Croatia is unlike anywhere I have ever been before. There is a distinct medieval vibe you get along the coast, making you feel as though you’ve stepped into a fictional world you grew up reading about. But beyond the fairytale backdrop lie a people and culture that are looking toward a bright future. It is no wonder that tourism is on the rise here with so much to see and do in the way of history, nature and bucketlist landmarks. Make sure to give yourself enough time, this country goes much deeper than just a city or two.
Drinking water: Safe to drink from the tap
Plugs: Type C and F (See photo below)
Entry allowed to fully vaccinated travelers. Those no vaccinated can present a negative PCR or Rapid Antigen Test (see website for specifics on accepted tests) or perform a test on arrival (at their own expense) and must self isolate until the results comes back negative.
Official currency: kn Croatian kuna
Budget: Dubrovnik is a bit more expensive than the rest of the country. Expect to pay at least €20 for a hostel, guesthouses and apartments starting at around €30 and hotels starting around €60. Outside of Dubrovnik hostels will go up to €15 and hotels start at €50 per night. All other costs are usually much less than western Europe as long as you stay away from touristy places which will jack up prices.
Credit cards: Widely used but not yet universal. Carry some cash just in case.
NOT a Schengen state. No visa required for 90 days in 180 day period for EU, UK, US, Canada, Aus and NZ.
**Always check with your government for the most up to date information on visa requirements.**v
**Assuming you are current on routine vaccinations. Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on required vaccinations specific to your home country**
Exercise Normal Precautions
**Always check with your government for the most accurate and up to date information on safety**
Official Languages: Croatian
Hello: Zdravo Goodbye: Doviđenja
Yes: Da No: Ne
Beer: Pivo Wine: Vino
When to go
High season: July and August. The coast is hot and it’s expensive and crowded. Make your reservations ahead of time. Inland tends to be less crowded, though. If you enjoy music festivals, this is the time to come.
Spring and fall will have pleasant temps and fewer crowds, but by no means empty.
Prices in the winter can be up to 50% cheaper than in the summertime. Temps don’t get too cold but still too cold to swim.
Cruise ships pour into Croatia bringing tourists that only stop for the day, not spending much money in town. If you can, try to visit for longer amounts of time and spend your money locally.
Be sensitive if you’re asking questions about the war. There are varying degrees of comfort in talking about it. Read up before you go and visit and spend time in parts of the country often left off the main tourist trail.