Standard sailing season
The standard sailing season in Croatia (for most tourists) is from late April until the end of October, of course for the enthusiasts’ winter has its charm as well, especially on a nice sunny week where even in winter the temperatures can climb as high as 15C. So we decided to sail all year round, but you probably have different plans. If you can in any way can avoid sailing Croatia in top season, which is July and August we would highly recommend it – instead try aiming for May, June, and September.
There are few things to keep in mind when deciding on the dates of your sailing holidays in Croatia.
May and June
The beauty of sailing off-season is that you don’t have to worry about crowded anchorages and ports and you can easily come in later in the afternoon and enjoy your day sailing and exploring to the fullest, which is not the case in July and August unless you check all our tips below.
If you decide to come before the top season, you need to know that the sea might be still a bit colder until late May (May average in Split area is 18C), so if you are a bit more on the frozen side we suggest early June (June average in Split area 22C), but if a bit colder water is ok with you, sailing in May is amazing, very calm with fully awakened nature.
Some blogs will suggest that sailing in May and September will find you with many restaurants closed which is not really the case as most will open in May and close mid-October, so don’t worry about missing out on local cuisine.
July and August (Top Season)
Besides crowds and heatwaves, there is another downside of top season, the prices of course. Everything from your flights, boat charter as well as many other services along your sailing route will be much more expensive.
However, sometimes we just can’t avoid it, so we have prepared a few TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID CROWDS WHILE SAILING IN CROATIA – if you’re planning to sail in high season, make sure to read those as well.
If you are tied to school holidays we would highly recommend coming as early or as late in the season as possible.
Sailing in September
The only real downside of sailing Croatian coast and islands in September are shorter days, but sea temperature will still be on average around 23C. September will also have more sailing boats around as the winds are much more favorable than in July and August, but it is far from crowded, we would describe it more like pleasant, vibrant and alive.
If you are on a budget we would recommend early May, if you are more into relaxing. If sailing is your main objective, come early October and enjoy cheaper prices, fewer crowds, and more engaging sailing experience.
For a best-of-all-worlds, come in September and enjoy perfect warm sailing holidays without the crowds.