Baretica is one of the tiniest islands in the Archipelago. The island got its name after “tiny hat” aka ‘mala kapa’ in Croatian, which translated in local dialect is ‘baretica’. The name reflects the size and shape of the islet.
Some people also call it “Three Hears” (Tri Dlake) but it is not its official name, I would say it is a nickname. This nickname is derived from the fact that islet used to feature just three small pine trees and hardly any shrubs or other vegetation, hence the nickname.
Nowadays, Baretica’s pine trees are fully grown and bushes are large enough that you can comfortably sit in the shade and cool down in the hot summer afternoons.
Popular with locals as a day trip destination, this is the place where you can be very close to Badija (using its facilities such as buying drinks, ice cream or food in the restaurant) but still be far enough away from the crowds.
Note – If you are visiting, make sure you get good walking shoes or walking sandals as rocks here are very sharp and spiky.
No public transport is available. The easiest option is to get a hop-on hop-off water taxi that goes from Korcula Old Town, Vrnik or Lumbarda to Badija and ask for a stopover to get you off at Baretica. The alternative is to either hire a boat or get a kayak. If you choose any other option than a water taxi, make sure you check the weather first!