The 5 Best Beaches On The Makarska Riviera

Daniela Rogulj

best beaches on the makarska riviera

July the 10th, 2024 – Our search for the country’s top sunbathing and swimming locations continues, taking us to central Dalmatia. Here are the 5 best beaches on the Makarska Riviera.


Dozens of magical smaller and larger bays are located on the westernmost part of this area, making it difficult to pick the best beaches on the Makarska Riviera. The majority can be reached by boat or by car from Brela, with parking provided on a dirt road that passes through a part of the area, while the most distant bays of Vruja can be reached only on foot. For a large part of the season, these beaches are nudist, while during the high tourist season both clothed and nudist swimmers gather there.


This is a very popular area of Baška Voda which borders the beautiful pebbly beaches of Brela Berulia on the western side, and extends all the way to the centre of Baška Voda on the east. For a number of years, here you can find one of the first and the most popular beach bars of the Makarska Riviera, Južnjačka Utjeha (Southern Comfort), whose delicious summer music selection relaxes both the swimmers and tourists, both during the day and during the hot Adriatic nights.


The Nugal nudist beach is one of the most scenic pearls of the Makarska Riviera and is a very popular destination for swimming with tourists of all nationalities. Although it is not officially declared as 100 percent nudist (institutions should finally do their job for that to happen), it has always been dominated by nudists during all parts of the season. It is quite isolated and is completely in the wild area, so you can reach it only by boat or on foot from the direction of Makarska.

velika duba

The Velika Duba beach in Živogošće is, together with Nugal in Makarska, certainly one of more picturesque on the whole Riviera. It is located completely outside of any built-up areas which it borders – Živogošće Blato and Živogošće Mala Duba – next to the pine forest, where during the times of the former Yugoslavia a nudist camp was located. Today, nudists use it only before and after the high tourist season, while during the peak season it is full of clothed bathers. It isn’t only among the best beaches on the Makarska Riviera, but it wins in terms of location, too. It is situated just below the famous Adriatic Highway (Jadranska Magistrala) and is easily accessible to swimmers.

gradac – vodice beach

Gradac is home to long sandy stretches which are more than worthy of being listed among the best beaches on the Makarska Riviera. The view from Vodice Beach towards the centre of the town is also truly idyllic. Especially at sunset! Colours which spill across the sky are simply stunning. The locals say that, on the whole Riviera, it is they who have the most beautiful sunset.


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