Set sail for the sun-kissed coast of Croatia!
We’re taking ALOHA Abroad! Known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik touts stunning coastal views, a fascinating history and rich culture. From its ancient walls to its pebbled beaches, we’re sharing insider travel tips and recommendations on the best places to eat, drink, and explore in Dubrovnik. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a fun sightseeing adventure, Dubrovnik has something for everyone. So pack your bags and set sail for Croatia with us!
TOP 5 THINGS TO SEE + DO IN DUBROVNIK
Wondering what to do in the sunny city of Dubrovnik? Look no further! Here are our top 5 things to see and do in Dubrovnik.
Lounge at a Sea Pool - We loved finding sea pools at the Hotel Excelsior, lounging on the surrounding walls, and diving into the Adriatic Sea for a quick swim before heading to lunch.
Pro Tip: The seashore is accessible to the public in all of Croatia, meaning you can access the beaches from any of Dubrovnik’s major hotels.
Walk the City Wall & Explore Old Town - The city walls are a must-see and offer a great view of the entire city. The old streets are filled with vibrant cafes and restaurants. Spend a day strolling around, taking in the culture as you go.
Visit One of the Beaches - Dubrovnik boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. Head to Banje Beach for great swimming or to Buza Bar for incredible views of cliffs, caves, and islands.
Boat Day to Outer Islands - There is so much to explore outside of Dubrovnik. Make arrangements with your hotel concierge for a boat tour of the Elaphiti islands. Our favorite stops included diving the Three Green Caves and visiting the island of Šipan.
Ride the Cable Car – Enjoy the sights of Dubrovnik from above! Kickback and take a break from walking with a breathtaking view over the entire city.
EAT + SIP
Dubrovnik must not be missed for its excellent food. Try Dalmatian cuisine, grilled fish, gourmet seafood, and tasty cheeses. Make sure to save room for some delicious Baklava to finish off your meal!
Peppino’s Gelato $ - There is no shortage of gelato in Dubrovnik, and after a lot of taste testing, Peppino’s is hands down the best! We love the almond rocca, yuuum!
Caffe on the Wall $ - Located on top of the famous Old Town Wall, this little cafe overlooks the Adriatic Sea and is worth the steps. Grab an Aperol spritz and a gelato while enjoying the sunset!
Buža Bar Happy Hour $ - Get ready for a good time with this cash-only bar tucked away on the perimeter of the wall. This small cliffside cafe is the ultimate place to watch the sunset and mingle with tourists and locals alike.
Pro Tip: Come ready to have a good time as this is a popular bar that is typically standing room only and only serves drinks and potato chips!
East West Beach Club $$ - In the summer, East West Beach Club is the perfect place to soak up some sun. Relax and enjoy the ocean views from a sunbed. For those looking for entertainment, there is live music and DJ sets throughout the day.
Stara Mlinica $$ - A day trip to visit this seaside restaurant will not disappoint! Enjoy fresh fish and rosé then take the day to explore the island!
Konoba Jezuite $$$ - Located inside Old Town, this restaurant sits on the property of the historic Church of St. Ignatius and has live music most nights of the week.
Prora Restaurant $$$ - Located on the bottom floor of Hotel Excelsior, this seaside restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon lunch and a chilled glass of rosé. Slip into the ocean and then head back to your table, no problem!
WHAT TO PACK FOR A VACATION IN CROATIA
If you go to Croatia during the summer months, expect temps to average in the 80s during the day, so keep that in mind when packing for your trip. Additionally, Europeans dress more formally on a day-to-day basis than Americans. Pack pieces that you can wear both dressed up and dressed down in Dubrovnik. Think flowy dresses (we love Tiare Hawaii) and basics like linen shirts and pants.
Pareo: Use as a wrap or coverup for the beach, sailboat, or pool. A pareo can also be worn as a scarf when visiting historical sites that require shoulders to be covered
SPF (There are more sunny days per year in Dubrovnik than in Sydney, Australia!)
Linen button-up shirts
Maxi dresses: We love Tiare Hawaii’s flowy off-the-shoulder Hollie dress
ALOHA POUCH + BAG PACKING GUIDE
Mini Pouch: Use as a mini makeup pouch for your beauty essentials or use as a coin purse for loose euros.
Small Pouch: Keep your carry-on organized, or use it as a chic little clutch at night.
Mid Pouch: Perfect pouch for keeping your items safe from splashes while out on a sailboat cruise.
MAX Pouch: These are a packing must-have. We use them as outfit organizers to separate day wear and evening wear.
There are endless ways to use our SPLASH-PROOF travel pouches!