Don't expect great beaches,but, after burning in the sun along the city walls, all the water is welcome, and the coast around the town provides several beaches. Well, the possible beaches, but all with great views.
(When I remember my swim in Vodice, I must confess that this, in a pebble beach, was... SUPER.)
Our beach was a pebble beach, with direct (but confuse) access from the hotel.
Nothing special, just... there! After my dreadful experience in Vodice, the swim at dusk was great, anyway.
You think when you visit Dubrovnik that you are here for the history, culture and architecture. That is correct, but don’t forget that you are also by the beautiful Middle Terranean Sea, a fantastic place for sailing, swimming as well as for some beach life. It is not easy to find and get to the beach here, but there are few, you will need to get a bit outside the old city by one of the public beaches or hotel beaches.
Exit the city through the North gate, cross over the plaza and find your way down to the beach, the first beach, under the city wall, is for boats, continue to meander North and look for a discreet doorway on your left, poke your head through and see if there is a beach around the corner. There is a place to dive into the water, a shower, a toilet, a stone beach for little ones and a polo pool floating in te inlet. It is all less than a ten minute walk from the town wall.
Another spot is along the west wall of the city. Find a map, there are two doors that now exist, through the once impenetrable wall. they are tiny doors marked only by signs that say something like "cold drinks". They open up onto the Adriatic, with a small imple cafe at each, and access to the water. They are public and free and not safe during rough seas. At each you will fin places where the locals dive into te water along sde the tourists from cliffs a few feet above the water up to grand 40 foot dives.
From E80 north of Dubrovnik, then signs for Ston. Zuljana signposted on the left just past Dubrava. Spectacular views of a valley down to the beach for the passengers but not me the driver. Keep your eyes on the road. This was without question my favourite beach amongst a holiday of many favourites. If you are in the area you must go.
Another beach found courtesy of a Virtual Tourist member, Molunat. Follow signs south of Dubrovnik to 'Monika's' camp site. About 11/2 hours drive. We were the only English speakers there. No shelter on this beach so beware of the sun. 'Monika's' camp site is just to the left of the small bay as you look out to sea, to the left behind me. Here you will find the facilities such as toilets and cafe which are really part of the camp site. If you follow the coast line the next bay is a small harbour. On the road a couple of cafes that were welcome. This was a great place, one of our best days that we spent. Walk the other way to woodland pathways leading to rocks and bits of beach, great to explore.
I know, it could seem to be a strange idea but I've found lot of small places in Dubrovnik where you can swim. These places are often very hard to find but here you'll find a place to seat and accomodations that will allow you to go in the water. And after a long day of visit in the old town, it's really nice !!
The camp ground we were staying at was very discreetly advertised. Just north of the city (7km) and down a short road to the waters edge. The camp ground manager was a very friendly chap who directed us to the head of the inlet to a spot I would say only the locals knew about. It was like someone had craved the ledge out of the rock especially for fishing!! But it was a perfect place for sunbathing & swimming too.
Just inside the inlet is another dock. Made of concrete and position in such a way it was hidden from view. From a tree on the opposite bank was a rope swing. And before you could say "Merry Christmas", Austin had stripped off to his togs (swim wear) and was diving in to have a go. It was sensational! I would say that there a lots of places like this on the Croatian coast but it's just a matter of asking around. The locals know where to go and they don't mind sharing their secrets if you are polite but keen!
Lokrum has a pleasant nude bathing area. It is NOT clothing optional. There is a sign upon entering that explicitely says that wearing swim suits is not acceptable there. The bathing surface is made of of huge rock slabs on which you can stretch out, which is nice because there are no small pebbles in your back and there is no sand in your folds and creases. Because Dubrovnik doesn't have much of a gay life, Lokrum fills in part of this void by acting as a meeting place (cruising ground) for gay men. If this is your thing, this is may be your place. If not, either ignore it or stay away altogether.
One of the beaches that we travelled to - Zuljana. I thought the best beach/village area that we saw. A winding drive from the main road on the peninnsula into the village. About a dozen buildings including a couple of cafes and accomodation which will undoubtedly be booked up in advance. well worth a visit.
The far right shows an old hotel. I don't think it's in use at the moment. I don't know what the future plans are, but it's a beautful setup. There are even stairs and railings into the Sea from there.
If you ENLARGE THE PICTURE, you will be able to see this Bar and stairs leading down to the water. Great place for happy hours, especially during sunset.
And while trying to find your way to that spot, you will get familiar with narrow streets and tiny private gardens.
Well, the Italian couple headed to the left of Sunj Bay which is the nudist beach/area on Lopud island.
I didn't follow them at first & laid my towel where all the clothes-ed people were.
had my swim, beautiful water, beautiful sceneries all around.
Then, I saw the coves...on the nudist side ! Hhm, my reason that I should go there ! Well...what else !
Slowly, walking....many people as well. careful not to step on them. While I was looking straight ahead as if pretending not to see them lying there...
The couple that I met previously called me to join them.
Little English was spoken I could hardly understood them...
I remember there was this young boy who was looking at me all the times, then asking his mum, maybe gossiping about me ! There's a blank & curious look on his face...
Maybe he's never seen an Asian, wondering why this Asian guy would want to come to their private coves wearing a swimming trunk ! i.e....NOT naked.
I wanted to take some photos but I didn't want to upset those people so I decided not to.
After like 2 hours there, I started to leave. Said goodbye to the couple & the young boy was still looking at me !...blankly & curiously...
After walking for quite some distance, I snapped a photo...which you can see on the left.
No, you can't see any nudist 'cos they were too far away by now...
After walking for a few more minutes, we reached the beach !
Very beautiful beach indeed ! It's called Sunj Bay, a horse-shoe like bay which contained this nice beach.
There were many people actually there...Then, I saw the yachts & boats just infront of the beach. Hhmm, rich people I thought to myself, coming here by their own boats !
You can see the sight on the photo...the boats & the people lying on the beach.
while the ladies were following behind me, a walk to reach the beach at Sunj Bay is very nice.
Walked through some bushes & paths/trails.
Very secluded area I thought to myself. I kept on walking, well...sort of trying to run myself away from the ladies behind me but they were walking slowly anyway.
Maybe they knew this place already.
Met a young couple from Sicily (Italy), had a chat with them. Little English was spoken...
Asked them how long to reach the beach at Sunj Bay, which is situated at the opposite side of the island as to where my boat was docked.
2 km walk, said the couple. I thought it was only 1 km.
They asked me where I wanted to go, I said just the beach. They said they were heading to the nudist beach ! Swell...