Ibiza is a perfect holiday destination with many features both manmade and natural that make this island appealing. There are extensive clean and sandy beaches and the waters are crystal clear along the coast. These aspects and the scenic views make Ibiza a perfect getaway destination. The Mediterranean weather is superb all through the year and visitors can engage in the many outdoor activities available on the island. However, Ibiza is not a cheap place to visit, though there are some tricks to help make the trip more affordable.
Since Ibiza is a getaway destination with huge demands, the prices of the amenities found there are quite high. The hotel rooms and rentals cost quite a lot because of the continuous demand. Nonetheless, you can visit Ibiza even on a tight budget. As you move away from the town, the costs of accommodations can gradually decrease. Budget hotels, apartments, hostels, and Airbnb are ideal options for accommodations for individuals on a shoe-string budget.
Buses are the best options to use when you want to get around in Ibiza. They are easy to navigate, serve the entire island and are fairly cheap. The network of buses on this island operates anywhere between 6:00 am and 12:00 am during peak season. When the normal buses stop running, there are the Discobuses at a cost of only €3 (approximately $3.20). They run from midnight until 6.30 am taking you from town to the clubs and back. Private taxis and taxi shares are ideal for the ride from the airport to the hotel room as well as throughout your stay. Splitting the cost among a group can significantly reduce costs. If you can swing it, renting a car is best for getting around the island, but this costs much more than just using the public transit and the occasional split taxi ride.
Prices go up as demand increases. Therefore, when on a tight budget, don't go during the peak season which is July through September in Ibiza. Plan your trip for October through the start of May and avoid major holidays. Definitely do not go in July and August when the island is at its fullest and the prices are at their highest. During the off-peak season, accommodation prices are significantly lower. In fact, many products, services, and activities on the island during the off-peak season tend to be more affordable.
There are a few options for getting into the big name clubs without paying full price entrance at the door. You can purchase tickets online beforehand to save some money. Buying an Ibiza Ticket Pack online from Together.travel is another option if you plan to do a lot of partying and are with a group, saving up to 70%. Also look out for flyers and bracelets from club promoters at various bars during the day and evening. No matter where you get discounted tickets from, be sure to be aware of any restrictions like having to enter the club by a certain time or only getting into particular areas.
The tourist areas in Ibiza are quite expensive as with any big tourist spot, so trying to find places to eat outside them is ideal. The best way to find the places is to simply ask a local, someone working at a shop, or at your hotel. Renting a budget apartment with a group or a single room through Airbnb is also a nice option because it allows you to use a kitchen. Purchasing food from the supermarket and preparing your own meals while limiting your dining out experiences will greatly cut costs.
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Auston grew up in Phoenix before escaping to Chicago in 2008. After 4 years working as an engineer, he sold his belongings and embarked on a round-the-world trip. After traveling non-stop for a year, he finally settled in Spain with his husband where he now calls home. When he's not traveling or writing guides about events, festivals or the best LGBT destinations, he enjoys the long sunny days and nightlife of Madrid. Read Auston's blog at Two Bad Tourists, or follow him on Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
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