San Antonio Ibiza Survey Results

A short survey about San Antonio

A short survey about San Antonio – the results

Over the last 2 weeks we have been collecting people’s opinions on San Antonio through a survey featured on our Blog. The results have now been collated and are as follows.

We received a fantastic 123 responses to the survey.  Two were spoilt (multiple boxes picked where one was required) and one person failed to complete the survey in full.

The following is, therefore, based on 120 responses. We have tried to keep the data as simple as possible adding comments we received under each set of results.

Question 1 - Are you?

Are you?
Day Visitor 3%, Worker 16%, Family holiday 16%, Local 19%, Bar / Clubbing holiday 22%, Couple’s holiday 24%

It was nice to see the different types of people who use San Antonio whether to live there, work there or simply to visit.  Although we felt day visitors seemed exceptionally low, and I wonder if those visiting other areas of Ibiza rarely visit San Antonio due to its perceived reputation.

Question 2 Your age group

Your age group?  Under 13 8%, 13 – 17 5%, 18 – 24 26%, 25 – 41 38%, 41 – 51 20%, 51 plus 3%

The results show that visitors are not as expected and is not purely made up of younger clubbers but in fact there is a much wider mix of age groups enjoying San Antonio.  The results backs up my own personal opinion.

Question 3 -Do you feel San Antonio has an image problem?

Do you feel San Antonio has an image problem?  Yes 37%,  A little 50%,  No 13%

The results show that 50% of people feel that San Antonio had a slight image problem however, interestingly all of the 13% of people who felt that it did not have an image problem were from the 18 – 24 age group.

Question 4 - How would you rate the Transport Links?

How would you rate the Transport Links?  Very Poor 0%, Poor 20%, Average 20%, Good 40%, Excellent 20%

Only 20% of people felt that the transport links to and from San Antonio were excellent.  However, comments which were regularly repeated included the lack of information about buses, timetables and costs, etc and where to find any of this information.

There were also several comments about the cost of taxi’s to and from the resort which people felt were too high.

Question 5 - How would you rate Choice of bars and restaurants?

How would you rate Choice of bars and restaurants?  Very Poor 3%, Poor 0%, Average 17%, Good 63%, Excellent 17%

A fantastic 80% felt that there was either a good or excellent choice of bars and restaurants within San Antonio – this is a great selling point.

Question 6 - How would you rate the Standard of Accommodation?

How would you rate the Standard of Accommodation?  Very Poor 7%, Poor 16%, Average 27%, Good 34%, Excellent 16%

Whilst 34% felt that the accommodation was good, we received a lot of comments about the accommodation focused on the fact that many said it was “old, tired and out of date”.  However with the major refits that many hotels have already done or are planning to undertake would improve the results for this question over the next few years.

Question 7 - How would you rate San Antonio Shopping experience?

How would you rate San Antonio Shopping experience? Very Poor 10%, Poor 37%, Average 30%, Good 23%, Excellent 0%

With 37% of people noting that they felt the range of shops on offer was poor, this was one of the highest commented on questions.  When people visit San Antonio it appears that they expect a wider range of shops, more boutique style outlets and overall expected a wider range of goods to be on offer in the town.  Not just the standard tourist range of t-shirts and novelty items.

Question 8 - How would you rate the Cleanliness of the town?

How would you rate the Cleanliness of the town? Very Poor 7%, Poor 37%, Average 26%, Good 30%, Excellent 0%

37% stated that they felt the cleanliness of San Antonio was poor this was almost expected. It is an area many people are aware of and has been discussed as one of the let downs of San Antonio in recent weeks. But with these ongoing discussions I believe it will be one thing everyone can agree on and will improve over time.

Question 9 - How would you rate The beaches around San Antonio?

How would you rate The beaches around San Antonio? Very Poor 3%, Poor 13%, Average 47%, Good 27%, Excellent 10%

Surprisingly 47% rated the beaches as only average.  I know that the state of the beaches has been widely discussed in Ibiza recently  and I think that this survey mirrors everyone’s thoughts.  The beaches are “OK” but could be better.

Question 10 - How would you rate Activities and Things to do around San Antonio?

How would you rate Activities and Things to do around San Antonio? Very Poor 3%, Poor 6%, Average 30%, Good 48%, Excellent 13%

With 48% of people remarking that they felt the selection of activities on offer were good, sadly they also felt that there was so much going on it was hard to find out what.  Lack of information comments varied from San Antonio as a whole or was targeted at the individual operators. Several comments asked if we knew what had happened to the folder / book of leaflets the hotels used to give to visitors too.

Question 11 - How would you rate the overall Friendliness of the town?

How would you rate the overall Friendliness of the town?  Very Poor 0%, Poor 7%, Average 23%, Good 40%, Excellent 30%

This chart speaks for itself.  The town as we all know is very friendly and the people living and working here are welcoming and helpful.

Question 12 - How would you rate the Policing / Safety of San Antonio?

How would you rate the Policing / Safety of San Antonio? Very Poor 7%, Poor 23%, Average 27%, Good 43%, Excellent 0%

43% of people felt that the policing of San Antonio was good.  This result may surprise a few, but it seems that the majority of people visiting feel that the policing and safety is good or average.

Question 13 - Have you experienced any of the following in San Antonio?

Have you experienced any of the following in San Antonio? People having drunk too much 93%, Drugs being offered to you or taken around you 89%, People fighting or arguing in the street 63%, Robbery or pick pocketing 17%, Any other crime or disorder 13%

This is probably the most enlightening set of responses we received and possibly worse than we all would like to admit. This will need a long term plan to resolve with many aspects such as, education of youngsters, more robust policing, boots on the ground and intelligence led policing.

Question 14 - Would you recommend San Antonio to others?

Would you recommend San Antonio to others? Yes 53%, Maybe 40%, No 7%

Over 50% would recommend San Antonio to others, which is a great starting point for the future of a town whose future is looking brighter than ever.

Conclusion

Although this is not a comprehensive survey of all aspects of the town, and with a limited response rate compared to resident, worker and visitor numbers, it has been worthwhile and enlightening.

I hope that those that have the power to change the town will see the good and the bad from it and take steps accordingly.

For me personally, I would love to see the following:

  • A town guide / leaflet produced highlighting all aspects of the town from the west end, sunset strip, to activities like ocean mania, parasailing, aquarium etc which is then distributed across Ibiza. This would hopefully bring more day visitors into the area be it older couples, families or singles.
  • The return of the book / leaflet guide for hotels, villas etc so visitors can see what the town has to offer.
  • More information about the buses showing they are clean, reliable and are a great way to get around the island for a fair price.

Above all I believe everyone should work together for a better San Antonio to help change its image and support this well loved but slightly misunderstood gem of Ibiza.

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