Nothing rings in the New Year like a fun celebration on or near the beach. Why stand in snowy town squares when you can have VIP access to the ocean and to some of the best parties on the planet? If you want to experience a warm and sunny New Year’s, head to one of these beach parties. Don’t worry if you’re tired the next day; you can nap on the beach.
Phuket is a party and tourist destination year-round, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The two party hotspots are at Patong Beach and in Phuket town, where you can find everything from beach parties, firework shows and cabaret clubs. If you want something more authentic, join the Phuket Lantern Show and release one of thousands of lanterns into the sky.
South Beach offers something for every style and budget. Jet setters head to fancy galas like Tantalize where stage show artists entertain guests while eating a four-course meal. For something less fancy, head to a place like Trade where DJs play electronic beats until sunrise.
Daytona Beach, Florida
Experience the biggest party on Main Street with the annual New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy fireworks over the ocean, games for kids and a live ball drop ceremony at midnight. The party goes until two in the morning and is the perfect celebration for families and those who don’t spend their night in one club.
When in Sydney, you can choose to spend your eve in the city or at the beach. Sydney is known for its famous firework display above the Sydney Harbor. The iconic Bondi Beach is one of the best places to party in Sydney and is the place where many backpackers lodge. You can find everything from Irish bars to nightclubs, all of which will be lively and vibrant from dusk until dawn.
Los Angeles, California
The City of Angels is certainly a festive New Year’s Eve destination. Everyone from Hollywood celebs to local artists enjoy the beaches during the day and hit the town at night. For one of the best nights in Tinseltown, book a spot on the NYE’s yacht party. If you want a big celebration, hit up the Official Hollywood NYE Block Party that grants you access to LA’s hottest clubs including Attic’s, Rose Room and Hemingway’s.
Gold Coast, Australia
The notable Surfer’s Paradise is the biggest party spot on the Gold Coast where you have your choice of selecting a lounge, pub or nightclub. You can book the party tour, which gives you access to four venues all with VIP status. The best part of the tour is that there is no waiting in line and you can win one of many cool prizes.