5 sultry tropical places to spend NYE

5 sultry tropical places to spend NYE

If you’re sick and tired of whiling away New Year’s Eve in the cold and icy reaches of the Northern Hemisphere, or just fancy heading somewhere totally different for that compulsory blowout at the end of the year, then be sure to check out this list of the 5 top tropical hotspots for NYE parties. It’s got everything from sun ­splashed Pacific beaches to salsa parties on the sands of Ipanema and jaunts through the Thai islands. Enjoy...


If you haven’t been there yet, be sure to make one of those New Year’s resolutions to take a trip to the breathtaking, bucket ­list­ smashing reaches of tropical Nica. One of the undisputed gems of Central America, this land of ceaseless sun and fun enjoys its period of best weather from December to April. Add to that a medley of beginner­ friendly surf spots along the strips of San Juan Del Sur, lazy days spent sipping ice­cold beers between multi­ coloured bars on the edge of the Pacific, yoga sessions to sooth the January 1 hangovers, and a chance to tour the countless colonial treasures of Granada city to usher in the new calendar, and it’s easy to see why so many folks are interested in LBW’s Nicaragua NYE itinerary come Christmas!


Complete with not one but two gorgeous coastlines, and boasting long, hot days right throughout the Christmas and New Year period, Panama is a steadfast tropical option for ushering in the changing of the annum. For sun, sand, surf and swaying palm trees, be sure to head for the Caribbean coast, which hits a high with the postcard­perfect fishing shacks and party nights of Bocas Del Toro, the hammocks and earthy beach shacks of Comarca Kuna Yala, and the powdery stretches of Isla Bastimentos. And then there’s the south­west, lined up along the Pacific and awash with empty surf spots at Peninsula de Azuero, or the aquamarine­blue of Santa Clara’s waters.


There ain’t no party like a Copacabana party, and no more so than on New Year’s Eve, when this great horseshoe of world­famous sand erupts with blooms of fireworks and thousands of smiling, maraca­touting Cariocas dressed all in white (it’s a NYE custom here). In fact, Rio’s legendary duo of beaches are oft hailed as some of the most awesome spots to party the night away on December 31. Not only will the weather be a steaming midsummer heat, but the hedonism spills onto the shore in a blowout of samba and salsa, ad hoc rock shows and oodles of pina coladas!


Ah, the Land of Smiles: home to the pad Thai and the sleepless bars of Khaosan Road, the beautiful beaches of the Andaman and the Thai Gulf, and the mysterious temples and mountain towns of the north. Head here on New Year’s Eve to enjoy a blast of midwinter sun and sand, flitting between the legendary sands of the south. Here, the action is sure to focus on the bucket bars of Haad Rin; the home of the original Full Moon Party on Koh Phangan. And after you’ve partied the night away with fire shows and neon paint aplenty, hangover cures come in the form of snorkelling trips through the coral gardens of Koh Tao, laid­back days on the banks of the Kwai in Kanchanaburi, and Thai massages in Bangkok. LBW’s special NYE Thailand trip has all that and more!


Also riding the wave of a tropical high season for the whole festive period, Vietnam presents something of a more off­the­beaten­track option for travelers looking to spend NYE away from home. Destiantions abound too, with the seething, sprawling megalopolis of Ho Chi Minh City offering perhaps the wildest parties amidst the ad hoc beer bars of Pham Ngu Lao. Then there’s the capital at Hanoi, bursting with swish cocktail lounges set on skyscrapers high above the city (get ready for some darn awesome fireworks viewing), not to mention the likes of Phu Quoc and Mui Ne, where the resorts and beach huts party until sun up at the end of the year!

"Rich is a traveler, writer and filmmaker who's always after somewhere new to go. He's been hopping around the globe since 2011, from Poland to Paris, Mumbai to Ho Chi Minh. He runs several travel sites of his own, from Ski Eastern to Live Krakow to Crabs Move Sideways. When he's not planning his next trip, he's usually listening to 50s jazz, surfing in Wales, skiing in the Alps, or just swigging (too much) great craft beer."

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