Croatia Warnings and Dangers
The breakup of the former Yugoslavia led to the creation of several nations, including Croatia. Croatia is a safe destination with some dangers that travelers should know about before enjoying the region’s legendary coastlines and forests.
Beautiful, historic Croatia makes a great way to see the one of the loveliest areas of Europe. But you need to be careful when you’re there. Care should be taken when touring the country’s cities or walking along the many coastal areas. Bear in mind that this region was subject to repeated wars and scars still in remain in places you might not have expected.
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Croatia has miles of crystal clear waters along the Adriatic Sea. However, if you have a sandy beach in mind, be aware that most beaches here tend to have lots of large pebbles instead. You should bring a good pair of beach shoes so you’ll be more comfortable. Sea urchins are also everywhere. These prickly creatures make wonderful eating but their spikes can get in your feet. Watch for them in the water and along the shore. The rocky shores can also be slippery so consider avoiding this area when it rains.
More Serious Dangers
While sea urchins can be annoying, another, far more dangerous problem still exists in parts of the nation. During the Homeland War from 1991 – 1995, armed forces scattered hundreds of land mines across the country. While the capital and the shore are free of land mines, the same cannot be said of other parts of the country. Be aware that the road from Karlovac to Plitvitce may have problems with mines so you might want to avoid it. If you are wondering, it’s best to ask locals if they think there’s a problem with the “mina.” If you see a red triangle that says “ne prilazite” this means”no entering,” and probably indicates a problem with potential land mines in the area. If you are planning to head away from the more popular areas, speak with officials at the Croatian Mine Action Centre as they can help you determine if an area is presently safe.
Many travelers caution that people using trains at night should be particularly careful. It is not uncommon for there to be thefts on the train by thieves who sneak in when the train is boarding. Another transportation issue may cause problems are that many roads here lack shoulders. This means you may not have the room to pass and you may get stuck in traffic. Keep this in mind when driving.
In public places, it’s also best to avoid discussing politics. People still have strong opinions about regional issues. It’s best to let the locals have their opinions.
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Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in Croatia.