I’ll be honest, I’m not a massive fan of New Year’s Eve. Hanging out in the rain and cold on the streets of London. Tactically balancing the consumption of drinks against the time it’ll take to deal with the inevitable ‘broken seal’. Then, trying to get a glimpse of the fireworks over the sea of phones, followed by the sodden slump home. Nah, I’d rather watch the New Year from my sofa thanks.
New Year in Rio de Janerio
However, if you’ve watched the New Years celebrations from around the world from the comfort of your own home, Rio is probably one of the parties that you’d see and think, “yeah, I could do that.” Free flowing cocktails, golden sand and warm Atlantic waters seem a million miles away from the London rain experience.
So, if you’ve got the opportunity to fly to the southern hemisphere summer and spend this party on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, it’s not an opportunity to miss.
New Year’s Eve in Rio is a big thing. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over Brazil descend on South America’s most famous party town to bring in the New Year in style. The main party is down on Copacabana Beach where 4 miles of sand plays host to 2million people partying the night away.
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Where to Stay
The city pretty much grinds to a halt during the day on the 31st. Streets are blocked off and restrictions placed on traffic flow. So, if you want to be at the heart of it all, you’re best being walking distance from the beach. There are of course a number of hotels and Air BnB apartments along the beach front but be prepared to pay a small fortune for the convenience. A better option is to find a place in the nearby Botofogo area. Just a twenty-minute walk to Copacabana, join the hoards of locals as you sing your way through the streets down to the beach.
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What to Wear
If you really want to feel part of the fiesta, spend a little time before you leave thinking about your outfit. It’s not so much the style of what you wear which speaks volumes, it’s the colour. Most people wear white, a sign for peace. However, if you want to make a bit more of a statement, you can wear red, or pink or green or blue – you can hazard a guess as to what they represent. Shorts and flip-flops are of course the order of the night – this is just one massive informal party with friends.
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Where to Party
The beach of course is the obvious location. Fill a cooler box with drinks and snacks and set up camp on the sand for the evening. Crowds tend to be bigger towards the centre of the beach. Here, a large stage featuring some of Brazil’s biggest musical artists sets the beat for the night. So, if you want something with a little more space, I’d suggest heading down to the Leme end of the beach.
If you want the real once-in-a-lifetime experience, get yourself to a roof top party. Tickets don’t come cheap (anything from £100 to £500) but I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. Not only do most places include food and drinks for the entire night, they also provide you with unrivalled views for one of the best fireworks shows you’ll ever see.
Eleven barges moored in the shallow water along the beach burst into life as the clock strikes midnight. The air fills with a barrage of explosions of light and screams of joy from the crowds. The show is so good that massive cruise ships line up in the water beyond them, giving their passengers a night on the ship that they’ll never forget.
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This is without doubt the best New Years Eve I’ve ever had and I really can’t recommend it enough. If you fancy trying it for yourself, I suggest you book early. Flights and hotels get super busy and with that, prices tend to skyrocket. Get your flights and accommodation sorted early and give yourself something to look forward to!