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The Cost of Living in Split- $1600 a Month To Live a Mediterranean Dream In Croatia

(@marco-expat)
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Split, Croatia offers low living costs, a chill Mediterranean lifestyle, ancient Roman ruins, crystal blue waters, and a long-term EU visa. While prices have increased for 2024, Croatia is still an affordable on a $1600 budget. Plus the high quality of life make Split an ideal spot for expat retirees and digital nomads.


   
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(@Chantelle)
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I had no idea it was so affordable to live in Croatia! I have been wanting to visit, this is great information.


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Chantelle,

I was surprised as well. As long as you're not looking at Dubrovnik or trying for a short-term rental during the summer months, the country is very reasonable.


   
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(@Charlie | Nonchalant Navigator)
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A supremely well-thought-out breakdown here Marco, really useful. One does not immediately jump to visions of sunny beaches with Croatia in mind but it is certainly a viable way to live the Mediterranean life.


   
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(@Josy A)
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It looks like you can afford a pretty sweet lifestyle in Croatia for $1400 a month. That is fantastic when you consider how great the scenery is there - you must have had a blast exploring the countryside. 🙂


   
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Wow, this is great information. I am planning a long term trip in the near future and I will definitely bookmark this post for later. Croatia was on my list before, but I might decide to stay there longer now! I also love the tip about the local truffles, I am a truffle fanatic!


   
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(@marco-expat)
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Hi Kailyn,

Truffles here are made my pandemic bearable. During "normal" times, they have a Truffle festival run by a Michelin-rated restaurant, Zigante. Well worth checking out while you are here.


   
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Stunning is an understatement in describing nature out here. The turquoise-blue waters are as clear as any place outside of the Philippines.


   
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I think the beaches and coasts in all the Balkan countries are criminally underrated. The islands, waters, and beaches are as nice as places on the Mediterranean Riviera but for 50% less cost.


   
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(@Rudy @ Backpack & Snorkel)
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Croatia is on our list of countries to visit. I was surprised to see some low hotel rates in the not-so-touristy areas and your article just explained that this is because of the lower cost of living. When the pandemic is over and we finally get to visit, then hopefully we will be able to profit from the lower prices by stretching our budget farther than I thought.


   
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(@Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions)
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I did not know about Croatia's one year residence permit but I will surely keep that in mind! Croatia is on my 2020s travel wish list, so this post was really helpful since I'd absolutely want to spend more than just a week or two there. The rent is a lot cheaper than I expected it to be given the location and how nice the place looks. Also interesting to see the cost comparisons with Vietnam and Colombia since I lived in Saigon for a year and would like to eventually do a long-term stay in Medellin.


   
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Even better, they just released a Digital Nomad Visa in January. If you want to work online (teaching English) and live in the country, there is a legal way to do it. I'll be releasing my post about that visa soon.


   
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I saw some dive shops (closed for the winter) on my beach. I'm not sure what snorkeling in the Adriatic is like, but from the shore, visibility here is incredible.


   
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(@Shawna Wilson)
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Thank you for this informative article!
I am planning take advanage of the 1 year digital nomad program next year. Can you please recommend any websites for furnished long term rentals?
Thank you!


   
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Hi Shawna,

There are two good websites at the bottom of this post.
https://nomadicfire.com/living-in-croatia#resources
One is in Croatian, so you'll need to fire up Google Translate, but that website is the cheapest. It focuses on long-term rentals.
The second one is targeted at Digital Nomads and has shorter leasing terms.

Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Cheers,

Marco


   
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