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First Timer Mistakes to Avoid when Visiting Croatia

The Church of St. Blaise in Dubrovnik, Croatia
6 Feb

First Timer Mistakes to Avoid when Visiting Croatia

Croatia offers some of the best travel experiences of any European country due to the numerous civilizations who have conquered, settled in, or culturally impacted the region starting even before the Greeks first arrived. Each has left their own unique imprint on this crossroads nation. These historical and cultural influences combined with outstanding scenery, active travel options, exceptional food, fabulous wine, and never-ending island escapes makes Croatia the perfect holiday or vacation destination for every type of traveler. 

Adventures Croatia’s team has over 50 years of combined experience living and working in the region and we are committed to providing our clients with the most outstanding trip imaginable. Here are a few of our “first timer” tips for travelers fortunate enough to be visiting Croatia.


Split waterfront evening blue panorama, Dalmatia, Croatia


#1 Make time for wine!

Just because you have gone wine tasting in other countries, do not miss out on a real old-world experience with some of our wonderful small and family-owned producers. Croatia has been a wine-producing region for over 2,500 years!

#2 Not-so sandy beaches

With over 1000 islands and beautiful beaches, this does not mean “sandy” coastlines. There are sandy beaches in more remote locations but always wear comfortable water shoes for the big pebbles and sea urchins you may find in the water. The Adriatic Sea has both amazing clarity and fantastic salinity, providing incredible buoyancy for all of you swimmers out there!!

#3 Get on the water! You won’t regret it!

DO NOT miss out on a boating experience!  With so many secret hideaways, we can help you to find your perfect secret cove, romantic beach or island restaurant.

#4 Always tip in cash

Local taxation is so high that your Croatian server will not receive your tip if you add it to your credit card charge.

#5 Try real local cuisine

Let us steer you to a true local quality Konoba, which serves outstanding regional specialties, such as “Peka” or “Cevapcici”.

#6 Do not be afraid to chat with locals

Croatians can appear to be stoic at times, however, they really open up to those who are engaging and interested in their country. And keep your ears open, they can have a very dry sense of humor and love to use it!  

#7 Bring bug bite prevention

You may encounter mosquitos, depending on where you are or what time of year. So be prepared with insecticide wipes, NOT aerosol (which will be confiscated at airports.)

#8 Prepare for crowds

Trust a travel specialist for ways to enjoy high traffic tourist areas and let us help you avoid the crowds.

#9 Yes you can self-drive in Croatia

Croatians drive on the right side of the road! There are many scenic and safe roads in Croatia but certain parts of the country can be challenging for the typical self-drive enthusiast due to ferry crossings, lack of parking, and parts of the country where a car can become a total hindrance.

#10 Don’t be afraid to go off the beaten path

Explore and get out of your comfort zone. Adventures Croatia can point you in the right direction to find the hidden gems – it’s a very SAFE and friendly country!

#11 Exchange some money ahead of time

Bring local currency (Croatian Kuna) to start with by ordering $50-$100 worth through your local bank and then use ATM’s while in Croatia to get a more accurate rate of exchange.

#12 Turn to a professional for advice to pick the perfect time to visit

Unless you are excited about Music Festivals with large masses of people, or Yacht Weeks packed with young partiers, PLEASE reach out to us before settling on dates for your travel so that we can advise you on navigating around Croatia’s major summer music events, festivals and parties.

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