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Where to stay: Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar?

We are planning a trip to Dubrovnik next spring. Is it better to stay in Dubrovnik, Split, or Hvar? My mom and aunt will be traveling with us and don't like to climb a lot of stairs. We would like somewhere quiet with a great view of the ocean, but still close to town. Thank you!

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Our favorite place to stay in the Dubrovnik area is the little town of Cavtat, south of Dubrovnik. It's beautiful and quiet. A great place to stay there is Villa Andro; it's a B&B with no stairs to climb, close to the harbor. Read the reviews on Trip Advisor and see if this sounds appealing. Split is a very large city; we stayed in Base Rooms, in Diocletian's Palace, which was fun. I believe she only has 2 rooms, and there is a short flight of stairs. I think 2 nights in Split would be plenty. Hvar is a large island. There are lots of stairs involved in most of the lodgings, so this might not be your best bet. If you go to Cavtat (or Dubrovnik) be sure to take a day trip to Montenegro. The Bay of Kotor is spectacular. You can rent a car or take a tour bus to get to Montenegro. Have fun!

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Thank you for the wonderful (and much needed) advice. We are planning to take a day trip to Montenegro and Mostar. Any other helpful advice for our trip is definitely welcome. Thank you for sharing.

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Can you tell me if it's possible to catch a ferry from Cavtat to Hvar or do we need to catch the ferry in Dubrovnik?

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You can buy your ferry tickets in Cavtat, at the travel agency beside the gelato stand. But then you will need to go to Dubrovnik to catch the ferry for Hvar. There's a bus from Cavtat to the Dubrovnik ferry terminal ... takes about 15 or 20 minutes. The bus runs frequently (at least one per hour, according to my memory). Cavtat has just a small harbor, with yachts, fishing boats and tourist day-trip boats. Very beautiful and peaceful. From Cavtat, you can see the Dubrovnik harbor where cruise ships dock, and time your visit to Dubrovnik accordingly. Sometimes there were 4 or 5 huge cruise ships; one day there were none, so that's the day we went. When the coast is clear, you can take the bus to Dubrovnik (about 10 minutes to the gates of Old Town) or you can take a boat (takes longer, costs more, but we thought it was more fun).

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I would say yes, yes, and yes!!! They are all three gorgeous and the history that you feel in Split is absolutely amazing, walking around and stopping for a drink in the living breathing Diocletian's Palace. Hvar was one of my favorite stops, and Dubrovnik is simply exquisite.

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Thank you for the wonderful advice! It just gets us more excited for our trip.