Dubrovnik is one of the top tourist destinations in Croatia. The old town attracts people from all over the world. It can get really crowded in narrow streets of Dubrovnik. Naturally local entrepeneurs are taking advantage of tourist-masses. That's not typical just for Dubrovnik but for the whole World. So expect to pay somewhat 50-100% more as in less touristy places. The cappuccino on Stradun (main street) was 12 kunas, in other towns 7-8 kunas. But I can say it was worth the money.
Local people in Dubrovnik old town
Local people have their home right in the tourist path in the old town. It's strange to see local people live inside the massive brick houses. The old town with the high walls reminds of a fortress. You can walk between the locals in the narrow streets and see their everyday routines. Children play in the streets, the clothes hang outside the windows.
Bathing Suit. Summer Clothing.
There are nice stretches of beach outside of Dubrovnik. The water was very inviting. I've never seen water so clear. We were tempted to go swimming but backed out because the water was so cold even when the sun was high. The water is mesmerizing though and I always find myself looking in. You can see the rocks lining the shores/docks so clearly even 20 feet from where you are standing. What clarity!
Use Sunblock if you plan on walking up the walls of Dubrovnik. We underestimated the sun because the weather seemed mildly warm compared to our tropical one that we ended up getting red and dark after our two hour stint up the walls.
Bring comfortable shoes. The city is very interesting and you'd find yourself on your feet for hours and hours just walking and discovering new areas.
Bring a skirt if you plan on visiting the churches. They are very strict on this.
The far right shows an old hotel. I don't think it's in use at the moment. I don't know what the future plans are, but it's a beautful setup. There are even stairs and railings into the Sea from there.
Jelicaca runs from the port to the main road from Lapad into the old town. It's a bit more than 20 minutes walk from the old town, but right next to the youth hostel and a load of hotels, private rooms etc.
It used to be dubbed "bourbon st" by the locals because of the amount of bars and people on it, but this year things have been a bit quieter. There's still more than enough places to go though, my favourite being Caffe Bar XL, which serves the most incredible cocktails (the guy knows his stuff, he even grows his own mint for the mohitos) at half the cost of the inferior ones in the old town, plus some quaity reggae to chill out to.
Also there's Roxy, an old gig venue with loads of memorabilia, there's a sports bar, one dedicated to ferrarri, busier localsey bars, good cheap fast food.......If you're in the area go to XL and move on from there, you won't regret it. People watching is the name of the game, as with anywhere else in Dubrovnik, so maybe dress up a little, but pretty much anything goes, everyone's relaxed.