Zlatni rat beach is one of top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. It frequently gets on top lists of places to see, by many magazines and newspapers, such as LA Times, NY Times, Lonely Planet and many others. It also got on top 10 lists of places you should see on earth. It is unique in its shape and the way it shifts depending on wind, waves and currents. Beach top can shift from one side to other in matter of hours if there are strong currents and waves in same direction. It a beach that is over 400 meters stretched vertically to the shore straight into the sea, forming a shape of a tongue that in both sides together has almost 900 meters of beach sea line. The area of the beach is over 20.000 square meters and can comfortably accommodate over 10.000 people.
Zlatni rat beach is also known as place for many water sports with windsurfing and kite surfing being most popular due to daily constant thermal winds that blow almost every day during summer months. These winds are also reason why it is so comfy to sunbathe here as wind cools you down (although it is warm breeze) and you can endure being in the sun. There are other sports you can enjoy that include banana rides, tubes, water skiing, wake boarding and parasailing. Near Zlatni rat you can also go scuba diving, play tennis or volleyball on the Borak beach. There are rental motor boats that you can rent and explore many other secluded beaches west and east of Bol. On Zlatni rat beach you can also rent paddle boats with slides, or kayaks for exploring the coastline.
One mistake most people make when imagining the beach is that it is sandy beach, well; it is not a sandy beach. Zlatni rat is pebble beach; pebbles are small fine round stones which are really nice to walk on. They are great to lay onto, since they shape under you as perfect mattress. Size of the pebbles is getting smaller as you are reaching the sea line.
Interesting facts about Zlatni rat beach
First, let me tell you that many people ask if Zlatni rat is natural or man made beach; it is a nature phenomena and is solely built by nature without any kind of human intervention.
Apart from its top moving and shifting from one side to the other, there are few other interesting facts about Zlatni rat beach. When top is turning, there are times when it forms a lake on top of the beach as its point turns all the way to touch the beach back. Until 1950s, area that is now covered with pine trees, used to be vineyard. Only in 1950 government took possession of the land and Bol municipality planted pine trees there. Another interesting fact is that Zlatni rat is growing, it is getting longer over the years. Latest data shows that from 2006 until this year, Zlatni rat beach grew in length by roughly 20 meters. East side was measured this year 440 meters (420 meters in 2006.), west side measured 408 meters (360 meters in 2006.) and center from last tree to the top of Zlatni rat is measured 167 meters (158 meters in 2006.).
Getting to Zlatni rat beach
For getting to Zlatni rat you can choose one of four options. Least recommended is by car, since Bol is really small town and driving a car in summer months is not really a pleasure. If you do choose to go there by car, there is large parking for you to leave your car there for the day.
Really nice option is to walk from Bol to Zlatni rat by the sea, there is beautiful promenade (walkway) that is in shade of pine trees and the walking from Bol is roughly 20 minutes, easy and relaxed walking speed. Your third option is street tourist train, that rides all day back and forth from Bol center (near petrol station) and costs roughly 1,5 EUR one way. Fourth and interesting option is taxi boats that go all day from Bol center straight to Zlatni rat beach. These are small taxi boats that carry from 20 to 50 people. Ride is fun along the coast and takes 10-15 minutes. It costs also roughly 1,5 EUR one way.