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Beaches

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.

Diving

Diving Center Viking. Those with a taste for underwater adventure might have a go at scuba diving. The seabed is scattered with pieces of broken Greek amphorae, while the area's biggest underwater attraction is the Stambedar seawall, home to red and violet gorgonians (a type of coral), which is close to the Pakleni Islands. For courses at all levels, try Diving Center Viking. Hotel Podstine, Podstine bb, Hvar Town, 21450. 021/742–529. www.viking-diving.com.

Sailing

Hvar Town is a popular port of call for those sailing on the Adriatic; the town harbor is packed with flashy yachts through peak season.

ACI Marina. ACI Marina in Palmižana Bay on the island of Sveti Klement, one of the Pakleni Otoci, lies just 2.4 nautical mi from Hvar Town. This 211-berth marina is open from April through October, and is served by regular taxi boats from Hvar Town through peak season. Palmižana Bay, Sveti Klement, Hvar, 21450. 021/744–995. www.aci-club.hr.