Zlatni Rat beach, our Croatian friend told us, is one of the most photographed beaches in Croatia. It took no more time than our arrival there to convince me.
"Zlatni Rat" means "the Golden Cape," and the beach is made up of shining white pebbles that warm quickly in the sun and give the beach its name. There are plenty of roped-off areas for swimming, and speedboats charging tourists for tube rides fly in and around the beach, which reaches out into the clear blue water like a curving tentacle — I guess "promontory" is the real word for it — from the island.
The beach is just a 20-minute walk away from Bol, one of the more happening towns on Brac island, where there are plenty of restaurants and shops to while away an afternoon if sunning isn't your thing.
But if you do want to stay on the beach, it's absolutely lovely, with mountains and water all around you. There is a wooded area with shade, where you can buy all kinds of snacks. If you're in the mood for spending some time au naturel, there is a nudist section of the beach closer to the main part of the island, separated by trees from any giggling children.
It's a gorgeous place. I highly recommend it if you're out and about on Brac.