Comely bikini clad Ibiza girls have been traveling to this island since, well, since there were bikinis. So have buff male body builders looking to strut their stuff on some of the most beautiful, popular, and hedonistic party beaches in the world. You may not realize it, but this small Balearic island just off the eastern coast of Spain has been attracting the international jet set since the 1930s, when English film star Terry Thomas made his home here (today that house is one of the island's boutique luxury hotels). Following Terry Thomas, came Errol Flynn, Laurence Olivier, Kirk Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks, Richard Burton, and glamorous Ibiza women like Ursula Andress and Elizabeth Taylor. They sipped chilled cocktails in chic bars and posed on Playa den Bossa and gave the island a reputation that rivaled that of the glittering Riviera in southern France.
Hippies discovered this sun-kissed island in the 1960s when people like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Mick Jagger arrived. This was the true ushering in of the hedonistic parties and nightclubs that today's scantily clad Ibiza beach girls attend hoping perhaps to rub shoulders with Jon Bon Jovi or Johnny Depp. The buff young men come with secret hopes of meeting Rihanna or Kylie Minouge. The Ibiza beach girls and boys—hundreds of thousands of them—mostly end up connecting with each other, mostly to the satisfaction of both. Taking holidays here to party hard for a few days has become a rite of passage for many European young men and women. Some come every year for a few days for many years.
The 1980s and 1990s saw the explosion of mass club tourism and the opening of legendary nightclubs like Pacha in Ibiza Town, Space on Playa den Bossa, Eden in San Antonio, and Privilege (the world's largest nightclub) in San Rafael. On the stage at first were "Go Go Girls" who have now been replaced with Ibiza women who consist of both professional performers from as far away as Rio de Janeiro and eager amateur Ibiza girls from among the partiers. These Ibiza women have become a tourist attraction in their own right, and one of the main purposes of many is to hook up with someone of the opposite sex—in some of the many gay bars and night spots, with the same sex.
The legendary nightlife here has evolved into a fairly predictable ritual. Mornings are for sleeping. In the afternoon, Ibiza beach girls and boys hit the sand for some serious sunbathing, chilling out, and possibly a few cocktails. Sundowners are consumed during the spectacular sunsets with which the island is blessed. These are usually consumed with a large dose of dancing at one of the many music beach bars, like the legendary Bora Bora near the Jet Apartments and Space Nightclub on Playa den Bossa. Somewhere during this period, you might have dinner or tapas, and around 10 p.m. or midnight or so you move on to one of the all-night clubs. Get up the next day, and repeat.
Of course, the island has much more to offer than this club scene, and it is an extremely popular destination for family vacations. The club scene is constantly changing and evolving. Laws and regulations have been put in place to curb some of the more unsavory behavior like illegal drug use, prostitution, and fighting of the 1990s and early 2000s. But, the nightclubs continue to thrive. This is after all, where the internationally famous show Manumission played for years at Privilege and Amnesia. Manumission is a Greek word meaning to "free from slavery," and the wildly popular show was all about dancing and partying with complete freedom and no restrictions. Liberalism in behavior is the norm here. There are nude beaches and gay beaches. Topless sunbathers and dancers raise no eyebrows. Nonetheless, Ibiza girls and boys would be well advised to exercise caution with their behavior to avoid victimization or showing up on the daily deportation list that is published in the newspaper each day.