Our community of travelers share the safety tips they wish they knew before traveling to Croatia for the first time.
Here are five tips, from packing the right clothing (Croatian weather can be fickle), to carrying extra cash and a pair of aqua shoes. Be prepared for all the elements with these tips.
Croatia's bus system is efficient, and their trains are good too – not to mention the friendly locals you may meet while catching public transport.
If you are keen to make your own way around Croatia in a rental vehicle, make yourself familiar with their road rules, and be extra cautious if you don't know where you're going. Study the map before you leave to avoid being too distracted.
Maggie Soladay from Salaam Garage says, "I wish I had known that the coast was rocky and that most beautiful water for swimming is hard to get to. If you jump in, you can't get back out because sea urchins patrol the whole rocky stinging coast. I wish I had taken water shoes, I would have worn them every day.“
Before you leave home, consider finding a pair of shoes you can wear over rocky or slippery surfaces. If you're already in Croatia and can't find a pair, a grippy pair of sandals should do the trick.
Pack a hat, sunglasses and remember to apply your sunscreen atleast 20 minutes before you go swimming, and reapply liberally once you're dry and out of the water.
Lonely Planet shared with us their most important tip to remember, "Croatia is more expensive in the summer than it is from September to May. Accommodation, boat fares, car rental and anything else relating to tourism skyrockets in summer, reaching a peak in July and August. Speaking of accommodation, in addition to hotels and hostels Croatia has a unique option for visitors, sobe. The rules are a bit different, but they're a great option."
Book your trip between the months of September to May to avoid the chaos of peak summer in Croatia – or else, be prepared to spend more and be surrounded by people – and lots of them.
The coastal areas of Croatia are prone to small-scale earthquakes. In Dubrovnik, buildings in the Old Town area look old and crumbly, but in fact the local government have been rigorous in implementing modern reinforcement techniques to stabilize the ancient structures.
Don‘t stress too much about earthquakes, but be prepared if you feel some tremors.
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