Ibiza beaches are everywhere—this is an island, after all. It is a small island, but nevertheless has more than 80 beautiful beaches. The young people who flock to this little island for its nightlife and parties generally congregate on the famous beaches that are close to the nightclubs. However, you’ll find that some of the best beaches in Ibiza are those that have loud music and wild parties, as well as some more peaceful ones.
The most sophisticated and relaxed Ibiza beach is probably Cala Jondal, located about twenty minutes by car southwest of Ibiza Town and little past the airport and Sa Caleta Bay. Perhaps some of its serenity is due to the fact that it is set in a conservation area. It’s not a very long beach—only a little over 700 feet—but it is quite wide, at more than 60 feet. The waters are quite clear, and snorkeling is good here. There are some bars and restaurants here, as well as some music. But it is not a wild party beach, making it good for family vacations or relaxation.
If you have children, you should be aware that any beach here can turn out to be a nude beach in Ibiza. Even on Playa den Bossa, which is almost in Ibiza Town, you are apt to encounter some topless Ibiza girls and a sprinkling of nude bathers. More clothes are apt to come off after dark. Playa den Bossa is undoubtedly the most famous and popular on the island. This is the one place where almost everyone spends at least a little time, even if it’s only for a bit of sightseeing and not to join in the almost nonstop partying. Some of the legendary nightlife of the island is centered here at the numerous clubs, including the famous club Space.
The San Antonio beaches also have their share of party atmosphere, as well as some of the most magnificent sunsets. San Antonio now boasts a city beach that was created in 2002, making it the only major city on the island with a central beach. You can also get away from the party atmosphere at Cala Salada a bit north of town and at Cala Bassa a bit south. Both of these beaches are serene and peaceful, and Cala Bassa is especially good for families with children.
The island’s “official” nude beach is Playa des Cavallet (or Es Cavallet), located southwest of Ibiza Town (about fifteen minutes by car) and just before Las Salinas Beach. Although there is plenty of nudity here, it is natural beauty you should look for. Rugged sand dunes and pine forests ring the beach, and this wildness is one of the reasons the beach is so secluded despite its proximity to the island’s largest town. Like most Ibiza beaches Es Cavallet has several bars, cafés, and restaurants. One section of this Ibiza beach is also very popular with gay travelers.
One of the best beaches in Ibiza is Las Salinas, named for the salt lakes it backs. These lakes have been producing the priceless “white gold” for a couple thousand years. This Ibiza beach is more than a mile long, and boasts a number of bars (with the usual blaring music) and restaurants. Because the salt lakes are part of a large conservation area, there is some great hiking here. There is also good catamaran sailing and windsurfing.
If you want Ibiza beaches with a dose of hippie déjà vu, you might try Benirras on the northeast coast about three miles west of the town of Portinatx. Come for the fabulous sunsets, which is the time the hippies come out and impromptu drum concerts are apt to erupt. Some of the best beaches in Ibiza are located in this area. They are also the most remote, and it’s hard to get to any of them unless you have a vehicle—either a boat or a car. You may be rubbing elbows with rich and famous jet setters, as this is a popular beach for private yachts to anchor. If you really want a break from crowds and loud parties, it’s highly suggested you visit the nearby island of Formentera at least once during your holidays. The beaches here are truly beautiful and light years away from disco clubs.