There are three different theories regarding the origin of the name Tivat.

First one asserts that it has been derived from the name of the Illyrian queen Teutes who, for a short while, had her governmental seat in the nearby city Risno, and possibly summer houses in the near proximity of Tivat. Second theory claims that the name conceivably originated from names of Christian saints such as Sanctus Theodorus, Theodosius, Theodotus, Theodulus or Middle Age saints (XII c.) Theudo, Teodo. The third theory, short and without extensive explanation, states that name Tivat has its origins in Celtic word “touto” which means city.

Tivat is situated in the central part of the Boka Bay (Boka Kotorska), on the southwest slopes of Vrmac (765m). Tivat Bay with the Krtolj archipellagu, and its stunning, magnificent and breathtaking views is currently the biggest of four bays in Boka Kotorska.

According to the 2011 census, Tivat has around 14,000 inhabitants. It is located at 42°26' of the north, and 18°42' of east longitude, occupying an area of 46 km2, with 5 km2 along the seafront.

Tivat coastline, from Verige to Krašići, is approximately 30,000 m2 long, with small attractive ports, coves and numerous beaches spread all over the seaboard.

Late in the XIX century, influenced by the foundation of a famous military seaport Arsenal, Tivat began its development and infrastructural growth. Prior to the construction of Arsenal, the land in Tivat was mostly in hands of feudal nobles from Prčanj, Perast, Dobrota and Kotor.

Presently, Tivat is a fastest growing municipality in Montenegro utterly dedicated towards the development of tourism.

With its position in the Bay of Kotor, numerous coves, peninsula Prevlaka, island St Marco, the famous beach Pržno, and the Porto Montenegro marina, Tivat is listed on the tourist maps as an exceptionally attractive touristic destination.

Tivat has a typically Mediterranean climate, with mild but rainy winters and sunny and warm summers. One can say that Tivat has the characteristic climate, caused by the nonhomogeneous relief. The average yearly temperature is 15°C. This is the sunniest town in the Bay of Kotor with 2446.2 sunny hours a year. The most common winds are ”Bura” (northeast wind) in the winter and mistral (northwest wind) in the summer months. Sirocco (jugo), a warm wind that brings a lot of rain is common during the fall and winter seasons.

Extensive rainfalls cause the most precipitation in Tivat, while other forms of precipitation here are very rare. The average annual rainfall is 1.755 mm and is the most common during the cold seasons. Such climatic conditions have made Tivat suitable for both summer and winter tourism.

On the Tivat Riviera the sea is clean and the air refreshingly mild. Thanks to the favorable climate and good geographical position, Tivat is rich in horticultural potential. In addition to various local Mediterranean plants, one may notice a number of exotic plants brought and seeded by sailors from all over the world. Different species, such as magnolia, mimosa, camellia, oleander, agave, bougainvillea, eucalyptus, Chilean fir and other, have acclimatized here because of the favorable climate.