Bahia de San Antonio – a low season wasteland

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Bahia de San Antonio is an area of the island of Ibiza, just off the town of San Antonio. We stayed in the Hotel San Remo in this area in April 2017 and we found that during that time (the low season) the place was like some sort of wasteland. The kind you expect to see in end-of-the-world type movies.

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We talked before about the dangers of Ibiza which touched on this a little. But we wanted to explain more why we think Bahia de San Antonio resembles a wasteland in low season.

Empty hotels

During this season a lot of the hotels close down and stay empty. I am talking a good 80% or more of the hotels are closed. A lot of them start to do repairs or get renovated and they seem eerily quiet and empty. We even saw hotel foundations without walls or roofs. It was like scenes out of a movie. A real shock to the system.

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Empty pools and hotels are everywhere you look

Hotel pools were literally drained down to nothing and the paint was chipping off the hotel walls. It was kind of scary!

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Building sites

There were building sites everywhere. Hotels were half built in places, or half knocked down. We weren’t sure which. I even got really badly hurt at one where they had metal poles sticking out the scaffolding into the street.

Boarded up stores

Stores and supermarkets were boarded up. We found that only 5% of the stores nearby actually opened at any point. The same went for the bars, restaurants and excursions. There were no options for things to do unfortunately.

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An abandoned wedding set up at the beach

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We found the area really dead. We did expect more even though we got the trip on a super low budget because of low season. Even as non-partying people visiting Ibiza we were stuck for fun things to do. It was difficult to even get nappies in the area and the ones we did get they had doubled the price (the nappies said they should be about £6 and we were told to pay over 11 Euros.) Because o the lack of options you are just made to pay whatever you are told to at the time.

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  • Seems like the Perils of travelling in a low season.. thought the fares/budget can be attractive the place as such can ruin it. Really nice to know as i’m sure to visit Ibiza some day

  • I usually love travelling in the off season for better prices and smaller crowds. But with all the closures here during low season, it doesn’t quite sound worth it. If you can’t even sit by the pool, what’s the point?

    • I like the low season for that too but with a kid you still need something to do. I still enjoyed it but five days was enough to explore by foot

  • Some places are better in low season, cheaper hotels, food, activities. It seems Ibiza does not fall into this category which is a shame. As a father I was a nappy buyer so it would have really annoyed me paying 11 Euro for a packet of nappies, at least I know that if I go in off season with a baby then I need to take my own nappies!

  • I try to travel in the off season for smaller crowds and of course lower budget 🙂 But it’s really a shame if everything is closed and so desert !

  • You’re right…this situation does sound like it’s straight out of a doomsday movie. How surreal. I suppose they justify that it’s OK to still market the location to tourists on the basis that it’s off season and the price is low. They don’t seem to appreciate the damage that is done to their reputation when people return and report their experience. Looking on the bright side, you have to remind yourself of the old saying: ‘A change is as good as a holiday’. Yes? Maybe not.

    • Hahaha! Well it was still nice enough but I think if we were there more than 5 days it would have drove us mad. There is only so much walking the same streets you can do

  • This is crazy that it was so empty! I can’t believe that so few stores were open. It’s too bad you didn’t get the full Ibiza experience, but hopefully you got a good deal on your hotel. The diaper cost is shocking!

  • I cant believe that everything closes down like that, no wonder the price was so cheap. And with no shops open, the open ones can control their prices which is not cool! Were there any positives at all to your experience there?

  • Though travelling in low season always saves a ton of money, I feel that one should travel in mid season and that too offbeat places. Being in mid season ensures that at least the place is open up for tourists and vacationing and offbeat places ensures that the place is not that touristy.

  • I honestly never understood what’s about Ibiza that so many people feel compelled to go. High season it’s a mess, low season is a wasteland… :-/

    • Certainly do not see the appeal of high season, we though low season may offer a nice time to explore and see how the locals like it but it wasn’t great for more than a couple days

  • This is a great post, because I’m traveling to Ibiza in August, great informations to note. Thanks for sharing

  • Like others who have commented, I enjoy visiting places in the off season. But I’m not sure I would go here during that time. I appreciate this article detailing the reality of traveling to Ibiza in off season. Thank you

  • What is your suggestion? I think this would be the best time to get the best out of the place. Like less expenditure on hotel and lots of privacy? 😀

    • Hahaha well there was still a LOT of people around who kept us up most of the night and woke up our son. There was not much privacy at all when they knocked our door in the middle of the night because they were so drunk.

  • Such a shame – I live in a huge tourist town in the UK which can seem pretty dead in the low season to the untrained eye. However, being a local we know many secrets to still make it fun – although it sounds like this may not be the case here!

  • I’ve always been aware of the perils of traveling in the low season. But I have never seen anything as extreme as Bahia de San Antonio. I’ve always given Ibiza a wide birth, not being much into the party scene I couldn’t see the appeal, but if this is what its like in the off season, I wouldn’t bother traveling to the Island then either!

  • Truly a backside-story, glad I’ve read it since I had no idea at all party-places like this were totally deserted offseason :O

  • The perks of travelling during low season… at least you got some peace! haha it is impossible to have some during summer months! But I still love it 🙂 great post girl!

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