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Re: Croatia vs Turkey
We chartered off the Carian coast (Datša peninsula) in Turkey June of this year, and out of Split, Croatia, last year. Both areas are terrific for sailing although quite different in terms of local atmosphere and sights.
Wind conditions were quite similar with some days of 15-20 knts and some days with little wind. The first few days in Turkey we were beating against the prevailing westerly wind, which was quite exciting at times. Charter expenses were quite similar, with Turkey a couple hundred dollar more expensive for a slightly larger and newer boat. Having said that, the cost of living in Turkey was lower than along the Croatian coast, so provisioning and restaurants in Turkey were cheaper. We went with local charter companies (Perfect Sailing in Orhaniye, Turkey, Adriatic Yacht Charter in Kastella, Croatia) and the boat in Croatia was not as well maintained as the one in Turkey.
I found the general scenery spectacular, but quite similar between both areas. Croatia seems to have many more scenic (touristy) little ports, while the area where we were sailing in Turkey was quite remote and wild with just a few small villages. We did see the ruins of ancient Knidos at the tip of the Datša peninsula and anchored the boat in the harbor - definitely worth a visit. Turkey was less crowded, although we did see a few gulets. I was told that occasionally there is a Russian flotilla that takes over entire anchorages, but we never had any problems finding an anchorage or place to dock.
Bottom line, we enjoyed both places and would go back in a heartbeat.
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