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Where to Stay in Croatia

My husband and I are traveling to Europe in late Sept/early Oct: Krakow - Budapest - Croatia. We are ending our trip in Croatia (5-7 days there). Our Flight leaves out of Dubrovnik, but we will be traveling from Budapest mostly via train (coming into Split and then on down the coast). Any recommendations on wheather we should "hop" down the coast or take a homebase in Dubrovnik? Either way would greatly appreciate some help on deciding where to stay (hotel, rental, in the city, on the coast). Thanks!!

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If you have just 5-7 days in Croatia, I'd recommend one full day in Split (which would probably be 2 nights, depending on your arrival time). We really liked Base Rooms in Split, right inside the palace. And then I'd take a bus to Dubrovnik and spend the remainder of the time there, either in Dubrovnik or (my favorite) the village of Cavtat, about 10 miles south. We love Cavtat ... it's a beautiful place, from which you can take a 10 minute bus ride or 40 minute boat ride into Dubrovnik to see the city, but then can come back to the peace of Cavtat in the evening. At the end of a busy trip, I think Cavtat would be ideal. And it's just a few minutes from the Dubrovnik airport, for your trip home. From Cavtat (or Dubrovnik, if you decide to stay there) you should take a highly recommended day trip to Montenegro, to the Bay of Kotor. You can also take a day trip to Mostar, which I've not seen but some people really enjoy, despite it being a very long day on the bus.

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We took the train from Budapest to Zagreb. We stayed there for 2 nights although 1 would be good enough. I would suggest you rent a car in Zagreb and go to Plitvice. It is truly beautiful. From there you can head south. We stayed in Trogir and then drove to Dubrovnik. We stayed there for 5 days and did day trips to Mostar and then another to Montenegro. We prefered the trip to Bosnia. We did stay within the old town walls in Dubrovnik and really enjoyed it, but Cavatat is really nice and quiet. There is a local bus that will take you to the gates of the old town in Dubrovnik but we preferred to stay in town.

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I would "hop" down the coast from Split to Dubrovnik by car and on the way go to Korcula and a side trip to Mostar. We stayed at the Kaleta Apartments in Split which was very nice. If you can get a ferry connection from Hvar to Korcula, I'd go to Hvar first then on to Korcula, We stayed at the Apartments Lenni and enjoyed our stay there. Mostar is a fascinating place to spend a day because of its recent history. We stayed at the Muslibegovic House. They will also help arrange a tour with Alma Elezovic for a fascinating insight into Mostar's history. We stayed at the Villa Ragusa in Dubrovnik which was great.

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Thank you all very much for your replies! They are all greatly appreciated!