Country: Spain
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Peak Season: December-January, July-August
Shoulder Season: March-May, October-November
Median Temperature: 17.50 C / 63.5 F
Main Languages: Catalan, Spanish, English
Primary Modes of Transportation: Bus, taxi
Recommended Duration of Stay: 3 days
Recommended Pocket Money: $180.00/day
Tourist Passes: n/a
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Ibiza is famed for its entertainment venues and beaches, and almost everything associated with youth and revelry—nearly the entire island population is comprised of young adults. The Mediterranean island has become one of the most fancied holiday destinations, including spring break. However, the continued of influx of tourists has turned the island into a state of disarray following the abandonment of many nightclubs (due and stiff competition) and the foreclosure of several, unfinished entertainment venues due to poor planning. But despite all this, Ibiza maintains an unwavering reputation as one of the world’s most sizzling hideouts, conveniently located near Spain’s mainland.

If the United States has Hawaii, Europe certainly has Ibiza to take pride in. Apart from just being an urban sprawl, the northeastern part of the island has untainted-yet-treacherous woods fit for pre-party day trips. Yet however undeveloped these woods may be, they’re still far from solitary—many hikers still breathe life into the jagged concourse this part of the island.

Ibiza has never been at rest—from the days of Phoenician mercantilism until today’s after-hours binging and streaking. It’s not the best place to tug your wife and kids to—there, we warned you—but if the lot has survived Rio and Miami Beach’s brusque circuits, they’re pretty much ready for all the audacity Ibiza promises to bring to the table.

Packing List

  • Local currency—avoid transacting with credit cards, unless you are set to pay atrocious fees; to avoid getting ripped off, bring a list of the customary fees and get insider information on good deals
  • Bikinis and trunks for morning beach bathing and snappy dresses for late night socialization; remember not to over-accessorize to not attract to much unneeded attention, especially from shady onlookers
  • Essential medication (for headaches and dehydration from the alcohol) and toiletries; bring mouthwash—convenience stores are known to have limited inventories of some essentials
  • A decent, flash-ready camera, plenty of film and batteries; don’t bring too much stuff since you’ll often be outdoors, unless you want to spoil an otherwise perfectly good evening by bringing a book
  • A very recent guidebook of all the happening venues, festivities and accommodation deals in the city; guides are usually sold at their airport, or you can also secure one online from many reputable sources

Things to Do

  • Visiting the pine-shrouded beach of Cala Salada, a great place for families to picnic and set sail with rentable boats; it’s located in the north of San Antonio and is particularly popular with Spanish locals
  • Enjoying the long stretch of sand at Playa d'en Bossa Beach, which is popular with the younger crowds for its windsurfing sports and beachfront bars and bistros; it offers splendid views of the Mediterranean
  • Experiencing the tranquil shore of Cala d'Hort Beach; it doesn’t have the usual packed crowds, at the expense of cliffs covering the vicinity; it’s a great place a to watch the sunset and is also a good surf spot
  • Partying until the break of dawn at Pacha Ibiza, one of the island’s first and most popular clubs—the group is known for the high-tech audio and lighting as well as VIP rooms for private socialization
  • Getting soaked in Es Paradis’ Fiesta Del Agua; many partygoers consider Es Paradis to be the most glamorous club in the whole of Ibiza, and what’s not to deny: garlands and garlands everywhere!

DON'T

  • Use credit cards, since overcharging is pretty common with resort destinations; restaurateurs and hotel owners know how excited tourists are to splurge in Ibiza, and they capitalize on that with high rates
  • Visit the nightclubs too early; like the rest of Spain, siestas are very popular with locals; an early evening nap to prep you up for the late night partying is advisable, as most clubs close as late as 6 in the morning
  • Prick authorities, especially the police—it’s bad enough that they deal with rowdy teenagers from a distant continent; be aware of ordinances, traffic laws and shady places where trouble is always brewing
  • Get drunk and don’t carry all your expensive possessions, particularly jewelry, as Ibiza is one of those places where sly crooks approach those who appear already intoxicated and snatch their wallets
  • Be a transient tourist—plan your itineraries ahead of departure; coming to the country without accompaniment always leads to early departures, as meeting new acquaintances is harder than it looks