First, . . . Villa Sutalo: We stayed on the top floor apartment with the large totally private terrace with a “to die for” view of the Adriatic. We spent hours there, sipping wine, reading, journaling, and watching sunsets while enjoying local wine, grapes, apples, figs, and a special walnut liquor from our host’s family gardens and vineyard. The place was modern and spotless, . . and you couldn't ask for more accommodating hosts. Living there was hassle free with a market and local restaurant less than 100 meters away. Walking into town and the beaches, with all the ambiance you could ask for in Croatia, only took about 15 minutes. Our host, Pero, drove us around town and gave us a great orientation to Croatia and Cavtat that really made us feel at home. If would definitely return.
Second, . . Cavtat: After much research, we decided Dubrovnik (which is indeed very special) was just “too much” for us in so many ways. After looking on Google Maps, we found nearby Cavtat and decided to give it a try as the base for our Dubrovnik explorations. We could not have made a better decision. It’s a beautiful port town with a nice, but not excessive, variety of superb restaurants, comfortable beaches, walking paths, and shopping without the crowds and expense of Dubrovnik. The 45 minute ferry ride was 80 Kn ($15) round trip was spectacular. I probably read a hundred reviews of places to stay around Dubrovnik, but after seeing and passing through many of the recommended alternatives, I can only say that there no town, village, or port near Dubrovnik that comes close to Cavtat in terms of class, scale, ambiance, beauty, and Croatian experience.
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