A few holiday faq
1. Croatia has over 1000 islands to explore.
2. The coast and islands are all very indented, providing boaters with 1000s of bays and coves suitable for stop-offs.
3. You need not travel far on the Croatian Adriatic to find a beautiful port or marina.
4. Croatia has an efficient and well coordinated Maritime Search and Rescue service.
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The Croatian coast, abounding in natural harbours, with its countless bays, beaches, ports and marinas is a real heaven for sailors. The innumerable natural indentations of the Croatian coast enables rest and stopovers in isolated and tranquil surroundings. Also, there are so many ports, some large some small, along the coast of Croatia that you don't have to worry about travelling far to replenish your stocks.
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There are 50 marinas in Croatia which are members of the Association of Marinas, and there are many smaller marinas which are not. Altogether, the Association has 13.200 moorings in the sea and 4.500 on the shore. All of the marinas provide the usual facilities, such as electricity, drinking water and fuel, and they are continuously working to improve and enrich their services, and to adjust to the new needs and wishes of their guests.
Coast from Trogir & Split to Zaostrog. Apart from being a city with bags of character, Split is also the departure point for the most popular cruising grounds in Dalmatia - the islands of Brac, Hvar & Vis. The stretch of coast along Mt. Biokovo, which has beautiful marinas at Brela, Baska Voda & Makarska, is a succession of stunning views. This particular region has more beaches than anywhere in Croatia, great for stopping off for a swim, a cold beer or a nice meal.
The historic port of Makarska
The Islands of Solta, Brac, Hvar and Vis. If you wonder why people have for centuries been enchanted with Dalmatia you have to sail in these waters. The beauty of some architectural and natural jewels in this area is so intoxicating, and so is the seafood and local wines.
Coast from Neretva to Molunat & Peljesac. Yachties and tourists are yet to discover the estuary of the river Neretva and the nearby Peljesac Peninsular, which takes pride in its indigenous wines and the tradition of farming superb shellfish dating back to Roman times. Further south is Dubrovnik, not to be missed for its stunning architecture. The islands around here are pretty too.
Korcula, Lastovo, Mljet and Elafiti. These islands were where centuries ago Dubrovniks wealthy citizens used to take a break from their stressful careers in the city. It is easy to understand why they chose this area to chill out. It is probably one of the least populated and calmest regions along the coast.
Coast from Zadar & Sibenik to Primosten. This is one of the most popular sailing grounds, which is why there are as many as 14 marinas here. It was probably the first place someone built a marina and loads followed, like jewellers shops collect in one quarter of a town. Don't miss a freshwater detour to the river Krka near Sibenik. Zadar, Sibenik & Primosten are all beautiful towns.
The islands off Zadar & Sibenik. To some this is the most beautiful part of the Adriatic. Silba, Olib, Premuda, Ist, Molat and the islands of Ugljan and Pasman as well as Dugi Otok (Long Island) are just some of the reasons why these waters are addictive for so many yachties. Further out is the Kornati archipelago, a maze of hundreds of uninhabited islands, islets and reefs. It is also home to the Kornati National Park, so nature is assured. The best time to sail here is from March to May if you want to be assured of finding your own private little cove.
ISTRIA & KVARNER
The Islands of Cres and Losinj. Sailing south from the barren northern tip of Cres to Losinj you'll notice that these two islands, separated by an ancient canal, mellow down as you approach the lushly forested southern shores. There are many secluded anchorages here.
West and South Istria. The people of Istria are proud of their cuisine, wines, culture and easy-going, tolerant mentality. If these play an important part in your idea of a good sailing holiday, then make sure that Istrias harbours and marinas are in your itinerary.
Kvarner Bay and the Island of Krk.
Several of the places between Rabac and Novi Vinodolski were up-market holiday resorts back in the mid-19th century. Opatija is an enchanting monument to the times when holidays were an indulgence for aristocrats, notably the Austro-Hungarian court.
Islands of Rab and Pag. Mt Velebit is not only a beautiful backdrop to these islands, it is also the origin of a phenomenon which some sailors really relish, a very strong wind. Known as the bora, it can really blow, so sailing along Velebit channel always smacks of adventure. There are plenty of safe havens nearby along the shores.
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Some Yachting FAQ
There are 115 registered charter companies in Croatia, which have about 1900 vessels, of which 1600 are sailboats, and the rest are motorboats. 1100 vessels sail under a foreign flag and around 800 under the Croatian flag.Mooring your own boat in Croatia
They realise per year more than 30.000 ship-weeks with over 200.000 tourists, and more than 1.000.000 overnight stays. The largest world vessel renters offer their services through local charter companies on the Adriatic.
To rent a boat one must be a licensed boat guide, and have passed the exam for handling a VHF station (the exams are held in all harbours). When boarding the boat it is necessary to fill out and notarise the list of crew. Any change in the crew during the cruise must be reported to the port authorities.
Adriatic Croatia International Club, better known as the ACI Club is the leading company for nautical tourism in Croatia and presents a unique chain of 21 marinas which extend from Dubrovnik in the south to Umag in the northern part of the Croatian Adriatic.The tax advantages of Mooring in Croatia
Those holding yearly contracts with the ACI Marinas can enjoy special services available to club members only (10% discount on mooring prices in any ACI Marina, discounts on various services in the marinas, possibility of yearly combined (sea/land) moorings contract).
With the Croatian Airlines a contract has been signed by which navigators who have signed contracts on renting yearly moorings in any of the marinas of the Association can once a year get 50% off, and every other time 30% off the price of a flight.
Croatia is also a very attractive place for yacht owners who wish to keep their yachts in Europe, but not within the EU to save the Value Added Tax (VAT) on the purchase price. Yacht owners can moor their yachts in Croatia indefinitely without paying Croatian import duties or VAT. Spare parts and additional yacht equipment remain duty-free and VAT-free if the yacht is under a foreign flag. Since Croatia is not a EU member, you do not have to pay VAT on a yacht purchased within the EU if the yacht is registered and exported out of EU territory. Yacht owners with Croatian residence permits can sail into EU waters for up to six months annually without paying VAT on the yacht.When is the best time to sail in the Adriatic?
If you want the best value for money then go in May, early June or September rather than mid-August. Sea temperatures are fine for swimming, youll be treated royally in restaurants, and get a genuine welcome from people on the more remote islands, while the winds will make both you and your boat sing with delight. Much the same goes for October, early November, late March and April (although it will be the hardier souls that swim in these months). Youll be surprised how many bright and brilliant sunny days there are during these months of the year.
If you or your crew members are relatively inexperienced, then we suggest sailing in late June, July and August, when there is enough westerly breeze (the Bora) on most afternoons to hone your skills, but also calms when you can stop for swim, make lunch or potter around with the motor. On warm mid-summer nights, you may find you want to sleep on deck rather than down in the hot cabin. And if you do encounter a nasty blow, there will be other boats and crews around to give you a helping hand.
Click here for information on Maritime Search & Rescue in Croatia.
Includes useful information on rescue strategy and radio frequencies in Croatia.
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