I spent a few days in Dubrovnik last month and had a wonderful time. That said, I doubt I will return during the busy summer months on future trips.
Dubrovnik, Croatia Photo Essay
Dubrovnik is a stunning city. It’s beautiful both in terms of natural beauty and the architecture that gives it such charm.
But the summers are busy. Seasonal flights from the USA, cruise ships, and budget airlines from all over Europe bring in crowds by the thousands and you’ll see that on the crowded streets and beaches.
Furthermore, I found the weather too hot…if I want the summer heat, I’d just as soon stay in Los Angeles.
And perhaps most of all, the prices are extremely…almost outrageously high during the summer. Croatia used to be the place you traveled to save on money but not Dubrovnik, at least during the summer.
This was my second trip to Dubrovnik and my previous trip was in autumn. If you visit during the shoulder seasons, you can enjoy cheaper prices, fewer crowds, but still warm weather. If you visit later in the fall, the winter, or early in the spring, you can enjoy much cheaper pricing, though the weather will be on the cool side and not all hotels or resorts will be open.
Bottom line: as you’ll see in the photo essay below, it is a beautiful place, but be aware of the crowds and high pricing that take away much of the charm during the summer months.