Neum is resort town in Bosnia and Herzegovina located on Adriatic sea coast. It is, in fact, the only seaside resort in Bosnia and Herzegovina. All motor traffic between the Croatian towns of Ploče in the north and Dubrovnik in the south passes what has been known as the Neum corridor, a 9 km long stretch of Bosnia-Herzegovinian territory. Sometimes your passports are checked, sometimes not. Around 92% of the population is ethnically Croatian.
With its long and warm summers, and short and mild winters, Neum is considered to be one of the coastal towns which has the greatest number of sunny days in the year. Neum is located 60 km from Dubrovnik, 80 km from Dubrovnik International Airport, 70 km from Korčula, 70 km from Mostar, and Međugorje and 30 km from the border towns with Croatia and BiH, Ploče and Metković.
The geographical position of Neum is very convenient for tourists, because of its proximity to the major tourism destinations in neighbouring Croatia.Considering that the price of accommodation and food in Neum is much lower than in nearby destinations in Croatia, Neum is very popular with travelers who prefer good value for their money. Dubrovnik International Airport is only 85 km away from Neum, and there are regular bus lines from Dubrovnik to Neum (along with multiple buses to Mostar and Sarajevo); additionally, most of the hotels and some of the private accommodation in Neum are available to book on line.
Hotel accommodation (generally of the Tito-era concrete monstrosity variety) is somewhat more expensive than private accommodation, but still far cheaper than in surrounding destinations in Croatia. The average price for half board in hotels ranges from €30 (low season) to €70 (high season) per night per person and price of private accommodation can be as low as €10 per night per person, but it could also be more expensive if it is villa or aparthotel accommodation type.
When entering this part of the country by bus it is very unlikely that your passport will be stamped, so those looking for a Bosnian entry stamp will be disappointed. If a border guard does check your passport they are unlikely to even have a stamp. Buses, especially those coming from Croatia and returning to Croatia are often not even stopped for passport checks at the border, especially if the driver doesn't intend on stopping for a break in Neum, although it is always worth keeping it on you if you know your bus is going to be crossing.
The main resort area of Neum is quite compact, but as it rises steeply up from the water, occasional cab travel (such as to the loading area for buses to Dubrovnik, Sarajevo and Mostar) is necessary and tends to cost a fare of €5. There are also a number of excursion boats as well.
Excursion trips to nearby tourist destination (half a day or whole day) such as Dubrovnik, Korcula, Medjugorje, Ston and Mostar.
Photosafari on river Neretva, visit to rural tourism housholds in Neum hinterlands, birdwatching, sport and recreational activities, visit to vineyard and vintage, visit to olives and tangerine plantations etc...
In Neum you can buy all kinds of food, drinks and tobacco products at much lower prices than in Croatia. The official currency is the BiH convertible mark, but the Croatian kuna is also universally accepted. Many shops accept euros as well.
While the main hotels offer half board as a matter of course, there are some other dining options, most of which are of the outdoor seaside grill-restaurant variety. Main menu items range from cevapcici for KM 6 to mixed grill type offerings for KM 12. Fish can vary, starting from grilled sardines for KM 15 to "market price" on more prized choices.
Beyond mealtimes, coffee (1-1.5 KM for espresso) and ice cream (1-2 KM for industrial-size single scoops) at local "caffe-slasticarnas" are amazing value and among the most consumed items there.
Neum is not a hot nightlife destination--it attracts mainly Bosnian families, and while Bosnian Muslims drink for the most part, drinking tends to take place in seaside grills-cum-bars, a number of cafe-ice cream-bar type places, and one venue just north of the Hotel Sunce which plays house music and has a flashing light.
What Neum lacks in variety it makes up for in price--250ml beers like Karlovacko tend to cost 2-3 KM depending on the venue, and 330ml and draft half liters tend to be 3-4 KM.