Should we consider staying outside of Dubrovnik? So we can access other points of interest? Or stay in Dubrovnik and take shorter trips? Other beaches available by bus? Flying blind here... But trying to do as much research as possible to make an informed decision!
We loved staying right in the town. We had a little apartment over a restaurant and we loved strolling around early in the morning and late in the evening. We did day trips from Dubrovnik and had no trouble meeting up with our driver to head out to Kotor and Mostar etc.
We always stay inside the old city. The only beach we go to is Banje Beach outside the Ploce gate, very, very early in the morning. Or we swim off the pier in the evening. We will be there this August. You can take the ferry from inside the old town to Lokrum, about 15 minutes, and swim there. We have done day trips and we just met them at the bus stop outside the Pile Gate, no problem.
Would the two of you be able to offer the names of where you stayed within old town? Thank you.
Definitely stay in the old town or just outside one of the gates unless you have a car - then parking it near the old town can be a hassle. Buses get you places. I stayed near the Pile Gate (pretty flat area) on my first trip. Second trip (just a one night return) I had a car and stayed in the Lapad and took the bus to the old town. That can work, but it's not the same as being able to walk in/around the old town at different times of the day.
Visit the Buza Bar in the wall at sunset if you can!!
Apartments Pavisa on Zudioska Ulica, must pay with cash. Has a very small kitchenette and we usually make our own breakfast and evening snack. We eat an early dinner at around 2-3:00 and have a snack in the evening, like the locals. We also have stayed at Bed & Breakfast Andio which provides breakfast but it is right off the Stradun and very noisy at night as there is a bar across the very narrow street. We also had to maneuver our way through the bar patrons to open our door. Pavisa is at the top of the street and much more quiet.
Thanks to you both! Happy trails.