New Year’s Eve Getaways Around the World

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Italy New Year's Eve

The New Year is a special time, where we celebrate the close of an old year and all the possibilities that await us in the one to come. What better way is there to bring in this wonderful occasion than somewhere fun, thrilling, and exotic, where you can spend quality time with the one you love, or your closest family and friends? If you’re considering taking a vacation during the upcoming holidays and are wondering where you should go, here are a few places that will not disappoint.

Sorrento, Italy

There are few places in the world that have so many wonderful things in one place: a rich and complex history, an incredible coastline, a pretty interior, gorgeous cities, and a cuisine to die for, but all this can be found in Italy, and Sorrento, on the Neapolitan Riviera is a place that brings all of these delights together. With views of Mount Vesuvius, quaint cobbled streets, floral decorated churches, and azure seas there are few places more romantic to celebrate with your loved one.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Off the western coast of Africa lies the archipelago of the Canary Islands, the largest of which is the long time popular surf and sand destination, Tenerife. Home to beautiful beaches such as the world famous Playa de las Americas, as well the dramatic Teide National Park, which features Mount Teide, the tallest summit in all of Spain, Tenerife is the perfect destination for anyone looking to enjoy a mix of relaxation and exploration.

Paphos, Crete

Crete can boast to having some of the Mediterranean’s most stunning beaches, as well as a number of ancient historical sites, some dating as far back as Neolithic times. The small coastal town of Paphos and its surrounding areas are scattered with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, quaint cafés and restaurants, including the Tomb of the Kings and the Baths of Aphrodite in Polis.

Beach New Year's Eve

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is one of North America’s top holiday destinations, attracting tourists to its pristine beaches and Mayan archaeological sites, such as the UNESCO ruins of Chichen Itza. The waters of the Riviera Maya are the perfect place to head for some snorkeling or scuba diving, and the party atmosphere of Mexico makes it the perfect place to head if you’re looking to enjoy a New Year’s Eve fiesta.

Wherever you decide to head for your New Year’s Eve getaway, be sure to book soon as the holidays are just around the corner.

Images by Christopher and Glen Scarborough used under the Creative Commons license. 

Where is your favorite place to celebrate New Year’s Eve?


  1. I can’t believe it’s almost new year! 2015 going to end! Nice suggestions to spend new year. I don’t think it’s gonna be packed with people right?

  2. Great ideas! I love a good NYE celebration, and it’s all about destination! My favorite so far was actually while in-flight from US to India, and the cabin crew announced the stroke of midnight for each time zone we passed through. Then I started the new year in India, so I’d say it was a good one!

    1. Author

      That sounds like an amazing and unique experience! I’ve always wondered what it would be like to fly on NYE. 🙂

  3. I’ve spent NYE in Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei, Kuala Lumpur, Puerto Vallarta, and probably a few others, and I have to say the idea of NYE in Asia appeals to me. I love the Asian vibe, especially in a larger city. (I live in KL, but it’s my least favorite of the four)

    I do like your island European destinations, too, though, and will be celebrating in Barcelona this year. For some reason, I’ve always found Europe a little “too close to home” and imagined I’d have to go to some club if I did NYE there. The more relaxed island destinations might be fun!

    One place on my list for a few years now is Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

    1. Author

      Wow! You’ve celebrated in a lot of countries! Barcelona sounds like a great place to be. Edinburgh is definitely on my list too!

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