Entire songs have been written about the pulsing party scene in Ibiza, with its hedonistic feel, string bikinis, and glamorous celebrity spottings. And while this is all true—you'll find supermodels and internationally renowned DJs spinning on the most popular beaches—there are enough beaches on the Spanish island that it is still possible to find respite from the crowds and beats.
Many of Ibiza's beaches have powder soft sand, gentle slopes, and shallow water, making it ideal for those who just want to wade in the water, or younger kids who want to float and splash around instead of swimming the entire time. And the places that are closer to resort towns, such as Cala Bassa, have all the amenities you could need—shops, restaurants, clean restrooms, sunbeds, shaded areas, and more—to keep entire families entertained.
There's plenty to love for adventure seekers, too. Beaches like Punta Galera and Cala Llenya have an incredible range of water sports, as well as cliffs for jumping and deep waters for snorkeling. These sandy playgrounds provide a bit of everything for everyone.
And no Ibiza trip would be complete without a few stunning sunsets, and the island has no lack of places to take in the view. Cala d'Hort, with the Es Vedrà formation as a backdrop, is a favorite, as is the gorgeous coastline of Cala Conte. Best of all, almost all of the beaches have secluded areas hidden among the cove, if you want to take in a romantic sunset without feeling like you're surrounded by crowds.
Of course, you can't spend all day on the beach without finding some suitable grub. Ibiza has seafood restaurants, beach bars (or chiringuitos), and scene-y spots in spades, each of which serve fresh seafood, fantastic Mediterranean food, and some version of paella and sangria. If you ask nicely, some places might even let you take your food out onto the beach, for the ultimate alfresco meal.
Gold sand beaches, breathtaking vistas, turquoise waters, and fresh seafood—what more could you want out of a beach vacation?