Dreaming of a lovely Adriatic vacation? While many will head to Croatia’s sandy beaches or the Croatian islands, we love the beaches in Montenegro for a beautiful and less touristy alternative. Here are ten Montenegro beaches that make the perfect summer escape.
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The Best Beaches in Montenegro
While you certainly won’t have time to visit all ten of these beaches during your trip, make sure to put at least one or two on your Montenegro itinerary (especially if you come here during the summer).
Lined with resorts and bars, Canj is a sandy pebble beach in Montenegro where tourists, especially families, love to stay for a vacation. But there is also a hidden gem along Canj that you can visit if you want a change of scene. Climb over the rocks on the left side of the beach and you will find that there is actually an untouched area that not a lot of people know about.
About 1.5 miles west of the Budva Municipality in Montenegro, you’ll find a beautiful pebble beach called Jaz. It is divided into two parts: one with a campground about half a mile long, and the other about a quarter of a mile that was formerly a nudist beach.
Aside from camping, people love to go to Jaz Beach to lounge, swim, and paddle board. More adventurous tourists even go paragliding from the nearby cliff.
Mogren Beach is a small sandy beach in Montenegro that’s a popular destination among locals and tourists alike. There are sunbeds along the coast where you can lounge and bathe in the sun.
If you’re interested in a bit of sightseeing before or after you head to the beach, Mogren is just a short distance away from the Old Town of Budva. There’s a well-marked path that you can follow to find it.
Petrovac Beach is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Montenegro. Resorts, hotels, and bars surround this sandy pebble beach. It gets crowded during the summer, but it’s still a beautiful place to swim during the day and to party at night.
Aside from these, visitors also love paddleboarding, kayaking, and paragliding here. The beach is also close to a few tourist spots in town if you want to go sightseeing.
A small sandy beach where the Adriatic Sea flows into a small bay, Queens Beach is paradise here on earth. The hotel Miločer that stands by the beach used to be the summer residence and castle of the Karadjordjevic dynasty of what was Yugoslavia.
Today, Queens Beach is one of the most prestigious beaches in the Budva Municipality and in all of Montenegro. Note, however, that an entrance fee is required to access Queens Beach.
If you want to visit a beach that’s easily accessible from some of the most popular tourist destinations in Montenegro, then Lucice Beach, also known as Luchica Beach, is the destination for you.
Here, you can lounge at one of its many sunbeds, or, for a more adventurous day, you can go kayaking, paddleboarding, or paragliding. Lucice Beach is located in the resort town of Petrovac along the coast of Montenegro.
Buljarica is a village in the Budva municipality of Montenegro which is popular for its nearly one and a half miles of pebble beach. During the summertime, tourists and locals love to visit here.
It has become a great spot for those who like to party and have fun. There are a couple of resorts and hotels in the area, but you still may want to book accommodations early if you’re vacationing during peak season.
Ada Bojana Beach
With almost two miles of sand, you’ll surely find your perfect spot at Ada Bojana Beach. This beach is located in a popular resort town in Montenegro.
A lot of restaurants nearby serve fish and other dishes in the traditional way, so you can have a taste of authentic local cuisine. You’ll also enjoy watching the sunset with a glass of wine while lounging at one of the many sunbeds along the beach.
Velika Plaža Beach in Ulcinj
In the Ulcinj municipality of Montenegro, there’s a popular beach called Velika Plaža. It’s a 3-mile beach that stretches from Port Milena to Bojana River.
Most of the beachfront has been developed with hotels, resorts, and restaurants along the coastline. Therefore, a lot of tourists and locals go to this beach, especially during the summertime. Parasailing, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and water polo are some of the popular activities at Velika Plaža Beach.
Valdanos is known for two things: its major olive production and its beautiful beach. Located on the south coast of Montenegro, this sandy beach is a great spot for those who want to spend a full day by the clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea.
If beach hopping is more down your alley, Valdanos Beach is close to other popular beaches in the country like Ada Bojana and Velika.
What to Bring with You to Montenegro
If you’re planning a trip to Montenegro, you’ll want to pack all the normal essentials, but here are a few things we strongly recommend bringing that may not have crossed your mind. For more, check out our complete Montenegro packing list.
– A physical guidebook, in paper or on Kindle. We recommend the Lonely Planet Western Balkans which includes Montenegro but also Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia. Blogs are great, but a combination of a blog and a guidebook is key to having the best access to information easily at your fingertips.
– A water bottle with a filter. While generally, the tap water in touristy cities in Montenegro is drinkable, such as in Kotor and Budva, we generally recommend using a water bottle with a purifying filter to reduce your plastic consumption and ensure you won’t drink any funny-tasting water on your stomach that could make your trip unpleasant! We recommend the GRAYL water bottle – it filters water perfectly in an instant so that you can even drink from lakes, bad taps, etc.
– Motion sickness pills. Montenegran bus rides can be hot and cause motion sickness! If you have a weak stomach as we do, save yourself and bring some non-drowsy motion sickness pills.
– Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, TP & other Balkan transit needs. Bathrooms in the Balkans on trains and buses tend to be… how can we say it?… not so well-stocked. Save yourself the disappointment and bring a mini-rescue pack of wet wipes & hand sanitizer.
– Travel safety items. We think Montenegro is very safe to travel, but at the same time, it never hurts to be prepared! Some people like to carry money belts, but neither Allison or I use these.
Instead, we both carry the same PacSafe anti-theft backpack. It has locking zippers, slash-proof construction with metal mesh hidden in the fabric, and tons of other smart security features — all while being cute and stylish enough to be our everyday bag. We recommend it highly for both male and female travelers, as it’s neutral enough to be unisex. We also strongly recommend travel insurance! Our recommendation is at the bottom of the post.
More Montenegro Travel Resources
We also have a post on the best places to visit in Montenegro to help inspire you before your trip!
If this will be one of your first trips in the Balkans, check out our massive list of things to know before traveling the Balkans as well as our Balkan bus, road trip, and itinerary guides.
Finally, if you’ll be headed to Montenegro as part of a larger trip around the Balkans, check out our Balkan currency guide which explains how money and tipping work in the different countries here.
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance
Finally, make sure you always travel to Montenegro with a valid travel insurance policy. The country is a very safe place to travel, but accidents or theft can easily ruin your trip if you don’t have the travel insurance coverage to recover the losses. Recently my aunt fell on a train in France and needed surgery, but luckily her travel insurance covered the costs in full. Thank goodness!
For travel insurance, I use World Nomads. I’ve been a happy customer of theirs for almost three years, and I’ve never had an issue when making a claim. I’m happy to refer them to anyone I meet.
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Stephanie has been living in and traveling around the Balkans for the past three years. She’s written for National Geographic Online, appeared on CNN Arabic and in the New York Times, and ridden more Balkan buses than is good for a person.