Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Croatia
When is the best time to visit Croatia?
July and August are the warmest months in Croatia, when the sea temperature reaches up to a very comfortable 28° C (83° F) and air temperature exceeds well over 35° C ( 95° F). This is the peak of the season, especially between July 15 and Aug 15, and you can expect crowds on the most popular beaches. If you prefer the weather not so hot and less crowds, then June and September are ideal for you. The water is still warm and you will get plenty of sunshine. Swimming and sunbathing is also possible in May or October (if you come from Scandinavia or Canada and are not afraid of colder water). Depending on the weather, even April is sometimes nice and warm enough for the beach, though there's no guarantee that early in the year.
Outside of these months (November to March) is very much the off-season and many tourist-centric businesses shut down either for their own vacations or to make renovations and improvements.
Read our article about when to visit Croatia for more info.
Is it possible to pay in Euros in Croatia?
Although Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013, it is not a member of the Euro and has retained its own currency, the Kuna. While you may find some businesses accept Euros, the rate is unlikely to be favorable. Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps and marinas though you may get a better rate using an ATM.
Are ATMs (Cash machines) easy to find in Croatia?
ATMs are readily available in all resorts, towns and cities in Croatia. Type of cards most commonly accepted : MasterCard, Maestro, Visa, Visa Electron, Diners cards.
Is paying with cards - VISA, MASTERCARD etc. acceptable in Croatia?
Credit cards are widely accepted but don't expect to be able to use them everywhere. Visa, Mastercard and Diners are accepted the most frequently; American Express is accepted less frequently. You can pay by credit (or debit) card in hotels, stores, restaurants, gas stations, but not in small family inns, fast food joints, small tourist offices and stores. For this reason it is useful to travel with a small amount of spending money in Croatian Kuna.
Why do I need to give my passport to the accommodation owner?
According to Croatian law all guests need to be registered with the Croatian Tourist board and hence the need of taking your travel documents.
Which travel documents are required for entry into Croatia?
You will need your passport but visitors holding passports from Western European countries, Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa. For any other countries, we recommend checking the visa requirements page on the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Since 22 July 2014 Croatia now accepts a valid Schengen Area visa under the same conditions as any Schengen country.
Do I need a Bosnian visa to travel by land from Split to Dubrovnik?
If you travel by car or bus from Split to Dubrovnik you will pass through the "Neum corridor", a 22km strip of Bosnian territory along the Adriatic coast. This may sound like a a cause of concern for travellers who would normally require visas to enter Bosnia but travellers entering the Neum corridor in order to transit without stopping are not subject to the usual Bosnian entry requirements. You may be subject to border controls when crossing this zone, but it should be sufficient to present the documents that allowed you to enter Croatia in the first place (ID card, passport, or Croatian visa if relevant). NOTE Citizens of EU countries, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have a 90 day exemption from Bosnia visa requirements.
Travelers taking the coastal ferry from Split to Dubrovnik do not pass through Bosnia territory and are not affected by the Neum corridor.
What is a typical Croatia meal?
The influence of Italians, Hungarians and Greeks on Croatian cuisine has resulted in an impressive range of seafood, grilled meats and vegetables. Istria is famous for its truffles and truffle dishes are affordable here and are very recommendable.
The Adriatic Coast is a real paradise for seafood and fish lovers and there is a large number of meat dishes and rostilji (Balkan barbecue).
Do restaurants in Croatia offer vegetarian options?
Although Croatian cuisine abounds with meat and seafood there's plenty of choice for vegetarians, from fresh salads to tasty vegetable dishes. There are now a few vegetarian restaurants to be found in Croatia, a marked improvement on the early 2000s.
What do I do if I need health care?
Pharmacies are modern and well stocked. Drugstores (or the stores that look like them) don't sell any over-the-counter medicines though. You can visit local doctors or hospitals. Fees apply and we recommend you have comprehensive travel insurance.
What's to drink in Croatia?
Drinks are wide-ranged. Beer is sold everywhere and there is a selection of wines available (particularly locally produced ones) as well as all kinds of juices and soft drinks. Croatians like to drink wine with their meals, sometimes watering it down with still or sparkling water.
Coffee is popular and always a welcome reason to take a break. Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia-Herzegovina all have lively cafe scenes. The cafes are for drinking coffee, local wine, beer or spirits. Some of them also offer a wonderful range of icecream. Espressos start at 7 kuna in Croatia and multiple daily coffee breaks are not unusual.
Should I stay in Trogir or Split?
There's no right or wrong answer overall here. Trogir is a quieter and smaller town, Split is more lively and cosmopolitan, with some higher end hotel options, so it really depends on your preference. Read more about the pros and cons of each here. Whichever you choose you're bound to have a wonderful time!
With over 1,000 islands along the Croatian coast, why do you only offer four of them?
Although Croatia has huge number of islands, not all of them are inhabited, have an established tourism infrastructure or are well connected with the mainland, or each other. We have chosen to concentrate on four islands as overnight destinations that we feel each offer something different and representative. Many other islands can be visited from each of these as day trips. By focusing on these islands we are able to maintain strong relationships with our accommodation and activity partners, ensuring the quality of service our guests experience.