10 Things to See and Do in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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8. Sea Kayak the Adriatic Coast

The coastline hugging Dubrovnik and area is spectacular and there are many ways to make it familiar, but kayaking is one of the most unforgettable. Short distances or long, a view from the water is almost mandatory. Experienced kayakers can’t wait to get into the Adriatic waters and explore Dubrovnik’s coastline and outlying areas. For those without much experience but with a boatload of gusto, there are plenty of area outfitters to help to plan a safe and exciting sea journey. One of the best kayaking trips is to the Elaphiti Islands, a group of isles reaching from Dubrovnik to the northern Peljesac Peninsula. Only three of the 13 islands are inhabited which leaves plenty of outdoor landscape to contemplate and three islands where you can dock your kayak, meet friendly locals, cycle and hike the interiors, visit historic landmarks, and eat fabulous seafood dishes.

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7. Dubrovnik Beaches

Though not your typical beach destination, Dubrovnik boasts some pretty beautiful coastal stretches worthy of an afternoon, but be warned, what a Croatian will say is a “beach” isn’t what most tourists would imagine. On Banje Beach near Old Town there are umbrellas and loungers for rent along the gravel coast. Most of the other beaches are gravel, smaller pebble, and even outright rocks but there’s still a lot to rave about like clear, cool Adriatic water and enchanting backdrops. Copacabana Beach features a shallow drop into the water and is alongside a waterpark, making it perfect for families. The Lapad peninsula is overtaken with hotels flanking a long pebble beach available to the public. Finally, do as the locals do: go east from Ploce gate, walk by Hotel Argentina and the old monastery, and head down a long flight steps to Sveti Jakov Beach, a neighborhood favorite.

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