Family-friendly beaches in Dubrovnik and nearby

Sandy beach near Dubrovnik, Croatia

Kids love going to the beach and there are lots of child-friendly beaches in Dubrovnik and the surrounding area. They’re not all rocky, either; you’ll find plenty of beautiful sand and pebble beaches to choose from. Here are our recommendations for beaches to visit with children.

Forgotten to pack beach items and toys? No problem! There are lots of shops with whatever you need in places like Gruž, Lapad and Cavtat.

Banje beach – the closest to the Old Town

Banje is Dubrovnik’s most well-known beach and great for kids. It’s the closest to the Old Town. A pleasant, sandy pebble beach, Banje offers watersports activities and deckchairs, loungers and sun umbrellas to rent (from East West Beach Club).

How to get to Banje beach: Just 5 minutes’ walk from the Ploče Gate.

Uvala beach, Lapad

This beach is at the end of Uvala promenade, next to Hotel Kompass. Ideal for families, this sandy beach has showers and is close to restaurants, cafés, shops and playgrounds. You can also rent sun loungers here.

How to get to Uvala beach: Take buses 4 or 6 from the Old Town. Find out more about Lapad.

Copacabana beach, Babin Kuk

A beautiful pebbly beach with shallow waters – perfect for small children. As well as a restaurant, the beach offers entertainment, big water slide, jet skis and volleyball courts. You can also rent deckchairs and sun umbrellas.

How to get to Copacabana beach: Take buses 4 or 6 from the Old Town.

Lopud, the Elafiti Islands

Lopud is one of the three inhabited Elafiti Islands. It’s known for its sandy beaches, especially Šunj beach which has showers and where you can rent deckchairs and loungers. There’s also a beach-side restaurant with a bar. Avoid Sundays, when the beach is packed with tourists and locals!

How to get to Lopud: Find out how to get to the Elafiti Islands from Dubrovnik.

Cavtat, a lovely coastal town

Wonderful scenery and a lovely, car-free setting in which to relax. Choose from the several small pebble beaches that you will discover around the bay. Find out more about Cavtat.

How to get to Cavtat: 20 minutes by car or bus (number 10) or 45 minutes by boat from the old port in the Old Town.

Veliki Žali beach, Brsečine

Another beautiful pebble beach located in a secluded cove, with crystal-clear waters and lovely views of the Elafiti Islands. There’s free parking, a restaurant and watersports activities, and you can rent sun umbrellas and chairs.

How to get to Veliki Žali beach: 20 minutes by car from Dubrovnik.

Kupari beach, Mlini

A small-but-perfect pebble beach that offers plenty of shade on hot summer days in a picturesque setting with turquoise waters. There are restaurants, shops and cafés nearby, as well as a park and playground for small children.

How to get to Kupari beach: 10 minutes by car or bus (number 10 from the cable car station above the Old Town); also accessible by boat from the old harbour.

Want to know more about family-friendly Dubrovnik?

If you have any questions about visiting Dubrovnik with kids, please get in touch. In our next post, we’ll be talking about fun things to do with children in and around Dubrovnik.

Are you looking for an apartment or villa to rent while on holiday in Croatia? Take a look at our selection of beautiful places to stay in Dubrovnik and contact us for more information.

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