Spain: Costa del Sol Outpost
Sure, beach clubs abound on the Costa del Sol. Finding one that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and that isn’t staffed with snobby waitstaff, however, can be quite a challenge. To find anything with a bit of raw character on the southern coast, it’s usually necessary to head west to the Costa del Luz, where towns like Tarifa welcome those looking for a more laid-back seaside experience.
This is why the Sonora club outside of Marbella was a such welcome discovery. Decked out with furniture and gear brought back from the owners’ annual jaunts to Bali and India, the club provides a decidedly relaxed alternative to the cookie-cutter chringuitoes (beach bars) that line the rest of the coast. Co-owned by a Spaniard who spent much of the past decade spinning tunes in Barcelona, Sonora will launch a series of evening weekend parties beginning later this month.
Give the club a call if you’re in town (+34 619 318 098) or just drop by the club. Tell your taxi driver to take the N-340 to the exit at km 162.5, between Marbella and Estepona.