Bahia de San Antonio – a low season wasteland

Bahia de San Antonio

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42 Responses

  1. 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

  2. Clare C says:

    Thanks for writing, it’s so useful when people write about the bad as well as the good.

  3. Hope the building condition improve as it looks a bit tone down. Travel in low budget sometime save your budget.

  4. 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?

    • Natasha says:

      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

  5. onlybyland says:

    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!

  6. C-Ludik says:

    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 !

  7. Niranjana says:

    You said true! I have been in aprile and it shocked me as well.

  8. Nicole Anderson says:

    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.

    • Natasha says:

      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

  9. Marcie says:

    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!

  10. 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?

  11. Arnav Mathur says:

    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.

  12. 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… :-/

    • Natasha says:

      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

  13. Loudy says:

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

  14. Jamie Joyner says:

    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

  15. Heraa says:

    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? 😀

    • Natasha says:

      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.

  16. Laura - Learning to Adventure says:

    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!

  17. 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!

  18. Rahat Arora says:

    Very nice post

  19. Changingthestory says:

    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

  20. Excellent post, Natasha! Travelling off season is great for the budget, but it definitely has some cons!

  21. Nuria Vidal says:

    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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