Explore the Croatian archipelago by boat and find your own secluded beach.
Explore the Croatian archipelago by boat and find your own secluded beach.

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Whatever floats your boat

Cruise, private yacht, river barge, catamaran or speedboat? Whatever your preferred mode of transport, there is no doubt that vacations on the water are more popular than ever.

One of the top travel trends for 2018 is that more and more holidaymakers want to stay active while on vacation. Modern travelers are ditching the beach and sugar-laden cocktails for ski trips, hiking breaks, yoga retreats and sailing holidays.


Niklas Engstrand is the CEO of Croatia Yacht Club, a Sweden-based company that has been renting out sailboats and catamarans off the coast of Croatia since the mid-1980s. Vessels can be hired with or without a skipper and full crew, depending on the preferences of each individual group of guests. He agrees that the market for active vacations is booming.

“Apart from the fact that people are becoming more health conscious, they’re also interested in -doing something different on vacation and learning new skills, not just lying on the beach,” he says. “Once they realize that hiring a sailboat – even with a full crew – is no more expensive than renting a house or staying in a hotel for a week, it really turns into a no-brainer.”

In fact, a week on a luxury sailboat with full en suite bathrooms, wireless network connection and a private chef may not cost more than about €1,000 per person, depending on the size of the group sharing the boat. And unlike a sailing holiday in, say, Scandinavia, Croatia offers more or less guaranteed sunshine and smooth seas. Moreover, this accommodation option comes with an endless sea view and no noisy neighbors.

“There is no greater sense of freedom than waking up on your own boat in the middle of the Mediterranean with a 360° sea view and a light breeze in your hair,” Engstrand says. “After that, it’s completely up to you to decide what you want to do with your time from one day to the next. You may want to visit a town or village, or just bob around in a quiet cove, sunbathing and reading a book.”

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