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

Yacht vacation Croatia

Croatia yacht under bridge

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.

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.

Go on a Sail Share vacation

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.

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.

When is the best time to visit Croatia?

Croatia crystalline waters bay catamaran and yacht charter

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.

Croatia beach of crystal waters

Useful information for yacht charters in Croatia

Croatia catamaran and zodiac boat in the sea

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 Kuna (Kn).

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.

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.

Sail Share 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!

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.

What is the cancellation policy for Sail Share?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits.

Our Sail Share cabin cancellation fees are:

  • More than 90 days before original embarkation date: 25% of the charter fee
  • 89 – 60 days before original embarkation date: 50% of the charter fee
  • 59 – 30 days before original embarkation date: 75% of the charter fee
  • Fewer than 29 days before original embarkation date: 100% of the charter fee

How flexible is the itinerary for a Sail Share charter?

Our yacht itineraries are designed by our destination experts and are set to showcase the best of the destination’s highlights. They are set and not flexible, even if you book all the cabins.

What happens if the weather changes while sailing on a Sail Share charter?

The skipper may decide to change the itinerary if there is bad weather.

Can I choose which cabin I want when I book a Sail Share?

Choose a double cabin with shared bath, or private bath for an additional fee.

Are there child or age restrictions for Sail Share?

Minimum Age: 16 years old

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Absolutely amazing! Fred + Isabelle were so accommodating and did so much for us. Isabelle’s food was incredible. Thanks so much!

Laura

Exumas Cabin

Excellent. Very professional and great service!

Thomas

Antigua Bareboat

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

Johan

St. Martin Bareboat

Excellent cruise and very good stay. Skipper attentive, very pleasant and very professional.

Maxime

Guadeloupe Skippered

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

Mathias

Croatia Bareboat

The marina itself is a perfect starting point with great facilities! The Lagoon 42 was in good condition and the skipper was amazing and very knowledgeable of the area.”

Jonathan

Spain Skippered

What an AMAZING experience. We’ve just returned from a week long skippered charter from Corfu, sailing around the beautiful islands of the Ionian. Paxos, Antipaxos and Corfu Old Town were beautiful and the secluded bays we had the pleasure of visiting thanks to our local skipper, Nicholas, were simply overwhelming. Fly and flops are no longer for us – we’ll be chartering with DYC for the foreseeable future.

David

Greece Skippered

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

Katie

Tahiti Crewed Premium

DYC provided a great sailing experience for my extended family on 2 monos out of Scrub Island. The boats were in great shape and preformed perfectly and the staff were friendly and helpful. Having worked for a number of charter companies over the years DYC is one of the best.

Charlie

British Virgin Islands Bareboat

Baja is my favorite place now. There was something for everyone: sailed under northerlies with mostly calm evenings, snorkeled, fished, bummed it on the sandy beaches, enchanted by pelicans feeding, greeted by the barking sea lions and explored the Ispiritu Santo island geology. DYC La Paz base provided competent professional support with a well provisioned and maintained boat. We were nourished well by an onboard cook arranged with DYC freeing us all for more play. A vacation and an adventure connected with nature.

Taiyoko

Mexico Crewed Premium

All staff were fantastic and made our trip very memorable. Incredibly friendly and welcoming, the food was amazing. The service throughout the trip was always first class!

Tommy

Thailand Cabin

Absolutely recommended. Perfect service and set up. Will charter again and will recommend Dream Yacht Charter anytime.

Zahradnik

Turkey Bareboat

I just returned from 3 weeks of amazing sailing with my family on one of your catamarans in Sardinia. I would like to express my thanks to our skipper Simone and Daniela, our hostess.

Giles

Sardinia Bareboat

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

Thomas

France Bareboat

We had an incredible trip and actually got engaged on the first night of our sail! We will certainly be back one day. Thank you for getting us ready for our charter. We were definitely beginners but he gave us a very thorough but very easy to follow training and it gave us a lot of confidence.

George

Australia 

The on board experience was way beyond our expectations. Isabelle provided exceptional three course meals. We could not believe her creativity and delicious meals. Thomas was an excellent skipper. He was always on the lookout for our needs. Thanks guys!” Spira, New Caledonia bareboat with crew charter

Spira

New Caledonia Bareboat

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

Connie

Seychelles Easy Crewed

It’s always a pleasure sailing with DYC in the UK. Great team, great boats, great sailing. Very flexible and work hard to make your trip a success. Many thanks.

Derek

Brittany Cabin

Unforgettable spots to snorkel and beaches. Very experienced crew. Highly recommend.

Simone

No Country Selected Bareboat

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