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It seems the community has caught on to the splendors of spending a week or two on a Croatia holiday.  National Geographic refers to Croatia as the world’s best cruising ground, and enthusiasts are sitting up and taking notice.

Whether you prefer well-equipped marinas, sheltered ports in centuries-old Dalmatian coastal villages, or the peace and tranquility of anchoring in an idyllic bay with a rustic shoreside restaurant, a Croatia bareboat charter offers an abundance of choices.

Map of Croatia

Map of Croatia

Here are five favorite Croatian ports of call:

1. Opat, .  This island is known for its stark wilderness and natural beauty. For easy mooring, try the southeast end of the island, in the Kornati National Park. Here, you’ll find two seafood restaurants, in what can best be described as a lunar landscape setting.  Hikers can enjoy an energetic walk in Kornati National Park up a signed path to the top of the nearby hills, where they will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding islands.

2. Uvala Vinogradisce, Sv Klement Island – Anchorage is best on the south coast of Sv Klement Island, just a short sail from the town of .  This is a scenic anchorage with great restaurants. Talk a short walk over the hill to a small marina on the north side of the narrow island where you can board a boat taxi into town.  This shuttle boat avoids the hustle and bustle of ’s busy town marina.

3. , Brac Island – Here you’ll find a well-equipped town harbor at the head of a deep bay on the north coast of the island. This is an upscale town built on the riches of its stone quarry industry.  is a prosperous community where even the street lights are made from the white , famous for its use in the construction of the White House in America. The village economy does not depend on tourism, so you’ll enjoy a taste of real Croatia.

4. Polace, Mljet – Here you’ll find a spacious and safe anchorage at the west end of the north coast of Mljet Island. Lush vegetation and spectacular scenery are everywhere on what is considered one of the most pristine Dalmatian islands. You’ll also find easy access to the salt water lakes and the magnificent scenery of the island’s National Park.

5. Lopud Village, – Time to enjoy a sandy, uncrowded beach. Lopud is one of the lying just off and the . The village has cobblestone streets, a great sandy beach, and a reasonably well-sheltered anchorage, with minimal tourism traffic. Only a handful of cars are permitted on the island, adding to the serene splendor.

Spend a day or two at any of these enchanted islands and you’ll quickly realize why Croatia is the hottest summer yachting destination in the world.

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Any bareboat enthusiast can tell you, if you are planning a Caribbean , the ideal destination is the British .  Known to repeat bareboat skippers as, “Nature’s Little Secrets,” the 50 or so islands, islets, and cays of the British are nothing short of a paradise.

Caribbean yacht charter clients, especially bareboat charter families, have long been sailing the turquoise waters surrounding the , drawn to the sheltered anchorages, white-sand beaches, and easygoing lifestyle of these islands.

Once a for pirates and brigands, the BVI’s have only 17,000 residents – in contrast to the 100,000 people living in the (often referred to as the , or USVI). Caribbean yacht charter customers won’t find highrises or fast food on any of these islands, and they’ll find only a few posh resorts mingling with the more casual villas, family-owned inns, and funky beachfront bars and restaurants.

Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and Van Dyke are the most developed and most visited islands. Cooper Island, Peter Island, Norman Island, Marina Cay, and Sandy Cay are less developed but are popular with day-trippers. Most of the islands are close to each other and close to the USVI, making island-hopping the mode for the BVI.

Tortola (Spanish for ) is the capital of the British Virgin Islands (or BVI).  Road Town, on the southern coast, is Tortola’s capital. The entire island centers around Road Town and its beautiful harbor-businesses, luxury yacht charter marinas, restaurants, shops, pubs, and hotels.

Some fairly celebrated establishments like Pusser’s Road grace the streets.   A favorite watering hole for thirsty barefoot sailors, Pusser’s pours English Ale on draft and mixes up some tasty concoctions with its famous Pusser’s .

Pusser's Landing - a must see on your British Virgin Island bareboat yacht charter vacation

Pusser's Landing - a must see on your British Virgin Island bareboat yacht charter vacation

On Tortola’s north shore is the busy but laid-back Cane Garden Bay. This popular anchorage with its crescent-shaped beach has seen increasing crowds but has managed to hold onto its tradition of family-run inns, bars, and restaurants. Music is an integral part of Cane Garden Bay, and the friendly, open-air bars that line the water’s edge host local musicians whose island tunes can be heard floating across the bay.

Five miles from Tortola is Jost Van Dyke Island. Known as “the party island” of the BVI, “Jost” has only 150 residents, but it has six bars! Life on Jost Van Dyke has been described as “one long island-style happy hour” – with pig roasts, beach bars, and dancing in the sand. Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, an open-air ramshackle restaurant and bar has become a landmark and is undisputedly the most “happening” gathering spot for boaters in the BVI. Owner Foxy Caldwood is famous for his parties, none moreso than his annual New Year’s Eve party, which made Time magazine’s list of “Top 5 Places to Spend New Year’s.”

Norman Island is the largest uninhabited island in the British Virgin Islands and is steeped in pirate legend. Locals call it Treasure Island because of age-old stories of buried pirates’ loot. Blackbeard, one of the most famous and feared pirates of all time hung out here between raids.

At the western tip of Norman Island you will discover, “The Caves” – a popular spot with snorkelers and swimmers. The far northern cave is the most incredible, extending 70 feet into the mountainside.

Virgin Gorda is home to one of the Caribbean’s most amazing sights – exotic pools and grottos formed by gigantic granite boulders strewn across white-sand beaches. Known as “The Baths,” this surreal natural wonder (and snorkeler’s dream) is one of the most visited spots in the BVI.

The Baths of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands

The Baths of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands

Nature Little Secrets are a secret no more!

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