Yachting on the Dalmatian Coast
Concierge.com's insider take:
Given its proximity to Italy and Greece, it's no surprise that the Dalmatian Coast has been drawing big-money yachts—we're talking $10 million and up—away from the tried and true Mediterranean routes. But chartering a motor yacht or sailboat is not limited to millionaires. Many charters originate from Split and last one week—enough time to complete a circuit that takes in Hvar, Vis, Korčula, and Brač. Both crewed and bareboat (sans crew; ICC or RYA license required) charters are available. The best time to be on the water is in the months just before and after the high season of July and August: Besides having fewer boats to contend with, the winds are stronger. SAT Yachting in Split has luxury yachts, motorboats, sailboats, and catamarans. Prices compare favorably to those in Greece and Italy: A weeklong bareboat charter of a 46-foot Bavaria 46 sailboat, which sleeps up to eight, is just north of $4,000, excluding food and port charges; a roomier Lagoon 440 catamaran without crew runs closer to $9,000 (385-21-544-033; www.sat-yachting.hr).