Flights: We traveled via Star Alliance. On the way there we flew on Croatia Airlines and the way back on Lufthansa. We had an amazing experience on both airlines. On Lufthansa, they gave the kids toys to play with AND they allowed us to board first AND they served the kids drinks/food first as well. I booked my fights via Government Vacation Rewards, BUT you can totally get your flights cheaper through Ryanair. I used GVR since I had $1000 worth of travel points with them so my flights were 100% free! I love free.
Resort: We stayed at Pine Beach Pakoštane. It is an eco friendly all inclusive resort and when I mean eco friendly … I mean it. We stayed in bungalows. Please keep in mind that the bungalows do not have electricity or running water. To charge your devices you can turn them into the Reception or there are few places to charge them (i.e. the main bar). Like I said.. this is an all inclusive resort. The only things we really utilized were the mini club (for kids 3-11 I think), kayaking and the high ropes course. They have several other activities as well. I was going to get a massage, but they didn’t have any availability. The beach is super beautiful! We spent EVERY single day at the beach. Our second day we were there we went into Pakostane. Please keep in mind that it is a very small beach town and they don’t have larger stores. So if you forget anything you have to go to at least Biograd. The staff were very nice and helpful. The only thing that wasn’t well planned out is transfers. My children and I had to walk to the bus station with all of our luggage in at least 95 degree weather. It was super hot. When we flew into Croatia we did get a taxi transfer to the resort and it was 400 kounas (about $50-$60)
Transfer to Zadar: Leaving out of Pakostane took awhile as there are not many buses that go through the village. We waited certainly over a hour, but thankfully we were not flying out that day. We took the bus to the bus station in Zadar and the price was about 75 kounas (so about $15 <<< worth it!). Then from the bus station we took a taxi to High Island. It was about $7 for that.
Our First Hostel Experience! We stayed at Boutique Hostel Forum. It is RIGHT in the city center. It is a VERY nice hostel. My kids love the bunkbeds… they actually slept in their OWN beds! Celebration dance! We had a private room with 2 bunkbeds. The bunks really reminded of me about my time in the Navy (but a lot more room and I could actually sit in it). The beds were very comfortable and not hard. Each bunk had a mirror, 2 220v sockets, a light switch for the light inside of bunk and the main light in the room. It was perfect! They have a dining area which is really nice. We didn’t use any other services.
Zadar! It is truly a 100% beautiful city! The buildings with the stone paths are gorgeous! We ate at Fast Food & Pizza Cut Lucky very good! And we also ate at Surf’n’fries @ Zadar also very good. The Sea Organ and Salute to the Sun were really amazing! Just a FYI it gets VERY packed and there is a pretty big drop off into the water. So be sure to have a watchful eye on your little ones. Also there is a pretty nice play area right by here too.
Zadar Airport: VERY small airport. We also couldn’t check in our bags until 2 hours before our flight so I recommend not going there until then. There isn’t much there. Though they have a nice patio! We sat there for awhile waiting on our flight.
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