The Neretva is not only famous for its plantations, or for its rowing marathon we wrote about recently. Its mouth is already well known as a kite and wind surfing Mecca, but on windless days it’s also a beautiful sandy beach.
It takes just over two hours to drive there from Split, drive on A1 motorway all the way to Vrgorac, and then go to Ploče. Once when you reach D8 coastal road, follow our map.
When you get to the river mouth you will find yourself in a scenery you will hardly find anywhere in Dalmatia. The river rushes into the sea and creates long sandbanks that makes the beach shallow so you can walk hundreds of meters around without the water touching your waist. At low tide most of it is almost completely dry, so walks can be even longer. Mixing the waters is special fun. Only a step from the sea will take you to few degrees colder river stream that reaches hundreds of meters into the sea. Sometime the stream gets so strong that you can easily lie on the water and let it carry you.
Views around the river mouth are spectacular. Turn east and you can see most of the Neretva’s delta and surrounding mountains, to the south is Pelješac peninsula and don’t look westbound until sunset. Then enjoy. Even the port of Ploče facilities to the north do not look too ugly in this context.
Winds are strong here, and that fact makes Neretva very popular among kite and wind surfers. All information can be found here. On especially windy days dozens of tents and campers can be seen around the beach, creating the right atmosphere for those who don’t consider surfing as a sport but as a way of life.