Crikvenica has developed in the area of the old roman military station Ad Turres. It was a fishermen's town and a port for the nearby village Grizane. The name Crikvenica appeared in the 14th century and was given to it after a minster that is located on the mouth of the river Dubracina. In the 1888 the first seaside resort was built in Crikvenica and after that many villas, hotels, health resorts were built. Naturally, tourism began to envolve intensely.
Dramalj, Crikvenica, Selce and Jadranovo make a touristicly well known Riviera of Crikvenica that is connected with beautiful beaches and a promenade over 10 km long.