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Moving to Makarska Riviera, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Moving to Makarska Riviera, Croatia? Expats talk about what you need to know before moving to Makarska Riviera.

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What do I need to know before moving to Makarska Riviera?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Makarska Riviera, they said:

"Makarska Riviera is a part of Croatia known for its stunning beaches, clear waters, and beautiful mountainous backdrop. Before moving there, expats should know that the official language is Croatian, although English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The cost of living in Makarska Riviera is generally lower than in many Western European countries, but it's still higher compared to other parts of Croatia. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, and while credit cards are widely accepted, it's always useful to have some cash on hand. The climate in Makarska Riviera is Mediterranean, with hot summers and mild winters. It's important to note that the region can get quite crowded during the peak tourist season, which runs from June to August. Healthcare in Croatia is of a good standard, but expats are advised to have comprehensive health insurance. If you're from an EU country, you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you move. Croatia is part of the European Union but not the Schengen Area, so visa requirements will depend on your nationality. It's important to check these before planning your move. The cuisine in Makarska Riviera is Mediterranean, with a focus on fresh seafood, olive oil, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. The region is also known for its wine production. Public transportation in the area is reliable, but many expats choose to drive. If you plan to do so, you should familiarize yourself with the local driving laws and consider getting an International Driving Permit. The education system in Croatia is well-regarded, and there are international schools available. However, these are mostly located in larger cities like Zagreb and Split. Finally, it's worth noting that the pace of life in Makarska Riviera is generally slower than in many other parts of the world. This can be a big adjustment for some expats, but others find it to be one of the most appealing aspects of life in this beautiful part of Croatia," said one expat in Makarska Riviera.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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