Below are my notes for visiting Montenegro. These travel tips, such as the best time to visit Montenegro are obtained from a variety of sources including some of the following: my first hand observations, personal conversations, magazines, newspapers, websites, books and so forth. Whenever I hear something that interests me about Montenegro, I jot it down here. Hope this comes in handy.
Best Time to Visit Montenegro
Short Answer: Summertime
Longer Answer: If you want nightlife, head to the coastline in July or August. If you don’t care as much about the nightlife, then May, June and September are just fine, with less people but nice weather. July & August see the least rainfall but of that rainfall, it tends to come as thunderstorms. The nice thing about the Montenegro coastline would be that daily highs on average should be above 50F/10C year-round.
If you are looking to get into interior Montenegro, then the temperatures are more extreme, with much colder winters.
Miscellaneous Travel Tips for Montenegro
Budva is a somewhat vapid nightlife mecca in coastal Montenegro, primarily active in July and August. Kotor is a nice fortress city that sees perhaps a few too many cruise ships but has maintained an identity apart from sheer tourism (unlike Dubrovnik’s walled area). Tivat has become a yacht-mecca with high-end luxury stores and amenities in the newly constructed Porto Montenegro. Herceg Novi is a nice town perched on the mountain side overlooking the sea with more of a local bent.
Herceg Novi, look into a trip to the Blue Grotto. Kotor has some cool places to go while the cruise ships are in port during the day.
The interior has great nature, such as the mountainous Durmitor National Park and Lake Skadar National Park.
A good day trip for the major coastal spots would be Cetinje, the former photogenic capital located about an hour from Kotor.