My phone was very hot so I couldn’t take more photos. If Nils still has photos on his camera, I’ll post them here.
As Port de Sant Miguel was the closest beach and was very easy to park (most of the times – but on Sunday afternoon parking is horrible as the entire island including locals head to the beach).
It is a family friendly and easy going resort area so we ended up going here quite a bit. And naturally we found a little place called Solicamp
which we had drinks and ice cream while the kids played pool, trampoline, table tennis, mini golf, etc. There were apartments upstairs, which would be a great place to stay and very convenient to the beach. We even saw a birthday party there but the type of place that they kids were never out of sight so easy for kids of all ages. It is also right next door to the private medical clinic which we had to take Soren to for some high powered meds due to a bad ear infection – poor guy!
Also located at Puero de Sant Miguel is a small but very delicious place called Chiringuito Pascual
. This is the place where Soren lost his second baby tooth while having an ice cream.
This place was a favorite of mine as they have yummy tapas, nice pizzas and good salads with giant shrimp, simple toasties for the kids and close to our go-to beach and they also were our toilet facilities. I wished they could make a frozen margarita too – clearly missing something here.
Tutti Frutti Man was conveniently around us every time so we often treated ourselves to a fresh fruit cup and once got the coconut.
and another nap.
One evening we went up to San Antonio to take in the sunset on the “Sunset Strip” but after walking around for a few minutes, we were quick to realize that €6. for a SODA was a bit extreme and it would be well over €50. for us to have a beer, margarita and two kids’ drinks and truthfully the San Antonio scene, no matter what the sunset was like is not us. No offense to those who prefer this area – it’s just not us – in my opinion it’s where the young Brits head for a rowdy boozy holiday in the sun. Personally, I find it a bit of a mess and the part of the island that I’d prefer not to stay with our kids and you don’t have to – as there are other places much better.
So we went up to Cala Salada and took int he sunset there. The beach itself is way down a hole lot of stairs, but if you couldn’t make the steps, I assume one could drive down and pick you up.
I thought the kids might want to enjoy a sunset boat ride from Port de Sant Miguel – but after Maebh was sick on the boat already this trip, best to skip it.
I’ve read about a place called Hidden Bar
in Cala San Vincent which was seemed like a cool place. It was in fact cool, but there was so many tiny ants all over the tables, it sort of grossed me out. Thankfully the second time we returned they were not there so it was just a once off dirty table probably. The food was good – we had some appetizers and yummy drinks. The kids area had trains, colouring stuff and mini golf – which was a tad bit pricey at 6.00 a go. I’d suggest that be free to guests to entice them to stay while their kids have something to do. All in all, it has so much potential…but between this place and it’s neighbor – Chill Out On The Beach would be my preference. Anyway, the British couple who ran the place have since moved on to Croatia and now a Dutch girl took over. We’ll be back!
Another drinkie – this time in Santa Eualia.
My favorite beach on the island because the beach is very shallow so you have to walk out a good distance to be in deeper water so it is very easy to allow kids to throw a ball or play paddle ball up to their waists without fear of a drop off. Tons of chairs very close to the beach, not too bad to find parking, endless dining options with bars, restaurants of all types and grocery stores so you can pack your own coolers. Plus, we have good memories here as this is the beach resort which we first came to in 2006 – the same beach which we drank bloody marys all day (which I purchased tomato juice from the local shop) and hitchhiked up the hill in a Peugeot driven by a French family! Our villa was just at the top but we were too drunk to walk 🙂
One of my favorite bars in the area is the Jam Shack – takes me straight back to Jamaica. Next time, I’d like to eat here – as we only had drinks – oh and with daily Happy Hour from 5-8 pm, I can be in trouble! 🙂 If we ever stay on the island not in a house but a hotel or apartment, this is where I’d like to be located.
I’m a huge fan of grilled sardines and salad but clearly, our son is too! 🙂
Of course, if a super tall, hunky Dutch guy sits in front while I as trying to take a photo of Maebh :
Our sweet lady would often take a nap at the beach – so much sun and swimming – really wipes you out. This is when the chairs and umbrella really come in handy!!
The first few days when the kid saw the pedalo boats, we made plans to go out on it.
Having never been on wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ll safely say I’d prefer to NOT do that again!