Sailing Holidays in Croatia: ACI Marina in Vrboska on Hvar Island
Most sailing holidays in Croatia involve a trip to the island of Hvar, but while Hvar Town is the trendy destination, the main ACI marina is in Vrboska.
Sailing holidays in Croatia are growing in popularity, and most sailors take in the picturesque island of Hvar as part of the trip. Whether sailing one's own boat or enjoying a luxury yacht charter, the town most popular places to visit are Hvar Town - billed as the new St. Tropez and with the mega yachts of Bill Gates, Bernie Ecclestone and Roman Abramovich occasional visitors - and Vrboska, a pretty fishing town on the northern coast which houses the main marina on the island.
ACI Marina in Vrboska
With the growing foreign interest in Croatian tourism, more boat owners are choosing to base their boats year round in Croatia, and the ACI Marina in Vrboska has been experiencing a boom and has expanded its capacity to cope with the increased demand.
Situated metres from Vrboska's historic old town and protected from the Maestral and Burawinds, the ACI Marina is an ever more popular place to for long-term mooring. The facilities are excellent and include a gas station, five ton crane, restaurant, repair shop, laundry service, toilets and showers. There are 85 berths and 25 boat places on land, with water and electric connections to all berths.
The Vrboska marina has been awarded the European Blue Flag, in recognition of the community's effort to maintain the cleanliness of the local beaches and marinas. It is open all year and demand is very high in peak season.
ACI Loyalty Card
With sixteen marinas along the coast, ACI has by far the biggest network in Croatia, and sailors planning to spend more time on the Adriatic may want to consider ACI membership through the ACI Card, which is available to boat owners with an annual berthing or land storage contract.
Benefits of the card include: a 10% discount on daily berth rates throughout the year in any ACI marina; 50% off daily and monthly land storage rates; three days free mooring for holders of a land storage contract; and one high pressure wash of the boat's undercarriage per year.
Vrboska: Little Venice, Nudist Haven and Yachting Paradise
Apart from being the main port of call for the sailing community on Hvar, Vrboska is a well-established tourist resort in its own right, popular with a wide variety of visitors for different reasons. One of Hvar's best naturist beaches is close to the town and, coupled with the nearby FKK camping and nudist beach on the tiny island of Zecevo, it is extremely popular with the naturist community - the island has a long tradition of FKK tourism.
Vrboska is also a popular destination for families, with its excellent beach at Soline and a relaxed, pedestrianised old town, which includes numerous bars and restaurants, an extraordinary church-fortress on the main square, and a picturesque canal which meanders its way between old Dalmatian stone houses. Click here to read more about Sailing Holidays in Croatia: Little Venice.