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Honeymoon advice in Croatia

My husband and I will be celebrating one year of marriage with a trip this summer. We will be traveling the last week of July and first week of August. I realize these are not the best times to travel anyplace in the Mediterranean, but the dates are fixed.

We are thinking of either spending all our time in Croatia or in Italy. Given how horribly crowded Italy sounds to be in August, we're leaning towards Croatia.

I'm wondering what itinerary advice any of you who have been to Croatia would recommend? We are likely going to spend a week traveling around (Dubrovnik, Split) and hiking and a week being lazy on one (or several) of the islands.

Any suggestions regarding favorite places (sights, accommodations, restaurants) would be much appreciated!!!

Thanks in advance!

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Croatian beach towns are also busy in August with sun-seekers from all over Europe. My attempt to drive down the coast on a Saturday in August several years ago just resulted in being stuck in traffic all day. Reserve your hotels ahead. In Dubrovnik, big daytime crowds leave their cruise ships and crowd into the old town in the morning, but crowds die down later in the day.

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Bess, I think you could have a wonderful trip to either Croatia or Italy. I would recommend that you also post your question in the Italy forum, to get other people's suggestions and hopefully hear from people who were in Italy at that time of year. In Italy, I would recommend getting off the beaten tourist track and focusing your time in Le Marche (Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, with some beach time in Senigallia). Look up all these places (and the ones mentioned below) on Trip Advisor.

For Croatia, consider flying into Split and spending a couple of nights in or near Diocletian's Palace. (We stayed at Base Rooms, in the palace, simple but nice and great location.) Then take a ferry to the tiny island of Vis. This is not as well-known as Hvar or Korcula but equally beautiful. We stayed in the main town (Luka), which is very pretty. But even more appealing is the little town of Komiza, on the other side of the island, reachable by bus. Absolutely gorgeous. I would stay there if possible. This would be a great place to be lazy for maybe 5 nights. You can take a boat excursion to the "blue hole" of Bisevo, which is fun. You can do a little hiking on the island ... it's very small, and does not get many tourists. We loved sitting at the harbor in Luka at sunset with a glass of wine and watching the yachts dock.

Then ferry back to the mainland and visit Plitvice Lakes, again by bus. We haven't been there yet, but have heard that it's amazing. Stay overnight here, and then make your way down to Dubrovnik. To avoid crowds, don't stay in Dubrovnik. Instead, keep going on the bus about 15 minutes south to the beautiful little village of Cavtat. Our favorite B&B here is Villa Andro, but they book up quickly. You can visit Dubrovnik by bus, or by boat (about 40 minutes). Preferably, visit Dubrovnik on a day when no cruise ships are in port (check this website to see how many ships & passengers are scheduled for each day).

From Cavtat, depending on your interests, you could take a day trip to Mostar, or to Montenegro to see the Bay of Kotor, or you could take a boat trip around the Croatian islands. Lots of options. You could easily spend 5 great nights here. Then fly home from the Dubrovnik airport, which is actually just outside Cavtat.

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My mother in law's family is from Croatia and it is a fantastic place to visit anytime. May I suggest that you rent a boat to stay on? This is so relaxing and you can be in a little world of your own when you want to be which is great for a couple celebrating an anniversary. Happy Anniversary to the two of you (in advance). All of Europe is crowded in August not only because of people from other countries visiting but because it is common for Europeans to have their own vacations in August (some in July). Many things get closed down, there is extra crowding, and it can be blazing hot.

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Thank you all for the great advice!

Renting a boat sounds intriguing, but we are on relatively limited funds. Anyone have any insight about the expensive of boat rentals, or how time-intensive taking ferries from island to island might be?

We have heard about Vis and it does sound much more our speed than Hvar. I've heard that airbnb or other apartment rental is the way to go in most of these areas, including Vis, but would love if others have alternative perspective!

Thanks in advance!

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Katarina line runs boats down and up the coast stopping at many islands. They are small with average of 30 passengers. Most are a week long. Their web site is katarina-line.com