Yes, cruising between Dubrovnik and Split is lovely, visiting Hvar, Korcula, and Mljet, however a whole other world awaits north of Split, with another 200 nautical miles of coastline and over 700 islands including the Kornati Islands and the Brijuni Islands National Parks.
Visit Mali Losinj, the seafaring village and a Baroque Venetian version of Portofino. This village was the shipping hub for the area in the 19th century. Today, Mali Losinj Island is considered the Island of Vitality given the over 1200 species of herbs that grow wild on the island providing natural aromatherapy in the winds. Cruise into the harbor of the small island of Zlaton the center of red coral harvested locally from the surrounding waters. According to ancient legends, red coral originated when Perseus severed Medusa’s head and threw it into the sea. On Zlaton, where cars are forbidden, fishermen hunt for red coral rather than fish, which is a present traditionally given to all children on the island as protection for health, as red coral turns white when the body has a temperature.
The Kornati Archipelago has a unique beautiful stark landscape, unlike the rest of the Croatian islands. This archipelago is mostly uninhabited so it is possible to have anchorages completely to oneself in which to swim and star gaze. The restaurant Zakan located on the island of Ravni Žakan is outstanding, catering, to who else, but the yachting crowd.
Krka Falls is just north of Sibenik, and easily visited by van, although very crowded, and perhaps best to visit the lovely little Monastery Visovac, probably the most photographed place in Croatia, with a short side trip to Krka Falls. Sibenik has a surprisingly large Old Town with winding walking streets to explore.
Pula is a gem on the northern coast of an area of Croatia called Istria, at least the Romans thought so, and made this location a hub for their civilization in this part of their Empire, building a huge arena, most of which is still standing today; built with an enormous amount of seating, and sun and rain protection created by awnings covered by cloth soaked in bee’s wax. Further north is the lovely seaside village of Rovinj, with a very attractive Old Town, on what was once an islet, connected to land by a Roman built causeway.
Once in this area, take a side trip into the mountains of Istria to the Motovun Forest for an exhibition of Truffle Hunting, and enjoy a myriad number of dishes made with Truffles at the Zigante Restauranat in Livade. This is also the place to visit wineries, taste olive oils, and even donkey milk. And while in the area, for those wanting a little exercise, hike up to the top of the medieval village of Motovun, changed little from yesteryear.
Stop at the head of Lim Bay, with its unique marine eco-system harboring spiny cockles, scallops, clams, shell farms of oysters and black mussels and a wide variety of fish for a shellfish and fresh seafood feast at the Viking or Fjord Restaurants.
With so many islands, so much coastline and so much to see and do, you could enjoy not one, or two, but many more yacht charters in Croatia cruising north of Split for many years to come.