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If you didn't know, the Dubrovnik beaches are limited in space and number; those available can get very crowded. So where are you going to catch some zzz's in sun in this resort paradise? Lokrum Island is the picture-perfect answer. Less than half a mile offshore, this forested island calls to the onlookers from the Dubrovnik city walls. One IgoUgo visitor who made the short voyage recalls, "The beaches are very rocky … but they are clean and safe, unlike those on the mainland." For swimmers, the island also offers a small saltwater lack and, for exhibitionists, a nude beach.

Aside from the beaches, Lokrum has a historic attraction of its own -- the 19th-century Napoleonic Fort Royale. In 1023, a Benedictine monastery was built on the island; however, Napoleon's forces razed the complex. From the fort, you can catch stunning views of Old Town. There's also a pricey restaurant and a few shopping stalls for island guests.

For this perfect daytrip, catch a taxi boat that leave about every half hour from Dubrovnik's Old Port. A recent visitor said the ride was about 25 HRK (or about $4.75 USD) per person. And be sure to get back to the mainland before 8 p.m. when the last boat leaves Lokrum.

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#1 City Walls The first thing you'll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th ... Read more » jimmyharris / Flickr

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#3 War Photo Limited On its website, the War Photo Limited professes its intent is "to educate the public in the field of war photography, to expose the myth of war and the intoxication ... Read more » Courtesy of War Photo Limited

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