I am hoping that this post will help future travelers in their travel prep to Croatia. We just spent 2 weeks in the Balkans travelling through Dubrovnik, Split , Havar , rijeka , Bosnia Herzegovina , lake plitvice and Zagreb.
Dubrovnik is a perfect example of how to loose a perfectly awesome destination, start sending 4 cruise ships a day there.
As long as you want to stick to the beaches during the day time it's a great plaace to visit. Don't even think about going to the old city during the day time when the cruise ships are in town.
If you want to walk the walls, be there sharply at 8 AM when then walls open.
The supply and demand equation is so heavily skewed in favor of the supply that the prices in Dubrovnik are jacked up big time. Be prepared to spend at least $150 a day for a family of 4.
We drove to Bosnia and Herzigovina. Uneventful. Enjoy the wines in Herzegovina. Great wines there. The city of Tribijine quite nice. We drove to Mostar. No one tells you this but the roads are windy, the destination is worth the journey. When is Mostar go the Muslim side and talk to people. You will find the war scars are very much there. On the plus side everything is half off in Bosnia.
Split: Cute little city by the sea, walk around the castle there. Good restaurants.
Havar: OMG, it has fallen to drunk brits and americans. I did not find Havar to be a family friendly place, specially in the night time. The beaches are pebbly. Not impressed at all. You are paying a lot for crazy town.
rijeka : Cute little city by the sea. Go there and have fun.
lake plitvice: Much ballyhooed but I was not impressed. It was a good hike but it was a hike on thin planks fighting 20K tourists.
Zagreb: Loved it. Good restaurants and bars. There is a good cocktail bar called Tesla. Go there( in my opinion).