New Year's Eve Near the Beach: Miami, Brazil and Colombia

You can't go wrong at these New Year's Eve events in Miami and Latin America

Share This
 
×
Passengers×
Clear
 

New Year's Eve. It's one of very few nights when all-night revelry and indulgence are not only accepted, but expected.

If you'd like to spice up your NYE celebrations even more with some travel, there are a few beach destinations in the US and Latin America looking to lure you with delectable cuisine, never-ending pours of bubbly and swank surroundings.

Here are our picks to celebrate New Year's Eve near the beach in Miami, Brazil and Colombia, to give you some ideas of what to do this year or next.

New Year's Eve in Miami

south-beach-miami-florida-cropright-660x250-TBphoto Photo: Theresa Boehl

You can expect any NYE party in Miami to be top-notch – this city is world-renowned for bringing the action, after all.

Those who appreciate a good meal might opt for one of the New Year's Eve dinners hosted in restaurants in Miami Beach. At A Fish Called Avalon, partygoers can chow down on a seafood dinner while listening to live music and enjoying cool ocean breezes. Later, a dazzling fireworks show will top off the evening.

Bazi restaurant in Miami. Photo: The Marlin Hotel Bazi restaurant in Miami. Photo: The Marlin Hotel

A DJ hosted dinner starts at 9 pm at Bazi, an Asian-fusion spot on Collins Ave. Cost is $120 per person – a champagne toast is included. If Italian fare is your thing, head to SPIGA for a customizable prix-fixe menu. Or reserve a table on the fourth floor rooftop deck at Hakkasan, and get ready to enjoy a four-course meal featuring the restaurant's award-winning modern Cantonese fare.

ocean-drive-south-beach-miami-660x250-TBphoto Photo: Theresa Boehl

With full bellies, beach-lovers will be in a better position to crank the party up a notch. Consider taking it out on the water with a party cruise. The multi-million dollar Lady Windridge Yacht will play host to festivities starting at 9 pm, and the Musette Yacht will win over revelers with a full dinner buffet, live music and climate controlled decks, along with a champagne toast at midnight and a stunning fireworks show.

New Year's Eve in Miami The Lady Windridge Yacht. Photo: Windridge Yachts

Back on land, hit up a handful of clubs in one night with World Crawl Miami, a bar crawl that bills itself as "North America's Largest Party Tour." Don't be surprised if you make stops at dive bars in addition to swank joints like Cameo and Liv Nightclub.

Seeking something a little more elegant? Try the "Eve of Midas" event that starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton. Come dressed in gold, as is the custom, and enjoy an upscale affair involving champagne, dancing, DJ sets, and performances, all for $200 per person.

New Year's Eve in Miami Exterior of the Clevelander Hotel. Photo: Clevelander

Over on Ocean Drive, the Clevelander South Beach is throwing a futuristic bash complete with light displays. Tickets are available for general admission or for open bar events on the glam SPF4 Sun Deck or on the Art Deco-fabulous C-Level Rooftop Terrace.

New Year's Eve in Miami LvL 25 at the Conrad Miami. Photo: Conrad Miami

Not one to be left out, Conrad Miami is offering up an evening of drinks, entertainment and cuisine. The party starts at 7 p.m. with a welcome reception at LvL 25th on the hotel's 25th floor. At 8, guests will be served a five-course dinner at Atrio Restaurant and Wine Room while they enjoy live music. Later, a full-on DJ-led party will blossom in The Room on the 25th floor.

If you still have energy left the next day, join fellow foodies at the Conrad for a traditional brunch compete with mimosas. Then, find the perfect spot on the beach to relax and refresh after a night of partying.

New Year's Eve in Cartagena, Colombia

New Year's Eve in Cartagena, Colombia The courtyard of the Tcherassi Hotel and Spa. Photo: Oleg March

A former colonial mansion, the luxury boutique Tcherassi Hotel and Spa plays host to its traditional San Silvestre New Year's Eve Party, with festivities focusing on the property's lush, romantic garden. Dancing is highly encouraged, and a live band's extended set will get you in the mood and keep you going well into the night. Chef Daniel Castano's VERA restaurant will present a four-course meal and excellent champagne for toasting. Cost is $190 per person for dinner and dancing.

Plan to stay on at the Tcherassi for a while – you deserve to start the New Year right. You'll be in the heart of the charming Old City, and not far from the beach.

New Year's Eve in Brazil

rio-de-janeiro-brazil-south-america-660x250-iStock_000019593202_Small

On the night of New Year's Eve, Brazilians celebrate with a long dinner and all-night party called Reveillon. This celebration is the second largest in the country after Carnaval, and many Brazilians flock to local beaches to party and enjoy the occasion. You wouldn't go wrong to join them.

Expect the party to be especially lively in Rio de Janeiro, as this year's Reveillon marks the beginning of the festivities for the 2016 Olympics to be hosted there. Concerts will be taking place throughout the city, and residents will be stuffing themselves with traditional dishes like lentils and pork.

White is the color of the evening – don't be caught wearing anything else, as this color is meant to symbolize peace and prosperity in the coming year.

For extra luck, take to the water and jump over seven waves, making sure to make a wish each time. Or join hopefuls offering gifts to the ocean Goddess, Yemanja, in a traditional ritual from the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomble.

New Year's Eve in Brazil

For something more low-key, head to Fernando de Noronha, an archipelago comprising 21 islands and rock islets. There are just a few hotels in this UNESCO World Heritage Site; if you can get a room, you'll join an exclusive group of partygoers drawn to the area's gorgeous, remote beaches. Baia do Sancho and Baia dos Golfinhos are just a few to choose from.

To go even more remote for your celebration, try Sao Migel dos Milagres, a small fishing village known for its excellent fare and undisturbed beaches. If you're looking for a little romance with your Reveillon, this is the place to go.

Packed with fun beaches, mountains and lagoons, Florianopolis in the south of Brazil is another great New Year's Eve destination. This island is beloved by surfers, nightlife seekers, and anyone who appreciates good seafood.


Ready to plan a last-minute NYE beach party? Check out our flight, package, cruise and hotel deals to beach destinations around the world.

Tampa Guide: What to Do, See and Eat

It's replete with world-class art, museums and dining, not to mention well-preserved historical sites and popular beaches and parks. No wonder more than 20 million people visited the area in 2016.

Plan Your Miami Vacation Around These Fabulous Annual Events

Join locals and head to some of these annual events, a diverse collection of activities and celebrations for all tastes.

Why Should I Choose a Vacation Rental Over a Hotel?

A hotel should not always be your default go-to for a trip. Depending on how much privacy and space you want, a vacation rental might be the better choice.

Why Fall Is Hands-down the Best Season to Take Your Dream Beach Vacation

The shoulder season offers more availability, fewer crowds, and best of all, cheaper flights and lodging rates.

These Florida Towns Will Remind You of the Caribbean

For most, a beach vacation on a Caribbean island is a no-brainer. There's nothing quite as strong as the allure of palm trees, aquamarine water and colorful architecture — not to mention a more relaxed pace of life. But before you commit to a destination in the West Indies (and the long trek that invariably comes with it), consider these easy-to-reach Florida escapes with a host of Caribbean-inspired characteristics, from gin-clear waters to brightly colored façades. Rosemary Beach  Photo: Visit South Walton A walkable village featuring distinctly West Indian architecture and a medley of bouti...

Is Hawaii Safe for Travel Right Now? Tourism Authority Says Yes

Only a remote part of the eastern side of the Big Island is affected by the recent flow of lava, officials said in a press release dated May 5.