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His Take: Party Your Face Off at Zrce Beach (Croatia’s Ibiza)

For anyone planning a trip to Croatia, all of the guide books will tell you the same thing. Visit Plitvice Lakes, swim in the Blue Grotto, and hit up Zlatni Rat Beach. Of these experiences, I will only endorse Zlatni Rat. The other two are not worth the treck. The sad thing is, there is …

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1. Before heading to one of the bigger clubs on Zrce Beach like Papaya or Aquarius, head to Kalypso for dirt cheap drinks to get the night started.

2. In my opnion, one night on Zrce is not enough. You’ll need 2-3 nights and one day on the beach to get the full experience.

3. The town of Novalja is a 15 minute ride on the shuttle bus from Zrce, a great spot to set up base camp for the duration of your stay, with some great food options available.

For anyone planning a trip to Croatia, all of the guide books will tell you the same thing. Visit Plitvice Lakes, swim in the Blue Grotto, and hit up Zlatni Rat Beach. Of these experiences, I will only endorse Zlatni Rat. The other two are not worth the treck. The sad thing is, there is so much more to Croatia than what the typical travel guide will lead you to. If it wasn’t for a friend of ours recommending Zrce Beach on Pag Island, we would have completely missed out on the best clubbing experience I have ever had, at what many refer to as Croatia’s Ibiza.


Zrce Beach Aquarius

Source: Zrce EU

Zrce Beach

Source: ZrceNovalja.com

I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of clubs. Standing in an hour long line to be let in 2 at a time when the place is nearly empty, only to find out once inside that you’ll have to shell out $20 cover, $10 coat check, and $8 for every watered down drink after that, is not my idea of fun. This is also keeping in mind that 2 out of every 3 drinks that you buy will primarily be spilt on other people as you try to squeeze your way through the crowd hovering by the bar. Of course, this will garner the frequent “ASSHOLE” or “DICK” comment from some girl whose real cause of aggravation is not actually you, but with her best friend who has already left with “some douche-bag,” the knowledge that it will take her 3 hours the next morning to clean the make up off of her face, and the fact that she is likely cold due to her skirt exposing half of her ass. If you’re really lucky, she will have a boyfriend who’s been doing nothing for the past 10 years but working out, eating protein, and ingesting creatine for the soul purpose of dismembering poor bastards like yourself with his bare hands.

Zrce Papaya

Source: ZrceNovalja.com

I saw absolutely none of this at Zrce Beach. Everyone was there to enjoy the sun, and love the party. I’ve never been to a club before where I’ve had so many high fives. Not because I was doing anything all that special, but because I was there and I was having a good time. Everyone was happy, everyone was drunk, and everyone was loving the music. The cover was about 10-15 Euros, but after that the drinks were priced pretty reasonably. We only managed to see the beach at night time… and morning, considering we literally partied until the sun came up. But apparently during the daytime, a number of the clubs run activities such as wakeboarding, bungee jumping, etc. Of course, if you just need a place to pass out from the festivities, there’s plenty of beach space for that as well.

Bungee Jumping Croatia

Source: Croatia Travel Information

Papaya Croatia

Original Photography From: Couple of Yuppies

Before heading to one of the big clubs such as Papaya or Aquarius, Kalypso is a great place to grab a number of dirt cheap drinks to get the night started. No cover and no line when we arrived, this is a fantastic place to chill out before going apeshit wild. With various lounge chairs and beds (yes, you read that correctly, beds) scattered throughout the bar, the only warning I would have here is that there’s a good chance you could pass out before making your way to the other spots.

The town of Novalja is about a 15 minute bus ride away, which is where Jamie and I set up camp while on the island. By set up camp, I mean that we dropped our bags off, made our way to Zrce Beach at midnight, partied until 7am, returned for our bags and drank about 5 shots with the hostel bartender, finally setting off for Plitvice Lakes an hour later. One of my biggest regrets looking back on this trip was that we didn’t stay in Novalja long enough to get one more night in at Zrce. And that’s coming from a guy who, in the majority of my experiences in Canada, can’t stand clubs. For anyone below the age of 35, this place is a must.

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  1. Nek minute, she woke up pregnant….

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