If you’re like most Americans, you hear the word “Croatia” and your mind immediately jumps to the same pity-inducing images of left-behind Russian nations. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. This diverse, gorgeous, inspiring country on the Adriatic is a great place to spend your travel time. Shoppers, hikers, beach lovers, even TV fans will love a trip to Croatia, a country that’s got so much more going on than you could comprehend. If you’re thinking about spending a few weeks in Croatia, however, here are some destinations, customs, and general knowledge to keep in mind to make sure that your time on the Adriatic is well spent.
1. Don’t Just Drop the Top With Abandon
Croatia’s pristine beaches welcome topless sunbathers in a lot of cases. On some specially-designated beaches, travelers can even go completely nude. Before you bare it all, however, keep in mind where you are. Different parts of the country tend to have competing social values. A beach in the south of the nation, for example, may not appreciate you doffing that top while their kids are playing in the water.