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Old 06-30-2008, 06:52 AM
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We're visiting family in Trieste, Italy in June 09 and are considering adding week in either Croatia or Montenegro. It would be 2 families with 3 small kids (6mo, 1.5 yr, 5 yo). Does anyone have an opinion on either of these locations? We'd be looking to rent a private home on or very near the beach. Can anyone suggest a good location?
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:02 AM
Location: on an island
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We had a wonderful time in Croatia. We spent two days in Dubrovnik and 3 days on Hvar (island). We also took a day trip to drive around the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. What a beautiful place.
We liked Hvar so much we stayed an extra day.
Look online for rentals. In my experience, the best places are booked far in advance. We had to make a deposit, but everything turned out fine.
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Old 08-09-2008, 11:46 PM
Location: AmCit in Philippines
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Hi Cinci-bound,

I lived in Croatia for a year and had a great time. Hvar, as recommended, is wonderful. If you want to spend some time, look around (not in) Split, Rijeka and Dubrovnik. I rented a house near the coast and spent weekends near Rijeka, enjoying a house right on the water with the comforts of restaurants nearby. Croatia has more coastline, so there's more to choose from.

My parents, who visited for two weeks and toured the coast, live in Cincinnati. If you're interested in personal experiences and recommendations about Cincinnati, DM me and I'll hook you up. They visited Croatia in the immediate post-conflict period and have enjoyed watching the tourism articles arise, now that the region has stabilized.
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Old 08-11-2008, 01:43 PM
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I've always wanted to go to Croatia.. In Montenegro Is Podgorica worth visiting? I've been to Bratislava and I'm guessing it is something like that? Bratislava was pretty depressing, sorry to say.
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Old 08-11-2008, 02:08 PM
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
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I'd say no. Podgorica has nothing to do with Bratislava, Montenegrin capital is a pretty ugly communist city - with extremely beautiful people if I may add.

I liked Bratislava; nice and neat Central European city.
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:42 PM
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hi im of croatian descent (although not from the nice part) and went there with my family this summer and so did my cousin with his girlfriend. Id say go to croatia because it is wealthier and has more tourism (so it is easier to get around). Montengro is very new and poorer. I think Croatia is joining the EU in April so you won't have to cross any formal borders. It is also much closer and driving down croatia takes like a full driving day and since you have a week it wouldnt be worth wasting a day.

Anyways i suggest you stay somewhere near split which has an international airport. we stayed in Omis which is south, and is a cheaper tourist spot but we stayed in a really nice vila so it was great. Makarska, which has wealthier tourists like Germans, is more upscale so it can be quite pricey. Dubrovnik is more scenic than split but its an extra 3-4 hours (unless the new road has been built). But staying further north also has it's advantages because its a shorter drive from italy and is a shorter drive to plitvice lakes (Plitvice Lakes National Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). If you want a more italian feel go to Istria which has more italian food and culture (it was owned by italy from WW1 to WW2 i think).

I dont know about your financial situation but my cousin found it too primitive because he was on a budget (but he was also in paris in italy). But then if youre on a budget the amalfi coast of italy would be too expensive and i hear the their adriatic side is ugly
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Old 01-09-2009, 05:46 PM
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...So traveling montenegro on a budget would be extremley primitive

Oh and i suggest getting a pool or crocks... the beaches in most of europe are not like american/carribean beches. They're rocky... i found it a pain to walk on so little kids should have thick souled water shoes

heres the website my mom found the villa on

heres the one i wanted....it even comes with a donkey

heres the one we stayed in...it was nice and there was a cute little cat that would also come by and ruins up on a mountain you can climb to. There are two apartments (we rented both for all us).

heres one right near the beach

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Old 01-14-2009, 10:41 PM
Location: "The Gorge"
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I have not been to Montenegro but was in Croatia 2.5 yrs ago and would go back tomorrow if the opportunity presented itself. I would also suggest seeing Plitsvice and if you can't get there try to go to Krka National park it is a smaller version of Plitsvice. Hvar is also a cool island, I too stayed over longer than planned. Dubrovnik is charming. I was not too crazy about Split or Korcula.

I would love to go to Montenegro someday!
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