We are traveling to Croatia in July for our honeymoon. How long should we stay and where should we stay?
Plitvice Lakes National Park in north Croatia is beautiful. There are plenty of places to camp or hire a cabin around the area, but it is easier if you hire a car. We camped there for two nights and then we drove through Mostar and into Montenegro - it took about 12-14 hours with a long lunch stop in Mostar.
We stayed overnight in Kotor Old Town (Kotor Stari Grad), which I highly recommend. It's a beautiful bay and has some swimming spots nearby. I wish we had stayed in Kotor for a few more days as it was beautiful!
(Check out my tips on what to do and where to eat: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/kotors-stari-grad-old-town-and-fortress/)
We didn't stay long in Montenegro, but we did spend three days at a camp site in Lake Skadar in north Albania. It was plenty of fun, relaxing and quite off the beaten track if you are in to that thing.
We stayed for three nights in Orašac, just outside of Dubrovnik. Orasac was great! We camped 2 minutes walk from the beach and from where a boat picked us up the next day and took us to three islands.
You can check out our whole camping road trip (including where we stayed and how we drove between each place) on my travel site: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/our-camping-road-trip-in-the-balkans/
And, here is some information about driving between all of these countries: http://www.neverendinghoneymoon.net/driving-the-balkans/
Feel free to ask me any questions!
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Hvar is considered a more luxurious place to stay, and like Split and Dubrovnik are fairly hopping places in the summer time. Lots going on, but also lots of tourists. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, especially if you were hoping to enjoy some nightlife.
If you wanted a more quiet romantic getaway, consider Mljet. The western part of the island is a truly gorgeous park, perfect for nature lovers. You could also take a day trip here from Dubrovnik is you didn't want to spend to much time away from the action.
As far as how long you stay is totally up to you and your budget. If you wanted to have an active honeymoon, full of sightseeing you could spend 3-4 days in each place I mentioned. If you wanted to have a more relaxed vacation, spend a week in a busy place and a week in a quiet place. This would be great especially if you want to enjoy the beaches.
You can also check out this list of the top rated sights and activities in Croatia and see if there is anything you definitely want to do. Then you can plan your holiday around that:
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