Could someone help me.
Lonely Planet say that estimated costs for a meal in Croatia is about 40 kuna per meal, is this about right? This is just for mid-range meals.
How much could I expect the costs to be (accommodation not included) per day for two people in Kuna?
Also, is it better to book the accommodation in advance for August, so far the apartments I've seen on the net for Trogir or Dubrovnik are about 60 - 80 euros per night for the apartment.
Last Year I went to Croatia with my girlfriend(just the 2 of us) for 2 weeks in August!! We started in Dubrovnik, took a ferry to Korcula, another ferry to Hvar, another ferry to Split and then a bus back to Dubrovnik(we had return flights from there!!)
Dubrovnik: I'd recommend pre-booking your accom. in Dubrovnik. It was quite hard getting it and I felt like especially with our second accomodation in Dubrovnik that we were ripped off big time!
Korcula: EASY! Met by man off boat, he brought us to his mums house which was great. Big bedroom, clean, balcony, extremely central. We bartered a bit with her. I think it ended up being about 15 euro a night.
Hvar: Huge shortage of accom. in Hvar and luckily a woman saw us walking around who rang her friend who came and got us. it was pure fluke. I'd really recommend prebooking if you go to Hvar.
Croatia isn't really THAT cheap. Beer is, but on the whole food isn't that cheap in restaurants. Accomodation was between 13-16 euro a night everywhere. Croatia doesn't really seem to have hostels; its all apartments and to be fair, all the accom. we got were great. Dubrovnik is a little more expensive (20-25 euro per night)
If you want to ask me anything else please do!! I don't really remember the figures of how much things were, I can ask my gf if you want! She'll know!!
To give you an idea of food and drink costs: a pint of beer costs 10-15 kuna, an espresso about 10 kuna, starters cost about 25 kuna, main courses cost around 45 kuna for a pasta dish and 75 kuna for a meat dish. The food is excellent wherever you go.
Accommodationwise, many, if not most, people let spare rooms to tourists. There is no shortage on the coast, BUT...the Croatian coast tends to get very crowded in July and August, hence you are likely to experience difficulty in finding rooms. Accommodations prices are the highest in July and August in the touristy towns, but tend to be considerably lower outside those places and during other months of the year. Istria is much more expensive than elsewhere. I have to agree with Jonathan that Croatia certainly isn't cheap anymore. I can give you some recommendations for accommodation if you want to. Just PM me.
Thanks guys, any recommended accommodation in Dubrovnik will be appreciated. I will definately be booking for August so we don't miss out.