6 Tips for Sailing Croatia on a Budget

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Croatia’s inspiring landscapes, crystal clear waters and excellent sailing conditions make it a hot spot for sailors from all around the world. While you can go big and spend your holiday exploring the coast and party islands from one of manysuperyacht charter, you can also easily sail Croatia on a budget. For starters, accommodations for your whole group on a weekly yacht charter start at as little as €25 PPPD. But our low-cost yacht charters aren’t the only way you can save… Get our money-saving tips for sailing Croatia on a budget below:

Sailing Croatia on a Budget

1. Drop anchor in one of Croatia’s many calm bays

One of the easiest ways to save money and immerse yourself in the beauty of Croatia’s natural landscapes is by spending the night in one of the many calm bays along the coast and islands. Keep in mind that during Croatia’s peak sailing season, you can expect to pay around €50-100 per day for an average 12m (40ft) boat if you choose to dock at a marina. Anchoring in a bay, on the other hand, is often free. Buoys can also be a cheaper option, saving you more than half on marina fees.

Pro tip: When chartering a yacht in Croatia for a week, you should expect to stop once or twice to restock on supplies, fuel and water so we suggest avoiding the more popular marinas like ACI Split, Brac and Hvar to save on mooring costs.

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Drop anchor in one of Croatia’s secluded bays or charming fishing villages.

Another great option is mooring at a charming fishing village or island restaurant. Many fantastic seaside restaurants offer free mooring at their dock if you dine in, which brings us to another money saving tip: dining options.

Read about some of our favourite boat-up restaurants in Croatia in our feature in WOWs travel blog.

2. Dine on board

Spending a holiday on a boat affords you the conveniences of a holiday apartment rental with the added advantage of mobility. Many of our charter yachts in Croatia come with well-equipped kitchens, which makes it easy to dine and entertain on board. As with any other budget-friendly holiday, cooking on your own can save you and your crew quite a bit of cash. You can get some nice recipes here.

Compliment your dinner on board with an excellent local wine. Follow our wine-lovers route for sailing in Croatia for some inspiration.

3. Thrifty shopping

Of course, it’s also important to consider where you are getting your food from. You should know that many island shops can be more expensive than grocery stores in Croatia’s larger marinas so it’s best to stock up in a larger city.

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Enjoy dining al fresco and savour Croatia’s finest wines onboard.

4. Go bareboat

Renting a bareboat yacht in Croatia is another way to save money on your sailing trip. Skippers often cost between €100 and €150, but offer the convenience of sailing your boat and help with planning your route. Sailing on your own, however, is great for those who have a sense of adventure or are looking for a more active holiday. So if you think sailing is the right sport for you, why not attend a course and get your licence?

Not sure if you need a licence for one of our boat hires? Read our article on sailing licences or contact our team to find out more.

5. Go sailing during the off-season

Croatia enjoys a long sailing season that begins in April and lasts all the way until the end of October. Spring sailing in Croatia is great because you get to experience the start of a new season — flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and the majority of tourists haven’t arrived yet. The water might be a bit cold for swimming in April, but that won’t stop you from enjoying the terrific views and magnificent landscapes that you’ll discover while sailing in Croatia.

From late-September until the end of October, you can also expect to enjoy warm temperatures, fewer boats and tourists as well as good winds for sailing, but the major advantage of sailing in Croatia during the off-season is the fact that you’ll spend up to 75% less than a summer charter.

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Book early or set sail during Croatia’s off-season period to save up to 75% on your sailing holiday.

6. Book in advance

Finally, booking your yacht charter in Croatia well in advance will not only save you money, but will also give you the best boat options. Start planning your summer sailing holiday in late-autumn or early in the winter to have your pick of the most popular models of catamarans, sailboats, motorboats and gulets in Croatia. Keep in mind, that our Early-booking deals (which can save you up to 50% on your holiday) end before the middle of February so it’s best to secure your boat rental in the Mediterranean shortly after the New Year.

Still hoping to set sail in Croatia this summer? No need to worry. You can still save more than 40% on a sailing holiday with our special Last-Minute Offers.

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