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Banje Beach is the closest beach to the old town, just beyond the 17th-century Lazareti (a former quarantine station) outside Ploče Gate. Although many people rent lounge chairs and parasols from the beach club, there's no problem with just flinging a towel on the beach if you can find a space.

It's also possible to rent kayaks and banana boats, and have a go at parasailing, water skiing and wakeboarding.