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Sailing Croatia: A Must On Your Bucket List

Sailing Croatia: A Must On Your Bucket List


With a coastline of over 1700 kilometers and more than 1185 islands, island hopping is one of the best ways to explore Croatia! We have listed the five most beautiful islands for your holiday island hopping in Croatia. Some are a bit more difficult to reach, but it will be even harder to leave them.


Ever wondered where nude beaches originated? History tells that the British King Edward VII spent his holiday here with his mistress. He forced the authorities to pass a law that allowed people to swim and sunbathe nude at Kandarola Beach. But there is more than just wandering nude in Rab. Visit the city Rab to discover one of Croatia’s most impressive heritage sites dating back from the Middle Ages.


When you’re looking for sun and high waves, than there is no better option than Zlatni Rat on the island of Brač. This windy mile-long stretch of sand looks a lizard’s tongue from above and is the best location for several watersports and paragliding. The small village of Bol is also a great choice for enjoying seafood dishes.


One of the smallest islands along the Dalmatian coastline is Losinj, a picture-perfect destination that seems almost unreal. Most people will travel to Mali Losinj, the largest city on the island, but it’s the nearby located small village Veli Losin that will make your heart skip a beat. There are only a small number of restaurants, bars and shops to visit after having walked along its beautiful harbour. Go on a small boat tour with one of the locals and explore the bay to catch a glimpse of one of the dolphins living here. This is island hopping at its best.


Little is known about this southern oasis with a population of only a thousand people. Still, it’s one of the best Dubrovnik islands to discover. It is home to one of the most impressive nature reserves in Croatia, one that is best explored by bike. Once having cycled in the dense forests, swam in the salt lakes and enjoyed the sand dunes, head towards the village of Babino Polje where you can find Odysseus cave. Yes, even this Greek King took a rest at this location after years of traveling and being lured by the nymph Calypso. Even though we believe it’s the beauty of this place that made him come here.


One hour sailing from Split, you’ll find the sunny island of Hvar. This is the hotspot for celebrity spotting as there are several who are spending their holiday on their private yachts in the harbour. Though wandering with Beyonce or a famous movie star might seem like the best way to spend your stay here, we can recommend something else. Enjoy kayaking to the Paklini archipelago or renting a car to drive towards the serene beaches of  Jelsa that are surprisingly less-visited.

With Zizoo deals you are guaranteed of the best prices to charter a yacht or sailing boat for your next holiday in Croatia! 

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. laura bloom
    August 19, 2018 at 6:27 am

    I’ve just visited Spilt, Croatia. It was so beautiful, I have to go back. I’d definitely do a sailing trip to Hvar when I return
    Laura x

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      I hope you have an amazing time!

  2. Elisha
    August 20, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Croatia is on my list!! Thanks for the awesome overview!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      You’re so welcome! I hope you get to go soon.

  3. jessica brown
    August 20, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    OOOOH it looks beyond dreamy! I’m going to Croatia for the first time next year with 8 of my school girlfriends. We cant wait. Reading this has made me excited all over again 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      I hope you have the best time, sounds amazing!

  4. Nathan Anderson
    August 20, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Just stunning! Losinj and Mijet seem like they’d be the most interesting, I had no idea there were such stunning places along the Croatian coast! I’ve really got to make it over to that part of the world; thanks for the inspiration!

    BTW, the communtluv functionality is broken on your form. There’s some sort of conflict with http/https

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks for letting me know, I will look into it! 🙂

  5. Rosemary
    August 20, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Such beautiful islands. Amazing photography! I love the sound of Brac and amazing local seafood. Yum! The story of Mljet and Odysseus is fascinating. Have not had the privilege of visiting Croatia yet and hope to very soon. Island hopping by boat is the way to do it!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Is really is the way to do it! Thanks for your lovely comment, Rosemary 🙂

  6. Denay DeGuzman
    August 20, 2018 at 11:11 pm

    My husband and I love sailing! How we would enjoy sailing in beautiful, fabulous Croatia. Ahhh…wanderlust!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      If you love sailing then Croatia is the place to go 🙂

  7. Christina
    August 20, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    Croatia looks stunning! I had no idea it was such a popular spot for celebrities, but looking at these gorgeous pictures, I can understand why!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Yes, absolutely!

  8. Leanne Wong
    August 21, 2018 at 12:15 am

    What a beautiful article! Croatia has been on my bucketlist for the longest time, can’t wait to try out your tips!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      Mine too! Hope you get to go one day.

  9. Angie
    August 21, 2018 at 10:16 am

    I want to go to Croatia so bad! My family heritage comes from there, and it’s calling to me.

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Oh yes, would be amazing to explore Croatia for you!

  10. Cassie
    August 21, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    What a stunning place to be! These photos are absolutely beautiful. Adding Croatia to my bucket travel list 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      So glad to hear that, Cassie!

  11. Ruthie Ridley
    August 22, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    What a dream! I cannot wait to visit one day!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      I hope you get to, Ruthie!

  12. Chris Bloomfield
    September 4, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    My coworker had spent a few years in Croatia and always talked fondly of the place. After seeing your pictures, Croatia just got bumped up on our list of places to visit! I would love to spend sometime island hopping there.

    • Carmen Edelson
      September 7, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it. Croatia is incredible!

  13. Carol
    November 16, 2020 at 10:07 am

    Been to Croatia and didn’t have a chance to go sailing. Such a bummer. Need to go back for sure
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    • Carmen Edelson
      November 22, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      You definitely have a reason to return 🙂

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