As the year is winding down, you might find yourself asking where you should go to spend New Year’s Eve. Here at Unbound, we believe spending New Year’s abroad is one of the best ways you can celebrate and learn about another culture!
Each country has its own special traditions to bring in the New Year. Read our list below of our top 5 New Year’s destinations to get some inspiration to celebrate 2020!
1) LA PAZ, MEXICO
La Paz, Mexico is a beautiful beachfront destination on the Baja California Peninsula which is perfect to ring in the New Year. A short 2-hour drive from much more crowded Cabo San Lucas, La Paz is an ideal place to celebrate on the beach as the clock hits midnight.
You can spend days leading up to New Year’s enjoying all the outdoor activities offered in La Paz, including kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming with whale sharks. You can also rent bikes to go exploring around the area or go on adventurous hikes to admire the beauty of the Sea of Cortez from above.
When you’ve had your fill of outdoor activities, recharge by going to one of the many good restaurants in La Paz. La Paz is known for its seafood, so be sure to try the outstanding fish tacos at Mariscos el Toro Guero or get some tacos at Los Magueyes.
Whether you want to sip a cocktail or dance the night away, there are plenty of options in La Paz. For a good local bar to get a killer margarita, head to El Parnazo, which stays open until 2 am. If you’re seeking a more relaxed and upscale vibe, you can get a deep pour of good wine and enjoy live jazz music at La Encantada. Looking to club late into the night? Check out Las Varitas and drop it like it’s hot.
NEW YEARS EVENTS IN LAZ PAZ
For New Year’s, you will have plenty of choices to celebrate! Your best bet is to head to the beach, grab a beer and watch the fireworks. You can also make a dinner reservation at one of the nicer restaurants, like Sorstis, for a special meal. For nightlife, many of the bars and clubs will have parties to celebrate, including the previously mentioned Las Varitas and El Parnazo.
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2) MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA
Medellin has quickly become one of the top hotspots in South America. Long gone are the days of Pablo Escobar and instead, Medellin has become a safe and super fun city to spend New Year’s.
Spend the day exploring one of Medellin’s many squares and museums. A particular must-see is the Plaza Botero and nearby Museo de Antioquia, famous art for depicting everything as overweight. You can also get out of the city for the day to explore the views over Parque Arvi by taking the cable car up for an amazing view of the city! If you are looking for a workout, you can climb the 200 stairs leading up to the top of Peñón de Guatapé.
Medellin has a host of food options for you to choose from. We recommend visiting the Parque El Poblado/Parque Lleras and picking from one of the great restaurants there overlooking the park. Some of the best-reviewed restaurants in the Parque Lleras area include El Correo Y Amada El Poblado, La Pampa and Rocoto.
Parque Lleras is a great spot for nightlife in Medellin. The area transforms from nice cafes and coffee shops to great bars and clubs by nighttime. You can simply walk around the area and look for whichever bar looks the most fun to you! In particular, check out Calle 9+1 and Bendito Seas Fonda.
NEW YEARS EVENTS IN MEDELLIN
There will be events and parties going on all over the city in Medellin for New Year’s, so simply being in the city means you’ll have a good time! Some of the best clubs that will likely have New Year’s events include Bendito Seas Fonda, Luxury, and The Blue Bar. You can also make a reservation at one of the nice restaurants or, if you book soon enough, at the famous Andrés Carne de Res!
3) DOMINICAL, COSTA RICA
Costa Rica is one of the easier destinations to get to from the US for New Year’s, with plenty of direct flights to this tropical destination. Costa Rica is beautiful and has a strong tourist industry, so you can find any type of hotel or restaurant depending on your budget.
Costa Rica offers lots of different activities for you to spend your days leading up to New Year’s. Take advantage of the gorgeous beaches with world-class snorkeling and diving. Or simply relax on the white sand beach with a good book. If you want to be a bit more active, Costa Rica is well known for its ziplines and canopy tours where you can soar over the jungle and get a real bird’s eye view!
No visit to Dominical is complete without some great seafood at El Pescado Loco. Another great breakfast and lunch spot is Cafe Mono Congo. For fun evening and some Asian inspired food, Phat Noodle is a must-visit spot.
Dominical, Costa Rica is a bit more laid back than some of the other tourist destinations, which is part of the appeal! You can grab an evening cocktail at Tortilla Flats and see live music at Maracatu. The “hot spot” of the night changes depending on the day of the week. So, be sure to ask a friendly local where the place of the evening is and they will happily point you in the right direction.
NEW YEARS IN DOMINICAL, COSTA RICA
Most of the celebration in Dominical will take place at one of the bars or on the beach itself. You can grab a good steak dinner at El Rancho Restaurant. Then ring in the new year at Fuego Brew Co or Tortilla Flats.
4) MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Morocco might not normally jump to mind to spend New Year’s, but no city combines the traditional and the modern quite like Marrakech. The different districts in Marrakech make it possible to explore ancient wonders during the day and then enjoy an excellent cocktail at night. You just have to know where to go!
There is no shortage of fun activities to spend your days in Marrakech. Spend an afternoon shopping and getting lost in the Souks, and try your bartering skills which is half the fun. Make sure to see some of the most impressive architecture in the city, including the Bahia Palace, Koutoubia, and Saadian Tombs.
One of our favorite places to get lunch in Marrakech is Amal, which is a non-profit organization supporting women in Morocco. At Amal, the women are trained in the restaurant industry and they serve wonderful food. You can even take a cooking class if you want! Other top restaurants in Marrakech include Limoni, Grande Café de la Poste, and Nomad.
Book a table at the famous Comptoir La Darna, where you will be entertained with an amazing dinner show while eating excellent food. For nightclubs that really get the party going, head to Cantobar or Theatro.
NEW YEARS EVENTS IN MARRAKECH
If you can, make a reservation at Comptoir La Darna for the ultimate Marrakech New Year’s experience. Want more magic in your New Year’s celebration? Book an overnight trip to the Sahara desert and spend New Year’s under the stars. For other nightclub venues for New Year’s, check Azar, Buddha Bar, or Nikki Beach.
5) ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Turkey is another destination that isn’t top of mind for New Year’s, but Istanbul has plenty to keep you busy! Sightseeing by day and fine dining at night means you will have a unique New Year’s experience.
Plan at least a few days to see some of the awe-inspiring architecture in Istanbul. In particular, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, and Dolmabahçe Palace are all must-see buildings that will take your breath away. For the truly adventurous, you can book a full-day tour to Cappadocia from Istanbul for an action-packed day.
Looking for a cocktail bar that looks like it belongs in a posh London neighborhood with some inventive cocktails? Then look no further than Chicki Boom in Etiler. For nightclubs, you can’t go wrong Sortie (just make sure to budget accordingly!).
NEW YEARS EVENTS IN ISTANBUL
Many of the clubs mentioned above will have extravagant New Year’s events, particularly Sortie. You can also check what is going one at Club 29 or Anjelique. For a unique experience, watch the city ring in the New Year from the comfort of the 16Roof rooftop!
NEW YEARS ABROAD WRAP UP
As you can see, there is no shortage of places to visit to bring in this New Year’s. For more recommended travel destinations be sure to read our Epic Group Trips for 2019 and 7 World Wonders blog posts!
What are your New Year’s plans? Let us know in the comments below.
Remember, you can join us this New Year in La Paz by downloading Unbound and booking the Legit Trips experience. We hope to see you there!