Originally Posted by Aquarius74
Turkey is considered to have the best winds, certainly over the years we get better sailing. Both are very interesting, Turks are probably the friendlier. Can't comment on prices though
I've chartered in both of these places, in Turkey
They are both gorgeous.
Turkey is (was -- it's been a few years) more civilized, more efficient, cheaper, better infrastructure. We had better wind and sailing. The cruising grounds around Bodrum are wonderful. People are very friendly. Food
Croatia -- we sailed out of Split -- was incredibly beautiful, interesting, with very interesting ancient towns besides beautiful nature. But a little wild -- poor infrastructure, rapacious taxi drivers, etc., etc. And in those days (about a decade ago) more expensive. Wind was flukier, and we went through a nasty katabatic storm, and had days of dead calm.
You probably can't go wrong either way. Both are not-to-be-missed cruising grounds. If I were forced to choose one or the other and leave tomorrow, I'd probably choose Croatia, despite the several disadvantages compared to Turkey.
Either way -- make sure and take as much time as you can. A week is not enough -- two bare minimum to actually range about a bit, get into the mood, really experience the country.