Which month is best to do a Croatia sail?

There is obviously an ideal time for everyone when it comes to booking that Croatia Sail you’ve dreamt about for possibly years!

The trouble is, you might be restricted in your choice of dates due to work commitments, a travel window agreed with your friends or partner, festivals you want to go to before or after the cruise etc.

Cleopatra Superior boat

What is the best month for you?

With all this taken into account, let’s have a look at all the months you could travel in and what the pros and cons of each one are:

APRIL

Go Croatia Sail does not offer any cruises in April and for good reason!

Pros: Prices for cruises are very low, sometimes offered at 50% of the rate of July/August. No crowds in towns, good docking positions first in line available and no queues for public transport, taxis, and attractions such as National Parks, Dubrovnik City Walls etc etc.
Flights and taxis are also a lot cheaper.

Cons: April is still a month of change from Winter/Spring to Summer and there is still a lot of rain around, with choppy waters to contend with and a chilly sea to swim in! In addition, many bars, clubs and excursions are not yet running.

MAY

May is still considered to be “pre-season” sailing season, but we start our cruises at the end of the month, just as the weather warms up nicely for the summer.

Pros: Prices for cruises are cheaper than high season. Destinations become busier but not crowded, air temperatures are getting much higher during the day (around 20-22 degrees), although the evenings can be chilly. There are still no big queues for attractions and most of the restaurants, bars and clubs are opening or opening up. Again, flights are still reasonable.

Cons: Weather can still be unreliable, especially at the beginning of the month. The sea is not as warm as June/July/August (around 18-19 degrees). Many clubs are not yet open, such as Club Deep, although Carpe Diem usually has its opening party over the last weekend in May, when Go Croatia Sail is running! See full details here: https://beach.cdhvar.com/en/calendar/

JUNE

This is the transition month from low to high season. This means the beginning to mid June is low and end of June is considered high season.

Pros: Prices up to mid June are still around 10-20% lower than high season. Air temperatures are considered (by locals) to be ideal at around 24-25 degrees during the day. Sea temperatures are very pleasant and the big crowds still haven’t arrived, although things are getting busy. Flight prices getting close to the peak.

Cons: Not many, as June is considered one of the best months to travel, but for the true partygoer, it is not as lively as July. The festival season in Europe doesn’t really start until late June or July/August either.

JULY/AUGUST

These months are when air and sea temperatures are at their highest, making it such a popular time to sail in Croatia. School holidays have kicked in and the crowds are flocking to the European coasts – you can feel the buzz in the air, everywhere you go.

Pros: Great temperatures, although it can be very hot sometimes (over 30 degrees). You can really enjoy your time swimming without getting cold and enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkelling. Lively atmosphere in the towns and on the islands where the boats dock and everyone is in that holiday mood!
Bars and clubs and young people are travelling around Croatia and Europe to festivals such as Ultra (Croatia), Outlook (Croatia), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Sziget (Hungary), Exit (Serbia) and many more. The weather is more reliable with hardly any rainy days, a smoother sea and with the sun staying out longer you can top up that tan on the sun deck followed by amazing sunsets.
In late August, the crowds also drop significantly, meaning you can get a lot of the pros without the cons!

Cons: Crowds – lots of people in the towns, attractions, parks etc. This is wonderful for the atmosphere in bars and clubs but means there is also competition for spaces in ports, at restaurants and on excursions. These months are also always going to be more expensive because due to peak season demand, meaning higher prices for taxis, cruises, flights and club entrances.

SEPTEMBER

Like June, many locals consider September one of the perfect months for enjoying the Croatian coast due to fewer crowds. However, there are lots of other benefits!

Pros: The July/August sun has warmed the sea up nicely, meaning you get lovely warm waters to swim in, without the daytime heat being too hot: the ideal balance. Lower prices for flights and Croatia Sails, with the additional benefit of fewer people around the towns and islands stealing the best spots in the restaurants and on the beaches. Schools are also open again, adding to the sense of peace in the air during the day.

Cons: Mid to late September can sometimes be the transition to autumnal weather with more risk of rain and wind, resulting in choppy water. If you get a good slot of weather though, this month is heaven.

OCTOBER

This month is a strange one as there can be “Indian Summer” breaks in the weather.

Pros: Nice and cheap for flights, cruises and taxis – similar to April. No crowds and the sea can still be very warm if the weather has held out in September.

Cons: Risky. Mid to late October can actually be chilly and if the weather turns ugly, often it does not revert back to anything pleasant, with rain, wind and sometimes storms hitting the coast for days or weeks at a time.

Average temperatures in Croatia

Observing the chart presented below, it becomes evident that both water and climatic temperatures in Croatia follow a notable pattern. July and August are very similar, both with high temperatures which makes them peak months for Croatia sailing. However, the graph also reveals that alternative months, such as (late) May, June, and September remain favourable for sailing, boasting good temperatures.

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Which month is best to do a Croatia sail?

There is obviously an ideal time for everyone when it comes to booking that Croatia Sail you’ve dreamt about for possibly years!

The trouble is, you might be restricted in your choice of dates due to work commitments, a travel window agreed with your friends or partner, festivals you want to go to before or after the cruise etc.

Cleopatra Superior boat

What is the best month for you?

With all this taken into account, let’s have a look at all the months you could travel in and what the pros and cons of each one are:

APRIL

Go Croatia Sail does not offer any cruises in April and for good reason!

Pros: Prices for cruises are very low, sometimes offered at 50% of the rate of July/August. No crowds in towns, good docking positions first in line available and no queues for public transport, taxis, and attractions such as National Parks, Dubrovnik City Walls etc etc.
Flights and taxis are also a lot cheaper.

Cons: April is still a month of change from Winter/Spring to Summer and there is still a lot of rain around, with choppy waters to contend with and a chilly sea to swim in! In addition, many bars, clubs and excursions are not yet running.

MAY

May is still considered to be “pre-season” sailing season, but we start our cruises at the end of the month, just as the weather warms up nicely for the summer.

Pros: Prices for cruises are cheaper than high season. Destinations become busier but not crowded, air temperatures are getting much higher during the day (around 20-22 degrees), although the evenings can be chilly. There are still no big queues for attractions and most of the restaurants, bars and clubs are opening or opening up. Again, flights are still reasonable.

Cons: Weather can still be unreliable, especially at the beginning of the month. The sea is not as warm as June/July/August (around 18-19 degrees). Many clubs are not yet open, such as Club Deep, although Carpe Diem usually has its opening party over the last weekend in May, when Go Croatia Sail is running! See full details here: https://beach.cdhvar.com/en/calendar/

JUNE

This is the transition month from low to high season. This means the beginning to mid June is low and end of June is considered high season.

Pros: Prices up to mid June are still around 10-20% lower than high season. Air temperatures are considered (by locals) to be ideal at around 24-25 degrees during the day. Sea temperatures are very pleasant and the big crowds still haven’t arrived, although things are getting busy. Flight prices getting close to the peak.

Cons: Not many, as June is considered one of the best months to travel, but for the true partygoer, it is not as lively as July. The festival season in Europe doesn’t really start until late June or July/August either.

JULY/AUGUST

These months are when air and sea temperatures are at their highest, making it such a popular time to sail in Croatia. School holidays have kicked in and the crowds are flocking to the European coasts – you can feel the buzz in the air, everywhere you go.

Pros: Great temperatures, although it can be very hot sometimes (over 30 degrees). You can really enjoy your time swimming without getting cold and enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkelling. Lively atmosphere in the towns and on the islands where the boats dock and everyone is in that holiday mood!
Bars and clubs and young people are travelling around Croatia and Europe to festivals such as Ultra (Croatia), Outlook (Croatia), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Sziget (Hungary), Exit (Serbia) and many more. The weather is more reliable with hardly any rainy days, a smoother sea and with the sun staying out longer you can top up that tan on the sun deck followed by amazing sunsets.
In late August, the crowds also drop significantly, meaning you can get a lot of the pros without the cons!

Cons: Crowds – lots of people in the towns, attractions, parks etc. This is wonderful for the atmosphere in bars and clubs but means there is also competition for spaces in ports, at restaurants and on excursions. These months are also always going to be more expensive because due to peak season demand, meaning higher prices for taxis, cruises, flights and club entrances.

SEPTEMBER

Like June, many locals consider September one of the perfect months for enjoying the Croatian coast due to fewer crowds. However, there are lots of other benefits!

Pros: The July/August sun has warmed the sea up nicely, meaning you get lovely warm waters to swim in, without the daytime heat being too hot: the ideal balance. Lower prices for flights and Croatia Sails, with the additional benefit of fewer people around the towns and islands stealing the best spots in the restaurants and on the beaches. Schools are also open again, adding to the sense of peace in the air during the day.

Cons: Mid to late September can sometimes be the transition to autumnal weather with more risk of rain and wind, resulting in choppy water. If you get a good slot of weather though, this month is heaven.

OCTOBER

This month is a strange one as there can be “Indian Summer” breaks in the weather.

Pros: Nice and cheap for flights, cruises and taxis – similar to April. No crowds and the sea can still be very warm if the weather has held out in September.

Cons: Risky. Mid to late October can actually be chilly and if the weather turns ugly, often it does not revert back to anything pleasant, with rain, wind and sometimes storms hitting the coast for days or weeks at a time.

Average temperatures in Croatia

Observing the chart presented below, it becomes evident that both water and climatic temperatures in Croatia follow a notable pattern. July and August are very similar, both with high temperatures which makes them peak months for Croatia sailing. However, the graph also reveals that alternative months, such as (late) May, June, and September remain favourable for sailing, boasting good temperatures.

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decide your dates.
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be a part of something great

take the first step.
decide your dates.
we will do the rest.