The best beaches, the best activities, the best food, the best cities – you’ve researched it all. You know where you want to go and what you want to do in Croatia – plus, you’ve heard the hype about this hidden gem in the Adriatic. You’ve pictured your days lazing on a yacht or wandering around a quaint little town, but what about those long balmy nights?

Whether it’s pounding a few back on Pag, sipping mojitos in Hvar, or partying in Primosten, Croatia is also well-known for offering quite an itinerary after sundown. Check out these premiere party spots that that aim to quench the collective thirst of sun-kissed visitors.

Zrce Beach, Novalja, Island of Pag

With 3 beachfront clubs (Aquarius, Kalypso, Papaya) open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in peak season, it is easy to see (and hear) why Zrce has earned the title as the party beach of Croatia. Favored activities quickly turn from waterskiing and windsurfing to drinking and dancing as soon as feet return to dry sand.

Carpe Diem, Hvar, Island of Hvar

Sea…and be seen. As the premiere party spot on Hvar Island, Carpe Diem attracts socialites and sun worshippers for long nights that turn lounging at the chic beach club terrace into raging electronic dance parties with the hottest DJs. Cocktails are flowing and beats are pumping into the wee hours in this hedonistic palace. Yes, we said palace.

Discotheque Aurora, Primosten

While Primosten oozes medieval Mediterranean style, the scene at Discothèque Aurora is quite trendy and chic. With a restaurant, a tiered-terrace, a VIP lounge, five cocktail bars, two dance floors and a swimming pool all under one roof, it is truly a one-stop-shop for an unforgettable night out.

Motovun at the time of Motovun Film festival

The sleepy little town of Motovun, home to about 500 residents, transforms into a party and entertainment mecca during the Motovun Film Festival each July. Hosting open-air screenings of indie films as well as thousands of visitors drinking homemade wine and spirits with the locals, Motovun whets the palates of movie buffs and boozers alike.

Nightlife at the Piranha Club

Zagreb, when it’s not summer

The partygoers may flock to the coast in the summer season, but Zagreb fulfills it capital-city duty and has a draw and solid nightlife year-round. The student crowd, urban professionals and international tourists continually fill the plethora of nightclubs, swank bars, and laidback cafes that Zagreb offers.

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  • I first visited some of these places back when Yugoslavia was still a united, nonaligned, Communist country. Not much of a party scene back then, but now? We're not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Or maybe I should say, Tito.

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