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Recommendation for 3 days at an island while traveling from Split to Dubrovnik

I'm looking for recommendations - or your opinions - on visiting an island for three nights while making our way from Split to Dubrovnik in the of June. We are a family of four with two teenage daughters (who will like some beach time). We like the outdoors, hiking and exploring. We will have a car but can opt to return it in Split if that is what will make the most sense as we will fly from Dubrovnik to Zagreb. We will be traveling light - so while it's nice to be able to just throw everything in a car, we will likely have three small suitcases or backpacks and two smaller daypacks.

I've looked at Korcula as an option but I am not sure about being there without a car as it is large and the buses sound so-so. Hvar seems too party-like, Brac seems not as good of a stopping point in terms of getting to Dubrovnik.

Thanks in advance!

Posted by Jennifer
Tunbridge Wells
2376 posts

I always take a car onto the islands for ease of getting around, but I stay for 2-3 weeks on the same island. I am not sure it would be worth it for only 3 days, but that is for you to decide. Public transport on all the islands is limited.

If you don't have a car, then you can take the Krilo catamaran, which links Brac, Hvar and Korcula to Split and Dubrovnik. If you have a car, you will have to take the Jadrolinija car ferry. In peak season, you will have to queue for at least an hour before sailing to ensure you get a place on the boat. As a foot passenger, you only need to be there a few minutes before departure. The catamarans leave in the morning, arriving in Dubrovnik by noon.

Why is Brac not a good stopping point? Only Hvar town is party central - there is the rest of the island to consider staying. Hvar is larger than Korcula.

For beaches, any of the islands would suit. I prefer the beaches near Stari Grad and Jelsa to those near Hvar town. Avoid Zlatni Rat on Brac as it is full of party day boats, but otherwise, the beaches are good.

Late June may hit temperatures in the late 30s, which may be too hot for hiking and exploring, but good for the beach.

Posted by Charlene
Centennial, CO, US
1646 posts

Consider Vis ... a lovely island about a 2-hour ferry ride from Split. The ferry docks at the main town, which is divided in two (Luka and Kut). But the best place to stay is on the other side of the island, in a gorgeous fishing village called Komiza. From Komiza you can take a boat to a Blue Cave, hike, sunbathe. You can get to Komiza by bus or rental car.

If you don't get a car, it might be best to spend your final night in Luka/Kut in order to catch the early morning ferry that will return you to Split. Just across from the ferry landing is a bus station, where you can catch a bus for a comfortable, beautiful ride to Dubrovnik.