Summer is almost here, and it needs to be epic! What better way to celebrate the warm months than hitting the world’s hottest party beaches? Here’s a countdown of the 10 best beaches around the world to go to for an unforgettably rowdy vacation.
10.) Sunrise Beach, Haad Rin, Thailand
Haad Rin is the home of the Full Moon Party, aka the biggest beach bash in Asia. Every full moon, as many as 30,000 revelers show up to celebrate life with a wild and crazy all-night party. It’s mostly vacationers; and hippies and socialites and everyone in between have been adding a Full Moon Party to their itineraries since 1985 when it all began. If heart-thumping house and trance music and booze-fueled dance parties sounds like your idea of fun, this is for you. And the entertainment is endless, including shows with Thailand’s best fire-eaters!
9.) Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Millions of tourists head to this beach each year to party. It’s three miles of perfect white sand, with bars and nightclubs serving up Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha, just steps away. Be sure to party at Copacabana during the day, as Rio is well known as a destination where you want to stay close to your hotel after dark.
8.) White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
An island paradise with a lively party scene, White Beach put Boracay on the tourist map with its row of luxury resorts, bars, nightclubs and a shopping mall. There’s live music, some of the hottest DJs in the world and lots and lots of drinks. Cocomangas is the go-to for the die-hard partier, where guests are challenged to drink 15 different kinds of shots to get their name and nationality on a plaque on the bar’s wall. White Beach faces west, so tourists flock for the most beautiful sunsets in the Philippines.
7.) Panama City Beach, Florida
Florida is one of the biggest hot spots for American Spring Breakers, so you know the party never stops in the Sunshine State! PCB is known for having some of the craziest beach clubs, such as Sharkey’s Tiki Bar and Club La Vela, but, this spot has so much more to offer. In fact, Fodor’s put this town and the entire Florida Panhandle on its Go List for 2015. The white sandy beaches are the some of the most beautiful in the United States, and the crystal clear water is (gasp) better than being on a Caribbean Island.
6.) Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece
You’ll know when you’ve reached Super Paradise Beach. There’s soft white sand, turquoise water, and a mob of young people ready to get the party started. Year after year, Super Paradise Beach is named one of the best beaches in the world and is packed with clubbers, jet-setters, models and VIPs. Women show off their barely-there swimsuits, and some parts are even for “nudists only". Greece calls Super Paradise Beach the capital of fabulous luxury. And, pro tip: the sunset parties will last all night long this summer!
5.) South Beach, Miami, Florida
South Beach, or SoBe, is one of the most famous and recognizable beaches in the world with its Art Deco architecture, open-air bars and rowdy nightlife. Spend the day on the sand, and then cross Ocean Drive to find 23 blocks of bars and nightclubs. Beautiful people and the wildest celebs hang out at exclusive clubs like Nikki Beach and Mansion, and A-list DJs keep the party going all summer long.
4.) Benirras Beach, Ibiza, Spain
Ibiza is known as the party capital of the Mediterranean, with all-day fiestas, wild club scenes and celebrity appearances. If you’re heading to Ibiza anytime soon, Benirras Beach should under no circumstances be missed! The party goes off as private yachts dock near the secluded beach on the less developed north side of the island. The big party is on Sunday nights, when legendary drummers play bongos as the sun sets.
3.) Varadero Beach, Varadero, Cuba
Since President Obama lifted the US travel ban to the long-forbidden island, Cuba has been named a go-to spot for 2015 on virtually every travel list. The party scene will be sizzling this summer in Varadero, one of the premier resort spots in the Caribbean. The white sandy beach stretches for 13 miles, and the sea is every shade of turquoise. Varadero is just a short trip east of Havana and it’s packed with bars, restaurants, and inclusive resorts that host nightly parties on the beach.
2.) La Barra, Punta del Este, Uruguay
Travel Channel named this trendy beach town the best party beach of 2015, and it’s easy to see why! The St. Tropez of South America, La Barra is known as a millionaire’s playground where socialites, celebrities and models mingle. The dress code? Anything skimpy. Come well rested, because no one is in need of a siesta in the 24-hour upscale fiesta that is La Barra.
1.) Zrce Beach, Novalja, Croatia
For years, the biggest celebrities and the most beautiful people in the world have spent their summers in Ibiza. But now the party is moving to Croatia. Zrce Beach to be exact, a pebble beach with crystal blue water. Think music, drinking, and dancing at all hours of the day and night. Summer 2015 is going to be one for the books with the Croatia Rocks Festival, five nights of live bands, DJs and dancing under the stars. The festival is July 19-23.