Hvar Island is like a mix of St. Tropez combined with traditional Mediterranean culture and untouched natural beauty. Even some of the best beaches on Hvar Island remain a divine utopia, not spoiled by overtourism or development.
Covered in a lush blanket of pine trees, olive groves, and vineyards, Hvar is the true definition of a Mediterranean paradise. As if that wasn’t enough, this Croatian island receives 2,760 hours of sunshine per year.
That’s 115 sunny days, making it the sunniest island in Croatia!
If you ever have the chance to visit this radiant retreat, save this post so you don’t miss the best beaches on Hvar Island!
The Best Beaches on Hvar Island That Will Blow Your Mind
Closed in by impressive cliffs, Malo Zarace Beach is a pristine slice of Mediterranean bliss.
As you make your way down to Malo Zarace’s sister beach, Velo Zarace, you’ll notice a massive rock that juts out into the sea. This incredible stone formation forms a barrier between the sea and land, creating an intimate cove known as Malo Zarace.
This near-private beach is accessible by several staircases that descend against the rock into crystal blue waters.
Although this gorgeous place is more for snorkeling than it is for swimming, it’s still well worth a visit.
Jagodna Bay is a beautiful hidden cove, located between Ivan Dolac and Sveta Nedljelja.
This gorgeous pebbled swimming spot is bathed in sunlight and surrounded by steep cliffs.
Getting there isn’t exactly easy. It requires some experienced driving skills to navigate the steep descent that leads to the pine forest just above the beach. However, it is definitely worth the time and effort!
Once you arrive, the beach is easily accessible from the pathway that leads through the camp.
The beauty of Jagodna Bay is the impressive cliffs that hug the beach. While the beach is small, it’s definitely not crowded.
Swim out into the glittering water and you’ll see a number of small inlets among the cliffs that have created tiny private beaches.
If you’re up for an adventure, you can even climb the cliffs on the right side of the beach and plunge into the azure sea.
Tip: Be sure to get to Jagodna early so that you have plenty of time to enjoy the sun as the beach becomes shaded around 5:30 PM.
Not too far from Hvar Town, the village of Milna is situated on a dazzling cove surrounded by a thick pine forest. This small sleepy town has that laid-back Mediterranean vibe you think of when you picture the Dalmatian coast.
From Milna, you can walk to Mala Milna where you’ll be greeted with a delightful pebble beach and untouched nature.
At Mala Milna, you’ll also come across an amazing no-name restaurant that the locals call Kod Dinka (which literally translates to “At Dinko’s Place”). Here, you can taste traditional Mediterranean dishes that are unique to the island of Hvar.
This collection of the best beaches on Hvar would not be complete without Dubovica. It is, perhaps, one of my most favorite beaches on the island.
Dubovica Beach is located on a secluded pebbly cove that is characterized by the majestic stone house that sits on the edge of the water.
The iconic stone home that graces nearly every photo of this beautiful beach has an interesting story behind it:
While on the beach, we noticed the owner of the house had opened up all of his windows and was blaring classical music from inside. Every so often, he would come to lean out one of the windows and watch over the beach. It’s actually a quite entertaining sight, almost like out of a movie scene!
Later, we learned that the locals refer to him as the “count”.
If you only visit a few of the beaches on this list, I highly recommend Dubovica be one of them. Not only for this unique experience but for the incredibly clear water and chill island atmosphere too!
Tip: Dubovica Beach might seem busy at the top where you park, but once you make your way down to the beach you’ll see that everyone is pretty spread out.
Pokonji Dol is the closest beach to Hvar town, located just a 25 minute walk away from the bustling center.
Despite its close proximity to town, Pokonji Dol is not overly crowded, featuring a comfortable and relaxed vibe.
This pebbly beach is flanked with sun beds that can be rented for around 70-100 kunas for the day.
The sunny bay boasts, you guessed it, crystal blue waters beckoning you to dive right in.
On the beach, you’ll find two delightful restaurants. Both offer everything from burgers to the daily catch, and most importantly, ice-cold beers.
If you visit Pokonji Dol Beach, I highly recommend walking to Mekicevica. This 25-minute-walk is a bit of an adventurous trek over sharp rocks and through pine forests, but it’s totally worth it.
I broke my flip flop on the way there so a pair of sneakers is a great option to have with you for walking. While it’s not impossible to walk in flip flops, you will definitely be much more comfortable in tennis shoes.
On the way to Mekicevica, you’ll pass by Mama Pacha’s Beach Bar. Here, you can rent out covered day beds or lounge chairs that are impeccably perched on the rocky landscape leading down to the beach.
There is also a small pier with a ladder that is perfect for jumping off of.
Just a few hundred feet after Mama Pacha’s, you’ll come across a secluded cove known as Strand Mekicevica. This nearly private beach is surrounded by lush pine trees and is covered in brilliant white stones.
A few lounge chairs available for rent dot the pebble shore and the number of beachgoers is shockingly modest. We arrived in the early afternoon and the few people that were there were silent and mellow. The small number of visitors makes Mekicevica Beach a haven away from the crowds, ideal for those seeking absolute relaxation.
Located on the less-visited north shore of Hvar Island, Veliki Pokrivenik is embellished with dramatic cliffs, a stunning pebbled beach, and even a cave!
This spectacular beach is literally engraved into a rocky landscape, making it one of the most beautiful on the island.
In addition to its natural beauty, Veliki Pokrivenik beach looks out onto an uninterrupted view of the open sea.
Perhaps one of the best parts about visiting this beach is the lack of tourists! Due to being quite isolated, not many visitors make the trek out here.
If you’re looking for a real escape from reality, you won’t want to pass up a visit to Veliki Pokrivenik.
Topping off the list of the best beaches on Hvar is Mala Stiniva.
Located near the sweet town of Jelsa, Mala Stiniva Bay is characterized by picturesque cliffs that descend into turquoise waters.
This little corner of Hvar gives you a quintessential slice of island paradise. It is both peaceful and beautiful. The only sounds that can be heard for miles are the sweet melodies of the crickets and the waves.
The pebbled beach, the pure sea, and the smell of salt in the air at Mala Stiniva will leave you utterly enchanted.
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