It’s a short trip to the first harbor in Croatia that
foreign boats can pass through immigration and customs. The process is
slower than Montenegro and requires a few mnore documents but it is not too
painful. The hardest part was performing a stern-to docking with anchor
in high winds and 1-1.5 meters waves at the customs dock! I admit the
first attempt I failed and bailed out. The second attempt with the anchor
set at 45 degrees to the wind proved workable. But it was too rough to
leave the boat so we stuffed our documents in a waterproof backpack and threw
it to the agent on shore. After a hour, which felt like three hours in
the rough water, he returned. Threw the backpack and we were all
set. We then berthed alongside a mega yacht at the town quay. It
provided some additional protection from the wind but again stern-to berthing
with an anchor in winds and rough water was not fun. No damage just not
the greatest looking event but it did provide entertainment for all the tourist
Two other sailboats plus a couple of motor boats were also
docked. The smaller sailboats were behaving like rocking horses and I
thought the crew would end up in the air from the rocking. At 9:30 at
night it calmed down as predicted and we were able to get off and tour the
small town of Cavtat.
Not much to see in the town but it has plenty of cafes,
small restaurants, groceries, produce, wine and ATMs.
As a note to others. The immigration only takes the
local currency, Kunas. At a ratio of 5 to 1 getting 2,000 Kuna from the
cash machine is not a lot of money, better than the Peso.
Town quay. The day before the waves were breaking over
the wall from the surge in the harbor.