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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 go down from October through April, but so will the temperatures and the beach appeal. 

Weather in Dubrovnik

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

May-August

Four gorgeous months of summer along the Dalmatian Coast sounds like a dream. Temperatures range in the 70s and 80s on average, there is very little precipitation and amazing events like the Summer Festival are not to be missed. It sounds idyllic, that is, until you hear the prices. To stay in Old Town, some hotels charge more than $500 a night (though there are some less expensive options). Keep in mind, too, that summer is peak season for cruise ship traffic. While it's difficult to avoid the perpetual crowds, some experts advise against a Thursday or Saturday visit – the busiest days for cruise ship dockings. For a more detailed view of port activity, visit the Dubrovnik Port Authority website.

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September-October

This short shoulder is an overlooked opportunity. 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.

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November-April

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 winter. Many hotels also close their doors, so finding a nice hotel room can be difficult. What's more, Lokrum Island isn't accessible during this low season.

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Popular Times to Visit Dubrovnik

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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