We are planning a trip for 2 people in our mid-20s in August (I know, peak tourist season) to Prague and Croatia and had a few questions for this forum on the best ways to get around. The Croatia portion of the trip is as follows (not set in stone yet):
- Day 1: Prague to Split
- Day 2: Split
- Day 3: Split / Plitvice National Park
- Day 4: Split to Dubrovnik
- Day 5: Dubrovnik
- Day 6: Return to USA
Our primary question is whether or not we should rent a car. Since our time is limited, we figured it may be easiest to rent a car when we get to Split, then use the car to get to and from Plitvice and then to Dubrovnik. I noticed that a few airbnb options for Dubrovnik make mention of car parking spots, so I am not too worried about finding a place in town to park (obviously we would not be using the car during the day in either city). Do you think it makes sense to rent a car? Rather than taking buses, this may save us some time in and out of the park, and we can get on the road early on day 4 that way.
Second, how bad should we expect the crowds to be in Plitvice in August? We would plan to arrive at the park as early as possible in the morning. Any recommendations as to the best way to go through the park?
Third, we are from the United States (Chicago). When returning to the US, is it easier to fly out of Dubrovnik or Split?
Finally, any other general tips and tricks for this seemingly common itinerary? Neither of us have been to Croatia before, so wondering the best way to navigate tourist season.