A night of epic parties around the globe, New Year’s Eve only comes once a year and what better way to ring in 2017 than with a rockin’ good time in paradise. We’ve scoured the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and the white sandy shores of the world’s best tropical destinations for the most unforgettable annual celebrations. From the beaches of the British Virgin Islands to festivals in Rio De Janeiro and even the red-hot nightlife of Miami, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the New Year in paradise. Discover the best all-night and day-after parties in paradise and ring in 2017 with a champagne toast in hot-sunny style!
The Caribbean – Jost Van Dyke, BVI
On the tiny British Virgin Island of Jost Van Dyke, New Year’s Eve is referred to as Old Year’s Night and spots like Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Grand Harbour draw in crowds from around the world. Known as one of the biggest parties in the Caribbean, the “Old Year’s” celebrations on BVI can last for 2 days. With live music, caribbean cuisine and the island’s signature cocktails, partygoers normally come dressed in the typical caribbean attire – shirtless or in bikinis. The biggest blowout on the Jost Van Dyke beach is held at Foxy’s. DJs set up on the beach, bands play in the sand and a lobster barbecue is served. For cocktails try the Foxy’s Firewater Rum. Fireworks, foam parties and sleeping on the beach make this bash one you don’t want to miss.
Best New Year’s Day – The Bahamas
In the Bahamas the party doesn’t stop on New Year’s Eve. Here, New Year’s Day is just as entertaining. Street parades known as Junkanoo collide with beach gatherings and fireworks all around the islands of the Bahamas. The best Junkanoos are found in downtown Freeport, Bay Street in Nassau and in the out-islands of Turtle Cay in the Abacos. Large resorts such as Sandals, Exumas and the Atlantas throw their own parties and serve special menus for New Year’s Eve. The Bahamas is a great family-friendly option with the main focus being on the day-time celebrations of January 1st, though New Year’s eve parties are also iconic when spent along the turquoise blue waters and sparkling white sand.
Most Exotic – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
If you’re up for something more exotic and can we say “wild”, Rio is your best bet. One of the world’s largest New Year’s Eve parties is held on Copacabana Beach where more than 2 million people can be found not he 2.5 mile stretch of sand. The Brazilian celebration of Réveillon blends religious and superstitious beliefs. Locals dress in white and toss flowers into the ocean for the goddess of the seas, Yemanjá. The celebration also includes large oceanfront stages for live musical and dance performances, and a colorful fireworks display at midnight completes the scene.
Best for Tradition and History – San Miguel de Allende
Known more for its historical significance and world-renowned architecture more than its nightlife, San Miguel de Allende is the place to be for an elegant, laid-back, yet festive New Year’s celebration in one of the most breathtaking settings in the world. The historic city center, known as Centro, boasts rooftop bars hosting parties with DJs, cocktails, and are the perfect location to watch the fireworks in downtown set against a backdrop of cathedral steeples. Restaurants with highly acclaimed chefs in locations like the Rosewood San Miguel, Moxi, and Centanni serve New Year’s dinner complete with wine and cocktail pairings. New Year’s Day Celebrations in San Miguel hold just as much excitement. The streets of Centro are filled with parades and walking tours of the city are held to reveal the religious past and traditions that were held throughout San Miguel giving an up-close-and-personal insight to the meaning of the celebrations that are held on the New Year’s Holiday.
Best on the Atlantic – Bermuda
Ever celebrated the New Year with an Onion Drop? In Bermuda, you’ll want to arrive early for this tropical tradition that’s just as iconic as the Ball Drop in Times Square. Thousands of people gather in St. George to see the Onion Drop in Bermuda’s Capital City. A tradition rooted in the 1800s when 30,000 boxes of onions were exported from Bermuda to the U.S. each week, the country was dubbed the “Onion Patch” and today the tradition remains as delicious treats and onion dishes are served in food stands lining the streets and local musicians strike up a beat setting the tone for an unforgettable celebration.
Best in the U.S. – Miami
Where better for nightlife than the white-hot city of Miami. Known for its nightlife around the world, Miami is an easy pick for celebrating the New Year in the states. From VIP to free beach parties, and everything between, the perfect temperature and flat white sand Make Miami’s beach and club-scene one of the best places to party-in the New Year. Bayfront Park in downtown starts its celebrations around 8pm, complete with fireworks and dancing and Ocean Drive hosts a separate party with dancing, fireworks and toasting until 2am. The city’s ritzy hotels host exclusive events with big-name celebrities, open bars and fireworks can be seen all over the Atlantic. The Fontainbleu and LIV are two of the hottest places to be and stars like Pitt Bull, Justin Bieber and even Billy Joel perform live to ring in 2017.