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Beaches in Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik

Croatia's insider take:

Dubrovnik isn't as great a beach destination as the Dalmatian Islands that surround it. The stone ledges around Old Town pass for beaches with locals, though Banje Beach, a five-minute walk from the Ploče Gate, is a nice swimming spot with a large stretch of the tiny pebbles that are common on Croatian shores. Our favorite beaches hide out on Sumratin Bay on the Lapad peninsula, easily reached by bus No. 4 from the Pile Gate. Or for a low-key day trip, hop a ferry and tour the beaches on the nearby surrounding Elafiti Islands. You'll be surrounded by ancient ruins, a couple of monasteries, a few small towns—and not much else. To get there take Nova's Sea Bus, which leaves from Gruz port for Koločcep, Gornje Selo, Lopud, and Šipan several times a day (385-20-313-599).

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