So what’s the best way to get there if you’re staying in the bay?
You can drive there if you have a rental car. If you’re driving I’d recommend these beaches:
The beaches further out on Lustica are It’s a 45 minute drive to Žanjice and Mirišta beaches, but I have to admit the roads are mostly gravel and the signage is a bit sketchy. There also aren’t any organised carparks, meaning you have to park wherever you can squeeze yourself into a spot.
My preferred way of getting to the beaches is by the Luštica water taxi that runs between Tivat and Luštica Peninsula. It’s fast, stress-free, cool (unlike the inside of a car in a Montenegrin summer!) and well… it’s just fun! And at €10 per person, it’s a lot cheaper than renting a boat for a day.
The Luštica Water Taxi starts out from Tivat’s waterfront, known locally as Pine. Pine is the strip of waterfront in front of the town and next to Porto Montenegro. The departure point is in front of Una Montenegro, at the Porto Montenegro end of Pine.
From there, the water taxi takes you to Rose, Dobreč and Žanjice beaches.
Rose is a pretty, little fishing village just inside the entrance to the Bay of Kotor and opposite Herceg Novi. The waterfront is lined with old stone homes, fishing boats and a couple of restaurants. The place to go here is Forte Rose, where you can eat, swim and sunbathe.
Because Rose is a little hamlet at the end of Luštica Peninsula, it’s never crowded and it’s the perfect escape on summer days.
It’s also the perfect escape if your dream holiday is a quiet seaside hamlet where you can shuffle between the dips in the sea and sitting in the shade with a gin and tonic and a good book.
Rose isn’t ideal for young children because there’s no beach
in Rose. So if you want a beach it’s best to head around to Dobreč or Žanjice beaches,
which are much more kid-friendly.
Dobreč is a small bay with a pebble beach. The only way to get there is by boat, meaning it’s relatively uncrowded. There’s a restaurant onsite and you can get loungers and swim and snorkel the day away.
Žanjice is one of the most popular beaches on Lustica Peninsula. It’s very busy in July and August, but it’s the best equipped. There are several restaurants, ice cream stands and places to hire loungers. Like Dobreč, the beach is pebbly and slopes gently, making it better for kids.
If you want to go upmarket, the place to go here is Ribarsko Selo, also known as Fisherman’s Village.
The seaside complex has a restaurant where the menu changes daily depending on the catch, but it’s mainly seafood.
You can also hire loungers, day beds and get cocktails for the full experience.
There are two departures from Tivat daily - one in the morning and one in the evening. The water taxi starts out from Tivat and stops in Rose and Dobreč before ending in Žanjice. Then it turns around and returns to Tivat stopping in Dobreč and Rose along the way.
Departs Tivat: 10am, 6pm.
Rose: 10.15am, 6.15pm.
Dobreč: 10.20am , 6.20pm.
Arrives in Žanjice: 10.30am , 6.30pm.
Departs Žanjice: 11am, 7pm.
Dobreč: 11.05am, 7.05pm.
Rose: 11.10am, 7.10pm.
Arrives in Tivat: 11.30am, 7.30pm.
€10 per person one way. Each leg is €10, so if you want to go from Tivat to Rose it’s €10 and if you want to go from Rose to Žanjice, it’s another €10.
The water taxi is limited to 10 people at a time, which is why I recommend you book your tickets in advance. Although it’s nice to not have to plan every day of your holiday (it is a holiday after all!), if you do want to do this I recommend booking in advance because of the limited numbers that can fit.
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