You may have heard of Ibiza sang and rapped about in famous American songs. You MAY have heard that it’s a party island. IT IS! Definitely!! The weather in the summer is beautiful, a lot of 20-somethings come to enjoy the beaches, cheap hotels and drinks with friends and to hopefully find “summer love”! Party boats with open bars are easy to book and Ibiza is home to tons of world famous bars, lounges and clubs!
WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE:
- Travel Tips
- How Much to Budget Daily
- Things To Do
- Places to Eat or Drink
- Culture (Fashion, Tips to Navigate the Culture, etc.)
Main Airport: Ibiza Airport (IBZ)
Airport to your side of the Island: You can take a taxi or an airport bus. The island is pretty small! The airport bus takes you to a main station and you may have to transfer to another one to get to where you want to go! Transportation is clearly marked in the airport!
Weather: Ibiza’s weather is gorgeous warm island temperatures with over 325 days of sunshine! June through September is the most ideal time to go as it probably wont rain and the weather is perfect for the beach.
Beach: Speaking of the beach, you’ll find a lot of women topless and sun-bathing and you may see a lot of butt! So, if you’re traveling with kids it might be good to survey the area first! You will also find that there are luxurious cabanas or lawn chairs and beach umbrellas laid out for sunbathing–this is NOT free. It is usually run by people who aren’t wearing any sort of uniform, just carrying a money bag. Some area will be clearly marked with a sign, while others are not.
Currency: Euros (I suggest carrying cash, but most major credit cards are accepted everywhere!)
Nearest U.S. Embassy: C/ Porto Pi, 8 – 9D
07015 – Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
Transportation and eating in Ibiza is SUPER cheap! You’ll find that you can easily find snacks and meals for under 6 euros. Transportation to a lot of the island is operated through a main bus station that takes you to any place you want to go on the island. If you’re on vacation chances are you’re only going to and from the airport–but they have an office where you can buy tickets to the other side of the island during almost all hours of the day and night. Night busses run less frequently.
I recommend 20-25 euros per person, but you can easily travel on less or more–depends on your comfort!
Free Things To Do: Enjoy a nap or picnic on the beach, Explore Ibiza Old Town, Enjoy walking along the beach
MUST-DO: Go on a PARTY BOAT! They have party boat packages everywhere you go. Try one of the clubs, they have promotions for clubs and typically have signs that tell you the price up front. The weekdays Monday-Wednesday tend to have cheaper entrances. Relax and enjoy the beaches! Party at Ocean Beach Ibiza (pool party resort with DJ –can be super expensive).
Café Mambo was recommended to us for lunch. It was certainly romantic, and a great place to enjoy lunch with friends. At night, you may have to reserve–they have live music sometimes. It’s right on the beach–and the food was great! It’s a little pricey, but the view is worth it!
Cheap Eats: Seriously, everywhere! You can find cheap food anywhere you go! Tapas bars are everywhere too. Look for Menu del días during the weekdays for 3 course meals under 15 euros per person. They even have a 2-story KFC!
There are a lot of restaurants by the ocean where you can grab an English or Spanish breakfast and lunch.
Language: Castilian Spanish (Castellano) and English. You’ll find that employees in Ibiza and on the beaches come from all over the globe, with different accents and languages. Most everyone speaks English since Ibiza is catered to English-speaking tourists. Signs are mainly in English as well.
Tips: In Spain, restaurants sometimes have a “Menu del Dia”, this is usually a bang for your buck available mainly on Monday-Friday around lunch time 12-4pm, sometimes all day. This consists of a drink: Water, Wine (Cup or even a freakin’ bottle sometimes), Beer or Pepsi/Cola products; 1st dish (appetizer), 2nd dish (main course), and a 3rd dish (dessert or coffee) this ranges from 10-15 euros typically. Some restaurants will even let you share one between two people (it’s so much food)!
Legal Drinking Age 18 years old
Breakfast in Spain, culturally, is very small and eaten between when you wake up to around 12pm. Usually you’ll eat something like toast, maybe a donut or churro con chocolate or another small sweet. It’s almost unheard of to even consider eating an egg in the morning! Lunch is the BIGGEST meal. (Hence the menu del día with 3 courses to make sure you’re full!) Lunch is usually eaten by Spaniards around 2pm-3pm. 12pm — a normal American lunch time is also almost unheard of, though you can find lunch items in restaurants and grocery stores, don’t worry! Dinner time is treasured and usually eaten around 9-10pm; any earlier and you’ll get funny looks. In fact, a lot of restaurants close around 4pm and don’t open again until 8pm for dinner. It’s very common to see Spaniards eating outside and enjoying dinner, talking and drinking very late into the night 7 days a week. I told my Spanish teachers and friends that in the States we eat dinner around 5-8pm usually and I always get shocked looks and, “but don’t you get hungry at night when you’re trying to sleep!?”
Restaurants & Shopping stores in America that you’ll find in Spain
H&M, IKEA, Victoria’s Secret, Nike, Adidas, McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks (everywhere), Louis Vuitton, Gucci, LongChamp, Coach (all the high-end brands, basically!),
In Ibiza, most restaurants are going to require that you at least have a shirt and shorts on. Most businesses will no allow you to enter shirtless or with only your bikini on. I was okay with a cover up over my 2 piece bikini!
On the beach, you’ll probably see a lot of boobs and you might see someone’s package. There isn’t a nude beach, but a lot of women sun tan with their tops off. Some men (regardless of age) wear as little as possible to avoid tan lines… We stayed for almost a week and spent our time at two different beaches. I can’t recall seeing any children at either beach…