If Croatia is on your bucket list, one of the best ways to travel this gorgeous country is by sailing the coastline while visiting a new port every night! Sailing the coast gives you the freedom of visiting multiple locations without the hassle or the stress of renting and driving a car.
Sailing Croatia has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I had been begging Scott to come with me, but the fear of seasickness always prevented us from booking the trip. Yes, I could have gone solo, but I had high hopes that I would finally wear Scott down and convince him to go!
When Yacht Getaways — a sister company of MedSailors — invited us to experience one of their trips, it felt like the perfect time to finally say yes. We spent a week in early September in a shared catamaran with four private cabins. We had a blast with our boat mates and ended up becoming great friends with them. I’m happy to report that Scott didn’t get sick — thanks to taking some precautionary seasickness meds!
If you’re considering this trip, I highly recommend booking it! I’ve shared a few of our favorite photos from the trip below, as well as some tips and packing essentials.
Tips and Inspiration for Sailing the Coast of Croatia
The Best Time to Sail in Croatia
Croatia’s weather is usually sunny and warm from May to October, however, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, it’s best to visit during the shoulder-season months (May, June, September, or October). You may encounter a storm here and there, but it’s generally limited to 1 or 2 days and the rest of your trip should be blessed with plenty of sun.
Croatia Packing Essentials
Dramamine (Less Drowsy Formula): Even if you don’t normally get seasick, I highly recommend packing some motion sickness pills. These Dramamine tablets won’t make you drowsy like the regular formula!
Lightweight Waterproof Windbreaker: A lightweight packable windbreaker is a must-have for any sailing trip. Even if it doesn’t rain, this will block the wind and keep you warm on chilly nights. It’s important to note that if it does rain, having the proper quick-dry waterproof gear is essential because there’s nowhere to dry things on a small boat unless the sun is out.
Quick-Dry Beach Towel: Again, quick-drying items are a necessity on a boat. A basic beach towel will work in a pinch, but I recommend bringing a microfiber beach towel which dries three times faster than a cotton towel.
Sarong: Sarongs might be one of the best travel fashion pieces because you can wear it in a variation of settings — whether it’s on the boat deck, on the beach, or dressed up as a skirt and paired with a cute top for a night out.
Biodegradable Wipes: These biodegradable wipes with tea tree and aloe are perfect for freshening up in the morning or washing your face before bed. Boat showers are not ideal and you’ll likely be sharing a bathroom with another cabin, so it’s always nice to have a back-up plan.
Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo makes it so much easier to skip shampooing your hair daily. This travel size dry shampoo is perfect if you don’t plan to check a bag!
Portable Charger: Some of the ports — like the smaller, quiet bays — don’t have electricity, so I recommend bringing a portable charger for your phone.