Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on September 23th, 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for giving you the best options about where to spend one of the craziest nights of the year.
There’s one night of the year when every man, woman, and child makes plans for the best party of the year. Every year you go through the same routine, making plans to ensure that this year will be more memorable than the last. Some stay at home, some visit their local bar while others pack their bags and travel to one of the most surprising destinations in the world: New Year in South America.
This continent is famous worldwide for it’s over-the-top parties and all night ragers, and New Year’s Eve is no different. Head south for the big event and don’t miss out on the most memorable ways to ring in the New Year in South America.
| It’s all White in Rio de Janeiro |
No list of the best parties for New Years in South America would be complete without Rio de Janeiro. This marvelous Brazilian city of sun, sea and jungle is home to the most legendary parties you will ever witness. If their annual Carnavalis not evident enough of a good time, don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime as the clock strikes midnight. We recommend you stay close to Copacabana beach in a luxe Copacabana penthouse for the best views.
Every year the roads close and streets fill with revelers dressed in all white. Tradition in Brazil says that wearing all white is a way of honoring the goddess of the sea. Locals also make offerings by throwing flowers into the water while jumping over waves. All night live music and free concerts are available along the coastline. And when midnight strikes, ooh and ahh at the most spectacular and extravagant fireworks displays lighting up the sea. It’s time to party. And if you want to make this night more exclusive and chic, Oasis Collections members club Clubhouse Rio will throw an amazing party to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style.
| Samba Steps in São Paulo |
São Paulo, the city that never sleeps in South America, has plenty to offer for New Year’s Eve. Begin the season staying in a chic apartment near Avenida Paulista for your celebrations because here it’s where the magic happens. Located in Jardins, this street plays host to 2 million excited party-goers, all dressed in white, who come to enjoy live music and spectacular fireworks displays. Most people usually travel to the beach to work on their New Year’s rituals and have fun. Jumping 7 waves at the sea after midnight to honor Iemanjá, the goddess of the waters, is one of the most popular and it’s up to bring good vibrations for the New Year beginning. And if you can’t make it to the beach because of the traffic and the multitude rolling all over the streets, D’Edge is a cool place for and after midnight party until sunrise comes.
| The Latin Saint Tropez in Punta del Este |
Punta del Este is one of the hottest spots to spend New Year in South America and a favorite among the jet-set elite of Buenos Aires and Brazil. Referred to as the Hamptons of South America, this is a place to see and be seen. The rich and fabulous migrate for Christmas and New Year’s to party in lavish Punta del Este vacation villas and trendy La Barra clubs as the clock counts down on December 31st. Parties in Punta del Este are famous for being highly exclusive with many top parties reserved for invitation-only, the opposite to the masses parties in Cartagena and Rio. Booking the best parties months in advance is recommended as they always sell out.
| Fine Dining in Buenos Aires |
New Year celebrations in Buenos Aires are fairly low key and relaxed, making BA an ideal destination for those looking for a more reserved, chic soiree. Staying in a Puerto Madero apartment promises unobstructed views of fireworks and some of the city’s best restaurants on your doorstep. Alternatively, join the Porteño festivities in Recoleta, the home of the top-shelf eateries. Just a short walk from some of our classic Recoleta apartments, most restaurants and hotels promise something special to bring in the New Year.
Later, pop across town to The Planetarium, to stare up at the sky as the night becomes peppered with fireworks. The clubs don’t open until after midnight in typical Argentine style, so if you’re still craving something fun filled then head to The Clubhouse in Palermo is the place to be for New Year in South America: delicious dinner + best drinks + crazy party combo. The night is only just getting started.
| Cobbled Streets in Cartagena |
Welcome to the enigmatic city of Cartagena; locked behind the old colonial walls, this seemingly sleepy destination is one of our favorites spots for a chic New Year in South America. With a treasure trove of large, colonial vacation villas in Cartagena, this is the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s eve with your nearest and dearest, all under one roof. Outside on city’s cobbled streets people begin to set up camp for the night with tables and chairs, a bottle or two of local rum and dine on the savory delicacies from curbside vendors.
Decadent parties are thrown at many of the hotels, such as the Charleston Santa Teresa and the Sofitel Santa Clara, and nightclubs like Café Havana in Getsemani host musical gatherings for young and glamorous crowds all the while from mid-December until mid-January. The ultimate place to be on New Year’s Eve could very well be Café del Mar on the ramparts of the city, where the “Paris Lounge,” sponsored by Moët & Chandon, beckons guests with not only champagne but also an extensive DJ line-up and Parisian décor.Buenos Aires, Cartagena, José Ignacio, Punta del Este, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo