Croatia Vacations

With over 1100 islands and over 1000 miles of coastline, Croatia has, understandably, become exceeding popular recently. Croatia touts itself as the Mediterranean as it used to be. After a devastating civil war that disbanded former Yugoslavia, the coastal country of Croatia has taken off. Fronting the Adriatic Sea across from Italy is Croatia's ... Read more
Dalmatian Coast, the reason for most visits. Ferries ply the route between medieval Istria, Roman Split and walled Dubrovnik (the entire city a UNESCO World Heritage Site) along the coast and between the main islands, each with their own character. Or, for the well-heeled, hire a sailboat or private yacht, as Croatia is a country of sailors. Inland, the capital of Zagreb is a cultural magnet, with a wonderful old town center evocative of Prague or Vienna. For a more private, serene Croatian experience, consider booking one of the country’s many lighthouses; most are completely cut-off from civilization and some are entirely encircled by the sea.

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If you’re dreaming about a summer spent dipping your toes in the Adriatic, unfortunately you’re not alone. Summer, specifically July and August, is peak tourist season on the coast and islands of Croatia, so ... Read more
though you’ll likely enjoy the nice weather, you’ll have to endure exorbitant hotel rates and crowds, crowds, crowds. Summer is better spent inland at cities like Zagreb, where you’ll encounter an entirely different story: fewer tourists, more bargains, and cooler temperatures. The coast is much more pleasant in late spring and early fall when air and water temperatures are still warm, but places are cheaper and less crowded. Winter is also not bad along the coast, though it gets cold and snowy inland.

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Safety

Solo Female Travel Tips

This Eastern European cool kids country is a "super safe place to travel solo," but be aware that "If you're alone in a cafe or restaurant, expect men to approach you." One traveler "didn't feel threatened, just mansplained."

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surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

Croatia was perceived as conservative, with travelers advising to 'not show... who you are and who you like as they are not very accepting.'

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destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Croatia reviews & trip reports

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El Paso, Texas, USA

A beautiful country. I took a boat cruise across the coast. We stopped in a few places. We saw the colosseum in Pula. They film one of my fav shows there, Games of Thrones in Dubrovnik. The food was amazing, the people are polite and a lot of people speak English.

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London, UK

This Eastern European cool kids country is a “super safe place to travel solo,” but be aware that “If you’re alone in a cafe or restaurant, expect men to approach you." One traveler “didn’t feel threatened, just mansplained.”

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Berlin, Germany

Renting a boat and visiting the stunning Croatian coastline was always a dream holiday idea for me, but one that seemed too expensive and complicated to arrange for a group. Zizoo's customer service was impeccable and we were able to find the perfect boat for us and explore the sites this country has to offer. The best week ever!

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Berlin

I hired a boat with Zizoo from Split Marina for one week with friends. It was the most incredible, seamless experience with everything planned to perfection. We had a personal (affordable) skipper organised for us and he took us to hidden coves, small bays on vacant islands and had incredible suggestions for all the local restaurants. A must, must do! I will most definitely book another boating holiday with Zizoo.com.

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London, UK

The dramatic desirable stretch of Dalmatian coastline encompasses some of the most exclusive hotspots in Europe, such as Dubrovnik. Spring is wonderful in the sumptuous ‘Pearl of the Adriatic,’ christened by Lord Byron. Fewer tourists, glorious warmth and quaint pathways are fringed by bold blue sea. Spring is carnival time (1st-4th March) transforming the city into a masked playground where classical musicians serenade dances in the World Heritage streets of Old Town. The most striking scenes are found at Plitvice Lakes National park, where a ribbon of lakes and waterfalls create majestic scenes. For a more cultural affair, capital Zagreb features the best of café culture, art galleries and an addictive ambiance.

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Oakland, California, USA

Croatia is the secret of Europe. Beautiful beaches, great food, cheap shopping, amazing history. It is also a great jumping off point for the rest of Eastern Europe. Easy to get around by bus and train, friendly people, a huge variety of adventures of every kind. Can't say enough good things about Croatia.

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Barcelona, Spain

I didn't get to go to southern or eastern Croatia on my recent trip, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I did see. The country is beautiful and the beaches and the sea are to die for. The food and wine are amazing and the people are wonderful. I had an amazing time there and will absolutely go back in the future!

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I actually wasn't to Croatia, but to the border when it was communist Yugoslavia. However, you may be interested in an area immediately across the border into Italy; we really enjoyed it there. I was stationed in Italy & went there several times. For one, it is a beautiful drive along the coast there, but there are two castles that you could visit (I don't know if they give tours now or not). Also the waters of the Adraitic Sea are so beautiful & crystal clear there. But things may have changed, the last time we were there was 1968. Please respond about your Croatian experience; my aunt (U.S. uncle's wife)was born there. Always wanted to go there. Please share your experience.

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San Francisco, California

A very wonderful country! I took a boat trip from Spit to Dubrovnik and was fortunate enough to see Croatia for all of its beauty. The people are friendly, the food is delicious (if you like meat and fish), and the sites are great! A great place to visit during the summer, the winter is a little too rainy...

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Augsburg, Germany

beautiful country. Stayed 5 nights in a 200m² villa close to Dubrovnik.
Booked via www.pavuna.eu

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