Best Times to Visit Dubrovnik
The best time to visit Dubrovnik is September and October, when temperatures aren't stifling hot yet most of the cruise ships have abandoned the port. The water remains warm for these two months, so it's a great time to dip into the sea rather than your savings. The peak season, summer, has arguably the nicest weather with average high temperatures fluttering around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But the small city struggles to meet the demand of the large visitor influx. Correspondently, prices soar. Prices dive from October through April, but so will the temperatures and the beach appeal.
Four gorgeous months of summer along the Dalmatian Coast sounds like a dream. That is, until you hear the prices. To stay in Old Town, some hotels go above $500 USD a night. There are less expensive options, so don't go running for the hills just yet. And there are reasons for the demand: 70s and 80s on average, very little precipitation, and amazing events like the Summer Festival.
This short shoulder is an overlooked opportunity. Serious beach goers usually visit exclusively during the summer. But in Dubrovnik, these two months offer daytime temps in the 60s and 70s, and the water temperature averages about the same. The boisterous crowds will have left, and you'll have a little more peace during your vacation. Plus, the hotel rates dip from their summer peaks. In addition, you can enjoy the region's grape and olive harvests.
Low season comes with low temperatures. Daytime temps usually stay below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, diving to around 40 in January. These six months average between 10 and 16 days of rainfall each month, so staying dry on the beach will be near impossible. And when you head indoors, you might find shelter scarce; many tourist attractions close for the low season. Many hotels also close their doors, so finding a nice hotel room can be difficult.