It’s that time of year again, when we say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016!
New Year’s Eve is often seen as the biggest party of the year in many countries. While the famous destinations such as London, Sydney and New York may attract a lot of the crowds, there are other locations around the world that have some spectacular events. A great atmosphere and some impressive fireworks are often on the schedule, while in other locations a more relaxed vibe in beautiful natural surroundings can also help you to bring in the New Year. There are plenty of places you can visit to have a wonderful experience, but here are 5 awesome places you should definitely consider:
Copacabana Beach, Brazil
This is not a quiet affair as people from across the world join the population of Rio for a party that is second only to the city’s famous ‘Carnaval’ event. A massive fireworks display lights up the water off the beach to provide a spectacular climax to the evening. New Year’s Eve falls during the summer season in Rio making dancing up a storm on the beach is a very pleasant experience. While being on the beach promises a fantastic evening, you may want to book tickets for the after party at one of the clubs along the beach front.
This coastal Indian state is one of the most beautiful beach regions in the world and turns into a rowdy party for New Year’s Eve. Beaches are packed with locals drinking, dancing to great music and releasing fireworks as the clock strikes midnight to celebrate. Once the clock strikes midnight, the party only gets more intense as people continue dancing on the beach through until the early morning.
The Icelandic capital is one of the darkest cities in the world during the winter, with only a few hours of daylight every day. This creates an excellent atmosphere for New Year’s Eve! The tradition is for most people to gather around a bonfire early in the evening before a massive fireworks display colours the sky from around 11.30PM all the way until midnight. The atmosphere is what really makes this a great place to celebrate New Year’s, with plenty of bars and clubs open well into the early hours.
New Orleans, USA
Most famous for its Mardi Gras, New Orleans is another amazing destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Live music stages are dotted around the city centre for those wanting to dance, while the fireworks over the river are beautifully reflected by the water. The party continues to Bourbon Street where the bars and clubs offer a wide range of music and venues to bring in the New Year.
Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
This tiny island is home to one of the most raucous celebrations in the region. You can marvel your breathtaking surroundings on a beautiful beach here during the day before the real party begins in the evening. Cruising yachts anchor near the dock at West End in the days leading up to the party. New Year’s is also known as Old Year’s Night on the island, with Foxy’s Tamarind Bar being at the heart of the festivities on this Caribbean paradise, where many of the ‘Painkiller’ cocktails are enjoyed during the festival.
*A Painkiller is a twist on the Piña Colada and is a rich and fruity tropical drink that’s a specialty of the British Virgin Islands. It’s a combinations of coconut cream, orange juice and pineapple juice and rum.
Where will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve?
Siya Zarrabi began his travel lifestyle at the age of 16, embarking on a four month solo trip to Paraguay. Since then, he has filled passports with stamps of foreign borders.