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Is It Safe?
I get asked this question more than any other (I live in Croatia half the year). Not only is it safe, I'd venture to say that it is probably the safest country in Europe and maybe the world -- even safer than Japan. I don't know the exact number but I'd bet there are fewer than 10 homicides a year in Croatia. Also hovering down around zero are rape, mugging, and theft. Even dope is minimal. To believe the locals, all the graft and corruption is left to the politicians. Another dark joke there is that homicides happen only during wars.
I've seen 10-year-old girls walking home alone from grandma's at 10 o'clock at night and nobody thinks twice about it. I never lock my car there. Croatia is the first place I've been where I felt that I didn't have to watch my back.

Don't Call It Yugoslavia!
Every time I return to the States from Croatia someone asks me "How was Yugoslavia?" Please don't do that! Remember all those wars over there about 10 years ago? Remember seeing Dubrovnik shelled on TV? That wasn't a Hollywood movie. That was for real. Well, they won that war. Or rather, the "former Yugoslavia" military picked up and left Croatia to itself. Croatia has been its own country ever since. If you visit there, don't EVER call it Yugoslavia.

Cyber Cafes
Yes, there are cyber cafes in Croatia but only in the larger towns and cities. For example, in southern Croatia there are 4 or 5 in Dubrovnik, one in Korc"ula, several in Split. Many of the hotels have an Internet connection as well as many small businesses. For example, there is an optician in Cavtat with an Internet connection. Such businesses have a prominent sign in the window that says "Internet" quite clearly. The purpose is to draw people into their shops.
You will go through the Web to get your e-mail. If you aren't familiar with this method, you should practice before you leave. Most ISPs have a special URL that allows you to access your e-mail through the Web. Ask your ISP if they have a webmail service. Then be sure to take that URL and the password along with you. You can't get your email without them. Another possibility is to use one of the many webmail services such as There are many of them, which you can find by searching under "webmail services." Don't forget that password!

They are all over Croatia. Of course, they spit out kunas instead of dollars. So you will be asked how much you want to withdraw in kunas. US$100 = about 570 kunas, at least the last time I checked. The service charge per transaction is about $3.50. You can use most credit or debit cards. To be on the safe side, you might carry some $100 dollar bills with you which you can exchange for kunas at any bank and at most tourist agencies. Don't worry about carrying cash in Croatia. It's a very safe country. Travelers' checks aren't really necessary unless, perhaps, you will be traveling to other parts of Europe.

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