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We are two middle-aged couples traveling to Croatia this summer. We are planning to visit Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro in May/June. Will be flying into Venice, renting a car and driving to Bled and then to Istria peninsula and on down the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. Have most nights booked through Airbnb and staying in either apartments or guesthouses. We would like to spend one night visiting one of the many islands between Split and Dubrovnik but are not sure about which one to book. We will be in Split on 6/03 and 6/04 and have booked Dubrovnik on 6/07-09th. Hvar really isn't our style as it is a bit upscale and we would like to avoid the cruise ship crowds. Have heard that Mjet is nice. We love hiking and the outdoors. We would like to do some kayaking or even sailing for the day. Any suggestions as to which island would be best? Can we leave our car safely on the mainland or do we ferry it over with us?

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    "Will be flying into Venice, renting a car and driving to Bled and then to Istria peninsula and on down the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik."

    Do check the rental fees for leaving your car in a different country than that in which you rented it -- the fee can be quite high. If so, you should be able to identify public transportation routes that allow you to cross borders and rental options, as needed, within borders.

    "We would like to spend one night visiting one of the many islands between Split and Dubrovnik but are not sure about which one to book. We will be in Split on 6/03 and 6/04 and have booked Dubrovnik on 6/07-09th. Hvar really isn't our style as it is a bit upscale and we would like to avoid the cruise ship crowds."

    Remember that Hvar is and ISLAND; Hvar TOWN is just one option on that island. I thought Hvar Town beautiful, and was glad to spend a few hours there, but it was otherwise too rich for my tastes. In contrast, Stari Grad, also on Hvar Island, and which I loved, was so low-key that it might not meet your needs.

    The other "obvious" choice of an island destination between Split and Dubrovnik is Korcula, which I loved. YMMV. If you can visit Korcula on a day when the moresca is performed, all the better!

    FWIW, I traveled at the same time of year, but in the reverse direction because more options were available to the north of Croatia in June than in May. Just something to consider....

    Also, you don't mention the Plitvice Lakes National Park, which is, IMO, the single most unmissable site in all of beautiful Croatia. Do consider spending a night there, especially if you enjoy hiking in the outdoors!

    Whether you need to take your car with you to an island -- or whether you need it at all -- depends on where you decide to go. Public transportation through many of these areas is excellent, frequent, and comfortable. Parking or driving in any of the cities can be a challenge. Really, it all depends....

    It's a beautiful part of the world -- enjoy!

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    kja,
    Thank you for all of your suggestions. I neglected to say we are making the return trip from Dubrovnik to Venice via a night in Mostar and then a long drive up to Plitvice Lakes as that part of the trip is all put to bed planning wise. So, yes, we do plan to see the lakes as they look beautiful on the youtube videos we've seen. We are staying at a guesthouse just outside the park.

    Yes, we were told to secure parking in any of the cities we are visiting and airbnb has allowed us to do that. I have enjoyed using that site.

    Korcula sounds like a good option. I will look into it.
    Thank you.

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    Great!

    I thought Mostar well worth an overnight -- I found enough there to keep me busy for the better part of a day, and it was incredibly delightful to watch the sun set from one of the restaurants in the magnificent gorge looking over the river and out to the Stari Most. :-)

    Do try to give the Plitvice Lakes at least 6 hours. Part of what makes these lakes so magnificent is that each has unique microbiota, and as a result, the lakes are different colors. The best way to see that is to make a single, long loop through the park -- something on the order of 6 hours or more (including time for the boat that connects the lower and upper lakes). If you can't do that, the park rangers at the entrances will help you plan a trip that suits your needs.

    Enjoy!

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