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Yacht Charter Croatia

Sail the Adriatic on your Croatia yacht charter and explore more than 1,200 islands across one of Europe’s most impressive cruising grounds, while enjoying the warm Mediterranean climate and spectacular views.

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Highlights

  • Islands of Hvar, Korcula & Vis
  • Medieval walled cities
  • Stunning coastlines

Yacht vacation Croatia

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The Adriatic is the perfect location for those who love island hopping, and sailing around Croatia gives you the opportunity to experience the country’s beauty from a unique perspective.

The islands of Croatia are dotted with picturesque fishing villages, while in bigger ports you’ll find a lively nightlife and smart restaurants offering traditional cuisine and fantastic seafood, such as fresh sardines, squid and cuttlefish.

With a long sailing season, you can enjoy a Croatia yacht charter throughout the year, with the most popular months being between May and October. When sailing the rocky coastline of the Adriatic, be sure to visit the beautiful Kornati and Krka national parks. 

From busy ports and with modern marinas to sheltered coves and idyllic uninhabited islands, you can experience a range of stunning locations while sailing the blue-green seas of the Adriatic. 

To sail Croatia, you‘ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. If you don’t have much sailing experience, you also have the option of hiring a local skipper for your trip around the many islands of the Adriatic. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

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Šibenik

The perfect starting point for sailing the stunning Dalmatian coast.

Trogir

Experience some of the very best cruising on the Adriatic.

Pula

Discover the beautiful Istrian Peninsula from this historic coastal town.

Dubrovnik

Explore enchanting uninhabited Adriatic islands from this ancient walled city.

Things to do in Croatia

Visit Dubrovnik

Allow time to explore the famous walled city, take the cable car up the mountain and visit the movie locations from Game of Thrones. Sail to Korčula and climb the bell tower at St Mark’s Cathedral for a spectacular view, then sail on to Mljet’s national park at Pomena, Orebic and Lastovo.

Spend time in Šibenik

From our marina, sail upriver and walk to the Krka National Park waterfalls. Or sail Croatia’s sailor’s paradise, the Kornati National Park with its 140 uninhabited islands, reefs and inlets. Head on to Murter, Skradin and Prvic.

Social island-hopping in Croatia

Meet new friends and sail Croatia from enchanting Dubrovnik or the magical Kornati Islands with a Sail Share adventure including a skipper, hostess, and half-board meals. Low package rates and no sailing experience required!

Sail to the islands from Pula

Located on the Istrian peninsula, our base is perfectly positioned for you to sail between islands in the Kvarner Gulf. See the Brijuni Islands and the Brijuni National Park, or sail Cres, Lošinj, Rab and Pag.

Discover Trogir

From our Trogir base, don’t miss the medieval city before sailing to Šolta, Vis, Brac, Milna, the blue caves at Bisevo Island and upmarket Hvar for its nightlife, or stroll the UNESCO Stari Grad Plain.

When is the best time to visit Croatia?

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The best time to visit Croatia is between May and October, with the peak season being  between June and mid-September. 

The climate in Croatia is Mediterranean, with warm, dry summer days and temperatures between 75°F and 80°F along the coast. Low season can provide great sailing weather in Croatia with temperatures in the low 70ºF in May and October.

Sailing conditions for a Croatia yacht charter

Sailing conditions in Croatia include the westerly mistral, a pleasant summer wind that blows in from the sea, reaching its peak force in early afternoon. It refreshes the air and chases away any mugginess.

The south easterly jugo, blows warm, moist air toward the mainland in autumn and winter.

Croatia winds

 One wind system in Croatia to watch is the bura (bora), a cold, dry wind that blows from the mainland from the northeast in sudden, powerful gusts, bringing dry air and cooler temperatures.

What are the mooring fees in Croatia?

Croatia mooring fees depend on whether you sail low or high season, the size of your yacht and whether you want to use marina facilities. 

Croatia’s marinas are modern, but can be expensive for yachts berthing in July and August, and the costs are always increasing. You can book your berths in advance at some marinas and plan your budget accordingly.

For low cost mooring fees in Croatia, use your dining stops to get a deal. Restaurants in Croatia are plentiful and many offer free mooring if you make a reservation, especially in Split and Hvar.

You can also avoid the high-spec marinas and head for fishing villages, where you can moor for a fraction of the cost, but these are popular so get there early. Or you can anchor or use a mooring ball for free or at low cost in beautiful bays.

What are the national park fees in Croatia?

You will have to pay entrance fees to the eight national parks in Croatia.  Visit the Kornati National Park website and the Brijuni National Park website for details of the current fees.

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Useful information for yacht charters in Croatia

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What language is spoken in Croatia?

The official language of Croatia is Croatian, although many people in the major cities and some islands speak good English.

What is the currency in Croatia?

The currency in Croatia is the Euro.

How do I get to Croatia?

You can get to Croatia by flying with American Airlines and its direct service to Dubrovnik Airport (DBV). You can also fly to Croatia via Italy, the UK or Germany. Pula Airport (PUY), Split Airport (SPU) and Zadar Airport (ZAD) also offer close connections to our bases.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Croatia?

Internet access in Croatia is good, with plenty of Wi-Fi spots at independent cafes and restaurants in the main cities and towns.

Sailing around Croatia with Dream Yacht Charter

Croatia yacht rentals

Sailors can browse our Croatia boat charters and find a yacht that suits them and their guests.

Croatia Sail Share charters

Meet new friends and sail Croatia from enchanting Dubrovnik or the magical Kornati Islands with a Sail Share adventure including a skipper, hostess, and half-board meals. Low package rates and no sailing experience required!

Skippered Croatia charters

Can’t sail? Just hire a local skipper for your Croatia sailing vacation. You can relax while the skipper takes care of the boat and the safety of your guests.

Croatia Easy Crewed charters

Sail aboard a private yacht with your friends and family with our easy to book and affordable Easy Crewed packages – skipper and water toys included! Choose your own itinerary, with the flexibility to add on a hostess/cook for meals if you’d like.

Croatia sailing itinerary

If you’re planning a Croatia sailing vacation, take a look at our itinerary suggestions for Dubrovnik, Trogir, Šibenik and Pula.

Our Croatia sailing itineraries have been put together by base teams with local knowledge who can give you expert advice and tips.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have 40+ exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance for my bareboat charter?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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Simply wonderful! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thank you so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Great class. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

Just what we needed to get out of a year of lockdown, see new places and connect with nature. Highly recommended for your next sailing adventure!

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and wonderful stay on board. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

I have just returned from another fantastic week of sailing at your base in Pula and would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible at such short notice and without any problems.

Mathias

Guadeloupe Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect base with super facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was fantastic and knew the area very well.

Jonathan

Croatia Skippered

What an EXCELLENT experience. We just returned from a week long charter with skipper from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian Sea. Paxos, Antipaxos and the old town of Corfu were beautiful and the secluded bays we got to visit thanks to our local skipper Nicholas were simply stunning. Fly and Flops was yesterday – we will only charter with Dream Yacht for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

Our group of 10 had a WONDERFUL time in French Polynesia from May 21-28, 2022! The food was fantastic: captain and cook, husband and wife: Henry and Mehee (sp) were amazing and the whole experience on board was a dream! We can’t wait to book another trip through Dream Yacht

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

Dream Yacht provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monohulls from Scrub Island. The boats were in very good condition and perfectly prepared, the staff friendly and helpful. I had worked for a number of charter companies over the years but Dream Yacht is one of the

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

The new boat was in perfect condition and best condition for exploring bays and islands. I could never have imagined that this could be so much fun and enjoyable and we are already looking forward to the next upcoming trip in the Ionian Sea.er.

Vytautas

Scandinavia Bareboat

Baja is now my favorite place. There was something for everyone: sailing under northerly winds with mostly calm evenings, snorkeling, fishing, secluded sandy beaches, pelican feedings, being greeted by barking sea lions, and exploring the geology of Ispiritu Santo Island. Dream Yacht Base La Paz provided competent professional support with a well-equipped and maintained boat. We were wonderfully cooked by an on-board chef arranged with Dream Yacht, which meant more free time for all of us. An unforgettable vacation and adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All the staff were fantastic and made our trip a memorable one. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was fantastic. The service throughout the trip was always top notch!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommendable. Perfect service. Will charter again and recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of fantastic sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. My thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our cook.

Giles

Sardinia Skippered

For a first cruise as a skipper, the Mediterranean is perfect. The service of Dream Yacht is too!

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and got engaged on our very first night of sailing! We will surely come back one day. We were beginners, we were guided very well and that gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia Bareboat

The experience on board far exceeded our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. Her creativity and delicious meals were incredible. Thomas was an excellent skipper, he “felt” our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, bareboat with crew in New Caledonia.

Spira

New Caledonia Crewed Premium

Once again a fantastic sail with a great crew. Thanks again to a great captain and cook. Was totally fantastic.

Connie

Seychelles Cabin

A very excellent sailing vacation – especially the crew was fantastic. I would sail with Dream Yacht again and highly recommend them.

Mark

Guadeloupe Bareboat

I loved the vacation and am not sure this trip can ever be topped. Everything about it was incredible. The captain and crew were great, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We loved it.

Trina

Greece Crewed Premium

We just returned from one of your Lagoon 52F’s last week in St. Thomas! We had the trip of a lifetime sailing around St. Thomas and St. John!

Megan

US Virgin Islands Bareboat

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