3 factors to consider before taking your sailing trip

1. The Expectations

2. The Budget

3. The Weather

The Expectations

SAIL AWAY FROM CROWDS

If your vacation plan is to hire Croatia yacht charter with skipper, you will probably wish to stay far away from crowds and tourist dense areas in a tranquil privacy with your close ones. Taking a smooth sailing trip to visit typical Mediterranean fishing villages, anchoring in quiet secluded bays, having a nice dinner 3 feet from the sea and swimming in far away bays, is just a small part of the highlights that you will experience on your private sailing tour in Croatia.

SAILING TRIP IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR NOVICE OR EXPERIENCED SAILORS

To hire a private crewed yacht charter is the most relaxed option for a first-time visitor to explore quiet bays, remote islands and ancient epic villages of the endless Croatian coast.

Even if your trip is planned for shoulder season April, May or October, don't worry, you won't miss out. There is always a lot of action at the coast. Most of the restaurants and marinas are still open through October.

If you are an adventure seeker or experienced sailor looking for more action at sea you might also like activity holiday itinerary in the off-season. For beginners is maybe better to skip months April and late October. There is a bigger chance to encounter stronger winds and ruff weather in late fall. Without a proper sailing equipment that might be a large bite to eat.

If you own a ICC boating license rather rent Croatia sailboat charter within less busy months in shoulder season. When you plan to sail with kids, I highly recommend taking your trip in summer months. The final decision might also depend upon the budget...

The buzzing town of Hvar
Anchoring in a secluded cove on Brač island

The Budget

SAILING TOUR IN CROATIA - A HOLIDAY FOR EVERY POCKET

Croatia is still considered to be one of the cheapest sailing destinations in Europe. And there is a Croatia boat holiday affordable for every pocket. Considering the price, yachtinng holiday can be compared to many other summer vacation prices for example - one week in a 4-star hotel. But instead of a hotel, you get the "apartment that moves and floats" with a far better view.

Yacht prices and private Croatia sailing trips can be considerably cheaper during the off season in April or May until the middle of June. Peak of the season is in July and August until middle September. The prices in general reach its top between middle of July until middle of August.

Peak season yacht rental Croatia prices

The price for 40-footer comfort line sailboat that can accommodate up to 6 persons

2.000€ + extras + skipper 120€/day

The price for 40- footer budget Catamaran that can accommodate up to 10 persons 

3.500€ + extras + skipper 140€/day

Yacht prices in June or September are app. 25% lower. Premium yachts cost is extra 25-50%.

For the exact pricing, please send the inquiry to a reliable yacht charter agency in Croatia.

Renting a sailboat is the most genuine holiday in Croatia
Catamaran charter Croatia

The Weather

SUMMER TIME IS BEST TIME

Croatia weather is pretty much the same as everywhere else in the Mediterranean (Italy, Greece). The forecast for the region you are about to visit plays the main role when you are considering of setting the date. If you prefer boiling under the warm sun, swimming in warm sea and facing light winds, then take your sailing trip in summer.

The temperatures on Adriatic also vary from north to south. In northern parts (Istria, Kvarner) it can be extremely hot during summer months with light winds and average 2 or 3 strong storms a month. More to the south, a passing summer storm is less likely. Plus, there is always constant moderate wind blowing in Dalamatia in July and August.

As the temperature in Spring rises, so does the sea temperatures. Anchoring in a secluded cove is a perfect opportunity to take a dive in a crystal water. In the beginning of June, just go for it.  There are 315 sunny days in the coast a year!

HIGHER TEMPERATURES AND FAIR WINDS IN SUMMER

So basically, if you are sensitive to heat, then you should consider taking your trip in April, May, September or October. Air temperature during the daytime in April and May can easily reach over 25 (77F). However, the sea temperature is still a bit cold 15-20 (70F).

Top of the season is from the middle of June until middle September. The mercury is at consistent 30 (87F) degrees,often peaking well into the 40's (104F). Pushing towards Autumn, temperatures drop to the mild 25-30 (77-86F). The sea until the end of October can still hold the temperatures above 20 (70F) degrees.

Croatia weather can be quite tricky though. Mostly due to the closeness of mountain barriers, a light summer NW "Maestral" breeze from the seas, can easily turn into near gale force "Bora" winds from the NE mainland. Even though it only happens rarely, and there is always weather warning issued beforehand. So sailors  - alwas respect the Bora. Here's the tip how to make the ultimate sailing packing list.

Croatia weather in June - Air 29, Sea 22 Rainy days 2-4

Croatia weather in September - Air 25, Sea 22, Rainy days 7-9

Convert degrees Celsius to degrees Fahrenheit with this simple formula:

Degrees Fahrenheit = [°C] × 9 / 5 + 32

Hire a crewed yacht charter Croatia
Sea temperature on Adriatic is perfect for swimming
Pack light and rather take a duffel bag then a suitcase

If you take your trip in June or September you will get the most of your vacation

So, when is the best time for taking yacht holidays in Croatia?

Basically high summer in Croatia might be busy, but the weather is simply glorious. Considering the Croatia weather conditions, you will hit the spot, if your book the trip in July or August. The streets are buzzing, traffic is heavy, but the weather is perfect. A bit hot, but there is always enough wind blowing from the sea to cool you down. It might get bit crowded in marinas and restaurants, but you can always find a quiet place to moor.

In my experience, I would definitively sail in Summer months between June and September. But considering all 3 basic factors mentioned above, my personal choice is June. Croatia weather in September is a skippers delight, but if you are a novice sailor or just looking for a relaxed sailing holiday I prefer June or summer months in general.

But after all - the final decision is still yours.

Here are some pros and cons for each month to narrow your choice:

Sailing Croatia in June

+  LONGER DAYS

-  COLDER SEA App. 20C

+  FEWER CROWD IN THE 1st. HALF

-  MORE CROWD IN THE 2nd. HALF

+ LOWER PRICES IN THE 1st. HALF

-  HIGHER PRICES IN THE 2nd. HALF

+  SETTELED WEATHER

-  WARMER NIGHTS IN THE 2nd. HALF

+  CALMER SEA AND LESS WAVES

-  MORE HUMIDITY IN THE 2nd. HALF

+  MODERATE WINDS

-  MORE TEMPERATURE ETREMES

+  MORE MOORING OPTIONS

 

+  CONSTANT AIR TEMPERATURE

 

 

Sailing in June

Sailing Croatia in September

WARMER SEA

- SHORTER DAYS

+ LOWER PRICES

- STRONGER WINDS (can be a + also)

+ LESS HUMIDITY

- UNSETTLED WEATHER

+ MORE MOORING OPTIONS

- COOLER WINDS

+ LESS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES

- MORE CHANCE FOR RAIN

 + LESS CROWD IN RESTAURANTS

 

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