1.) Croatia joins the EU on 01 July 2013 but keeps the local currency KUNA for a few years, meaning the country remains cheaper than other EU countries 2.) The Adriatic is the cleanest sea in Europe 3.) Food is divine, freshly caught fish, organically produced vegetables and fruit... 4.) Croatia is very safe, your need to be careful with your possessions in touristy places, but the country has a very low crime rate 5.) And lastly, the weather is superb with the winds ideal for sailing!