You may expect the beaches of Ibiza to be packed with young revellers flocking to the island’s resorts and drinking all day as well as all night. Ibiza is a large island though and though the resort beaches do get busy there are quiet secluded beaches too and even in the resorts not all are aimed at the club 18-30 types and some are ideal for family holidays in the sun.
Ibiza has sunshine most days of the year and in the summer it is often too hot to do much else than sunbathe with the occasional dip to cool down; if you do want to keep active though there are plenty of watersports to try such as windsurfing where a regular dunk when you get it wrong should keep you cool.
Whichever beach you choose it is good to get there early for a good spot and make sure you check whether there is a lifeguard and check safety boards for swimming.
An ideal beach for getting into the water, with a lifeguard and a sand shelf that stays shallow for a long way out you can safely go swimming, try some watersports or just take a dip to cool down: pedolos are also popular for hiring here.
Cala Talamanca is a long curved beach with the small and not too over developed resort of Talamanca at one end, as well as the restaurants and cafes in Talamanca there are plenty all along the busy beach that is popular with families.
Las Salinas beach
Right at the south of the island this is also Ibiza’s most glamorous beach and popular with celebrity visitors, Truly glamorous this is the beach where the fashion conscious and wealthy come too: expect to be surrounded by beautiful people. They come here for the crystal clear water and soft pale sands, though it gets busy here there is also plenty of space on this 1500 metre long beach.
A much smaller beach than the previous two and not as easy to get to, one side of the beach is sandy and the other a mixture of sand and pebbles so in summer get here early if you can, though it generally doesn’t get too busy. The situation is beautiful though, behind the beach are shallow cliffs and looking out to sea you’re just across from Es Vedra, which in summer lines up beautifully with the sunset, a small and green island: tempting to swim out to though we don’t recommend it.
Not far from San Antonio but a lot quieter than San Antionio’s own beaches the water has a definite turquoise hue a beautiful counterpoint to the pale yellow sand. There are three separate areas of beach here, 2 main ones, both sandy and one against dunes and one against cliffs. There is also a small cove which hidden from view is ideal for naturists.
A beach restaurant between the two main beaches is the perfect place to watch the sunset after a long day on the beach and in the sea.
S’Arenal de San Antonio
A long wide beach, which is lucky otherwise there’s no way everyone could fit, it is popular for walking along and taking in the scenery as well as sunbathing and taking a dip too. Being San Antonio’s main beach it of course stays busy and has a lot of bars and restaurants along its length.
During the day it is popular with families but as the evening comes it becomes packed with revellers and stays a meeting place all night long with the party spilling out of the bars.
Puerto de San Miguel
A well-equipped beach with good facilities including bars, restaurants and lifeguards as well as various watersports centres where you can try windsurfing, sailing, diving, waterskiing or if you want something involving a little less skill banana boating or pedalos.
Backing on to pine covered hills the pine forests are fun to explore too and you can keep busy for days on and around the beach. The beach is only 100 metres long at the back of a small bay with cliffs on either side that shelter the beach from the wind.
Cala San Vincente
Another wide beach backed by a promenade and with hotels and various cafes, bar and restaurants close by. Between San Juan and San Carlos this small resort is ideal to stay in if you want somewhere a little quieter with space on the beach but want to be a short distance from the bigger resorts for a night out.
On a curved bay the view is lovely with lines of palm trees behind you along the promenade.
At the resort of Es Cana the beach is great for windsurfing with fantastic strong and reliable winds, though you may have to wait for the right day if you’re a beginner so you don’t get blown out to sea.
The beach itself though is sheltered from the wind you’ll be glad to hear, there are big cliffs around the beach and walks along the bottom of the cliffs are popular if you wish to stretch your legs, though meandering along the beach front bars is more popular with a lot of the resorts visitors.
Santa Eulalia beach
Another busy resort beach but that of course means there is plenty to do and there are good spots for diving and snorkelling nearby and diving schools on the beach front. Even if you aren’t a confident swimmer the waters are clear and wonderfully calm with a shallow sand shelf meaning you can stay safe and the beach is very popular with families though the row of bars points to the fact that this is a vibrant and fun place to be at night.
This is one of the beaches that residents come to, a ten minute drive from San Carlo it isn’t too manic even in high summer thanks to difficult access. There are few facilities here, though there is a restaurant and beach bar, apart from that it is just dunes and cliffs surrounding the 300 metre long, and 15 metres wide, beach.
Kids love this beach with two rocks to swim out to just off the beach and a hidden cove just round from the right end of the beach. It is also an unofficial nudist beach but it is optional
Ibiza’s beaches are what first attracted package tourists and it is still one of the main draws even ahead of the bars and clubs. Whatever type of holiday you are after and whatever you are looking for there is a beach for you whether you want to just relax in quiet, to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, swim, have some drinks in the sun or try some watersports.