With a beach for almost every day of the year Ibiza can satisfy all tastes! Plus, with one or two exceptions, most of them are completely undeveloped apart from the odd beach bar or restaurant.
If you want to be seen and do a bit of celeb spotting then the beaches mentioned below won't disappoint. All of them have upmarket beach bars which will happily relieve you of a hundred plus Euros and that will be just for the sun loungers! None are more than a 10 minute drive from the villa.
So...don your designer beach wear, grab your Havaiana flip flops, pop on your Gucci shades and head for;
CALA JONDAL (15 minutes drive)
home of the legendary Blue Marlin where well known DJs will chill you out whilst you linger over a jug of their famous Champagne Sangria.
The beach is pebbly but in a stunning setting.
Parking is easy enough except in peak season when madness ensues!
Drive to the far end of the beach and park up at Tropicana beach bar and restaurant. Food is great and sun loungers (with waiter service) aren't as expensive as Blue Marlin.
The Chiringuito bar fires up about 6.30ish, when people have had enough of the beach, with live Brazilian salsa band. Order a caipirinha and enjoy a salsa!
If you can't drag yourself away from the Blue Marlin sounds then head next door to the Yemanji restaurant and bar. You can hear the beat but enjoy better value food and drink.
SES SALINAS (15 minutes drive)
Usually this white sandy beach is wall to wall with footballers in late July and August. At other times of the year it's quieter.
Plenty of choice on the beach bar/restaurant side of things...with the very trendy Sa Trinxa usually the place of choice for fashionistas and models.
Parking is easy, but you do have to pay. Free parking is available but it's in short supply.
Try the Jockey Club...food is good and they do special lunchtime and breakfast menus. Plus parking is easy.
Go early morning and leave before the mass exodus. There's only one road in and out to this beach and traffic is a huge problem in August hence taxi drivers not even attempt to pick up at this time of the day.
ES CAVALLET: (15 minutes drive)
Another beautiful beach made popular by the photos of a naked Jade Jagger frolicking in the sea! It's backed by golden sand dunes where naturists sunbathe but it's also a great family beach too.
Escolera restaurant is the place many people head for when envisioning lunch by the sea, but there's also a couple of other choices available.
Parking can be nightmarish July and August...as the many abandoned cars you'll pass on the roadside will attest.
Go early morning and leave before the mass exodus late afternoon...there's only one road in and out to this beach and traffic is a huge problem in peak season so taxi drivers usually won't even attempt to pick you up at this time of the day.
Other Trendy beaches?
Benirras (35 minutes drive) - where the famous FULL MOON drumming takes place. It's ridiculously popular now but is certainly an Ibiza experience. Parking is hit and miss.
Our View? worth a visit if you're up for the drive as the outlook from the shore is very pretty.
Cala Bassa beach Club (10 minutes drive) - based on Cala Bassa beach on the coast just further round from San Antonio.
It's a beautiful family friendly beach which has now been swamped by an 'upmarket' company who're trying very hard to be another Blue Marlin...with the same high prices. There is parking and it's about €4/5 but that is off set against your first drink order.
We say catch a ferry boat from San Antonio or take the bus; tip up, put your towel down and enjoy this lovely beach with it's crystal clear water for free! None of the beaches in Spain are private...so you can happily go anywhere.
Playa d'en Bossa (10 minute drive) - one for the clubbers! Although a resort it has THE longest beach on Ibiza. And it's now liberally spread with new trendy, rather than upmarket, beach bars such as Nassau. It is also the home of Bora Bora and Space. DJ beats ring out all along the stretch of sand and sadly there is only one of the original Ibicencan fish restaurants still going.
Our View? Nice to go but also nice to leave and head back to the peace and quiet of your own pool!
Oh...so many to choose from! However within easy reach from the villa is;
CALA VADELLA (20 minute drive)
This is reachable by bus from the villa (mornings and afternoons). It's a sandy horseshoe shaped beach with a very good selection of reasonably priced bars and restaurants plus a small supermarket for cold drinks and snacks. It is very picturesque and totally safe for children. Parking is both free and chargeable (the free street places go quickly).
CALA TARIDA (10 minute drive)
One of the nearest beaches to the villa and it is simply stunning; a cliff-backed golden sandy beach with turquoise waters. The waves are usually quite large here on breezy days so good for fun in the sea with a lilo. You can also catch a ferry boat from San Antonio harbour or the bus. Ferry is better for less able people as from the bus stop you walk down a lot of steps (and back up again!)
Lots of restaurants and bars to choose from for lunch. Easy parking on a car park where the bus goes (turn at SENSATORI), then walk down the steps to the beach.
CALA BASSA (10 minute drive away)
see above. Free parking is tricky, but the Cala Bassa beach Club parking area is large - however they charge for it (€4/5 I think) and give it back on your first drink.
CALA CONTA (10 minute drive away)(sometimes called Platges de Comte on signposts):
Stunning beach and an absolute turquoise sea! But add to that beautiful soft golden sand and a dramatic outlook to several islands and you can see why it is very popular. You can also see the sunset from here so try one of the beach restaurants in the early evening and get a beautiful view of the sun going down?
Great free parking and you can get both the ferry boat and bus from San Antonio.
All these beaches are with a short distance of the villa.
CALA D'HORT (20 minutes drive)
The beach isn't that great but the outlook you have to Es Vedra is simply breathtaking! Parking is fairly easy but not if you turn up mid day in August! It has 2 very good restaurants plus Es Boldado which is very dramatically set on the cliff edge. If you fancy lunch there look out for the direction sign (on a rock!).
CALA CARBO (10 minutes drive)
Signposted just before Cala D'hort, the road takes you down to a small and perfectly formed sandy beach dotted with rocks. Parking is very good and so are the 2 restaurants there. It's also great for kids as they can explore the rocks or fish from the tiny jetty.
SA CALETA (15 minutes drive)
just before Cala Jondal but it's often ignored as people race to the more trendy beach. It's a pebble/sand beach that is dramatically backed by red cliffs...so a stunning place for a photo! There's a very good restaurant there and usually a masseur. If you want to explore then carry on futher past the restaurant (5 mins by foot) and you'll find the remains of a Punic Village overlooking a tiny bay full of fisherman's huts.
Try Cala Xarraca on the way to Portinatx, Cala Nova on the outskirts of Es Cana or Talamanca round the bay from Ibiza Town are all worth a visit.
Our Tip? Cala Mastella and Cala Boix. Located next door to each other these beaches offer totally different experiences. Cala Boix has THE darkest sand on Ibiza...almost grey black. It's volcanic sand and quite strange to see. Cala Mastella is a tiny hidden beach but it has a secret...walk round the rocks and you find the fish restaurant who refused King Juan Carlos a place as he hadn't reserved! They basically cook one meal; fish stew, as they say they cook what the husband catches that morning. They serve it up in one sitting and you do need to book...or beg!
Most secretive beach?
That has to be Atlantis. A well kept secret amongst those that know it lies at the bottom of a cliff so the decent and ascent is tricky and only for the fit. It is supposed to have magical powers and is beloved by the 'new age' people. It isn't signposted so almost impossible to find. Should I tell you where it is? Mmmm. Tell you what - book with us and I'll personally draw you a map!
and finally....a deserted beach in the middle of August?
...the answer we always give is Es Cubells; a small beach with a nice restaurant. Why is it quiet when all around is frantic you may ask? Who knows...maybe because it's so small people think it will be too busy or perhaps the dramatic descent puts people off.
To be truthful it's not actually deserted in August...but it is the best you'll get!