We have been in October for the last 3 years and while the weather
is more variable, it is generally warm both air and sea. We were there for 3 weeks in early October last year and the weather
was fantastic with air in mid 30s, sea temperatures near 30C. While the sea is cooling
down it will still usually be in the mid 20s which is nice unless you are special or Australian. Diligently listen to the VHF forecast
from Zadar, Split or Dubrovnik and act on it if the wind
is NE (Bora) or E/SE (Yugo), i.e. choose a sheltered anchorage from that wind
We choose to sail on the shoulder periods because its much quieter. Downside is that some restaurants are shut (but there will still be some open although the more remote
island ones are likely to be shut), mooring
buoys may be removed, shops may be open winter hours and there may not be anyone to take your money
which are hideously expensive unfortunately). Plus side is that you can anchor
or moor elsewhere easily.
It is difficult to recommend places as there are so many. There are very few stinkers. Most people reckon Hvar, Split Korcula and Dubrovnik are must do's. Get hold of a copy of 777 Harbours and Anchorages
which covers every cove and/or the Croatia Cruising Companion
by Cody & Nash which covers only Dalmatia up to Zadar but gives a lot more information to get the feel of the places. They both also give good advice re shelter aspects of each place.
Our boat is chartered through Trend Travel and Yachting who I would recommend. There are lots of good charter comapnies so I suggest you find one with the boat you want and then search on web and ask on here for reviews
of the company.
You will need a large capacity memory card for your camera
, lightweight waterproofs (no boots) and maybe a hat for the sun.