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For Brits, New Year’s Eve is an excuse to welcome in the New Year with friends and – typically – no small amount of liquid refreshment. But the expectation placed on the night and the fact that the bars are over-priced and extremely busy means that for many, New Year’s Eve is a chore.
For those not looking forward to the final night of 2012, maybe it’s time to think about experiencing New Years somewhere completely different – somewhere like Brazil. Last minute flights are always available and can be the cheapest way of escaping. If you are flying out from USA try Kayak.com or Orbitz.
The locals of Rio de Janeiro need little excuse to throw a party, but the New Year’s celebration in the city is a major event. First of all, it’s at the height of summer, so Brits used to welcoming in the New Year in coats and scarves can enjoy the warm temperatures. Secondly, Rio residents – perhaps because of the heat – do not pack themselves into crowded bars where there is no room to move; instead they revel in the streets and create the world’s biggest beach party.
Copacabana Beach is one of the most famous in the world, and is always packed full of people enjoying the sun, sea and sand. At New Year’s however, millions – not an exaggeration- of people descend on the four-kilometre stretch of beach for the city’s famous party and fireworks show.
Revellers usually dress in white, and the beach simply pulses with the famous samba sounds of Brazil from the afternoon and through the night. You can get an idea of what life is like on Copacabana with this video, but rest assured there are so many people on the beach you can dance your way along it all night and not reach the other end. What’s more, you can afford to take little with you (in fact its recommended as it’s a pick-pocket’s dream), as drinks and food are sold from stalls up and down the beach. Stick to beer or take your own spirits though, the liquors sold on the beach itself are more water than booze!
If Copacabana is a bit too big for your tastes, New Year beach parties have also started springing up on Ipanema and Flamengo beaches, so you can get the beach party experience and welcome in the New Year in an unusual – and unforgettable – way!
This post was written by Emir Paratusic and is brought to you by Teletext Holidays.