Sunday, November 11, 2012

Croatian Tourism 2011: Rental Prices on the Island of Hvar


Looking to rent a boat, scooter, car or kayak on Hvar this summer? Here is an overview or rental prices on Croatia's premier island.
Croatian Tourism 2011: Rental Prices on the Island of Hvar - Luka Tambaca (http://www.welcome.hr)
With the main tourist season in Croatia now underway, the hotels and private apartments on Hvar are filling up with tourists keen to explore Croatia's premier island. There are a variety of rental options for those looking to take in the various sights and would prefer more flexibility than the scheduled bus routes.
Rental facilities exist in all the major tourist towns through private travel agencies. Here is a quick overview of prices for various rental equipment. It should be noted that the prices are a guide only and open to local variation. Taken from local agencies in Jelsa, they are likely to be more expensive in Hvar Town.
Car Hire on Hvar
There are pros and cons to renting on the island versus the mainland. Basic rental prices are more expensive, but the cheaper ferry prices and additional flexibility of daily rather than weekly rental make it a more attractive proposition for some. There are some quirkier cars for hire, including a roofless and colourful collection of old Beetles in Stari Grad, as well as a choice of more mainstream models. An example of car rental prices from Jelsa travel agency Globus for June followed by peak season prices in August (10-15% discount for weekly hire):
Smart 350 - 400 kuna
Fiat Punto with aircon 400 - 450 kuna
Seat Ibiza with aircon 450 - 500 kuna
Opel Corsa with aircon 480 - 550 kuna
Car seats for children are available from 30 kuna.
Exploring Hvar by Scooter
A very popular way to explore Hvar is by scooter, and the island's roads are filled with the sight of young couples pootling around pointing to the latest stunning view. It is a fun way to travel and affords the greatest flexibility. Please bear in mind that helmets must be worn while travelling, as the local police will remind you - with a fine - if you fail to comply. Rental prices are in the range of 150 - 180 kuna a day.
Cycling on Hvar: Bike Rental
Hvar is a popular cycling destination and the shoulder months are full of cycling groups exploring the hills and old Dalmatian villages. A recent tourist board initiative to add cycle routes and an informative map has further opened the cycling option for tourists. Bikes can be rented by the hour, day and week, with a daily rental in the region of 40 - 50 kuna.
Boat and Kayak Hire on Hvar
Jelsa agency T-Club offers a range of boat hire, another good way to explore the island's hidden coves. Boat rental prices, including fuel, are in the region of 350 kuna for a 5 horsepower boat, 400 for an 8 horsepower. Kayak rental is also available for 150 kuna a day, although kayak enthusiasts should also look into the range of tours offered by activity specialist, Hvar Adventure.

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