shade under the pine trees that line the beach. Known for its brilliant turquoise hues, Saharun Beach is a beautiful backdrop to create memories with the family! For more ideas about what you can do on your Sailo boat from Zadar, make sure you check our destination guide Zadar, Croatia - Attractions by boat.


Sail from Split to Stivna Beach

For stunning sailing departing from Split, hoist the main and head to Stivna beach on the island of Vis. Located on the southern part of the island, Stivna beach is an oasis hidden by tall cliffs. The beach is only accessible by boat or foot, and offers breathtaking views with immense cliffs that contrast with the aqua hues of the water. Thanks to the cliffs, there is always a shady stretch of beach where you can take a break from the sun’s rays. This enchanting beach is a must-see for boaters from Split!


Visit Kaprije on the Dalmatian Coast


There are many boating adventures you can take from Šibenik to the surrounding islands dotting the Dalmatian coast. If you’re looking for a more secluded excursion, rent a boat in Šibenik and set sail for Kaprije, a small, 2.75-square-mile island in the Sibenik archipelago. You can anchor in the main bay of Kaprije to swim and snorkel in the peaceful, uncrowded waters. While the beach tends to be rocky, there are coves and piers where you can make landfall. Cars aren’t allowed on the island, which allows for a peaceful stroll through the quiet town. Most of the island is also uninhabited, with plenty of untouched nature to admire as you sail by.