Croatia has more than 60 marinas most of which make the cut of what a standard marina encompasses but we’ve narrowed down that category in a bid to identify the top 3 in the region with regards to the number of berths, quality of service offered and suitable location. Here’s how they line up:
1) Marina Punat (Krk Island)
Coming in at number one is the Marina Punat located in a similarly named town beautiful, small town positioned in the exotic island of Krk. It is the oldest marina in Croatia and its years of experience are quite reflective of the kind of service you can expect here. What’s more, it boasts the coveted title of the Blue Flag (only one another marina in the country can say the same) and the Gold Anchor; proof that the marina is in a league of its own.
The services on offer have continually been integrated with emerging technologies to ensure the Marina Punat always has world-class repair and maintenance services as has come to be expected of a port widely regard as the best that the country has to offer. Size wise, the marina has an accommodation spanning 800 wet berths and 400 dry berths for vessels not exceeding lengths of 45 m and 10 m respectively. The availability of a nautical equipment shop, grocery store, restaurant, and a luxury hotel has also ensured Marina Punat’s stature as the best of the best.
2) D-Marin Mandalina (Šibenik)
Being one of only two marinas to amass an impressive 5 Gold Anchors alongside a Blue Flag award, it’s not hard to see why D-Marin Mandalina takes second places on this list and why one would want to rent a sail boat and head on there. It is safely concealed from the harshness of unforgiving waves and winds by a five-mile-long inlet and its convenient location just some distance off of two popular national parks in Krka Waterfalls and Kornati archipelago coupled with its closeness to Šibenik’s historical center making it a nice stopover for exploring vessels.
In total, the marina has 50 dry berths and 79 wet berths set aside for superyachts with 400 more in place for regular yachts. On-site perks include a grocery store, a bar and a restaurant.
3) D-Marin Dalmacija (Sukošan)
D-Marin Dalmacija is sandwiched between the gorgeous cities of Biograd na Moru and Zadar thereby proving an excellent camping spot for those looking to tour the wondrous Šibenik archipelago and beguiling Zadar. At the moment it holds the number three spot as well as the tag of the biggest marina in the country, quite literally, with its reserves featuring 300 dry berths and 1200 wet berths that cater to all vessels not more than 40 m in length. What’s more, their vessel facilities can also harbor transiting superyachts up to 80m long.
Aside from being the biggest, it also has a similarly sized collection of amenities that covers everything that a sailor or cruiser might need such as a repair shop, fuel station, bar, restaurant, café, beach club and a nautical equipment shop. Various travel agencies and charter companies have also set up base here consequently ensuring quick and easy access to various travel options.
From the more than 60 marinas in Croatia, these three are undoubtedly the pick of the bunch.