We had not been to Croatia before, but saw pictures of the Dalmatian coastline and it looked beautiful. We had a time share with Interval International, and exchanged our week for one week on the Island of Brac pronounced (Brahsh) at the Waterman's Holiday Club in the town of Supetar.(stands for St. Peter)
August 21, 2009 we flew to Dusseldorf, Germany, then into the Split, Croatia airport. We were able to exchange our dollars for kuna at the airport bank with low exchange fees. Outside the airport were several buses, we found the bus going to the ferry on the Island of Brac. The buses were labeled where they were going. It was about a 50 min ride into Split. The country is beautiful, with olive trees, certainly not tropical. This is the warmest time of year to visit with the temps in the high 90's and 60-70 % humidity. We were dropped off at the pier. There were several stands of people selling everything from clothing to watches, shoes, and produce.
We could see the ferry about 3 blocks walk away, with our luggage it wasn't hard to get there. They also had carts with people to hire to carry your bags for you. We bought tickets to Supetar for about $6 dollars. The ferry Jadrolinija was huge, diesel trucks were loading on with about 50 + cars. The lounge was air-conditioned for the 50 minute ride, bathrooms and beverage services available. I could hardly tell when the ferry left the port, very smooth ride. When we arrived at Supetar we were amazed at the quaint clean downtown area. It is mostly a vacation destination, only 3,000 people live there. I am not sure if that accounts for tourists in the summer months. The city center is wrapped around the harbor. It was beautiful, people were nice, most knew English, but Croatian, German, and Italian are the dominant language. Most people under 30 years of age knew English. We had about 5 blocks to walk to the Waterman’s Club, staying at Villa Diana. The Adriatic Sea was 200 feet from our front door. The room was clean, quiet, pretty plain, but had a refrigerator, 2 tv's, a safe, tub and shower, patio, and sitting area besides the bedroom. The AC worked wonderful. No WI FI in rooms but they do have service at Hotels and an internet café for about 8 dollars an hour.
The food in town was excellent, and not expensive, we tried to use our credit card where we could, make sure you look in the window of the café to see if they accept credit cards. Banks are the best places to exchange money into kuna.
We rented bicycles, but the scooters looked fun. You can ask anywhere where to rent bicycles, this guy who owns the shop is really nice. His shop is close to the market square. He runs a large rental with bikes in Supetar, Split and somewhere else? We rode to the market to buy their fabulous bread, cheeses and meats. The bicycles were about 70 dollars for the weeks and were in good shape with a rack on back to tie down purchases.
The water was warm, but had mostly rock beaches bring your water shoes, because your feet will hurt on the rocks. We did snorkel but not a lot of different kinds of fish to see. We still enjoyed it. Water pretty calm. There are a couple of sandy beaches on the island but we didn't have a car or scooter.
It is very clean and safe place to visit. I was never nervous or concerned about my safety at any time. Olive trees, pomegranates, limes, and other fruits didn't recognize. It is a dry Island, the water and electricity arr brought from Split by cables and pipes under the Adriatic Sea. We were able to drink the water right from the tap and it was good water. The food was excellent. Lots and lots of tasty gellato. You can bargain shop with the vendors but not in the stores so much, their prices are set.
We rode to several towns along the shoreline, but they have a wonderful bus service that drives all over the Island many times a day. Other places we visited were Script the oldest city in Supetar with a museum, and Postira, one of the places they produce olive oil.
We signed up for a tour at a local travel service for a trip to Dubrovnik this is a must. We took a hydrofoil (fast boat) to Makarska, another beautiful area along the Dalmatian Coast. We boarded a large air-conditioned bus with a very good driver. We drove 3.5 hours along the coast, going through the corner of Bosnia, beautiful scenery to Dubrovnik, you need a week to explore this area . But, we had only 5 hours, we stayed with in the walls of the Old City most of the time. Everyone in Croatia that we met there were friendly and once again we felt totally safe.
We spent approximately $1200. 00 dollars the week we were there. Not bad for bicycles, transportation, gifts, and food. Hope to add some pics. Other places we visited were Script the oldest city in Supetar with a museum, and Postira, one of the places they produce olive oil. Wonderful experience, would go again!!!