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Although there are several decent beaches within walking distance of town—the best-equipped being the Hotel Amfora's Bonj Les Bain beach, 10 minutes west of the main square—sun worshippers in the know head for the nearby Pakleni Otoci (Pakleni Islands), which can be reached by taxi boats that depart regularly (in peak season, every hour, from 8 to 8) from in front of the Arsenal in the town harbor. The best known and best served are Sveti Jerolim (on the island of the same name, predominantly a nudist beach), Carpe Diem beach club (in Stipanska bay on the island of Marinkovac), and Palmižana (on the island of Sveti Klement).
Carpe Diem Beach. Doubling as a daytime beach club and an after-dark party venue, Carpe Diem Beach lies on the tiny pine-scented island of Stipanska, a 10-minute taxi boat ride from Hvar Town's harbor. It has two pebble beaches complete with wooden sun-beds and big parasols, an outdoor pool and an open-air massage pavilion. There's also a lounge-bar and restaurant, and from mid-July to mid-August it hosts international DJs, playing till sunrise. Amenities: food and drink; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; swimming. Stipanska, Hvar, 21450. www.carpe-diem-beach.com.