Put any preconceptions to one side...it's not as bad as the reputation bestowed upon it by the British Press. It has a waterfront bedecked with fountains, outdoor cafes and a marina. From the harbour you can get water taxis to several undeveloped beaches and trips to see the mystical island of Es Vedra.
Of course there is the infamous West End, now mainly for the young, but the sunset strip is a popular place for all ages.
There are some good restaurants and excellent tapas bars, whilst a nice place to have a drink, and often enjoy live music, is Villa Mercedes on the front opposite the marina.
Other places to stop by include the tapas bars around the old church (popular with the locals) and some of the bars on the promenade which heads off towards the 'bay' area plus the restaurants opposite the marina.
Our Tip: go into the Nautico club (on the marina) for coffee, snacks or eat in the restaurant. Many people think it is private for the boating fraternity but it's not. You can enter from the side too, straight on to the back deck. In the hot summer evenings the roof terrace is open...walk up the stairs to your right inside the entrance and you will find it. Cocktails, sushi, day beds and fab views! What more could you want?
Eating out in San Antonio - We would recommend;
Es Ventall where they do excellent well priced food (A/C inside or eat on the terrace at the back). You can get a 3 course 'menu del dia' (daily menu) for 12.90 euros including wine (evenings and lunchtimes). A choice of 3 dishes per course. It is on the blackboard in Spanish but the waiter speaks English. The standard menu is in English.
Directions: Go to the fountains in San An & walk up the road on your left (goes uphill to the church). Walk past the church then turn 2nd left (there's a man's clothing shop on the corner called J. Ribas). Walk along this street & just past the domed restaurant on the corner you will see Es Ventall. The windows have a blue painted surround. Just push the doors & step in!
Es Verro which is on the lefthand side of the church. They do lovely food and the waiters speak English. You can choose Tapas or Rations which are larger portions. They have a good selection and it's a nice peaceful area to dine out next to the old church.
Also try Don Quixote which is next door...we've not eaten there yet but the tapas look fab!
Finally we'd recommend Rincon de Pepe Tapas bar where we've been eating for the past 20+ years! And the standard has never slipped. It can be busy but sometimes it's worth waiting by the bar for the chance of a seat.
It's on the right hand side of the narrow road going up from where the taxi ranks is.
For a drink afterwards we'd recommend the bars around the old church where there is often live music (on Sunday nights there is usually a great Brazilian group). Or call in at Villa Mercedes overlooking the harbour where there's a schedule of live music. It's a lovely view from their terrace. The food isn't partcularly special there compared to elsewhere – but drinks are fine.
Finally of course is the famous San Antonio sunset! All the bars on the sunset strip are now more or less the same. Mambo's is for the younger people and Cafe del Mar was the original...but take your pick.
If you've never seen the sunset before it is worth a visit at least once.