Travel Photo Thursday: Makarska, Croatia

23 Jun

Today’s travel photo is taken from the beach in Makarska, Croatia. Hours earlier we had rolled into town, happened upon the most gracious and affordable private accommodation and were in our $1 beach chairs in record time. We had returned to the beach to meet a new-found friend for dinner and this beautiful scene was awaiting.

Makarska is a perfect example of the Plan B approach I mentioned in last week’s Travel Photo Thursday post. We were in Dubrovnik and needed to be in Split to catch a plane in X days (the number escapes me now). The original plan was to hop a ferry to an island on the way to Split, but the ferry schedule would not cooperate. At a loss, I pulled out the trusty guide book for ideas. Lo and behold, a color picture of Makarska greeted my eyes. To top it off, it was at a nice distance from both Dubrovnik and Split – cutting down on the motion sickness I would have to endure during the coastal road bus ride there. We also had the option to catch a ferry from Makarska to an island and then proceed to Split. So off we went!

While sitting in the aforementioned beach chairs, finally really relaxing for the first time in days, we reached a decision – no ferry, no more moving. We would ask our host if she would keep us for another night. I’m sure that was an amusing conversation to watch (along with the part where I was pantomiming “Beer Bottle Opener”), but somewhere in there she said she’d be delighted (that’s what I heard, anyway).

Some tips if you go:

  1. Use the local travel agencies for private accommodations. We did this throughout Croatia with great results. In Makarska our host sent her grandson down to the agency to escort us to the building – it’s nice to get a break from finding your way around once in awhile.
  2. Have mussels buzara! We were introduced to it here and proceeded to have it the next night and many times thereafter (with pasta, too). It’s probably my all-time favorite vacation food.

Taken 6.2005

This photo is included on Budget Traveler’s Sandbox Thursday Travel Photo feature. Be sure to check out the other participating photos!

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16 Responses to “Travel Photo Thursday: Makarska, Croatia”

  1. Leigh June 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Looks like a very special place with not a body in sight. You were wise to move to PlanB!

    • Eva:) June 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

      Makarska was my favorite part of this trip!!! Thanks for the awesome memory Jen!!!

      • DesignbyJen June 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

        Yes, well now we need to go back and see some islands. And make some mussels in the meantime?

    • DesignbyJen June 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      “B” stands for Best! I am sure of it.

  2. Raymond June 23, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

    Such a peaceful looking place!

  3. Average Traveller June 23, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Some of the best travel stories are from Plan Bs!

    • DesignbyJen June 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      I 110% agree, we just had to live them to figure it out. Obviously I’m still telling the stories!

  4. skiperman June 24, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    Hi, nice to see some other people writing about croatia, and places they went, and leaving some good advices to other people.That is what i am writing on my blog, about deserted places to go, small domestic vilages in croatia, and places which travel agency´s don´t sell.It is in progress , but informations will come…..
    btw i am croatian…….

    • DesignbyJen June 24, 2011 at 10:39 am #

      Croatia is definitely on the top of the list of places to return to. We loved it. Beautiful with nice people and great food.

  5. Muza-chan June 24, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    So beautiful…

  6. Sabrina June 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Looks beautiful! I love the colors…

  7. Denise June 25, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    aaaa Croatia! definitely one of those European countries I want to visit (and there aren’t that many only my list).

    • DesignbyJen June 25, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      I cannot recommend it enough. I really need to get back and see the islands. Plus we only spent one night in Zagreb and it’s definitely a city that deserves more time.

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