As an Australian, I do admit that I am a bit of a beach baby. Stereotypical but true. The majority of us Aussies grew up near the coast and our island home boasts some of the best beaches in the world. Being close to the sea is soothing to us. Comforting.
So when I discovered that I would be in the region of one of Croatia’s most pristine beaches, I couldn’t pass up a visit.
Welcome to Sakarun Beach. Aka heaven.
When I first sighted the hue of that impossibly turquoise water, I immediately felt my pace quicken, breaking into a half-run towards that surreal azure. With sailing boats moored off the coast and swimmers casually paddling a hundred metres from the shore in some of the warmest and most shallow water I’ve ever swum in, I knew immediately that I wouldn’t be leaving this beach for the remainder of the day.
Getting there and away
This heavenly little bay is located on Dugi Otok, an island that can easily be reached by ferry from the city of Zadar on Croatia’s dalmatian coast. Ferries depart daily year round with the journey taking approximately 1 hr 20 minutes. Sakarun Beach is on the northwestern coast of the 45 km long island. For the most convenience, it is best to hire a car in Zadar and bring it across on the ferry to Dugi Otok, as transport is limited on the island. If you do not have your own transport, there is an infrequent local bus that connects a few of the island’s towns, although this can be an unreliable method of transport.
There are two options for lunch at Sakarun beach and I highly recommend the delicious, fresh and light fare at Amarcord, a beach shack positioned on the far side of the bay. Prices are very reasonable considering the view! Don’t go past the fresh Greek salad and a Karlovačko beer.
After lunch, take a walk further up the coast and find a secluded spot to while away the afternoon. I couldn’t think of anything better.
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