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Help with northern Croatia please!

Hi everyone,

My friend and I will be traveling to Ljubljana for 9-10 days in August with various planned day trips to Venice, Lake Bled, and the Postjona caves. We are also very interested in visiting the Plitvice Lakes for one day, but realize how crowded it can get in the summer months, so we are staying in Rastoke/Slunj for one night in order to get an early start at the lakes. In addition, we will be renting a car in Slovenia before heading to Croatia, so that we would have the option of possibly staying an additional night in Croatia on the way to Slunj (perhaps in one of the coastal towns like Opatija, Brsec, Moscenika Draga).

We love scenic beaches, which is why options like Opatija and Brsec appeal to us. My question is- are the beaches in that specific area (I'm not sure what to call that part of the coast?) worth a night/day trip? I found pictures of a beautiful "hidden" beach called beach Klancac and would love to visit it, however I have been having some difficulty finding much information about it (i.e. where it is exactly, how to get there, nearby restaurants, etc). I was wondering if there are any comparable beaches in that region that would make sense for this particular trip that would be worth visiting.

I would appreciate any help- thank you!

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I've been to Istria several times and first of all I've got to say you made a fantastic travel choice.

My favourite beach in the region is the one in Moscenicka Draga, however it's nothing you'd call "hidden" and it can get rather crowded during the German and Austrian school holidays. Since you rent a car, I recommend to simply drive down the coastal road between Opatija and Zagorje. You'll see plenty of beaches along the cliffs, e.g Medveja or rather hidden ones, which can be reached by footpaths only. We once found a little cove south of Brsec. If you want, you can go to Google Street View and take a look yourself, maybe you find something you like.
Concerning accommodation, I recommend looking into private apartments. They're a lot cheaper than hotels and a good way to get in touch with locals. Personally, I'd stay away from Opatija regarding accommodation since it isn't home to any beaches (at least I didn't find any) and compared to the neighbouring towns more expensive. A good way to find a cheap place to sleep is also to look inland, e.g in Moscencie instead of Moscenicka Draga.
Also, keep in mind that there are only pebble beaches in this area. Therefore, I recommend using a camping mat instead of a beach towel and wearing bathing shoes. Both can be bought locally, though.

I wish you a nice holiday.
Enjoy it,

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Thank you so much- that was extremely helpful. Do you know if the parking is difficult near the beaches and if there is an idea time of day to go to avoid the crowds?