Last updated on Jul 10, 2023
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Dubrovnik, Croatia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know before moving to Dubrovnik?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Dubrovnik, they said:
"Dubrovnik, is a beautiful city known for its stunning architecture and rich history, but there are several things expats should know before moving there. The official language is Croatian, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic phrases, although English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas. The currency used is the Croatian Kuna, not the Euro, and cash is often preferred over card payments. The cost of living in Dubrovnik is relatively high compared to other parts of Croatia, due to its popularity as a tourist destination. Housing can be expensive, especially within the city walls, and it can be challenging to find available properties. The city is very safe, with low crime rates, but it can get extremely crowded during the peak tourist season, which is something to consider if you prefer a quieter lifestyle. The healthcare system in Croatia is of a good standard, but it's recommended to have comprehensive health insurance. Public transportation in Dubrovnik is reliable, with a good network of buses, but owning a car can be more convenient for exploring the surrounding areas. The city is also very walkable, especially the Old Town, which is pedestrian-only. Croatians are generally welcoming and friendly towards foreigners, but they also appreciate when expats respect their customs and traditions. The pace of life in Dubrovnik is slower than in many Western countries, and locals value their leisure time. The climate in Dubrovnik is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. It's important to note that many buildings in the city do not have central heating, so it can get chilly indoors during the winter. Finally, while Croatia is part of the European Union, it is not part of the Schengen Area, so different visa rules may apply. It's essential to check the latest immigration regulations before planning your move," remarked one expat who made the move to Dubrovnik.
How do I find a place to live in Dubrovnik?
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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