And another year has come to pass! You can look at it as an ending or you can see a new beginning. No matter what, it’s time to start making plans! Of course there are those places on everyone’s list – getting lost in Times Square (New York), falling in love at The Champs Elyse’es (Paris), looking out of the London Eye, standing in between the Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur) or live it up in Las Vegas!
Here are our pick for the best beaches this New Year’s eve:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Second only to Carnival, Re’veillon (New Year’s Eve) will see around two million people descend onto the sands of the Copacabana. Arguably the largest New Year’s Eve party in the world, you will be guaranteed a wild, unforgettable night like no other. There will be fireworks and there will be beautiful people and you will be engulfed by the free spirit that is Brazil. Tradition calls for you to be donned in white, considered the lucky color to bring prosperity for the following year.
Amazing weather, parades, fireworks and crazy party people! What better way to ring in the New Year. Miami parties the whole year and it only gets better at this time of the year. You have a whole horde of beach clubs to choose from with wacky themes and exotic entertainment, swaying to the music of top DJ’s from across the globe.
The celebrations here start well in advance with the Half Moon festival just before Christmas. This is followed by the customary Full Moon party on the 25th. In a lead up to the main event, there are beach football and volleyball tournaments, even a bikini contest. The Koh Phangan island is the place to be with the crowds arriving over 2weeks before New Year’s Eve itself. The actual New Years Eve party is a riot, the island is jam packed with a wide selection of clubs and beach parties to suit your need.
Every December, tourists and backpackers from across the globe arrive at the quaint beaches of Goa to welcome the New Year. With it’s inherent Portuguese influences, Goa is laid back and has a handful of interesting beaches to explore. Goa hosts Asia’s biggest electronic dance music festival, Sunburn, for a couple of days just the big eve. You will find an eclectic mix of people to lose yourself in. And don’t forget to try the locally brewed fenny!
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town is renowned for its Grand beach parties and first class entertainment on New Year’s Eve.
‘One Night of Pacha’ on New Year’s Eve takes place at the famous Pacha Ibiza and continues into New Year’s Day and ongoing celebrations at the beach.
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The Republic of Kiribati and be one of the first people to usher in the New Year.
Venice and be part of the largest communal kiss in Piazza San Marco and Piazza Ferretto in Mestre as the clock strikes 12 on New Year’s eve. So you never know who you might brush lips with. The kiss symbolises the spreading of peace and goodwill, never mind the odd germ!
Spain and eat the twelve grapes of luck, one with each bell strike at midnight of December 31. According to the tradition, this leads to a year of prosperity.
Japan and hear the Buddhist temple bells ting 108times at midnight to symbolize the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief, and to get rid of the 108 worldly desires.
Ecuador burning effigies and jumping across the fire twelve times (one for every month) for good luck.
Brazil wearing white and offering flowers, candles, and other small tokens to honor Yemanja, the deity of the seas.