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Hvar, Croatia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Hvar, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Hvar?

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

"Hvar is a beautiful island known for its stunning beaches, lavender fields, and vibrant nightlife. The official language is Croatian, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The local currency is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro, and while credit cards are accepted in most places, it's always a good idea to have some cash on hand. The cost of living in Hvar is relatively high compared to other parts of Croatia, due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Hvar has a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The island is well-connected to the mainland by ferry services, making it easy to explore other parts of Croatia. Hvar's healthcare system is good, with a hospital and several pharmacies on the island, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. The island is generally safe, but like any tourist destination, it's important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions against petty crime. Driving in Hvar can be challenging due to narrow, winding roads and limited parking, so many residents and visitors choose to walk or bike instead. The island has a slower pace of life, which can be a big adjustment for those used to living in a bustling city. Hvar has a rich history and culture, with many festivals and events taking place throughout the year. The island's cuisine is heavily influenced by its Mediterranean location, with fresh seafood, olive oil, and local wines featuring prominently. Finding accommodation can be challenging during the peak tourist season, so it's advisable to secure housing well in advance. Finally, it's important to respect local customs and traditions, as Hvar has a strong sense of community and local pride," explained one expat living in Hvar, Croatia.

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About the Author

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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