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The Ultimate Guide to Yacht Week Croatia

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Aug 29, 2015

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By Ryan Gargiulo

Last Updated: August 14th, 2020

Welcome to my in-depth guide to planning for the Yacht Week Croatia .

Below you’ll find the answers to all of your questions about Yacht Week Croatia as well as my insanely popular Yacht Week Packing List which features what I call the “Yacht Week Necessities”, aka a short list of some of the best things to pack for the Yacht Week in order to really get the most out of the experience.

I think you’ll find this article to be extremely helpful with your planning for Yacht Week. As always, if you have any questions, please be sure to leave a comment and I’ll respond as soon as possible.

Yacht Week Croatia

Yacht Week Croatia is absolutely insane. It’s fun, it’s wild, it’s crazy and it’s downright exhausting to say the least.

It’s likely to be one of the most memorable weeks of your life. I mean, how could it not be, right?

You, your friends, lots of sunshine and drinks in hand.

The perfect recipe for creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The people, the parties and the experiences at The Yacht Week await you but my question for you is…

Are you ready to set sail on Yacht Week and see where the wind takes you?

My Yacht Week Croatia Experience

As many of you know, my friends and I just finished up a week of madness on Yacht Week Croatia and I’m here to report to you that this week was not only the longest and most tiring week of my life but it was also a week that I’ll never, ever forget.

If this is your first time attending the Yacht Week, there’s a good chance you probably felt a lot like I did when I first signed up. 

Like me, your mind is probably filled with curiosity and a seemingly endless list of unanswered questions.

Some that won’t be answered until you experience them first hand.

I’m going to do my best to try to walk you through The Yacht Week Croatia process and give you a bunch of really useful information that will prepare you (at least somewhat) for what you’re about to experience on The Yacht Week.

Yacht Week Croatia

How to Book Yacht Week Croatia

1.   Find Some Adventurous (single) Souls — The first step in booking Yacht Week is to find a crew of people that are down for a true adventure. While I recommend going with at least a few people that you know, plenty of people join the crew list on yachts with a group of strangers and still manage to have an incredible time. That being said, attending Yacht Week Croatia with a group of friends is the ultimate way to go in my opinion.

  • Open Minded People:  When choosing your crew it’s very important to try to gather up a good group of open minded people. Close minded, complainers, and those who are “accustomed to life back home” should be your last resort when trying to fill your boat.
  • People with Similar Interests: Choosing a crew that has similar interests is important. The yachts are small, personal space is limited and more importantly Yacht Week Croatia can get weird  (no explanation necessary) so having close minded or grumpy people on board isn’t the best idea.
  • Singles. Not Couples:  Couples on Yacht Week. I know I might receive some harsh feedback for this but Yacht Week is for single people. Straight up. Couples do couple-y things. They generally keep to themselves, they bicker, they argue, and they’re usually a lot more reserved around their significant other. While there’s nothing wrong with these things (it’s completely natural), it can definitely put a damper on the environment of your boat. I spoke to a few singles who had a couples aboard their boats and all of them said the same thing. The Yacht Week Croatia is not for couples. Again, this is strictly my opinion based off of what I’ve experienced and after speaking with others on YW.

2. Choosing your Route — The Yacht Week has routes in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Thailand and the BVI’s although the most popular route is Croatia, where TYW first originated.

There are two routes you can take on Yacht Week Croatia; the Black Route and the Red Route.

Both routes are identical, they just operate in the opposite direction of each other.

I asked my skipper what the most popular route was and he said the the Black Route is far more popular than the Red.

For example, we had 48 yachts on our route (Black Route) versus just 24 boats on the Red Route. Go Black!

3. Choosing Your Yacht — As I mentioned above, Yacht Week Croatia is a long week of partying and fun in the sun. If you’re wanting to truly make the most of your trip, I highly recommend you charter the best yacht possible.

There are a variety of yacht charters available on Yacht Week but the quality, price and amenities available on board can vary big time.

Do yourself a favor and rent the best yacht possible, or at least the best yacht that you can afford.

At the end of the day you and your crew can try to pinch pennies to make Yacht Week happen but if you’re not on a decent boat, it’s going to make your week that much more exhausting.

If there was one complaint that I heard most during my week when speaking to other YW’ers, it was that their boats were blazing hot throughout the night.

The amount of time you have to sleep on Yacht Week is already limited due to the nonstop parties and the nature of the trip.

Imagine heading back to your boat at sunrise to catch up on a couple hours of sleep and not being able to sleep due to the heat? Nightmare.

In my opinion, getting a yacht with air conditioning is crucial.

Now that I’ve done Yacht Week Croatia with an air-conditioned yacht, I wouldn’t do it any other way.

Our yacht happened to be one of four boats on Yacht Week with air conditioning.

Did I mention there was 48 other yachts sailing alongside us that week? 

That means if you’re wanting to snag a boat with air conditioning on board, you’re going to have to act fast when booking.

4. Registering and Checking in  —   Once your yacht is booked, go ahead and make sure you send out your personalized invite link to your entire crew so they can register for a Yacht Week account and check in on the crew list.

It’s a requirement for all crew members to register and check in on your yacht week booking prior to arriving at the marina.

Upon arrival to the marina, your crew will need to fill out details such as their name, passport number, nationality, email, date of birth and gender.

How to Prepare for Yacht Week

How to Prepare for Yacht Week Croatia

1. Travel Insurance —   When prepping for Yacht Week Croatia, your first priority should be to make sure you make a small investment towards your health and well being by purchasing a  travel insurance policy  for your trip.

Not only will this policy cover you if your bags are lost/stolen and if your flight is delayed/cancelled, but you’ll also be covered for all medical and injury related issues as well.

Nobody wants to have to cover the cost of you getting airlifted home from the middle of the Adriatic Sea (no, not even your parents).

Anytime you mix partying out on the open water and slippery boats, you’re just about guaranteed to encounter a few injuries along the way.

When it comes to Yacht Week, travel insurance is an absolute must and a win-win situation when considering how inexpensive travel insurance is these days.

2. Create a Yacht Week Playlist  — The best way to manage your music on Yacht Week Croatia is to create a few killer Spotify playlists. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a standard 3.5mm aux cable. With the aux cable, you’ll be able to connect your phone directly to the onboard stereo system on your yacht and jam out all day.

Now, you’re probably thinking. But, if I don’t have Internet, how can I listen to Spotify? Well, here are two ways to go about it.

  • If you’re a Spotify Premium user, you’ll be able to listen to all of your music offline. Anytime, anywhere. Grab your subscription before you head out and don’t forget to make all of your music available offline before you set sail. *Spotify Premium is FREE for 30 days so be sure to take advantage of the free month right before you head out on your trip. After the first 30 days, you will be billed $9.99/mo. If you don’t want to pay, simply cancel your subscription.
  • The second and best option (IMO) is to pack an unlocked smartphone with you when you head to Croatia. Why? Well, with an unlocked phone, you can pick up a sim card at T-Center (aka T-Mobile) when you’re in Split and you can purchase a 7-day unlimited data sim card for approximately $12 USD. Now, you’ll be able to stream your spotify all week without worrying about data overages.

If you don’t want to deal with streaming music on Yacht Week, simply throw together a playlist on your phone and you’ll be good to go.

3. Diet & Exercise  — Working out and staying in shape prior to Yacht Week is important on so many levels. You’ll be surrounded by boat loads of good looking people wearing little or next to nothing so being comfortable in your own skin will be key to enhancing your overall YW experience.

Remember, Yacht Week is a week long marathon of sailing, partying and eating whatever you can get your hands on.

Preparing yourself by eating healthy and exercising prior to Yacht Week is highly recommended before setting sail on a week of mayhem and very little sleep on the open sea.

Try this free  bodyweight workout  to get you started.

4. Planning your Arrival — I highly recommend that you do not plan to arrive on the actual day of departure for Yacht Week.

International flights often get delayed and even cancelled and I’m pretty sure you’re not going to want to splurge on Yacht Week only to find out that your flight isn’t going to make it and you’ve now missed out on an incredible week that you’ve had planned for months now.

Do yourself and the rest of your crew a favor and plan to arrive at least one day prior to the start of Yacht Week Croatia.

5. Accommodations prior to Yacht Week — When it comes to Yacht Week accommodations, I can personally recommend and vouch for this Airbnb apartment in Split.

6. Split Activities and Tours  — If you find yourself in Split for a couple of days before or after Yacht Week, you should definitely make an effort to explore the city and wander all the little alleyways that connect the city to the sea.

There is so much to see, do and experience in Split. Here are some of the best  tours and activities  to check out during your visit.

Are you a Game of Thrones fan? If so, you might be interested in this exclusive Game of Thrones Tour .

7. Which Marina? — In order to prepare for Yacht Week, you’re going to want to figure out which marina your yacht is assigned to. Why? Because there are several marinas in Split. Some of the marinas are quite far from each other and I can see this becoming an issue if you or your crew decide to show up on the day of departure.

You can find the marina assigned to your yacht on your Yacht Week Croatia reservation page.

Once you figure out which marina you need to be at,  click here to find directions to get there.

8. Crew Explorer — Now that you’re all booked and ready to go, it’s time to find out who else is going to be joining you on Yacht Week.

Go ahead and log in to your booking and scroll down to the Crew Explorer section to see a list of Facebook profiles for all the other Yacht Weekers that will be joining you on your route.

Another great way to meet fellow Yacht Weekers is to download the official Yacht Week app  (iOS only). Upload a photo and introduce yourself now.

Yacht Week Packing List

Yacht Week Packing List

Overpacking for Yacht Week can be a huge mistake.

Let’s face it, nobody wants to be tripping over giant mounds of clothes and accessories that will ultimately never get worn or used.

As I mentioned above, no matter how big of a yacht you charter, space is still going to be tight no matter how you look at it.

Don’t Miss: The Ultimate Yacht Week Packing List

Do yourself and your crew a big favor and pack a carry-on bag for Yacht Week Croatia.

Customized Lanyards

A must-have for Yacht Week Croatia

Of course, before you start your journey, be sure to find a suitable and convenient accessory to keep your important items. Custom Lanyards Cheap are the best choice! You can wear your lanyards around your neck to tuck your phone in a waterproof bag, hang your keys, etc.

It will make it easier for you to enjoy your fun time. Design shiny and unique custom lanyards as a gift for your partners who will spend a happy time with you will make them feel even closer to each other.

Recommended Luggage for Yacht Week

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

Tortuga Outbreaker Backpack

The Outbreaker (available in 35L or 45L) is my recommended go-to bag for The Yacht Week. 

After a few days of everyone tripping over each others belongings on our yacht, everyone will be wishing they had picked one of these up.

Besides, other than a few bathing suits and a few of the cool things on this Yacht Week packing list, how much do you really need to take with you anyway?

You can read my in-depth review of the Tortuga Outbreaker or you can head on over and pick one up now by clicking on the button below.


Cayman Jack Margaritas

Food & Drink on Yacht Week Croatia

When it comes to food and drink on Yacht Week, you’ve got two options. You can either hire a hostess that will join you for the week and take care of all the cooking, cleaning and food shopping OR decide to do it on your own.

We decided to skip out on hiring a hostess and we survived.

That being said, if I was to do another Yacht Week I would definitely prefer to hire a hostess next time around.

Not only do they know exactly what to buy and how much to buy when it comes to food and drinks, they also cook/prepare meals for you on board while you kick back and enjoy Yacht Week.

Oh, and how many of you want to do dishes and clean the yacht while on vacation?

Because we did Yacht Week on our own without a hostess, I’m going to provide you with a short list of what you should consider picking up before setting sail.

Yacht Week Groceries Checklist

Yacht Week Croatia Shopping Checklist

  • Beverages — Lots of them. You wouldn’t believe how hot it gets when you’re out at sea. In order to stay hydrated, a good rule is to buy 1.5 to 2x more than you think you’ll need.
  • Bread — For sandwiches, of course. Start with two or three loaves of bread and see where that gets you. Worst case you have to pick up another few loaves on one of the islands.
  • Deli meats — Choose food that is easy to prepare. Deli meats do the trick and they’ll last at least a few days in the refrigerator.
  • PB & J — Perfect solution for a nice snack in between meals. Easy to slap together and always delicious.
  • Snacks — Don’t forget to pick up snacks like chips, pretzels and nuts. Almonds are great for keeping you full and healthy for you, too.
  • Pasta — Pasta is not only super easy to cook but it’s also a meal almost everyone eats. Don’t forget to buy twice as much sauce as you think you might need. Sauce goes fast.
  • Fresh fruit & vegetables — Pineapple, berries, apples, oranges and bananas are perfect for the morning and even afternoon snacks. Veggies such as spinach and tomatoes are great for whipping up quick salads. Don’t leave without stocking up on fruit and vegetables.
  • Yogurt — Great breakfast option with a side of fruit or granola.

Cayman Jack on Yacht Week

My partnership with Cayman Jack came in seriously handy for Yacht Week as they were nice enough to send out a small shipment of margaritas for my journey.

I must say, there’s nothing better than sipping on a few bottles of CJ after a long day of fun in the sun on Yacht Week. Yum!


Uber Discount for Split

Did you know Uber serves the city of Split? If not, now you know. What’s even better is that you can get your first ride free (up to 50 HRK or approximately $7.50 USD) when signing up for a new Uber account.

All you have to do to take advantage of this Uber discount is the following:

Already have the Uber app?  CLICK HERE  and follow the simple step-by-step instructions to receive your 50 HRK credit towards your first ride.

Got questions about Yacht Week Croatia? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

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87 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide to Yacht Week Croatia”

This looks insane, how early did you start booking everything

It certainly was! We booked on March 18th for the week of July 25th-August 1st. I would recommend you try to book things as soon as possible.

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My group and I are booking Croatia tomorrow. Do you recommend the food package? We’re all picky eaters and 1/3 of the items we won’t eat. Thanks.

Awesome! Nah, I recommend you do your own shopping especially if you’re picky. That way you can buy exactly what you guys like to eat/drink. Best of luck. You’re going to have the time of your life!

Sick review mate. Did you go for bottle service at the clubs? What was the pricing like?

Thanks Daniel. Yeah we did bottle service at most of the venues. It’s really nice to have a table to call home although it’s not always 100% necessary. If you’re going to get a table/bottle service at any venue throughout the week, make sure you get one at the White Party. Trust me on this.

Ryan! Thank you so much for your super helpful and informative article. Similarly, I am a yacht week newbie and me and some friends are planning to go in August of 2016 – Croatia – we’re all turning 30 :) No one has been and I’m the appointed group organizer- I’m wondering if you might be able to advise on some additional items: 1. How many people did you have on your boat? (We might have to book 2) 2. If we hire a hostess, they take care of the food right? And I assume it’s the food packages listed on the site? I don’t think any of us will want to shop/cook/clean. Should we be buying our own alcohol? 3. How much approx would you say each person spent all in on average? I know that might be tough to answer, but I’ve told ppl to assume at least $3k a pop for boat & flight. 4. For flying out – did you fly out a day after or same day of the final docking? 5. A couple friends of mine who went before said they got super seasick/motion sickness – it was hard to sleep at night and being hungover didn’t help much – did anyone on your boat experience this and do you have advice? 6. This year I see they also have a Croatia Ultra route – do you know anything about that? Would you advise that over black? 7. That’s it for now but I’d really love to pick your brain some more as I go through this process!

No problem at all. Glad to be of assistance to you.

2. The Yacht Week Hostesses will take care of the shopping for you. They won’t BUY the food/drinks, that’s on you. They will shop for you though. If you want to avoid things like shopping/cooking/cleaning, definitely shoot for a hostess.

3. Unfortunately, I don’t know the numbers. I’d say I probably spent somewhere around $2k all in. That being said a couple of my friends on board picked up bottle service in a few of the clubs and they ended up spending a lot more than I did. Also I should mention that I was already in Europe for the summer so my flight to Croatia was cheap.

4. I was in Europe from June to October so I didn’t actually fly in for Yacht Week. I arrived in Split two days before Yacht Week started and spent a night or two on the tail end before flying to my next destination.

5. Nobody on our boat had any issues with sea sickness. I know some people wore these wristband things but I can’t remember what they’re called. They seemed to think that they worked well.

6. We had one of the most experienced skippers on our boat and he said Ultra week + Yacht Week is a waste. Do one or the other. Yacht Week is crazy enough. Combining both Yacht Week and the Ultra Music Festival doesn’t sound like a great time to me. That’s just my two cents.

Feel free to reply to this comment with any other questions! Best of luck.

YES! Great review Ryan and THANK YOU!

I’m a hostess for The Yacht Week — last season I did four weeks in Greece and then four in Croatia! Best job EVER.

A little more detail on us — we’re fun ambassadors — we want you the have the best week of your life so our sole job is to make sure you’re having the absolute best time with the least amount of stress or worrying about the “little things”. We cook, clean, and make sure you know the best of everything on the islands (excursions, things to do/see, best places to eat – you name it!) plus we work with the skippers to book tables and any reservations you might want. I’ll guide you to ferries, Carpe Diem Beach and all the other fun things TYW has planned and some that aren’t (treehouse drinks in Palmy anyone?).

When it comes to food — we’re magic. We know the boats, the grocery stores and we will prepare you delicious breakfasts, lunches and maybe a dinner or two. It will seem like pure heaven to wake up after a crazy night out to a clean boat, hot coffee and a breakfast of pancakes, Egg Benedict, fruit platters, parfaits and whatever else we whip up. We aren’t serving just cereal that’s for sure and we’ll go over the menus (yes, menus) that we have in mind for your input prior to your arrival. We’ll also pick up fresh bread, fruit, etc. during the week. We’re definitely worth it. :)

Hi Shay! Thanks for stopping by and giving everyone some more insight on what it is you hostesses do. This is gold!

Thanks again.

Ryan, thanks so much. This is great!

Shay, you answered exactly the questions I was wondering. I’m planning my first Yacht week in Croatia and I have a couple of people that are Vegan. Do you think the hostess would be able to accommodate for that too? Thanks in advance!

No problem. Glad to help.

I’m sure there would be no issues at all for the hostesses to plan around that. You definitely won’t be the first vegan on Yacht Week. ;-)

Which month did you go there? I’m considering going in June, but am a bit concerned about the weather

We did the July 25th-August 1st route. June will be beautiful. Sunny and HOT!

Hey Ryan! Very informative article for a first-timer like myself :). I’ve been doing a lot of reading on what to expect for the YW but I still have quite a few questions if you don’t mind taking the time to answer them!

1. For starters, what do you do about waste? I’m sure it’s very easy to accumulate a lot very quickly. And as a follow up to that, would you recommend getting jugs of water rather than individual water bottles as to try and reduce the amount of waste?

2. Are things such as pots & pans, plates, cups, and utensils all included in the kitchenette of the yacht? Or must we purchase paper plates and whatnot on our own?

3. God forbid we run out of liquor half-way through, but if so, are there markets or places on the islands we stop at where we could purchase more?

4. I’ve read that water and electricity are only available at the harbors: does this mean that showers/sinks/toilets and such cannot be used while at sea?

5. The Crew Boat Party – it looks fun! Is it worth it?

6. Exactly how strict are they about the ‘no music at the marina in the evenings’? Do people just after party with no tunes at all?

7. How much cash would you recommend having on hand for the entirety of the week? I’ve read that some of the organized YW events don’t take cards which is surprising to me.

8. And last, but not least, how much is an appropriate amount to tip the skipper?

Thanks again for your time!

Hi Michaela,

Thank you for the feedback. I’m glad you found the article to be helpful.

1. We bought giant trash bags and our skipper would store them in a compartment at the back of the boat each night. We would get rid of the trash when we docked up. Jugs of water might be a good idea. We bought big packs of individual waters and they ended up being really convenient. That being said, it’s not the best idea if you’re worried about the environment.

2. I can’t speak for all boats but ours had the basics (pots, pans, etc). We bought plastic silverwear and paper plates.

3. There’s always places to re-up on booze although I would recommend buying a huge supply of it before you depart because it goes fast when you’re out on the water. My advice is to buy more than you think you’ll need.

4. We had water and electricity on our boat. Our boat had a big water tank and we used a generator for electricity. I’m not sure all boats have these types of amenities though. I recommend you shoot a msg to Yacht Week to see what your boat has and what it doesn’t.

5. All of the Yacht Week Croatia parties are a must. They’re all unique and you’re guaranteed to have a blast. It’s one hell of a long week of partying. Prepare yourself.

6. Some people play music on their boats but to be honest you really can’t have it loud because it’s not fair to other (non-yacht weekers who are docked up at the same marina).

7. This is such a hard question to answer. My advice is to have more Euros than you think you’ll need. I will say though that some of my crew were putting bottle service on their credit cards at every party. Individual drinks at the bar? Probably cash only.

8. This is completely subjective and depends on how good you think your skipper was. Every crew has different experiences w/ their skippers. I think somewhere between $50-100/pp is decent.

Be sure to let me know if you have any other questions!

Wow! Amazing review. A big group of us just got 2 yachts for Croatia Week 34. We are coming over from Texas! Random questions for you:

1. Where would you stay the night before you sail out? Hotel? Hostel? 2. My boyfriend and I, along with several other couples, are on this trip…is this a couple friendly trip? I always thought it would be and then people started telling me differently. What do you think about this? We already paid, so we are going no matter what! :) 3. What did you do with your valuables credit card, money, jewelry, etc while you were on off the boat? Is theft an issue?

Thanks again so much for your awesome blog! It is much appreciated!

Hi Kate. Congrats on booking your first Yacht Week!

1. I rented an airbnb apartment in Split for a few days prior to setting sail. The morning of departure I taxied over to the port. Simple and easy. 2. I’m not saying your not going to have fun going as couples. You will. It’s just not built for couples (IMO). Yacht Week Croatia is really for singles. The other yacht weeks (Greece, BVI’s, etc) might be more suited for couples. 3. I left all my valuables in my room locked in my bags. In my case, there was always at least one or two people from our boat on the boat at all times. I didn’t really worry about it too much. Fortunately, nothing got stolen.

Thanks for following along. Hope this helps.

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Hey Ryan! Great review, really insightful read :)

Currently a group of 3 of us are planning to do the Week 29 Ultra Cruise (16th-23rd July). We are unsure how to go about booking with such a low number of people.

Could you make any recommendations? Is it viable to just book 2 cabins on someone else’s Yacht?

Cheers from Australiaaaa :D

Hey Jono. Your best bet would probably be to book the yacht for the 3 of you and then add your yacht to the Yacht Week Crew Finder and then single people that want to join Yacht Week can reach out to you and grab a spot on your boat. The only other way you could do it would be to use the crew finder to find 2 spots on someone else’s yacht.

Ah yes this sounds like a great idea. I was wondering if you have experienced or know anyone who has used Quest.Life? We were thinking of booking a 2 person cabin on one of their catamarans for Ultra Week 29, but we are a bit unsure of their reliability.

Hey Jono. No, I’ve never heard of that company so I can’t vouch for them.

Thanks so much for this Ryan!

Quick question: There are A LOT of Croatia weeks available. Is there a specific time that people generally go the most. I would hate to pick a week where no one is there.

No problem Jasmine! I wouldn’t worry too much about being on YW alone. I believe almost every week sells out completely for the Croatia routes. You could always shoot an email to YW and ask them which weeks are the busiest. I think that the first few weeks and the last couple weeks probably have a few less yachts otherwise it’s madness as depicted in this post.

Fantastic blog post, super helpful!

Glad I could help! Best of luck.

Hey Ryan! Awesome Post.

I would like to ask, do you happen to know which boats have Air Conditioning on them?

Thanks for the feedback. Unfortunately, I do not. I would recommend you reach out to Yacht Week prior to booking to get a list of the boats available that have A/C on board. Enjoy yourself!

Is there somewhere to blow up our floats in Split if we bring our own? I’d rather bring one with me because we found some awesome ones here in the U.S., but they’re also huge so blowing them up on my own is certainly not going to work out very well!! Thanks!

Yeah there’s a float inflating station thingy at the first stop on the first day. You shouldn’t have any issues at all. Plus, most people bring their own electric pumps so worst case scenario you’d be able to borrow one.

Excellent and thoughtful review. I am heading with a crew for Ultra Week 29 this year and I am counting the moments until we are all there to celebrate.

With regard to the White Party in Hvar, is that a weekly event that is thrown or is it on a specific date?

I look forward to reading your reviews in future and I would truly appreciate your feedback.

Hey Michael. The white party is one of the many parties that Yacht Week hosts during the week (in Hvar) and it depends on which route you do (Black Route or the Red Route). I was on the black route so our party was earlier in the week. I believe the Red Route doesn’t do the white party until the end of the week as they travel in the opposite direction.

Best of luck and enjoy yourself!

Hey Ryan, Great post btw! I have a couple of questions that hopefully you can answer.

I’ve heard that water taxis really stick it to you, Is their any way around them?

How much money do you recommend that we budget daily pp, to have a really good time?

Fine dining options on the islands?

Do they sell commercial liquor and beers at the islands?

Must does on the islands that you recommend?

1. There are free water taxis that are reserved for Yacht Weekers and run to/from the islands from where you’re docked but they only run at certain times. If you want to leave early sometimes you need to take a private one which will cost you but when it’s between a group of people it’s pretty minimal.

2. Most of your eating and drinking will be done aboard your yacht. Drinks at sea go faster for whatever reason so make sure you stock up big when you do your first shopping trip. What you spend in the bars/clubs outside of that really depends on how much you drink, what types of drinks and at which bars you’re drinking at. I really can’t help you too much with a daily budget because it’s so different for each and every person. That being said I can’t imagine you spending more than 300 Croatian Kuna per day (approx. $50 USD) between food and drinks (if you eat out at restaurants when on land).

3. There are plenty of fine dining options available. All you need to do is ask your skipper. They know the best and most expensive places on the island if that’s your thing.

4. Yes, the islands rely heavily on Yacht Week tourism so there are plenty of opportunities to pick up liquor, beers, ice and more.

5. I don’t have too many recommendations for the islands because we were either on the boat partying with everyone else or on the islands at night at the nightly parties. The down time you do have is for eating, relaxing and maybe even getting an hour or two of sleep.

Hope this helps!

I decided to get on board (ha) and join TYW. From the US we will be heading over to Greece for 4/5 days and then to Split a day or 2 before departure on the 30th. After reading about your experiences, I think you are the most qualified person I know to ask. My questions to you are regarding the Plitvice Lakes & Barcelona. I really want to visit the Lakes and possibly the Sea Organ before taking a plane from Zagreb to BCN. (would that be the best airport to do that or go back to SPU?)

1. Once the TYW concludes should I stay a night in SPU and make my way to the sites the following morning? Bus? Tour? Taxi? And after the site visits, do I stay in a place nearby? I just need an idea of when to purchase my ZAG>BCN flight. 2. If (when) my site visits happen, I’ll only have about 3 nights in BCN before I have to get to LAX by August 14th. In your opinion, should I skip BCN and save it for another time when I have more time or is that time to get a good taste? 3. When traveling to the locations mentioned above, can I purchase last minute or is that a huge mistake/waste of money? I’m just not certain of my plans.

4. Can I even do this after TYW. Now I’m a little concerned about my energy. “life is short?”

Back to TYW

5. I feel like I may die during TYW. We don’t have AC or a generator…or a hostess! Any advice? How do we survive? Is it really just the basics; fruits, veggies, meats, carbs, and water? 6. Planning on exchanging money here in the states….do I get Kuna or Euros? 7. Are there many skippers who get requests to visit the Blue & Green Caves and Lagoons? I feel like this is a must! right?

I’m nervous and excited for this experience, just need some things cleared up to put my mind at ease. Congrats on all of your travels and wish you even more excitement. #canicomewith

Hey Michelle,

Glad to hear you are joining the Yacht Week. You’re going to have a great time!

I highly recommend you visit Plitvice, it’s incredible. It’s slightly closer to Zagreb (2 hrs 3 mins) versus 2hrs 31 mins from Split. Don’t forget there’s also Krka National Park which is only 1 hr from Split. What makes it more of a popular day trip from Split is they actually allow you to swim there unlike Plitvice.

1. You’ll arrive back in Split for your final night (final Yacht Week party) so if it’s going to be a long night I would recommend you grab an Airbnb for the following day to rest up.

2. You can do a lot in BCN in 3 nights. Just be prepared to use the public transport here because the sights are pretty spread out. I would recommend Park Guell, Montjuic, La Sagrada Familia, Barceloneta Beach.

3. I would recommend purchasing flights at least a little ahead of time. The days of finding cheap last minute tickets are long gone. That said, you can find lots of great deals using some of the European budget airlines.

4. Yes, of course. You might be tired after a week of partying though.

5. Yeah, not having AC on the Yacht Week is a big deal. At least for me. The majority of people on YW complained about not being able to sleep due to the heat on the boats at night. You won’t die but you certainly won’t be comfortable. As for the hostess, it’s not a game changer. She would just make things a little easier when it comes to the purchasing/cooking/cleaning. Fruits, veggies, sandwiches (PB&J), water.

6. Croatia uses Kuna so I would recommend you just grab Kuna out of the ATM in Split prior to departure.

7. Sure. You can ask your skipper to visit the caves. It really just comes down to how many people on your boat want to visit them.

Well, I hope I’ve been able to answer all of your questions and make you feel a little more at ease. As always, be sure to leave a comment if you have more questions.

Amazing! Thank you for taking the time. I’ve decided that after TYW I’m going to stay 2 nights in Zadar in order to take my time resting and visiting the Sea Organ, Plitvice, and Krka. I’ve booked all my travel and will have 5 nights in BCN and excited to check out the places you’ve advised. I’m feeling great about everything, but the yacht AC. Hmmm.

Again, thanks!!

No problem at all. I’m always here to help. Your plans sound great! 5 nights in BCN will be plenty to see most of what it has to offer. Enjoy and best of luck!

Hi there, I’m looking into doing a Croatia sail week next year the week before Ultra. Im just doing my research on the different options, The yacht week, sail H.R or sail Croatia. I’ve heard many good things about TYW and Sail HR. the only thing is I might only be doing my sail with one friend as I’m sure I’ll make new friends during the time anyway. which would you recommend would be best for me? this post was very informative, a good read!

Hi Erica. Unfortunately, I have zero personal experience with either Yacht Week alternative. I think your best bet would be to scour the web looking for reviews on both of those alternatives and see which one suits you best. Another way you could potentially find out more about these is to search Instagram for their hashtags and reach out to people through Direct Message on IG asking them what they thought about the trip. Hope this helps!

Great piece, very informative,

1) I’ve heard a couple people say catamarans are a lot better than the yachts have you heard that at all?

2) is there plenty of space to keep the beers cold (serious question)

3) and just to get an idea how much did you pay for the yacht per person

Thanks Adam.

1. The Yacht Week catamarans are really cool and have a completely different layout than the actual yachts. Regardless, be sure to get one with air conditioning if you plan on sleeping.

2. Our yacht had a pretty big fridge/freezer combo that stored a lot of beers, bottles of liquor, food, etc. I think it really depends on the yacht you choose as each one is different from the next. You could always reach out to the Yacht Week and inquire about the boat you’re thinking of booking.

3. We had 11 people on our yacht (not including our skipper). Total cost for the yacht: $12,934 USD — approximately $1,175 USD per person. That being said, we didn’t want to make the girls pay as much as us so we all threw in more cash to compensate for the difference.

Hope you find this helpful. Feel free to reply with anymore questions you might have. If not, best of luck!

Thanks, one more I’ve been reading about bottle service I saw you mention it in an earlier question, what prices do they charge for it do you know?

Hey Adam. Bottle service prices vary between clubs. It’s nothing to do with the Yacht Week at all. Basically your skipper will line up bottle service for you if you need/want it.

hey which yacht company did you use that utilised airconditioning!? thanks! :))

We reserved our yacht directly through the Yacht Week website.

What was the average age of the people? We are 33-36 years old. Are we too old?

Hi Cristina. I was 31 last year during Yacht Week and I didn’t really feel too out of place. Sure, there are younger people but I’m not sure I ever felt uncomfortable. I would say that 36 might be pushing it a little but who am I to say how old you should be to party? LOL. Go for it and enjoy! ;-)

Hey Ryan, excellent piece of work! I wanted to ask you few things because i’m planning to go with some friends of mine from Argentina. If you can answer, that will be appreciated. 1. I read that a Hostess is really helpfull. But, the captain that is not included, is 100% neccesary? 2. How much is the bottle service approximately? 3. How much did you spend, between food, drinks, extras and yatch during the entire week? 4. It’s recommended to make a reservation just for me and my friend, and then the company join us with another group?

Thank you. Appreciate the comment.

1. I think the hostess can be a great thing if there’s a group of guys who could really careless about shopping/cleaning up after themselves. The hostesses know their stuff and they know what to buy at the supermarkets, what the easiest and most affordable options are when it comes to eating at sea and you can rest assured that your boat will be clean at the end of the week. This is completely up to the group. I suggest you round up your friends and have a conversation about this prior to booking.

2. Bottle service prices ranged from club to club. The bottles we were getting were giant (6L or something crazy) and from what I can remember were $1,500+. I honestly don’t remember the prices.

3.Food/Drinks/Extras: I would say somewhere between $500-700? We drank a lot on the boat so we weren’t buying much out at the clubs. Yes, there was bottle service but that was only at some of the special events.

4. Well, if you charter a yacht for yourselves, you’re going to have to hope that you’ll find others to join. I think if it’s only the two of you, you would be better off finding another yacht that’s looking to add 2 to their crew.

Just wondering how we choose the black route over the red route? Is there an option in the booking process that allows us to choose?

Thanks for your blog post, seriously helpful!

Hey Mel. Yes, there is an option and you’ll find it during the booking process. Glad to hear that you found this helpful!

Hey Ryan, This was a super helpful article! I’m looking to join a boat via the crew finder and see an option in Croatia (with no air conditioning) and another option (with air conditioning) in Greece. Any other information that you know that might help me decide which destination? Thanks!

Well from what I hear… the difference between Yacht Week Croatia and Yacht Week Greece is that Croatia is more of a party and there’s always 1.5-2x the amount of yachts on the route than Greece. I think Greece is a party but a little more chilled and definitely less people. That’s unfortunate about the boat with no air conditioning on YW Croatia. What a bummer. I mean plenty of people do it without AC. Just depends on how comfortable you think you’ll be without it. It’s a tough call. On another note — generally speaking (not talking Yacht Week) I can’t get enough of Greece. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world.

Great article. Quick question: what is the average temperature of the ocean in those parts at the beginning of June? I live in a Miami and from what I’ve seen it’s not that warm that week of yacht week.

Hi Millie. I don’t know the average temps of the sea but what I can tell you is that it will be refreshing after being in the scorching sun all day. No worries about the water. It will surely be more cool than the coast of Miami but not freezing by any means.

Hi ! Incredible article…..theres 8 of us going 29 July – 5th August

Regarding the bottle service, how much pp would you say it was ? (probably hard to answer as different clubs vary). I can imagine the tables get reserved quickly….how would you suggest going about getting them sorted ?

Hi Jas. Excellent! You’re going to have a great time for sure. Honestly, I can’t answer the pp prices as it varied from club to club and also there are a variety of brands and sizes of bottles. I just don’t know, unfortunately. As for the tables, you can ask your skipper or your hostess to line those up. Do it, it’s worth it.

This is an amazing article. Thank you so much. I am buying everything on the packing list. I’m going to yacht week Croatia in July. I’m scared I will overpack!!

Thanks Christianne! No worries about overpacking, just be sensible. You’ll be in a bathing suit for the majority of the trip. ;-)

This is a really helpful article! How much is normal for tipping the skipper and hostess? Thanks so much! :)

Hey Amy. I don’t know if there’s a “going rate”. I would advise you reach out to TYW to find out if they recommend a certain percentage.

Incredible article, thanks so much for taking the time to write it. Me and 3 other friends are planning to do the Croatia route next summer. Few questions for you

1. How far in advance do bookings usually become available? 2. How does it work in regards to booking your own yacht then posting for other people to join?

Hi Kam. Thanks for the feedback.

1. I’m not sure exactly how early they announce the dates. I would reach out to the Yacht Week to check on that. 2. You can book your own yacht and then add your yacht to the Crew Finder using this link:

Hey ! Thanks for all the helpful tips ! I was wondering how/where can we send floaties? Is there a place where we can get them pumped ??

No problem Mily! I would recommend you bring your own mini portable pump like the one found here:

Hey Ryan! Awesome info!!

My friends and I are thinking of doing this next summer, but have one concern. Are there actual opportunities to see Croatia and the culture on the island throughout the week or do you pretty much stay docked out in the open water unless there are the parties at night?

Hey Rachel — I highly recommend it! ;-) Unfortunately, there won’t be much time to explore much as it’s really about the party. It’s pretty much a non-stop week of partying day and night. There are very few windows of opportunity to actually sightsee and do things on the islands. If you’re looking to actually see and explore Croatia it would need to be either prior to Yacht Week or afterwards. Best of luck!

If you’re looking for a great resource on packing for Yacht Week be sure to check out:

Hello, could you help me on one thing? When usually happens the white party? Which day of the seven day trip?

Hi Marcela. The White party was on day 3 for our crew. I think it depends on which route you’re on.

Hi there Ryan!

Your review has probably been the most helpful of them all so far! I have a couple questions I hope you don’t mind answering them?

1. How many days prior to leaving would you suggest staying in Split for? If we decide to do this trip we obviously will be arriving to Split prior to the day the yachts leave, so how many days would be enough to explore Split?

2. We are a group of girls- around 20-23 year olds… Were there much people of that age group going on the yachts or will we probably be one of the younger ones?

3. How does it work booking a boat with air conditioning? Is it randomly assigned or do you select it? Because I see that you had gotten a boat with air conditioning, and I would assume that those are the boats to sell out first, however you had booked yours not too long before leaving!

4. How exactly does paying for yachts work? I could be completely wrong here- Because I figured that it was a specific amount per person, but is it actually purchasing the yacht as a whole? So for example, if I were to get a group of 4-6 girls would we just throw in a chunk of money to pay for the yacht or is it a certain amount per person to pay?

5. Kind of following question 4, if we were to be a group of 4-6 girls, and they say on the website that there needs to be an even ratio would we have to go onto the crew finder to get the other half of our yacht booked? (Keeping in mind we would have a hostess and a skipper additional making that more of like 6-8)

6. Was there a day where you needed costumes for your whole crew? I read something about that somewhere online….

7. Lastly, I saw you said the catamarans were pretty cool but whats the difference between the catamarans and yachts? Sorry if thats a silly question lol

Sorry I have so many questions!! Many thanks in advance! :)

Hey! Is there a week out of the summer that is supposed to be the craziest?

Thank so much for all the info so far!

Hey Lucy — I think most weeks are the same. Everyone is there for the same reasons. ;-)

Hi Ryan, awesome article and photos! Guys, rent a boat for Croatia island hopping and enjoy perfect sailing vacation. You can get best sailing experience at lowest cost in the market on our site.

Thanks my friend.

This is an awesome post! I have a question about the people you wind up being with on your yacht – 1). are you obligated to always be with your specific crew at the parties? 2). Do people ever hop around from boat to boat, or branch off away from their crew and do their own thing? I’m traveling solo and already committed to a boat and crew but was just wondering if people sort of wander off on their own and make friends on different boats. 3). Is it more common than not that people wind up spending the night on a different boat? Thanks so much for your help x

1. No, of course not. You can hang with whoever you’d like. Some people end up sleeping on other people’s boats the entire week. You have zero obligations to your crew.

2. Yes. All the time.

3. Yes. Sometimes you hardly see your crewmates. I believe you do need to be back on your boat in the morning to check in because your boat cannot leave until you’re back onboard. AKA they want to be sure that you’re still alive. LOL

Best of luck, Celine!

Awesome post, thanks for all the info!

As for sleeping arrangements; each cabin has one bed for two people to share?

Thanks for the feedback. Honestly, it depends on the yacht you choose. Our yacht had two beds in the front, two in the back. There were also two single bunk beds. Normally each of the big beds located at the front/back of the yacht sleep 2 people comfortably but for one reason or another one bed would always end up being host to a slumber party with 6 bodies or so. ;-)

Hi Ryan! Thank you for the informative article. My gf and I are turning 30 this summer, her bday is in july and mine is in Aug. Trouble is we can figure out which week to go. I know you replied to a comment in 2016 about either the first weeks or the last few weeks. Any new changes since 2016?

Hi Megan. I think it remains the same. The first and last few weeks are generally the best. Wishing you two a happy birthday and a great trip!

Hi, I saw a video that you have a couple Yacht week special. I was wondering where can I find it on your site ? We are 4 couples who want to book a Yacht and party :)

Thank you !

Hi Ryan! Hope you can read this, do you know what’s the typical yacht if you don’t peak it yourself, I mean the entry level ones. Thanks!

Unfortunately, I do not. I would recommend you reach out to the staff at Yacht Week. I’m sure they’ll be able to help you with that.

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The Beginners Guide to Yacht Week Croatia

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The Yacht Week, wow! The trip, well experience, of a lifetime! Unlike most adventures, The Yacht Week is not a single event that only happens once a year. Instead, it’s a week long epic boat party that is stretched out throughout several months in your choice of either Croatia, Greece, Montenegro or BVI Caribbean. It’s up to you to decide which week you’d like to go and in which country. Being that Croatia is the ORIGINAL route, I felt that it was only right to start what could be a series of adventures  where it all started.

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Pick A Route

The Yacht Week Croatia is here to make life harder on you by giving you not one, not two, but THREE different routes to choose from. Due to an increasingly large interest in sailing (and partying on) the Adriatic sea, one route is not enough. They now offer the black, the red and the Ultra route.

The black and red routes are identical, except they operate in different directions. The black route is not only the best route (based off of public opinion), but it’s the original route. There are typically 30-50 boats sailing this route, which currently makes it the most popular out of the three. My group decided to go on this route, and we did not regret it AT ALL.

The red route is the newest Croatian Route that sails from Dubrovnik to Trogir. Since it’s still new, it typically has about 20-25 boats sailing this route, making it the least popular amongst the three.

Croatia Ultra is the wildest route out of the three. If you’ve ever been to the world famous Ultra Music Festival and want to relive all the madness while sailing the seas in between sets, then this is the route for you. This wild route is similar in popularity as the black route and typically has about 30-50 boats sailing.

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Cabin Vs. Yacht

Each yacht accommodates approximately between 6 to 12 people. The main difference between choosing a cabin or a yacht is whether or not you’re planning on filling the cabins on the yacht with your own crew or if you’d like TYW’s talent to place you (and your cabin crew mate) on a boat with strangers, who will end up becoming family. Each yacht has 3-5 cabins depending on the size, and if you decide to go with the entire yacht package, then it will be your responsibility to find crew members to fill those cabins.

One thing to note is that TYW prefers to keep an equal gender ratio on each yacht, so if it’s uneven then there may be an additional penalty charge.

My crew consisted of 4 mermaids, so we decided to go with the cabin option. We purchased 2 cabins on a standard yacht, which ended up being one of the smaller yachts, but we were okay with that. We were crewed up with 4 mermen from Australia and the funnest (not biased, I promise) skipper from South Africa.

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To Hostess Or Not To Hostess

Having a hostess throughout the week is optional, and to be honest – a tough decision. It really all depends on whether or not you plan on eating full meals throughout the week.

What does a hostess do? A hostess is pretty much a live-in culinary genius. They will shop for you and prepare ALL breakfasts, lunches and TWO dinners throughout the week.

Considering the fact that we were living in our bathing suits for a week, our group opted out of paying the extra money for a host. We knew that we would want to have a light breakfast and lunch and then go out and have dinner in town every day. When we first arrived, we had to wait a few hours before being let on board, so our group got together and went grocery shopping as a whole. We bought daily lunch supplies, including hamburger patties, pasta, taco meat, etc., and split that cost amongst each other evenly. It turned out to be around $35 per person for 8 people. Not bad at all. We then each separately bought our own personal stash of snacks and alcohol, which also was not too expensive.

One thing we had to consider was to make sure our skipper was fed every meal throughout the entire week. Yes, that is YOUR responsibility. So although we split the cost evenly between 8 people, we made sure we had enough food to feed a group of 9 people for each meal. We also took turns making breakfast for our skipper every day, which mainly consisted of scrambled eggs – so that wasn’t too hard.

Overall, I’m glad we didn’t splurge on a hostess. Although, if you’re the type to rather be pampered, then spending a little extra money for one isn’t a bad idea.

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Not exaggerating, but how you pack for the week will make you or break you.. or your toes. The cabins on each yacht are TINY and are a shared space between two people, so it’s important to pack smart and light. First rule of thumb when packing – NO HARD SUITCASES. Your luggage needs to stay in your assigned cabin, so be smart with the size and material used. The best type of luggage to use is a duffel bag that can easily be folded and placed under your mattress. I had a couple of tight layover flights before and after TYW that I didn’t want to risk missing any due to having to check in a bag, so I opted for this spacious Olympia 8-pocket carry-on duffel from Amazon.

Second rule of thumb – BE ORGANIZED and understand that a box of Ziploc Freezer bags is your best friend and will possibly be your savior.

Confused? Don’t worry – I’ll explain.

Day 8 , TYW smartphone app, releases a daily itinerary of where you’ll be on each day and what type of events are lined up for that day. So based off of that you can pretty much figure out which outfits you’ll need for each day. There’s no need to over pack because it’s likely that you’ll be in your bathing suits all day, every day and sometimes even throughout the night.

Ziploc bags are going to make your getting ready process a lot easier. They are like packing cubes except better because you can suction the air out of them to make more room in your duffel. Each one of my freezer bags was labeled in permanent marker by day and held 3 outfits: a bathing suit, a daytime outfit for possible land expeditions and a night-time party outfit. I separated my toiletries by putting my face, body and shower materials into smaller freezer bags. I ended up packing the toiletries bags in my duffel pockets to keep them separate from my clothes. Once I got to my cabin, I was able to unpack my duffel and place each Ziploc bag in order by day on our shelf, which made it easier for me to get dressed every day.

Side note: You most likely will not be able to use any hair dryers or irons on board, so I’d recommend saving room in your luggage by not packing any. Instead, bring hair creams and other hair essentials that’ll keep the daily natural look looking fresh to death.

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Budgeting in real life is hard, but budgeting for TYW is even harder. To be honest, it’s hard to figure out exactly how much money you’ll need throughout the week, but if you play it smart then you won’t need much.

Aside from spending money for the week, you’ll need Yacht deposit money and Kitty Pool money – both are due in cash upon arrival.

Yacht Deposit – This amount differs depending on the size of your yacht. If you rented a Catamaran yacht for the week, it could be thousands of dollars per person. Our yacht was the standard basic option, so our deposit was only €375 per person. Since TYW is originally a European company, the deposit had to be paid in EURO’s and it was given to our skipper on the first day. Keep in mind that if you don’t break anything on the yacht, you’ll get your deposit back at the end of the trip.

The currency used for everything else is Croatian Kuna (HRK). Since my national currency is USD, I was required to exchange my cash into Euro and then from Euro to Kuna. To avoid additional exchange rate fees, try to go to your local bank before your trip and exchange your currency directly into Kuna’s.

Kitty Fund – This fund covers most additional costs for the week, which include fuel, water, docking fees, and some water taxis. We gave our skipper a total of 1220 HRK (roughly about 184 USD) each and he paid these fees for us. If there is any money left over at the end of the week, then the skipper will distribute the money evenly between all crew members. We used a lot of water, (showers, washing dishes, etc) so we didn’t have any money from the kitty fund left over.

Since both the deposit and kitty fund differ depending on route and boat size, you can expect an email from TYW a week or two before your trip with exact details on how much both expected totals are. My group received our email 10 days before our trip, so don’t expect too much of a heads up.

Grocery Shopping – Each yacht is only stocked up with a few essentials. With possibly 9 other roommates, it’s easy to run out of daily necessities. So other than food and snacks for the week, make sure to add toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, garbage bags, dish washing soap, a sponge and plenty of water bottle cases to the group shopping list for your arrival day.

Other than the deposit, kitty fund and some cash for your grocery shopping – you’ll need some spending money. Since we went grocery shopping on day 1 for breakfast and lunch supplies, we did not have to spend that much money on food. Grocery stores also sell alcohol for pretty cheap, so we each stocked up on a couple bottles of the drink of our choice and some mixers. So not only did we have enough alcohol to day party every day, but we were able to pregame before every outing. We went out for dinner almost every night, but it did not break the bank. Depending on how much you plan on eating out or drinking, I’d say about $75-$100 a day budget is pretty reasonable. Just don’t forget to include your skipper and your hostess if you have one in your budget plans since you are responsible for paying for their meals.

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What To Bring Vs. What To Buy There

The marinas you’ll dock at throughout the week will have small bodega-like grocery stores that have almost everything you’ll need, so save room in your luggage and don’t pack too much.

What to bring with you:

  • Plastic flip flops or sandals that you can wear on the boat or in the shower.
  • Reusable insulated stainless steel tumbler. Not only does this keep your drink cold in the summer heat, but it keeps plastic out of the sea.
  • Skincare products. Don’t expect to find your daily high-end facial moisturizer on the shelves, so if your skincare regime includes specifics – bring them.
  • Electronics. You’re going to be in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, so if you plan on blasting music while still having a full phone battery life bring a car charger, a battery pack , and an auxiliary cord.
  • Handheld battery operated fan to cool off throughout the day.
  • FLAGS! Not only will they be used to rep your country, but they can also help you identify which boat is yours during that late night walk home when all the boats start to look the same.

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What to buy there:

  • Sunscreen and suntan lotion.
  • Float. You can either buy these at the local bodega or even possibly get free recycled floats from the crews leaving the week before. Just make sure you get it on Day 1 during your first market run because you’ll be floating around almost every day.
  • Shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  • Bug repellent.
  • A Captain’s hat for obvious reasons.
  • Beach towel – The markets have plenty of towels and your skipper and/or host will give you one large and one medium sized bath towel for showers.
  • A pump. Believe me when I say that blowing up multiple floats is hard work. I almost fainted a few times before finding out that each boat has an emergency pump under one of the seats. Look for it and use it before manually pumping. You’ll thank me for this.

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Planning Ahead For Emergencies

If you ask any skipper at TYW, they will tell you that at least one person breaks their toe during each week because heavy objects in a tight space while on wavy water and being drunk do not mix that well. So, in other words hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

A few things to keep your emergency worries at ease:

Travel Insurance. Just buy it. Travel insurance covers unexpected medical expenses, trip cancellations, lost luggage and some other losses incurred during the trip. On either the fourth or fifth night of our trip, two of my crew members decided to drunkenly jump over steel bollard on their way back to our yacht after a night out. It ended with one of the guys being rushed to the hospital by our skipper to get stitches. Another girl randomly slipped on her yacht and sprained her ankle. You just never know.

Tweezers. Unless you’re a bushy-browed babe like me, you don’t really think of packing tweezers for emergencies. Croatia is full of tiny spiny sea urchins and it’s very easy to get stung by them. In fact, I accidentally stepped on one while hanging out at the local beach and ended up having 10, yes that’s right – 10 , splinter-like spikes in my foot. Although it ruined my day, having tweezers nearby helped me pick each spike out one by one.

Nausea and sleeping aids. You’re going to be living on a rocking boat for a week, so expect a little nausea. I don’t typically get sea sick, but I woke up on the second day, took a bite out of a banana and immediately got sick. Needless to say, I didn’t eat anymore bananas that trip. Dramamine is a great motion sickness prevention medicine that can be bought over-the-counter. It also comes in non-drowsy so it shouldn’t stop you from having all that daytime fun. I’d recommend stocking up in both non-drowsy and regular Dramamine, or something similar, because the motion of the boat was the worst at night. The high winds would make our boat dramatically rock side to side when it was docked. It was so bad that I woke up every day with a new unexplained bruise, which probably came from unknowingly bumping into my cabin mate throughout the night.

Emergency first-aid kit. This is a no-brainer, so it doesn’t even really need an explanation. Every yacht should have a first aid kit on deck, but it never hurts to have extra band aids handy. You, or one of your crew members, will probably get cut at some point of the trip, so I’d recommend bringing a travel-sized first-aid kit with you for those small emergencies.

Emergen-C. There’s no doubt in my mind that you’re going to get sick, whether you end up swapping spit with someone else or not. Almost everyone went home without a voice or with some sort of bronchitis. Apparently, the hacking cough that you most likely will end the trip with is a well-known cold amongst yacht weekers called the skippers cough . That’s what happens when you have a mix of boys, girls, alcohol and lots of bad decisions in a confined area for a week. Pack some Emergen-C and drink it on the daily.

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Don’t Forget To Tip 

I cannot stress this enough, treat treat TREAT your skipper and hostess well and make sure you tip both of them at the end of the trip.

You’d be surprised with how many people “forget” to tip their skippers and hosts. Hosts wake up early to cook for your crew EVERY. DAY., and skippers literally have the navigation of your week in their hands.

Tipping Etiquette:

Pay them in either USD or Euro’s. Most skippers and hosts don’t live in Croatia, so they don’t typically like being paid in Croatian Kuna’s.

Pay them separately. If you have both a skipper and a host, don’t give one lump sum. Hand both of them their tip separately.

Depending on how well they did, tip about $80-$100 each. So in total, that’s $160-$200 per person for tip. Unless your crew went crazy and broke a bunch of stuff on the yacht, you should get your deposit back at the end of the trip. Since that was originally paid in Euro’s, we each ended up taking 100 euros from that and handing it to our skipper before heading to the airport.

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Let Loose And Have Fun

Leave your worries at home and just have fun. TYW is not the time to think about work and it’s definitely not the time to think about morals. (hehe, jk mom)

You’ll most likely see a lot of random hookups, nudity and most definitely some crude behavior. So leave your judgemental behavior at home, relax and float your way into the happy yacht week abyss.

But most importantly – JUST HAVE FUN!

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Get Ready To Regatta

By Yacht Week

Posted on 5th May 2023

There's one thing which makes The Yacht Week...The Yacht Week and that is all the infamous regatta! Get ready to set sail, race your way through the Mediterranean Coast, bring your A game and rock your best fits to compete for the winning title. Maybe you have your outfit planned from A-Z or maybe you're a rookie in need of some outfit inspo. Don't worry future sailor, we've got all the deets to help you prepare for the best race of the week. See you on the flip side!

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Regatta Croatia

Get ready for the ultimate showdown on Day 3 of The Yacht Week - the Regatta. As we hit the open waters, bring your outfits, moves and get ready to compete for the winning title. The race will determine who will reign supreme on the seas, and the victors will be announced at Fort George during the final evening festivities. This is your chance to unleash your inner sailor, soak up the sun, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Regatta Greece

Just like in Croatia, we'll navigate the waters in true Regatta style! When we dock in Dokos, it's time to strut your stuff on the Rockside Runway and battle it out for the coveted title of best-dressed party animal.

If you're still stuck on what to wear, we've curated a few of our faves from over the years. Take a look here to get inspired, get prepared and most of all get excited- we'll see you on Regatta day!

Please be advised that the regatta is subject to weather conditions, and may be postponed if the sailing conditions are deemed unsafe.

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  • Apr 20, 2019
  • 12 min read

The Beginning - Yacht Week Croatia Original Route

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

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This was the trip that started it all for us, so we remember it fondly. In fact, we even went with my ex-boyfriend, Chrissy’s soon-to-be ex, and a girl none of us speak to anymore and we STILL had the time of our lives. There’s truly nothing like TYW experience (except maybe something like BucketLust or the other companies who have copied them).

You find this same breakdown in all of our Yacht Week posts:

1. Choosing your boat

2. Choosing your crew

4. The first day

5. The parties

6. The sightseeing

7. The Food

8. TYW Clichés

9. The costs you may not already know about

So here goes…

1. Choosing your boat – this was our first time around and we were more cautious with our money when we were 23, so we went with a cheaper monohaul (AKA a sailboat). It didn’t have air conditioning and was about 750 euro per person (there were 8 of us). That price also doesn’t include the skipper fee which is another 800 euro split between you all. The boat had one huge master bedroom, a bunk room, and two rooms at the back with double beds.

Stereo system works great if you have a car jack to plug your phone into.

It had pretty good space on deck to hang out and lay in the sun

The rooms with the double beds have good amount of storage and closet space

There’s a mini fridge for fresh food and a giant cooler for beers and things

There was a storage space under the floor in the master where we stored more beer

It had no skipper cabin so Marcus slept on our couch every night.

It had no air conditioning, which was a HUGE mistake as it was about 95 degrees or hotter every single day and this is a boat so you don’t exactly have a ton of windows.

It only had two bathrooms so there was a lot of sharing happening.

It had a bunk room, two double bed rooms, and a MASSIVE suite room. This meant that one couple got a huge room the entire week and two people had to cram into a TINY bunk space. Would not recommend this at all.

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We were actually able to fill our entire boat the first year with our friends. When you’re talking to people about going on a trip like this, make sure that they understand that it won’t be the cheapest trip of their lives and they going to have to embrace living in cramped quarters for a full week. I highly recommend picking super laid-back people that you’ve traveled with before. That being said, you never know what will happen on yacht week. Friendships can soar or completely crash and burn.

3. Packing (this is the same list across YW posts)

First and most importantly, you really have no room for hard suitcases/normal rolling bags so avoid those – go for duffles that you can flatten. Another option, especially if you’re spending a lot of time traveling before or after YW is to pack a large suitcase, bring a duffle, and then check your large suitcase with whatever you don’t need in a locker at the marina. TYW can usually tell you whether or not your marina has storage.

Here’s a packing list that we got from Marcus (our skipper in Croatia) and our thoughts on each thing (in italics):

Dramamine (non drowsy) – absolute must

Sleeping mask + ear plugs – not a bad idea depending on how easily you sleep

Floaties – another must (check Nordstrom, amazon, target, kohls, etc.)

Costumes for the regatta on the last day – come up with a theme. Bae-watch is way overdone

Sunscreen -- duh

Flags – it will help you identify the boat – bring a bunch. And bring big ones – we underestimated how small ours would look

Sharpie Marker – to help mark your belongings – never needed this

Aux cable – for music to play through the boat speakers

12 Volt USB car charger – while not in the marina, this is your only source of power - to connect your phone to the car (would recommend getting one with a few usb slots so you can charge multiple phones at one)

External Rechargeable USB Battery Charger – yes. Keep in mind if you get a big one, you might blow a fuse. There’s plugs in every room so probably just get a few small ones

Deck of cards – just in case it rains or for drinking games

Boat shoes, sneakers and flip flops – girls please leave the heels at home! – agreed. Don’t bother with heels

Sweatshirt – it may get windy at night -- yep

Beach towel – yep although if you don’t have room for it, just buy a cheap one when you get there and throw it away before you leave

Bluetooth speakers – yep – sometimes annoying to have to change your song when the phone’s plugged in downstairs

Go Pro/waterproof camera/disposable waterproof camera – try your best to capture the most amazing week!! -- yep

Glowsticks, body paint, glitter -- yep

Battery powered Christmas lights for the boat – DEFINITELY. There is no light on the boat and you’ll come back on a taxi boat and have no clue which one is yours. The more unique the lights, the better. Zip ties to attach them to things also helps.

Bug Spray! -- ehhhhh

Sunglasses – bring a couple of pairs as you may break or lose a pair during the week – true, and you lose them because they go overboard so don’t bring expensive ones out during the day while sailing

White outfit for the white party – they call it something else now, Riviera chic or something stupid, but it’ll always be white party to us

Here’s what we brought that he missed:

Waterproof phone case

A hat to block out the sun some days

One of the other things that we did was pack a box full of Costco stuff as a checked bag. Two of our friends were flying directly there from SF and they filled a box with liquor, paper plates, solo cups, peanut butter, plastic silverware, paper towels, and sunscreen from Costco because it was SO much cheaper to do it that way. Then at the end of the week they just tossed whatever was left and had no checked bag on the rest of their flights on low-cost airlines.

4. The First Day

Unfortunately, I can’t really comment on this because we got stuck in an airport in Frankfurt due to bad weather and missed the first day.

That being said, Lainie did actually make it and similar to our first day in Greece, they ask you to be there super early and you end up just sitting around on your boat. Usually people just get super drunk and/or go grocery shopping. If you don’t have a hostess, I highly recommend you make a list of things you need to buy in advance so that the people who go to the store know what to get for everyone else. I’m not sure what the situation is with groceries in Split but you can definitely walk to get more in Trogir on Day 2 if you need to.

The Day 8 app will have more details for you on where to be and when on your first day. It’ll also outline any security deposit you’ll need to put down on your boat. Some boat rental companies give you an option between full coverage in cash ($$$) and a smaller deposit on a card ($). The first option covers literally anything you could do and the second is just a small amount. Both of my skippers in the past have recommended the more expensive option just in case. They also took photos of the boat so that we had proof when we got back at the end of the week that any possible damage wasn’t caused by us.

One major piece of advice : Plan for the worst. You don’t want to miss the first day of TYW, so if you’re coming in from somewhere else in Europe I’d recommend being in Split the night before.

First piece of advice – go for the table/bottle service everywhere. You’ll get an email about signing up for tables before TYW starts, and have someone ready to refresh constantly that day. The tables go QUICKLY. They’re nothing close to the cost of a Vegas table and they’re completely worth it. We only did it once in Croatia and I regret not doing it more because a lot of the party venues don’t have places to put stuff or sit down, so without a table you’re just standing in the middle of the dance floor the entire time.

Croatia Route Parties:

The first party – this is at a smaller spot in Split. Again, I missed the first night but I heard its ok. That’s usually the case for the opening party.

Hula Hula – this one’s a blast. You’ll probably get sprayed with too much champagne and fall in the sand, but it’s a sick spot right on the coast in town. It’s also open to all of the tourists on the island, so don’t be surprised to see people that aren’t with Yacht Week.

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Kiva Bar – this is an alley bar that I actually hated. It’s super crowded, yacht week completely takes over the alley and the two bars on either side, it’s hot, you can’t get a drink. We left early.

White Party – our week they ended up having White Party out on Carpe Diem Island. Apparently it’s normally on the main island, so I can’t comment too much on this. Usually there’s another party that night at Carpe Diem which would be a new setting for most people. I’d definitely recommend going to White Party (now called Riviera chic) and going to Carpe Diem. There’s nothing quite like partying on a private island. The bottle service tables there are totally worth it.

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The final night –It’s a cool club that’s in downtown Split I think called Eleven. Some people skip this party, but they’re crazy. There’s fireworks and a great dance floor. Totally worth going to close out the week.

6 . The sightseeing

The Croatia route was very different in this aspect from Greece. It felt a lot less culture-focused. The islands you visit are actually pretty busy and the Croatian cost has become a hot destination for rich Europeans. Hvar even has huge resorts on it and an entire city that reminded me of Positano or Amalfi.

Things we’d recommend:

Renting scooters when you can – I think it was on Vis. They’ll ask if you’ve ever driven one before – either lie and figure it out or just find one at home to try before you go. The island roads are pretty winding so be careful.

Make sure your skipper takes you to the caves to go cliff jumping. Technically it’s against YW rules but it was so cool and there’s options for how high you can jump from if you’re afraid of heights or something.

Groceries –

TYW usually provides transportation on day one to a grocery store in Split that you can go to, order, and then they deliver it to your yacht. Take advantage of this and keep an eye on their timeline. You’ll have to be inside the store by a specific time. Also only send one or two people to shop with a list. No sense in everyone going.

There’s also a grocery service that one YW alumni started and she may contact you about it prior to your week. Usually she’s more expensive than the stores, but she has things like solo cups that the stores may not have.

Here’s our recommended grocery list:

Alcohol (survey your boat and figure out what people will and won’t drink and what they’re willing to pay especially if you have guys and girls and tanks and lightweights)

Fruit – it’s always fresh there.

Breakfast croissants or cinnamon rolls (anything that doesn’t need to be refrigerated)

Eggs and breakfast meats – you can definitely make breakfast for real one day, just remember how many people you’re feeding and how many eggs people eat in one sitting. Also remember how hot it is and how you don’t want to be downstairs doing dishes.

Stuff for sandwiches – grab salami or ham or whatever the local meat is, some bread, and some spreads (mustard or mayo or tzatziki) and whatever else you might want. Sandwiches and chips are the easiest lunch to have while sailing. They don’t really do turkey as a lunchmeat so don’t be surprised.

Plan for two dinners on the boat – go with something easy. Salad, pasta, grilled cheese, etc. Keep in mind you probably have two pots/pans maximum and a tiny stove

Paper plates, silverware, and plastic cups. Again, no one wants to be down in the boat doing dishes.

Toilet paper

Paper towels – trust me you want a lot of this

Garbage bags

Nutella – it’s better in Europe

For those of you that haven’t been to Europe before, they do not have ranch or peanut butter. If they do have it, it’ll be a tiny jar and it’ll be super expensive.

TYW Promoted/Organized Dinners :

· Fort George - Dinner will either be on your boat that night or at Fort George. It’s not cheap, but it’s probably the most incredible view I’ve ever had or a meal in my life. You get to watch the sun set over the water from tables set up outside a castle. It really doesn’t get much cooler than that. And the dessert was amazing. I think you have to ask your skip or hostess to book this so make sure you do. It’s probably on the app now.

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Dinners on the islands:

Hvar - You’ll be able to find some pretty cool spots on the islands. Ask your skipper or hostess for a recommendation in Hvar – there’s some fun places that are set back in alleys.

Vis - If there’s one place on the whole trip we’d say you have to go to, it’s the vineyard restaurant at the top fo the mountain in Vis. I guarantee you if your skipper has any experience with YW Croatia, he or she will know about this place. It’s family style and the food is amazing.

These are the things you see in the YouTube videos that make yacht week so unique. All of these other companies that also do circle floats absolutely copied it from TYW.

Circle Float: This was our favorite part of Croatia. On a good day, you whip out your floaties and they tie all of the boats together and you party all afternoon boat hopping and making new friends.

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Tunnel Float Night: Basically for this one they’ll just tie all of the boats together in two long parallel lines in front of a deserted island. You’ll either have Italian delivered to your boat or make dinner on the boat, so plan for that. The party that night pretty much goes all night. It’s a lot of fun.

Regatta Day: One of the days you’ll get all decked out in your themed gear and all of the boats will race (aka have a regatta) to the next location. The staff will sail around trying to get pictures and videos of all of the different themes, so be ready to show off your creativity. Greek gods and Bae-Watch themes are way overdone. We saw some cool themes like penguins, Titanic, Top Gun, the Croatian Bobsled team, etc.

There are a couple ATMs in the Split airport after you get through baggage pick-up where you can pull out Croatian Kuna

You buy all of your skipper’s meals and drinks. They have full access to your kitchen. Don’t be awkward about it at dinners where they’re with you. Just split everything evenly. Splitwise is your friend but don’t use multiple currencies. Convert everything to or leave it all in EUR/Kuna.

Skipper Tip – this is usually about 10-20% of the total cost of your boat. Give it to them on the last day as you leave the boat.

Hostesses – they’re a blast and they buy all of your groceries for you so you never have to shop, but they’re expensive. They also take up a spot on your boat, so keep that in mind. It means that you’re splitting the cost of the boat with one less person AND you pay an extra 600 euro on top of that to have her plus all of her meals and her tip at the end of the week. It adds up quickly.

The Kitty – when you first get on the boat, the skipper will ask you for kitty money. It’ll cover your gas, your taxi fees, and your docking fees. I think we did 600 kuna each in Croatia. Our skippers always made sure to keep receipts for everything so we had them if we wanted them.

The bottle/table service – Each YW route is different for bottle service. In Croatia we just signed up and then paid at the bar when we were done. In Greece you have to pay in advance and tell the YW staff what your order is so it’s there when you arrive.

If your skip hits on you, which we’ve heard stories about, talk to someone in a crew tshirt. That’s not cool.

Try not to hit on your skipper. That being said, if it happens and it’s mutual….oops?

The skippers do not get paid the same amount – there’s a survey at the end of the week and their salaries are based on their survey results

Don’t let your skip get too drunk. Someone has to sail the boat in the morning.

If you’re American and you’ve never had Somersby – find some.

If you can come up with something fun to introduce yourself around on either float day, do it. For example, we had shots of rose with rubber duckies in them that we call Ducky Rose and people loved it

Don’t be that asshole that brings a floating barge as a floatie that fits 8 people. You’ll take up too much space and everyone will hate you

Full cans of beer/cider float. Do with that what you will.

Once you pick your ratio when you’re booking your boat, it’s hard to change it. Especially if you want to take a girl off and add a guy in, so try to know your ratio before you book.

Make friends with the photographer – they might just end up on your boat for the day and then you could end up in their Instagram posts on Thanksgiving!

You may think going on YW over an American holiday like Labor Day is a great idea, but so does every other American. You’ll end up on a week with 10 boats from Jersey.

The boats and flights are most expensive mid-june through early August. You’re better off going one of the later weeks in August.

No shitting where you sleep! DO NOT go #2 on the boat. Just trust us. It’s gross and everyone will know you did it. Tell everyone else on your boat that’s a rule. Go on-shore.

There are cabs that will take you to/from the airport. On the last day, you'll get off your boat around 9am. I'd recommend going into Split to hang out and see the town. A lot of people got an Air BnB or a hotel to pass out for a day before leaving.

Uber in Split was more expensive than a cab, but they do have Uber and the driver did speak great English

That’s Yacht Week Croatia in a nutshell…or maybe more than a nutshell :). Our last words of advice on TYW:

It’s going to be one of the best weeks of your life – embrace the insanity

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Bathing suits, shorts and lightweight dresses, right — that’s all a girl needs on a beach vacation abroad, right? Sorta.

For months (and months and months) my friends and I had planned our The Yacht Week adventure ( read the recap post !), but packing was low on the radar of things I was worried about. Last fall, I did a 4-city Euro trip in a backpac k. This time around, I felt like it’d be WAY easier to pack summer clothes in a carry on. Boy was I wrong.

The Yacht Week is a week of spending the day on a boat sailing the Adriatic Sea and exploring/going to parties on shore nightly before returning to your cabin on the boat. Life is as simple as that — pretty idyllic sounding, huh? (It is, this isn’t a trick question).

But then you add in all the themed parties and the dilemma of to bring a float or not to bring a float? Bring a towel, or buy it there? All the decisions. Let me tell you what I settled on and how it worked out for me. Plus, I’ve even got tips from a packing expert for your next summer vacay — scroll down!

What you will wear on TYW

Packing for The Yacht Week

  • Sandals and tennis shoes, exclusively . I am so glad I heeded the recommendations from the internet/friends: Do not pack heels. I backed three sandals and wore Vans tennis shoes on the plane. The flat sandals took 0% of my space on my backpack, and I lived in them. I actually wore my sandals that had an ankle strap the most — they were a little nicer, so they worked for the parties, and they stayed on the best when moving from boat to land.
  • Lots of bathing suits . I brought 5 suits, and wore them all — some twice. Bathing suits are small and don’t take up much space, so don’t hold yourself back! Bring one for each day if you must.
  • Cover ups . I had a cover up for every suit, which ended up being a little excessive. They aren’t has small as suits, obviously, so I wish I would have picked a few and reused some of them to save some space.
  • Shorts, only . I brought two pairs: Denim and lighter weight olive green. I practically lived in the denim shorts when I was dry (avoided getting them wet because they’d take forever to dry). Two was good enough for me! I also had a pair of athletic shorts to sleep in. I brought pants and didn’t ever even take it out of my suitcase.
  • Tanks and tees . I love a good statement top, so I really had to hold myself back on packing too many tops, which ended up being a good call. I didn’t wear too many on land, and was pretty exclusively wearing suits on the boat.  Then, in the evenings on land, I would wear dresses. I packed a couple casual tanks that I wore for loungewear. 2-3 nicer tops were enough for me other than that.
  • Sweater or jacket . Croatia got chilly at night and with the wind on the boat. I brought a medium-weight v-neck sweater and I LOVED it on the boat. It was easy to throw on and was a neutral gray that went with everything. I also brought a jean jacket, but I didn’t wear it. I actually didn’t wear either on land ever. It never got chilly enough.
  • Dresses. Normal thought: OK, 7 days, 7 parties, I need 7 dresses, right? So, so, so wrong. I packed three dresses and that was plenty. One was a little black dress, that I wore multiple times (outfit repeater, guilty as charged) and one was a funky print, lightweight dress that took up almost no space. The third was white for the traditional TYW White Party. I only wore it once. At least two or three nights, I wore shorts on land and to the parties. They were super chill.
  • Themed clothes . This was tough to pack and plan for. Basically, we were told a couple weeks in advance of our themed parties: There’s the traditional White Party, where you guessed it — you wear white. Ours had a new theme: Riviera, so white was less important. But everyone wore white anyways. Then, there was a “Tropical Retro” party. What. The. Heck. Is. Tropical. Retro. I made my best guess: A pineapple t-shirt tucked into denim short, vans, and pineapple sunglasses. Most of the other people were wearing floral print/palm leaf tops and dresses or the typical beachy button up. Finally, each boat chose their own costumes for Regatta Day. We DIYed our costume: Fruit. We bought oversized t-shirts and painted them as fruit. Very easy, cheap and easy to wear over a swimsuit.
  • Loungewear . I brought three pairs of capri yoga pants, which was so excessive. I needed, like, one pair. I traveled in them, which was nice, but on the boat, I didn’t touch them. I wish instead I would have swapped one pair for another pair of athletic shorts. Those were much more necessary on our hot af, A/C-less boat.
  • Minimal jewelry . I need jewelry, but I didn’t want to overpack or bring too fancy of pieces. I wore an initial “N” necklace from Hemline pretty much the entire week — thank God it didn’t tan. I also brought a pair of studs and a colorful pair of cotton string earrings from Genie Mack ( one of our favorite Houston designers ). Those earrings really made my outfits some days. I brought some cheap rings, because those were the things I was most likely to lose. I left my fitbit at home, but brought a watch I wore on land and tons of bracelets. I love bracelets.
  • Under where ? Just a friendly reminder to pack the appropriate underwear for under there. You know you and your needs, but just don’t forget socks (no one wants you to go without) or a strapless bra if you pack tons of tanks and sleeveless dresses.

Packing for The Yacht Week

  • Skincare . I can be pretty lazy when it comes to my morning/nightly skincare routine, but I didn’t slack during TYW and I am so thankful for it. I had a face cream that had some SPF in it and I started and ended each day with it. I also had face wipes since washing your face on a boat is a little tough. Body lotion was also key.
  • Minimal make up . I know me: I live in a full face of make up, so I made a good call to get eyelash extensions before I left so that I’d have that great eye look without doing a thing. But I still brought concealer and blush for evenings. Hello, you’ll be taking ALL the photos. If you’re not up for eyelash extensions, waterproof mascara all the way!
  • First aid kit and medicine . Bandaids, Advil, Dramamine/Bonine, etc. I tried the seabands too, and they didn’t work for me.
  • Cellphone protectors . We brought those underwater pouches for our phones. I had a life proof case, so I felt a little braver going without it, but the pouches were great because you can wear it as a necklace.
  • Crossbody purse . Forget your crossbody and you will either lose things from your pocket or become the group pack mule. I brought a small, woven bag that matched with everything and it was essential.
  • Hand sanitizer, chapstick and baby powder . All three useful, for different reasons, obviously.
  • Car chargers, battery packs, converter and an aux cord . Our boat had a handful of cigarette lighter ports, and I brought my car charger that had two USB ports, so we could charge two at once. I also had a battery pack; I charged it basically whenever I wasn’t charging my phone. Then I took it on land for when my phone was dying. (Note: there are such things as solar charging battery packs, but I didn’t ever find one that had good reviews, so I didn’t buy. So glad I didn’t, since I never needed it.) I tried to charge my phone when I could, but it was usually too busy taking photos/snapchats. We didn’t need a converter on the boat, but when on land, you need an European plug. If you want to blast some jams (obviously), bring an aux cord.
  • FLAGS! A. to show your patriotism, B. to identify your boat from other boats. You think finding your car in a garage/parking lot was hard? Try finding a boat, that you JUST got, that looks the same as all the other boats. We had two TX flags, an Notre Dame and an A&M/TX flag.
  • Shades for days . Somehow, someway, I managed to hold onto the three sunglasses I brought, but I know not everyone was so lucky. Bring at least a pair and a spare of cheap shades.

If you have room

Packing for The Yacht Week

  • Float off your boat . I have 0 regrets about stuffing my pineapple float from Shop the Manor into my backpack. Did it take up a lot of space? Heck yes. Was it worth it to have a float? Definitely. I floated on the pineapple at least 4-5 times. Pro tip: Split, the city I flew into, has cute little markets that sell floats. They are probably overpriced or cheaply made, but good if you don’t want to spare the space in your suitcase.
  • A pump . I didn’t pack a pump, and my crew took turns blowing up our three floats. It. Took. Forever. However, we did it.
  • A beach towel . I was going to buy one there, but instead I brought my roundie from Pretty Little Things . It was extra big, which nice except for packing it! Still, it ended up being worth it for me. Split’s markets have plenty of towels.
  • Hats . I brought a fedora, which I ended up not really wearing. I did wear my Pretty Little Thing s HOU hat. Houston represent.
  • Fun props or games . I brought Mouthing Off, but we only played it once. We borrowed playing cards one night, and that’s what we really should have had. You also NEED to bring patriotic wear. We had a TX tank from Pretty Little Things , plus ‘merica accessories. Ooh, and a captain’s hat.
  • Sunblock, shampoo, body wash . We bought these in Croatia (big sizes to split). They were communal and frequently used (especially for boat showers, where you soap up in your suit at the end of the boat. The boat’s bathrooms were super cramped and not ideal for showering).

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  • Straw fedora or a wide brim floppy hat . The perfect accessory for beachy waves (or when you simply want to roll out of bed and head out the door!). This will instantly make your outfit appear more chic – I promise!
  • Pile on the white! Whether it’s white jeans , a white dress , shirt , skirt or shorts be sure to bring one white essential in each category to maximize versatility. Nothing says summer like white!
  • Maxi dress: this style can easily take you from day to night and is so elegant. Opt for a cotton style, as they won’t wrinkle as easily.
  • Sandal with a small wedge (preferably in nude or metallic) – It’s easy to overpack shoes when you travel so focus on versatility. This style will take you from day to night and nude or metallic will allow you to pair them with any color!
  • Small cross-body bag  (preferably with a detachable chain or strap) Keep your belongings minimal when you’re out and about. Go for a light neutral shade that will work with all your looks. Use the strap and go hands-free for daytime, then convert into a clutch for evening.
  • Cotton shift dress – this style is not only flattering, but is easy and keeps you cool even in the warmest of weather. Don’t forget to bring a skinny belt to cinch your waist!
  • Bold printed cover-up  – small, lightweight and easy to pack, this is the one items you can feel free to stock up on. If you’re planning on spending a good portion of your getaway in swimwear then be sure to keep your look polished and elegant with a bright colored, bold printed coverup.
  • Denim jacket – this is the perfect layer for the ultimate cool-girl look, that’ll take you from day to night and pairs perfectly with everything from a maxi dress to shorts and a tee. Be sure to look for a style that is cropped and fitted to the body (even when open) and opt for a light to medium blue wash or white to keep it neutral.
  • Tinted moisturizer with SPF – you’ll want to keep your make up routine minimal especially when outdoors or by the water. If you only use one product I would recommend Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20 . It not only hydrates your skin and evens out your complexion, but also acts as a sunscreen and gives your face some color. Try the “illuminating” for an extra summer glow!
  • Swimsuits, swimsuits, swimsuits! – If you’re afraid of overpacking, the one thing you won’t regret is having a number of swimsuit options with you, place they take up such little space. Be sure to bring a variety of colors, styles and cuts to help even out any funny tan lines, and if you’ve got two pieces, mix and match solids and prints to create multiple looks!

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The Yacht Week In Croatia

Published: November 4, 2023

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by Leese Holcomb

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Are you ready for the ultimate adventure on the high seas? Look no further than The Yacht Week Croatia, a week-long sailing extravaganza that promises unforgettable experiences and memories to last a lifetime. This unique event combines the thrill of sailing with the excitement of exploring stunning coastal destinations, indulging in thrilling activities, and immersing yourself in the vibrant party scene of the Adriatic coast.

Imagine yourself on a luxurious yacht, cruising along the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic Sea, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and warm Mediterranean sunshine. The Yacht Week Croatia offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the hidden gems of this beautiful region, from secluded coves and picturesque islands to charming coastal towns with rich cultural heritage.

Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a first-time adventurer, The Yacht Week Croatia caters to all levels of experience. You’ll have the chance to learn the ropes of sailing from a professional skipper, or simply relax and enjoy the journey while taking in the awe-inspiring views.

But The Yacht Week Croatia is not just about sailing; it’s a holistic experience that combines adventure, relaxation, and endless entertainment. Get ready to dive into the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing swim, embark on exhilarating water sports activities, or simply unwind on deck, soaking up the sun and enjoying the company of like-minded travelers from around the world.

One of the highlights of The Yacht Week Croatia is the vibrant party scene. Each night, you’ll anchor in a different destination and have the opportunity to experience the buzzing nightlife, with beach parties, trendy clubs, and legendary yacht parties that will keep the adrenaline pumping from dusk till dawn.

Accommodation during The Yacht Week Croatia is as unique as the experience itself. You’ll be staying on cozy yachts equipped with all the necessary amenities for a comfortable journey, including sleeping quarters, a kitchen, bathroom facilities, and a spacious deck where you can relax and socialize with your fellow crewmates.

In this article, we’ll dive deeper into The Yacht Week Croatia, exploring the various routes, activities, and party scenes you can expect during this incredible adventure. We’ll also provide you with helpful tips to ensure that your Yacht Week Croatia experience is nothing short of extraordinary. So, grab your sailor hat, pack your sunscreen, and get ready for an unforgettable nautical adventure unlike any other!

Overview of The Yacht Week Croatia

The Yacht Week Croatia is an epic sailing experience that takes place annually along the stunning Adriatic coast. It brings together adventure enthusiasts and partygoers from around the world for a week-long journey through some of the most breathtaking destinations in Croatia. The event combines the thrill of sailing with a vibrant social scene, making it a perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and fun.

During The Yacht Week Croatia, participants have the opportunity to charter their own yacht or join a pre-made crew. Each yacht typically accommodates 6-12 people, creating a close-knit community of like-minded individuals. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a complete beginner, you’ll be assigned a professional skipper who will guide you through the journey, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on board.

The Yacht Week Croatia offers a variety of routes and itineraries, allowing participants to customize their adventure based on their preferences. Some of the popular routes include exploring the beautiful islands of Hvar, Vis, Brac, and Korcula. Each destination offers unique attractions, from secluded beaches and charming coastal towns to vibrant nightlife scenes.

One of the standout features of The Yacht Week Croatia is the range of activities available throughout the journey. Participants can partake in thrilling water sports such as paddleboarding, jet skiing, and snorkeling. For those looking to immerse themselves in the local culture, there are opportunities to visit historical sites, taste delicious local cuisine, and even join cooking classes to learn how to prepare traditional Croatian dishes.

When the sun sets, The Yacht Week Croatia truly comes alive. Each night, yachts anchor in a different port, and participants have the chance to explore the buzzing nightlife scene. From beach parties and rooftop bars to legendary yacht parties, there’s no shortage of excitement and entertainment. The Yacht Week Croatia is renowned for its energetic and vibrant parties, with DJs, live music, and dancing late into the night.

Accommodation during The Yacht Week Croatia is unique and unforgettable. Participants stay on spacious yachts equipped with comfortable sleeping quarters, bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and spacious decks for socializing and taking in the stunning views. It’s an opportunity to feel the thrill of living on the open water while enjoying all the comforts of home.

Overall, The Yacht Week Croatia is an adventure like no other. It combines the freedom of sailing with the excitement of exploring beautiful coastal destinations and immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of the Adriatic coast. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or simply a week of unforgettable memories, The Yacht Week Croatia has it all. So, get ready to set sail, meet new people, and experience the magic of the Croatian coastline in a way that’s truly unparalleled.

Exploring the Adriatic Coast

The Yacht Week Croatia offers a unique opportunity to explore the stunning Adriatic coast, which is known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, picturesque islands, and charming coastal towns. From hidden coves to vibrant cities, there is something for everyone along this breathtaking stretch of coastline.

One of the highlights of the journey is the chance to visit the beautiful islands of Hvar, Vis, Brac, and Korcula. These islands are renowned for their natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. Hvar, often referred to as the crown jewel of the Adriatic, boasts stunning beaches, medieval architecture, and a buzzing nightlife scene. Vis, on the other hand, offers a more secluded and tranquil setting, with pristine beaches and traditional fishing villages.

Brac, the third largest island in the Adriatic, is famous for its stunning Zlatni Rat beach, which is often considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. The island also offers opportunities for hiking, exploring ancient ruins, and indulging in local cuisine. Lastly, Korcula is known for its charming Old Town and charming narrow streets, reminiscent of a mini Dubrovnik.

Aside from the islands, The Yacht Week Croatia allows participants to visit enchanting coastal towns along the Adriatic coast. Split, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a vibrant city with a rich history dating back to Roman times. Visit Diocletian’s Palace, stroll along the waterfront promenade, and indulge in delicious local cuisine.

Dubrovnik, often called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, is another must-visit destination. This ancient city is known for its medieval walls, cobblestone streets, and stunning architecture. Explore the city’s cultural sites, enjoy panoramic views from the city walls, and immerse yourself in the Game of Thrones filming locations.

Throughout the journey, you’ll have the opportunity to anchor in secluded coves and sheltered bays, where you can swim in crystal-clear waters, sunbathe on the deck, or indulge in water activities like snorkeling and paddleboarding. These hidden gems allow you to disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Adriatic.

Whether you’re exploring the islands, visiting coastal towns, or enjoying the tranquility of the secluded coves, The Yacht Week Croatia ensures that you’ll have a truly remarkable experience discovering the wonders of the Adriatic coast.

Sailing Routes and Itineraries

The Yacht Week Croatia offers a variety of sailing routes and itineraries, allowing participants to tailor their adventure based on their preferences and interests. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, there’s a route to suit every taste.

One popular route is the “South Route,” which takes you from Split to the stunning islands of Brac and Hvar. This itinerary allows you to explore the vibrant city of Split, with its historical landmarks and bustling waterfront promenade. From there, you’ll head to the island of Brac, where you can visit the famous Zlatni Rat beach and enjoy the island’s natural beauty. The journey continues to Hvar, known for its lively nightlife, charming streets, and beautiful beaches.

An alternative option is the “Ultra Route,” which is specifically designed for party enthusiasts. This route takes you to iconic party destinations such as Split, Hvar, and Vis, where you can experience the world-renowned yacht parties and lively beach clubs. Dance the night away under the stars as you celebrate with fellow yacht weekers.

For those who prefer a more secluded and tranquil experience, the “Explore Route” offers a journey through the hidden gems of the Adriatic. This itinerary takes you to lesser-known islands such as Vis and Korcula, where you can immerse yourself in nature, explore charming fishing villages, and enjoy the peaceful serenity of untouched coves.

Each yacht on The Yacht Week Croatia has a dedicated skipper who will guide you through the journey, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience. They have in-depth knowledge of the area and will help you navigate the best sailing routes, taking into consideration weather conditions and your preferences.

It’s important to note that the itineraries may vary slightly depending on weather conditions and the discretion of the skipper. Flexibility is key during The Yacht Week Croatia, as it allows for unexpected discoveries and spontaneous adventures along the way.

Whichever route you choose, The Yacht Week Croatia guarantees a unique and unforgettable sailing experience, allowing you to explore the Adriatic coast and its stunning islands while creating lifelong memories with your fellow crewmates.

Activities and Excursions

The Yacht Week Croatia offers a plethora of activities and excursions to enhance your sailing adventure and make the most of your time on the stunning Adriatic coast. From thrilling water sports to cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the highlights of The Yacht Week Croatia is the opportunity to partake in a variety of water sports activities. Take to the turquoise waters and try your hand at paddleboarding, kayaking, or jet skiing. Explore hidden caves and secluded bays, or simply enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters.

If you’re a fan of snorkeling or diving, the Adriatic coast is teeming with underwater treasures waiting to be discovered. Swim alongside colorful marine life, explore vibrant coral reefs, and uncover the secrets of the underwater world. You can even join organized diving trips to explore popular dive sites in the area.

For those interested in immersing themselves in the rich cultural heritage of Croatia, The Yacht Week offers several excursions to historical sites and cultural landmarks along the coast. Visit the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace in Split, wander the ancient streets of Dubrovnik’s Old Town, or explore the medieval fortress on the island of Hvar.

The culinary delights of Croatia are not to be missed, and The Yacht Week Croatia offers various food-focused activities to satisfy your taste buds. Join a cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional Croatian dishes, indulge in a wine tasting session to sample local wines, or savor fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants.

For the adventure seekers, hiking and biking trails are available on some of the islands. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic paths that lead to breathtaking viewpoints and hidden beaches. Cycle through olive groves, vineyards, and picturesque villages, immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the Adriatic landscape.

Throughout the journey, The Yacht Week Croatia also organizes themed parties and events on board the yachts. From sunset cocktail parties to costume-themed nights, these events provide a unique opportunity to socialize with fellow yacht weekers and create lasting memories.

Remember, the activities and excursions may vary depending on the route and itinerary chosen. It’s essential to plan ahead and check the available options for your specific sailing week. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or cultural immersions, The Yacht Week Croatia offers a wide range of activities and excursions to make your journey truly unforgettable.

Party Scene and Nightlife

The Yacht Week Croatia is renowned for its vibrant party scene and exhilarating nightlife. Each night brings a new opportunity to let loose, dance under the stars, and create memories that will last a lifetime. From beach parties to legendary yacht parties, the party scene during The Yacht Week Croatia is truly unforgettable.

Throughout the journey, the yachts anchor in different destinations, allowing participants to experience the nightlife of various coastal towns and islands. One of the highlights is Hvar, known for its lively nightlife and vibrant atmosphere. Here, you’ll find trendy beach clubs, rooftop bars, and iconic party venues, where you can dance the night away to the beats of world-class DJs.

Vis is another hotspot for partygoers during The Yacht Week Croatia. This secluded island offers a unique setting for unforgettable parties. From beach bonfires to exclusive events in hidden caves, the party scene in Vis is known for its intimate and exclusive vibe.

Yacht parties are a staple of The Yacht Week Croatia. Imagine dancing on the deck of a luxurious yacht, surrounded by fellow yacht weekers and stunning views of the Adriatic coast. These legendary yacht parties often feature renowned DJs, live music, and themed events that create an electric and energetic atmosphere.

In addition to beach parties and yacht parties, The Yacht Week Croatia also organizes special events, such as sunset cocktail parties and costume-themed nights. These events bring yacht weekers together and provide unique opportunities to socialize, make new friends, and create lifelong memories.

The party scene during The Yacht Week Croatia is not just about the late-night festivities. Daytime beach parties are a popular feature as well. Participants gather on stunning beaches, dance to the rhythm of music, and soak up the sun while enjoying refreshing cocktails and the company of fellow yacht weekers.

It’s important to note that while The Yacht Week Croatia offers an incredible party scene, participants are encouraged to party responsibly and respect the environment and local communities. The organizers emphasize the importance of sustainability and provide guidelines to ensure that the impact on the destinations is minimized.

Whether you’re a party enthusiast or simply looking to have a good time, The Yacht Week Croatia promises an unforgettable nightlife experience. Dance, mingle, and celebrate with like-minded individuals from around the world as you create memories that will stay with you long after the week’s adventure comes to an end.

Accommodation Options

When it comes to accommodation during The Yacht Week Croatia, you can expect a unique and unforgettable experience. Instead of traditional hotels or resorts, participants stay on luxurious yachts, creating a truly immersive and extraordinary sailing adventure.

The yachts provided for The Yacht Week Croatia are spacious and well-equipped, catering to the needs of the participants. Each yacht typically accommodates 6-12 people, creating a close-knit community of like-minded individuals. They come with comfortable sleeping quarters, bathroom facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, and a spacious deck where you can relax, socialize, and take in the stunning views.

There are different types of yachts available, allowing participants to choose the level of luxury that suits their preferences and budget. From standard yachts to premium and luxury options, there’s a range of choices available. The higher-end yachts often come with additional amenities such as air conditioning, expansive deck space, and more luxurious finishes.

Participants can choose to charter their own yacht with a group of friends or join a pre-made crew. This provides an opportunity to connect with new people and make lifelong friendships during the journey. The crews are usually assigned a professional skipper who will navigate the yacht and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on board.

It’s important to note that while the yachts offer comfortable accommodations, it’s important to pack wisely. Make sure to bring essentials such as sunscreen, swimwear, towels, and comfortable clothing suitable for both daytime activities and evening events. Additionally, packing light is recommended as space on the yacht is limited.

Living on a yacht during The Yacht Week Croatia is an experience like no other. It allows participants to feel the thrill of living on the open water, waking up to breathtaking views every morning, and immersing themselves in the beauty of the Adriatic coastline. It also creates a sense of camaraderie among participants as they share the excitement and challenges of the sailing adventure.

Whether you choose a standard yacht or opt for a more luxurious option, the accommodation during The Yacht Week Croatia promises comfort, convenience, and an extraordinary experience that complements the overall adventure.

Food and Dining

The Yacht Week Croatia offers a delightful culinary journey, allowing participants to indulge in delicious local cuisine, fresh seafood, and vibrant flavors. From traditional Croatian dishes to international fare, there are plenty of options to satisfy every palate during this sailing adventure.

While onboard the yacht, participants have the freedom to prepare their own meals in the fully equipped kitchen. This gives you the chance to showcase your culinary skills or try your hand at preparing local dishes using fresh ingredients sourced from the various destinations.

For those who prefer to sit back and relax, there’s the option to hire a private chef who will take care of all your meals. This ensures a hassle-free dining experience, allowing you to focus on enjoying the journey and exploring the Adriatic coast.

During The Yacht Week Croatia, it’s essential to sample the local cuisine. Croatian food is known for its Mediterranean influences, with an emphasis on fresh seafood, grilled meats, olive oil, and aromatic herbs.

Some must-try dishes include “Peka,” a traditional Croatian dish consisting of slow-cooked meat and vegetables, and “Octopus Salad,” a refreshing and flavorful appetizer made with tender octopus, tomatoes, onions, and herbs.

Indulge in the local seafood specialties, such as fresh fish grilled to perfection, “Brodet,” a hearty fish stew, and “Black Risotto,” a savory dish made with squid ink and rice.

Exploring the local markets and food markets in the coastal towns is a great way to immerse yourself in the culinary culture of Croatia. Stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and local products to enjoy during your journey.

Throughout The Yacht Week Croatia, there are also opportunities to join cooking classes and learn how to prepare traditional Croatian dishes from local chefs. These experiences allow you to delve deeper into the culinary traditions and gain new skills that you can showcase to your fellow crewmates.

When it comes to dining out, the coastal towns and islands along the Adriatic coast offer a plethora of options. Indulge in waterfront restaurants, charming cafes, and street food stalls that serve up a mix of local and international cuisines.

Pair your meals with Croatian wines, which have gained recognition for their quality and unique flavors. Join a wine tasting session, explore vineyards, and sample the diverse range of wines produced in the region.

Whether you’re dining on your yacht, exploring local markets, or savoring meals at waterfront restaurants, The Yacht Week Croatia promises a delectable food journey that will tantalize your taste buds and introduce you to the rich culinary traditions of Croatia.

Tips for a Successful Yacht Week Croatia Experience

Preparing for The Yacht Week Croatia can greatly enhance your overall experience. Here are some tips to ensure a successful and memorable adventure:

  • Pack wisely: As space on the yacht is limited, pack light and bring essential items such as sunscreen, swimwear, towels, and comfortable clothing suitable for both daytime activities and evening events. Don’t forget any necessary travel documents, medications, and personal toiletries.
  • Stay hydrated: The sun and sea breeze can be dehydrating, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the journey. Consider bringing a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated while minimizing plastic waste.
  • Embrace spontaneity: While it’s great to have a general plan, be open to unexpected adventures and spontaneous detours. The Yacht Week Croatia is all about embracing the unexpected and making the most of every moment.
  • Respect the environment: Practice sustainable tourism and respect the natural beauty of the Adriatic coast. Dispose of waste properly, minimize plastic consumption, and be mindful of marine life and protected areas.
  • Party responsibly: The Yacht Week Croatia offers incredible nightlife, but remember to party responsibly. Pace yourself, stay hydrated, and be mindful of your alcohol consumption. Respect other yacht weekers, the local communities, and adhere to the guidelines provided by the organizers.
  • Connect with your crewmates: The Yacht Week Croatia is an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from around the world. Take the time to get to know your crewmates, share experiences, and build lifelong friendships. Embrace the spirit of camaraderie and teamwork.
  • Prepare for the elements: The Adriatic coast can experience various weather conditions, so pack accordingly. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and lightweight clothing for sun protection, as well as a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.
  • Stay active and explore: Take advantage of the activities and excursions available during The Yacht Week Croatia. Dive into the crystal-clear waters, try water sports, explore the islands, and immerse yourself in the local culture. Make the most of each destination and create memories that go beyond the party scene.
  • Be flexible: While it’s great to have an itinerary, be prepared for changes. Weather conditions and the discretion of the skipper may alter the planned route. Embrace flexibility and go with the flow, as these changes can often lead to unexpected discoveries and memorable experiences.
  • Capture the memories: Bring a camera or smartphone to capture the beautiful moments and stunning landscapes along the way. Take photos and videos to document your Yacht Week Croatia experience, but also remember to put the camera down and immerse yourself fully in the adventure.

By following these tips, you’ll be well-prepared and ready to make the most of your Yacht Week Croatia experience. Get ready for an incredible sailing adventure, unforgettable parties, and lifelong memories!

The Yacht Week Croatia offers a unique adventure that combines the thrill of sailing with the beauty of the Adriatic coast. It’s a week-long journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, vibrant parties, and unforgettable memories. Whether you’re an experienced sailor or a first-time adventurer, The Yacht Week Croatia caters to all levels of experience, providing the opportunity to explore stunning islands, swim in crystal-clear waters, and immerse yourself in the vibrant party scene.

From the moment you set sail, you’ll find yourself surrounded by like-minded individuals from around the world, forming a close-knit community that shares the love for adventure and a desire to create lifelong friendships. The Yacht Week Croatia not only offers thrilling activities and exhilarating parties, but also a chance to disconnect from the daily grind and connect with the beauty of nature and the joy of being on the open water.

Whether you’re dancing under the stars at a beach party, exploring ancient ruins, or simply relaxing on deck, The Yacht Week Croatia promises an experience like no other. It’s a chance to embrace spontaneity, immerse yourself in the local culture, and forge connections with people who share your sense of adventure.

As you sail along the Adriatic coast, you’ll discover hidden coves, charming coastal towns, and breathtaking landscapes that will leave you in awe. The Yacht Week Croatia is an opportunity to experience the magic of Croatia – its rich history, delicious cuisine, and warm hospitality.

Remember to pack light, stay hydrated, and party responsibly. Respect the environment and local communities, and embrace the spirit of camaraderie and friendship that permeates The Yacht Week Croatia.

Whether you choose to charter your own yacht or join a pre-made crew, The Yacht Week Croatia promises a journey that will create memories to last a lifetime. So, set sail, feel the wind in your hair, and dive into the adventure of a lifetime. The Yacht Week Croatia awaits you!


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Exploring The Yacht Week In Croatia

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How does one even begin to describe The Yacht Week ? Trust me, it is not an easy task. I’ve been at a loss for words trying to sum up my experience and honestly, the word that keeps popping into my head is “insane”. That’s TYW for you: it’s insane.  Insane all over the board. It’s an insanely great time, an insanely crazy experience, insanely epic, and it is absolute floating insanity.

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When you spend the week on the water in close quarters on a pretty much go-go-go schedule , it is so important to have a great crew alongside you. My boat, The Bird Watchers, had that down perfectly. We hired a skipper named Max who led our charge and sailed us from port to port and guided us through the week. Whether recommending and booking our dinner reservations, getting our pre-parties hyped up, or just showing us an amazing time, Max was a riot and the perfect addition to our crew. 

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It also helps having a boat full of people that are somewhat like minded. We all loved to party with TYW crew but also enjoyed taking it easy every so often, staying active and healthy, playing cards and have our own dance and sing along parties on our  yacht. When you sign up, make sure you have at least one other person on your boat who beats to a drum similar to your own.

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What to Pack When You Sail Croatia: The Ultimate Packing List for Women

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It’s crazy to think it was almost two years ago that I got to sail Croatia with MedSailors.

Ahh, as nobody ever says, time flies quicker than a crow on Red Bull and now, oh so many months later, I’m finally ready to chat with you about my biggest regret on that trip.

And that is… I packed like an absolute lunatic.

Seriously. 1 bikini? No snacks? Was I drunk? (Probably)

Regardless of my poorly executed packing, I still had an amazing time sailing around Croatia… but I know things would have been way smoother had I, you know, used any sort of common sense or reason.

But the good news is, because I’ve made these grand, ridiculous mistakes, I can now tell you properly what to pack and not pack for your Croatia sail trip.

If you’re one of the lucky ducks that will be sailing around Croatia this summer, then here’s a guide to packing like a pro (for ladies).

I’ve created it based on a one week sailing itinerary like the one I did, but I’m sure you’re a strong, independent smartie who can adjust as needed. Okay, let’s go!

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How to pack for a sailing trip to Croatia! This ultimate packing list for a Croatia sail trip will have you set this summer. #croatia #sailing

What bag to bring for your Croatia sail trip

Rolling/hard shell suitcases are probably a bad idea.

You’ll need something that you can squish and smoosh into the random little storage areas in the cabins (which tend to be quite limited in size).

Plus, Croatia is covered in cobblestones and while they’re insanely pretty, they’re an absolute nightmare to navigate with a rolling suitcase.

I stole my boyfriend’s Nike duffelbag for the trip ( like one of these ) and it was perfect! Water resistant too 😉

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What to pack when you sail Croatia

Smart packing is key to enjoying your Croatia sailing trip with minimal headaches. Here are my top recommended things to pack (split into categories):

2-3 Swimsuits

Sooo, I only brought one. What a fool I was.

When you’re sailing around Croatia, you’ll basically be living in your swimsuits. You should definitely bring at least two so that you have a back-up while one dries.

If you want to be extra cute and prance around in adorable swimsuits like all the other ladies on my trip, then bring some additional ones since you’ll be basically swimsuit-clad all the time.

I honestly got so much bikini FOMO that I caved mid-way through the trip and got myself a sketchy bikini in Korcula. To this day, I’m still convinced it was made of cardboard.

I definitely recommend bringing…

  • A strapless swimsuit (for tanning) because you don’t want weird tan lines all over the place
  • A one-piece swimsuit because you never know when those food babies will strike (or when you’ll be doing something more athletic that a skimpy bikini isn’t suited for)

If you’re too busy to go through the torture of swimsuit shopping, why not be a total millennial and order a bunch online, then return the ones that you don’t like? There’s a crazy selection on Amazon.

2-3 sundresses or rompers

Something that you can easily throw over top your swimsuit. This is why I would stay away from sheer white (unless you plan to win a wet T-shirt contest). Colourful/printed items would be better as they don’t get as visibly dirty or wet.

2 pairs of shorts

Pretty self-explanatory – the only consideration is to make sure any shorts you pack will match every top you pack (so don’t go nuts with insane patterns).

Again, white is probably not a great idea, but otherwise, go wild! Remember (as I just said above) to pack tops that go well with any bottoms you bring. I also recommend tops that could double as “night out” wear if classed up with a necklace or something.

1 “going out outfit”

While the party scene on these trips tends to be pretty casual (I mean, you’re all living on boats), it’s a good idea to bring one glam outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks, whether you prefer dresses, jumpsuits or the almighty “jeans and nice top combo”, you should pack at least one outfit that will give you the confidence of Beyonce on a unicorn.

1 pair of leggings

This will be to sleep in (and to throw on if it gets unexpectedly chilly).

I’d advise bringing leggings or yoga pants in place of Hello Kitty pyjama pants (or whatever your regular PJs are like) because they work double duty and can be worn for cold weather and athletic occasions too!

As someone who has cycled through countless cheap pairs of yoga pants, I recommend you just get a good quality pair from Nike or something and call it a day. Saves you more in the long run!

1 comfortable sleeping shirt

Again, this will mostly be for sleeping, but I recommend bringing something that wouldn’t make you die of embarrassment if you wore it out in public for the same reasons as above. Something that could be worn for athletic purposes might be a good idea.

4-7 pairs of underwear

If you’re okay with handwashing your underwear, then it’s okay to bring fewer pairs of underwear, but since they’re so small and easily scrunchable, I just bring one pair for each night I’ll be there. Saves me the trouble of trying to air dry my delicates in public 😉

I always stalk Victoria’s Secret and wait for one of their sales, which they have constantly! Then I stock up.

Bring one that’s strapless for sure – less weird tan lines that way. You probably could get away with one honestly since you’ll be wearing your swimsuit so often, but it’s up to you!

Again, stalk sales on  Victoria’s Secret and maybe get yourself one of those convertible bras (which are perfect for trips like this where you want to pack light but also avoid getting ridiculous tan lines).

I usually go with a denim jacket since it pairs well with pretty much any summer outfit. No matter when you go, there’s always a chance that it’ll get chilly on an off-day or definitely in the evenings, so remember to bring a light jacket, hoodie, kimono, or something else to keep you warm and cozy.

1 pair of flip flops

You’ll basically live in these, so make sure they’re comfortable.

1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Everyone has their own shoe preferences so all I’m going to say is you should pack one pair of shoes that you can walk forever in (and potentially ride a bike in or endure some soft physical activity).

I personally love sandals for this purpose – they’re so versatile and if you find the perfect comfy pair, you’ll feel like an unstoppable superhero in them.

My sandals from Clarks are still the comfiest I’ve ever worn and they’ve been with me on a series of misadventures, from awkward bike rides to accidental mountain climbs and hikes. I can vouch for their comfort!

I can’t find my exact pair online anymore, but here are some similar ones.

OPTIONAL: 1 pair of jeans

If you get cold easily, it might be a good idea to bring a pair of jeans with you for unexpectedly bad weather or for evenings. I personally was fine with dresses and a jacket during the day though.

Hanging toiletries bag/organizer

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SO SO SO important. Selection on the islands is pretty slim and it’s surprisingly pricey (probably because they love to squeeze the pennies out of forgetful tourists). You can be lazy and order yourself a bottle online right now if you hate going shopping like I do 😉

Good luck taming your lion-esque mane after the salt and wind is through with it. Don’t forget to bring a great hairbrush or comb because trust me, those tangles happen reaaaal quick. PS: Did you know they actually make special de-tangling hairbrushes now? Here’s a really cheap one . What a time to be alive.

I highly recommend getting a small travel-sized one that has its own case (you know, so it doesn’t touch all your other toiletries and stuff). I bought this one for my sailing trip and it was perfect – small, compact, cheap and still effective.

Body wash, shampoo and conditioner

I’ll level with you: odds are you won’t be showering that regularly… showering on board is kind of a nightmare with the tiny showers, plus you’ll be taking tips in the water so regularly that you’ll never feel gross or in need of a good shower.

I personally only showered properly when we had access to land showers (which was 2 or 3 times during the trip I think). SO, keep that in mind – no need to bring a ton of body wash, shampoo and conditioner.

I definitely recommend getting some of these reusable bottles so you can fill them up with the right amount of your favourites. Otherwise, invest in solid shampoo bars. My friends swear by the ones from LUSH but you can get some online too for a reasonable price.

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Pretty self-explanatory, but might I suggest getting a bamboo toothbrush? It’s so cheap and way better for the earth than plastic ones. Check out this super affordable four pack!

Life at sea can really dry your lips out. Keep them nice and nourished with a good lip balm. In my mind, you can’t go wrong with Burt’s Bees .

That Croatian sun is a sure recipe for sweaty days and nights. Spare the noses of those around you and make sure you’ve got deodorant.

If you’re looking for a good one that lasts a ridiculously long time, my go-to is the Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry Power (haha what a name!).

I can’t actually buy it in Europe so literally stock up every time I’m home. It promises 48h protection and actually does. Amazing.


I recommend bringing at least two pairs. Much like the swimsuit, you’ll be wearing these pretty much all the time (and also wearing the same pair might give you super prominent tan lines). I love my Ray Bans and swear by them ( you can browse deals on them here ).

I personally have the Clubmaster Classic and the Original Wayfarer Classic . Bask in my classic-ness.

So, so basic but so, so fun. Some yachts will provide floaties but if you want to make sure you have something cool to lounge on, then bring your own!

I’ll never forget the floaty-envy I experienced on my trip… some of the guys next door had brought this giant, gorgeous flamingo, which I stared longingly at as I flopped on my flimsy green alligator. You can check out my roundup of the best affordable pool floaties online here.

I know this is a weird one, but actually a lot of people brought flags from their home countries to raise on our boats and it was really cool!

This was something I never thought to pack, and you can easily buy cheap ones off of Amazon here . You don’t need a massive one, so it won’t take up too much space in your bag either. To this day, I still regret not repping Canada like I should have!

1-2 statement necklaces

I know it sounds a little unnecessary but statement necklaces are small, easy-to-bring accessories that can instantly jazz up an outfit for your nights out. Instead of packing a bunch of outfits for the day vs. the night, I would personally focus on bringing a few pieces that can be classed up with statement necklaces so that overall, you need to pack less. Ideally, these necklaces will match all/most of the tops/dresses you choose to bring.

Whether a backpack or purse, make sure you bring a smaller bag for when you dock and explore around. I’m partial to cross-body purses that are big enough to fit a camera but still look cute with your overall outfit ( like this one! )

Additional Necessities

Travel insurance.

At the risk of sounding like a total mom, you should really make sure you have insurance when you are sailing around Croatia.

I’ve just heard so many horror stories of people slipping on deck and breaking an arm, or accidentally getting knocked in the head mid-sail.

The truth is, with a sailing trip, there’s more potential liabilities, so you need to make sure you’re covered. I’ve used WorldNomads in the past and they’re really simple and easy to use online.

Important travel documents

The usual! Don’t forget your passport, a copy of your insurance info, driver’s license, student card (if you have one), a copy of your credit card/debit card info in case you lose them, print-outs of any confirmations/bookings, etc.


Obviously something to capture all your great memories. Something waterproof like a GoPro would be ideal, and I also recommend getting a waterproof case for your phone too just in case. They make ones that work with touch screens like this one too so you can use your phone in the water.

Motion sickness tablets

I never get sea sick and even some days I was feeling nauseous from the constant motion and erm, maybe the very indulgent lunches we had on board. Still, make sure you have some motion sickness tablets on hand, because even if you don’t need them, I guarantee some poor soul will. Gravol is my go-to!

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Some instant noodles, meals or snacks

Do you know what tiny Croatian islands do NOT have? McDonalds, 24h kebab shops, or even pizza joints that will be there to welcome you with a greasy slice of happiness after a night out.

Unless you want to starve (or spend $10 on a slice of pizza in Hvar like I apparently did), then I highly recommend you bring a few snacks/instant meals like noodles.

Some companies don’t allow this but MedSailors was fine with it. I still remember how after one particularly boozey evening, we were scouring the streets for food on a small local island, only to find nothing.

Our saving grace was that one of the couples on board had packed a bunch of instant rice/noodle packets all the way from India. Instant food had never tasted so good.

PS: I recently discovered that you can buy instant noodles in bulk online for really cheap. Super dangerous revelation, but I figured I would share. Click here to scope out the options.

Portable speaker

Bring a good portable speaker with a ready-loaded playlist of sailing jams and you’ll be the most popular person on-board.

I highly recommend getting Spotify premium and loading your phone up with awesome playlists before-hand. One of the girls on my boat did this and it was great! A lightweight and portable one like this would be perfect.

Playing Cards

You’ll be spending loads of time on board. Here’s a deck of waterproof playing cards that would be perfect. If you want to be really, really prepared, you can splurge out on these magnetic playing cards that are guaranteed to not blow away in the wind. Perfect for sailing!

A Good Book

You’ll have plenty of time to lounge out in the sun with a good book, so don’t forget to bring one! Don’t worry about bringing more than one – other passengers are usually more than happy to swap and share. Here are today’s best book deals on Amazon if you need some ideas!

Local Currency

The local currency in Croatia is the kuna. I highly recommend you get some cash out before you start your trip because it’s one less thing to worry about, and you might not find a ton of free ATMs on smaller islands. Plus, odds are you’ll end up splitting bills, buying small things in shops, etc. which is why cash will be crucial.

For your phone, camera and any electronics you bring. Remember that Croatia uses EU plugs (the two rounded prong ones) so an adapter might be a good idea too if you’re coming from outside of Europe. A universal adapter like this one is a must for any trip 🙂

Small locks

I’ve never heard of any thefts happening on board, but it’s always better safe than sorry! I recommend buying a few of these small locks and keeping one in every bag just in case. They’re so small and you never know when they’ll come in handy.

What not to pack when you sail Croatia

Any expensive crap.

Go with this rule: don’t bring anything that you’d be sad about losing. Sailing trips are fun, but messy. You might accidentally chuck something off the boat, lose it while swimming, even misplace it somewhere on the boat, never to be seen again.

I know you’re fancy and bougie and you want the world to know, but for the sake of your sanity, leave the gold Rolexes and diamond rings at home 😉

[Unless you’re proposing… which a guy totally did on my trip. So cute, and not jealous.]

Unless you enjoy falling off boats and broken ankles 😉

Okay, a bit exaggerated, but trust me: the sail trip vibe is so casual that you definitely don’t need stilettos to look glam on a night out.

Plus, Croatia is mega-cobblestoned, which (when mixed with too many winos especially) is a recipe for disaster. Did I mention yet that you should probably get travel insurance?

Unless you work online, odds are you won’t need your laptop when you’re sailing around Croatia.

First of all, Internet access will be pretty limited while you’re sailing and odds are good that some water might get on it… better safe than sorry and leave the Macbook at home to enjoy that sweet digital detox life.

If you must though, consider bringing a waterproof laptop case too like this one .

You honestly won’t need it. You’ll be in the water half the time and don’t forget that a lot of people are sensitive to smells and perfumes.

These girls on a nearby boat would literally bathe themselves in perfume some days and it was awful! Definitely wouldn’t recommend it.

The ultimate packing guide for a sailing trip in Croatia! Don't miss these amazing tips for packing on your Croatia sail trip. #Croatia #Sailing #PackingList

Alrighty, I hope you enjoyed that lengthy guide on what to pack for your Croatia sailing trip! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “What to Pack When You Sail Croatia: The Ultimate Packing List for Women”

Love how you included a list of what NOT to pack! Honestly, I’m not a perfume person (I get allergic thanks to my asthma!) so it’s nice to see it on the list. 😉 ❤️ – Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

I absolutely loved this list. Even though I’m a Flight Attendant, when it comes to packing for vacation, because I fly standby, I tend to overpack to be ready for everything and just in case we end up staying longer or even switching destinations and extending our trip for a long layover in a new country on the way home. I have a few updates or suggestions to add: More than one pair of leggings, two wouldn’t take up much room, especially if you don’t bring a pair of jeans. BUG SPRAY, natural bug repellant bracelets. If I had to choose between bug repellant and sunscreen, I would have chosen to not be eaten alive. Mosquitos are known for being extra hungry at dusk and dawn. It seems like we got the most bites while we dined since we weren’t moving or getting a breeze. A portable rechargeable fan from amazon is something I always bring when traveling. For overheating, motion sickness, stuffy rooms, or moving air to deter mosquitos. Friends who weren’t feeling well borrowed it, and I left it run and recharge plugged into a micro USB plug every night. A sweater, comfortable jacket is great for flights. Even more multi-purpose would be if it was a windbreaker or water resistant shell. It rained in the mornings and sometimes the day, during our early September 2019 trip.

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