The Croatia part of my trip started in Istria with a base in Rovinj. This looked to be a central place to stay and it proved to be exactly that. The apartment was outside the main town near Kuvi beach and park. From there, I spent 2 nights near Plitvice Lakes National Park which gave me a whole day to spend in the park. This was an amazing place and a trip highlight.

I booked an "on the fly" apartment outside of Zadar for one night and added a day to my Trogir apartment. It was early in the season and accommodations changes were possible last minute. I decided to skip Hvar. The ferry connections were confusing with a car and my research brought me to the conclusion that I might like Korcula better. I was able to find an apartment in Lumbarda with a view of the harbor. I've found that staying outside of towns is easier with a car. Parking is sometimes an issue. Lumbarda has two very nice sandy beaches which weren't crowded at the time of my visit. It is popular with the camper/RV crowd. 

My final stop was an apartment in Zaton which was an easy drive to visit Dubrovnik and had access to the sea for some sun time. I booked a driver through Cheap Dubrovnik Tours for day trips to Mostar and Montenegro which worked out very well. I didn't see the attraction to Mostar and that was a waste of time but the other stops along the way were worth the trip. There were 4 cruise ships in the Dubrovnik port so it was crowded and I wasn't interested in spending much time there.

I would return to Istria, I didn't get to as many places there as I wanted and I would go back to Korcula for beach time. I'm sure with more research, I could find small interesting places to explore. 3 weeks was not enough time for anything other than a taste.

Note: I did return to Istria in 2014 and found it even more charming the second time.

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