My brother is finishing high school and I am helping him plan his senior trip. He has decided on Croatia. He is wanting a relaxing beach vacation. However, he has promised me we can go to Pula and see the amphitheater (and more). This is really all the sight seeing he wants to do. I have looked up many Croatian itineraries but few of them include both beaches and Pula. With all that being said, I know Pula is far from most of the beaches I have read about. So, my questions:
Where are the best beaches?
Should we fly into Pula, rent a car, and make our way down the coastline visiting beaches along the way and fly out of Dubrovnik?
I've also read about ferries from Pula to other cities. Are these recommended, and to which city? Split?
Should we just make Pula a day trip from our base, and if so, where should our base be located?
We are American and this will be our first time in Croatia! We are very excited. We will arrive the 31st of June and leave the 7th of July. My parents will be accompanying us.