Located approximately 20 minutes from Mahon (Maó), the south coast resort of Son Bou has the longest beach in Menorca with nearly 3 kilometres of fine golden sand which slopes gently into the turquoise sea. This self-contained resort is particularly popular with families as it has something for everyone, from a lovely little waterpark to a popular disco, and even a 'road train'! There is a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants in the small commercial centre.
The long, southwest-facing beach is a sun worshipper's paradise, particularly so if you are a watersports enthusiast: windsurfing, waterskiing and jet skiing are all available, along with pedaloes, snorkelling equipment etc. A number of beach bars provide food and drinks to suit every pocket. But in spite of the beach's popularity, there is enough space for everyone including those looking for a quiet haven! Backed by dunes and marshes, the western end of the beach is an important conservation area for both migratory and aquatic birds, and despite the development of tourism in the area, an ecological balance has been retained.
To the north of Son Bou is the tourist area of San Jaime with supermarkets, shops, restaurant, chemists and a medical centre. A little further along is the prestigious residential area of Torre Soli Nou, set on the hillside amongst Sabine trees, rosemary and pine trees - the views from here down across the coastline of Son Bou are quite stunning.
Son Bou itself has is a small selection of shops and bars, but within less than 5 minutes by car is the medieval town of Alaior with a good selection of local restaurants, bars and shops.