Give the usual year-end cold and snow a miss this year and head to a splendid beach destination to ring in the New Year? Explore new landscapes, meet new people and enjoy new cultures by choosing any of these wonderful beach destinations to celebrate the New Year!
Sydney’s Bondi Beach
In the last week of the year, the Bondi Beach in Sydney starts buzzing with fascinating events and parties, lots of locals as well as foreign tourists, and a celebratory atmosphere. The beautiful beach is famous for its warm golden sands and exciting water sports such as surfing and scuba diving. If you come with a partner, nothing would be more enchanting than celebrating the New Year with a candlelit dinner at a sea-side restaurant.
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Waikiki celebrates the New Year in great style. Thousands gather at the beach to enjoy lively entertainment, festive dining and not to mention the fireworks that start at 11:55pm. Several hotels along the beach offer live bands, DJs and special dinner and cocktail cruises with firework views. The beach is clean and offers great surfing opportunities. If you love to dance, and enjoy rides and games, you should not miss the famous “Party of the Year” held at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park in Honolulu.
Goa is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in South Asia. Epithets such as “Pearl of the Orient” and the “Beach Capital of India” have been used to describe this smallest Indian state, nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. Around the Christmas and New Year, the atmosphere at the popular beaches such as Baga and Calangute is simply electric. Tourists can be seen chilling out on the beaches, enjoying water sports and dancing the blues away at popular night clubs. To top it all, there is the annual Sunburn Festival which could make your holiday in Goa a long-lasting memory!
Mafia Island, Zanzibar
Tanzania has some of the most stunning beaches in East Africa. Mafia Island, a short flight from Zanzibar, is one of the country’s best kept secrets and is a fabulous place to celebrate the New Year. Take a leisurely stroll on its warm shore or be a little adventurous and try exciting water sports. The area has many renowned diving sites where you can explore the exotic marine life.