New Year’s Eve on Copacabana Beach
New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro is one of the best nights of the year in Brazil. Rio is famous for its New Year’s Reveillon parties, and locals and visitors from all over the world descend on the city on December 31st to join the festivities.
The most famous place to spend New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro is Copacabana Beach. Thousands of people flock to the sand every year to watch concerts and fireworks as they ring in the new year.
There are several ways to do New Year’s on Copacabana Beach. One is to arrive several hours early and stake out a place on the beach itself. This is a good option if you are on a budget while visiting Brazil.
Another option is to reserve a table at one of the restaurants near the beach or one of the many small food kiosks that line the promenade. They offer party packages and are a great way to ensure that you have a place to watch the fireworks at midnight.
If you are looking for a big New Year’s Eve party in Rio, the hotels are your best bet. From the Sofitel to the Copacabana Palace, many hotels offer great New Year’s Eve party packages that include dinner, drinks, and music from areas that overlook Copacabana Beach. These packages tend to sell out in advance, to make sure to book ahead if you choose this option.
If you want a very special New Year’s Eve, you can buy a ticket for the exclusive party on Sugar Loaf Mountain. Partygoers are whisked up to the top in a cable car, and spend the evening drinking and dancing the night away. At midnight there are great views of the fireworks on Copacabana Beach. As with hotel parties, this party sells out quickly, so make sure to get your tickets in advance.
Whatever you do for New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, it is sure to be a great night out. Big budget or small, there are plenty of options for everyone.