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Yacht charter in Croatia

Yacht Charter in Croatia

Croatia has over 1000 islands each providing their individual piece of paradise for Adriatic yacht charter guests, Rightboat.com has almost 4000 boats available for charter in Croatia to help you explore them. Over recent years improvements to marinas and their amenities mean you can charter sailing yachts, charter motor yachts, and charter luxury Superyachts to cruise the turquoise waters between the Dalmation islands of  Hvar, vis, the medieval town of Korcula and many more. Famously fresh seafood and a vibrant nightlife await those that moor in one of the many marinas down the Dalmatian coast. Line of sight navigation makes it an appetising spot for beginner and intermediate sailors. A skippered yacht charter can often be the best way for charter groups to experience the full flavour of what Croatia has to offer, their local knowledge will lead you to spots off the beaten track to hidden bays and secluded beaches where you can swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear water.



Split in Croatia


Split is a great place to begin your Dalmatian adventure from, it offers more charter boats than any other region in Croatia. Split airport is only 15 minutes away from the two main marinas in the region, Trogir marina, and Seget Donji Marina, ACI marina Split is only 30 mins away. Whilst in Split it’s recommended you visit the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site, Diocletion’s palace, the small city within a city that pulses with a rich history.





Brac in Croatia



The port of Milna on Brac island is only a short cruise from Split and is a great first passage to familiarise yourself with your chosen boat, the local restaurants here are welcoming and reasonably priced, a great way to gently ease into your charter. Brac island also features some of the best beaches along the Dalmation coast, anyone familiar with the region will know of the ‘Golden Horn’, those who haven’t are in for a treat!  It’s a great place to soak up the Mediterranean sun or try out some water sports.




Hvar in Croatia


Hvar is a must for any Dalmatian cruiser, this renowned island offers many options for those looking to explore Croatia’s nightlife, Hvar town hosts many summer travellers and sailors alike and boasts enough evening hotspots to cater to all tastes and budgets. During the day popular beaches such as Dubovica may become busy in high season so you should make use of your freedom and sail to the Palenki islands where you’ll almost certainly find your own private beach and cove for the day. Neslted between mountains in a lovely bay, Jelsa on Hvar’s Northern coast is also a highly recommended stop whilst exploring this unique island. Quieter than Hvar town, Jelsa is surrounded by deep pine forests and visitors often find its charm captures them for longer than anticipated.



Dubrovnik in Croatia


Like Split, the southern city of Dubrovnik or ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ is another great place to commence your Adriatic adventure, it too is a short sail to Croatia’s famous Dalmation islands. Gentle winds and fine weather throughout summer promise many hours of sun-soaked sailing, the occasional Mistral winds provide more challenging conditions for those who enjoy life in the fast lane. Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most attractive and best-preserved walled cities, with beautiful pedestrianized streets made recently famous in ‘The Game of Thrones’ series. It’s international airport services all major European cities and fights can often work out slightly cheaper than Split. Dubrovnik’s old town has been called ‘A taste of Mediterranean life from another era’. Sailing north out of Dubrovnik brings you to the beautiful Mijet national park, home to natural harbours, stunning beaches, and tidal inland lakes, often known as the ‘enchanting island’ it is also the greenest of all the Dalmation Islands.


Sibenik in Croatia


Regarded as something of a late-bloomer, Šibenik is growing out of the shadow of its more popular and established Dalmatian siblings. Four of its fortresses have been restored and a shiny new marina and hotel complex are neatly transforming the fortunes of this small city: Šibenik has rocketed from a quiet industrial port town to one of Croatia’s most promising destinations. The popularity of sailing in Croatian waters has played a large part in the gentrification of Sibinek, many established charter operators now have bases here and offer mainly new fleets of yachts. Sibinek’s marina D-marin mandalina is the first in Croatia to be awarded 5 golden anchors meaning it is a quality place to berth. Sailing into Sibinek port is something to remember, many of the military has been turned into nautical facilities, you’ll pass between two islands Zlarin & Prvic and down the channel of St Ante. The entrance is marked by a lighthouse on your starboard side and the powerful fort of St NIkola on the right, built during the 16th century to defend the town from possible Turkish dangers, fortunately, they were never needed.






Zadar region provides a base for almost 1200 boats, all primed and ready to take guests out on epic adventures around the north Croatian coast. Biograd na Maru marina and Sukosan are the two largest and host the most options in terms of charter fleZadar in Croatiaets. The weather and sailing here are both terrific for 4 months of the year, it's the perfect starting point for exploring the Kornati islands - 89 completely unspoilt islands in the Adriatic sea which are home to a vast range of stunning beaches, picturesque villages and delightful bays all teeming with wildlife. The kornati national park is often described as a “nautical paradise” in many publications. Navigating its 89 unforgettable islands, islets and reefs resembles slalom sailing and provides a great opportunity to test your sailing skills. It can get fairly interesting If the weather doesn’t play ball but luckily, you’re never far away from a safe mooring or pontoon to shelter for the night.  It’s also possible to explore underneath the waves here and search for some of the local marine wildlife but don’t forget to ask for a specific permit as well as the standard one that is required to sail these waters.



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Written By: Samantha Wilson

Samantha Wilson has spent her entire life on and around boats, from tiny sailing dinghies all the way up to superyachts. She writes for many boating and yachting publications, top charter agencies, and some of the largest travel businesses in the industry, combining her knowledge and passion of boating, travel and writing to create topical, useful and engaging content.

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