Think yacht charter is only for billionaires? Think again!
When you compare it with the prices of luxury hotels and fine restaurant meals, a week on a chartered yacht or sailboat in Croatia can actually SAVE YOU MONEY!
Find out why...
Not only do you have the flexibility of boating from port to port without worrying about ferry schedules, but many of Croatia's islands such as the Kornati Islands are only accessible by private boat. With your own chartered yacht or sailboat you can dock in remote coves that take you far away from the crowds.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced sea salt, you can find a charter to suit your level.
If you have no sailing experience, you'll want to rent for a skippered boat but experienced sailors can go"bareboat". For a "bareboat" charter you'll need to produce a valid sailing license as well as a radio certificate. When you rent the boat, you'll need to fill out and certify the crew list. All changes to the crew while sailing must be reported to the Port Authority.
Croatia has a long tradition of welcoming sailors. There are over 50 marinas in Croatia scattered on the coast; large number of them are managed by ACI (Adriatic Club International) and the rest are privately owned.
Generally, Croatia's marina facilities are excellent. They include reception, exchange office, restaurant, toilets and showers, grocery store, parking lot, repair shop, crane, etc.
You don't have to head for a marina – you can safely moor in countless secluded natural bays or islets but there are advantages to marinas.
Many Croatian marinas are close to historical towns replete with museums, galleries, palaces and monasteries plus excellent restaurants. Self-catering is easy as most marinas are close to supermarkets. Another nice touch is that the most of the marinas are equipped with Wi-Fi access.
There are about 20,000 berths in Croatia but in peak season, it is strongly recommended that you reserve 24 hours in advance or arrive at the marina in early afternoon as berth places fill up quickly. Most marinas are open all year.
The best sailing season is late spring (April through June) and early fall (September through October). The sea is calm, the weather mild and there are fewer crowds.
July and August are ideal months for swimming plus the summer social season is in full swing. Reserve in advance though!
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