Son Bou Beach, Menorca

Son Bou has a very long sweeping beach of sand, perfect for sunbathing and making sandcastles. The sea is clear, blue and lovely and warm.

The beach gets very busy and seems to be a main beach to visit on Menorca. There are good facilities with toilets, showers, disabled access ramps, lifeguards and even massages available on the beach. Behind the beach are restaurants and shops and even a pool with water slides which is open to the public.

If you fancy a bit of action there are water sports available such as banana boat rides and pedalos, kayaks, boats and jet skis to rent.

When we visited there was an inflatable play area in the sea which you could use for €15 for an hour or €25 for the day.

In the center of the beach, where you can rent sun loungers and parasols, it seemed the busiest, almost crowded. We kept going past this towards a rockier, quieter area where we thought would be good for snorkelling. What I didn’t realise was that this end of the beach seemed to have more naturist visitors and I saw more than I was expecting under the water! No-one seemed to mind if you decided to wear swimwear or not and I think my paranoia that my snorkelling might be seen as spying may have been one sided at least.

I wouldn’t recommend the snorkelling at this beach compared to others on the island. As it isn’t a cove as such, the sea is a little rougher than some of the other beaches and this means snorkeling near to the few rocks can be a little dangerous and there seemed to be much fewer fish to see.

Son Bou beach was backed by a preserved nature area with pretty dunes and a river that came out into a (slightly stagnant) pool on the beach, good for spotting wildlife such as ducks and fish.

There are large car parks near the beach and access to the sand is by way of wooden walkways. We were slightly confused which way to go at first but it seemed you couldn’t get it wrong as all directions on the walkway led you to the beach.

If you are looking for a busier beach with good sand for making sand castles, warm, clear sea to swim and play in and the possibility of water sports then Son Bou is for you. If you want to snorkel or to get away from it all, I would try somewhere else.

Visiting the beach with an autistic child?

Beaches can be great sensory experiences for autistic children. This post is part of a series of about the different beaches in Menorca, designed to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting each beach. Hopefully from my descriptions you will be able to work out which beach would best suit your family.

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