What's the best way to find a decent villa that sleeps six for about a week and a half?
I'm sorry I can't help you in concrete way because I 'm not in touristic business but I can give you some websites:
North American reservation would cost a lot more than one made from within Europe?
First time in my life I heard for this!!I don't know why Americans always thinking that someone wants to robbed them!!!
If you have a top 5 list of things that would entertain kids, and adults, cultural activities, scenic highlights or other personal recommendations, that would be great!
1. Offcours, The Old city in the Dubrovnik with its famous city walls (from 11.-14. century) . Houses inside walls are after great earth quake 1667.
Many old churches, museums, the aquarium, summer cinema , shops,
Especialy amazing is cable car from place near city walls to top of hills 'Srđ' above Dubrovnik.
And on top of that hills you have cafe and restaurant in an austrohungarian old fortress and amazing view on old town, complete Dubrovnik and archipelago od dubrovnik's islands.
2. The small island 'Lokrum'.
It's about 1km from Old city.
It has amazing Mediterranean forest, little lake in middle of island, Benedictine church from 11.century, french old fortrees,
3. Sand beach 'Šunj' on the island Lopud , couple kilometers from Dubrovnik
4.Resort 'Vrtovi sunca' ( in english 'Sun gardens') in Orašac, 20 km from Dubrovnik.
Big touristic complex with pools, beaches, caffeteries, shops, hotels, apartmans, tennis courts, volleyball , ect.ect
5. Area Konavle, you have country tourism with horse ridding or country delishes food in original country houses.
I hope that I help you little bit.