K.C. was a featured writer for Yahoo! Travel before joining trips to discover in 2013. She is the author of Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland, an Amazon bestseller every year between 2013 and 2016. She has been a featured expert on Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Travelocity, among others.
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Copacabana Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in the entire world, renowned as one of the biggest parties on Earth. It’s the place to go if you’re into loud music, hustle and bustle, meeting new people from across the globe and taking part in all sorts of party activities. As Brazil is the country that was made famous the teeny, barely there bikini, and renowned for its beautiful tanned women and handsome bronzed men, it’s also a place where some of the most beautiful people go to see and be seen while soaking up the sun and dancing to samba beats. It hosts millions of party-goers over its New Year’s Eve celebration and the biggest and most legendary carnival celebration in the world, when millions crowd into enjoy the music, fireworks, dancing, drinking, sparkly costumes and scantily clad bodies that take over.
Ibiza is the party island, as one of the world’s most popular party playgrounds. Travelers flock from all corners of the globe worldwide flock for the chance to escape to its world-class bars, nightclubs and beaches, and to party 24/7, as no matter what time, day of the week or season, the clubs are always hopping at full capacity. The beaches are so epic that they’ve appeared among practically an endless number of lists that brag about party hot spots, like Business Insider’s “The 10 Best Party Beaches around the World.” The party season begins early, kicking off with the Flower Power Festival hosted in early March, featuring open-air concerts and a colorful market with artsy products along with ‘60s and ‘70s DJ parties. Just a few weeks later, the big clubs open up their doors, and, of course, you’ll find all of the usual activities like booze cruises, beach games, pool parties and more.
Want to party like a celebrity? While this Balearic Island in the Mediterranean is often overlooked for its neighbor, Ibiza, it tends to attract a more upscale crowd with its natural beauty and laid-back ambiance, but it’s also as much fun when it comes to partying. The endless stream of glamorous visitors means there are also a wealth of incredible properties scattered throughout the hills and coastline, many available as a self-catering option. Plus it’s very diverse, with Australians, Germans, French, Swedes, British, Americans and more all coming together to enjoy a good party that usually doesn’t end until the sun comes up. The close proximity of Mallorca’s bars only enhances the all night long party, ensuring everyone easy access to cheap drinks and drunken debauchery. If you hope to spot one of the rich and famous, be sure to sip an adult beverage at one of the island’s most exclusive bars, the Karma Bar, a place where Brad Pitt and musician Julian Lennon have both enjoyed a few drinks.
People also come from all over the world to enjoy partying, and experience a few things they may not be able to back home, in Amsterdam. While it tends to be much more relaxed than other popular party cities, and the Dutch tend to prefer a good pub or house party, there is plenty of fun to be had. Dance clubs stay open until 4 a.m. on the weekend, and bars and cafés in the center of the city sometimes keep their doors open until 3. You can rock out to techno, house and EDM music at the massive Warehouse Elementenstraat or party it up at Sugarfactory, an intimate, venue with thick red curtains and dim lighting. Of course, there’s always the Red Light District, and the coffee shop scene which offers a lot more than a good dose of caffeine.
Once a playground of the 1960s jet set, made famous by Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis, Mykonos Island is becoming increasingly more in fashion as the ultimate party spot once again, with a roll call of well-known names pictured sipping champagne from magnums sold right on the sand as well as dancing and partying on its famous beaches. The island is also tops on the list when it comes to exposed flesh and legendary parties, with clothing optional on many of the sandy beaches, and its heavenly blue waters. Fashionistas, celebrities and all types of tourists flock to Paradise Beach to party all day, all night and then do it all over again the next day.
Kuta was originally discovered by tourists in the 1970s, thanks to its outstanding surfing conditions, nearly 10 miles of powdery soft sands and jaw-dropping sunsets. Today, it’s considered to be the best party spot in Bali, enshrined in the Southeast Asia party circuit as a must experience destination for young party-goers with its busy streets, late and loud parties. Thousands flock to Kuta to enjoy its lively bar/club scene that takes place right on the sand, and with cheap drinks by the dozen served up at beach bars, like the Green Box and Bounty Ship, it’s a great place for those on a tight budget too.
While prostitution is illegal and drug users face extremely harsh punishments, including possible execution if caught, there are few places that can beat this country when it comes to the opportunity to indulge in debauchery. That’s because law enforcement tends to look the other way, at least when it comes to tourists with cash to spend. The all-night Full Moon Party hosted in Koh Phangan is something worth planning a trip around, but if you can’t make if for that, there are plenty of clubs to keep you busy with liquor both plentiful and cheap – many recommend the Mae Khong whiskey for getting wild on a budget.
Located at the southern end of Florida in Miami, South Beach is not just one of the world’s hottest spring break destinations – with its steamy climate, striking white beaches, crystal clear waters and an unbelievable nightlife, it offers a party all year round. South Beach also boasts colorful Art Deco architecture, lots of music festivals and exclusive clubs. Every year, the Ultra Music Festival transforms the area into a star studded bash known as “the world’s wildest party,” attracting even A-list celebs, while clubs like Nikki Beach, one of the most exclusive in the nation, are frequented by some of the wealthiest, hottest and wildest club-goers, celebrities included. Of course, if you hope to rub elbows with them, you’ll need a credit card or two with a very high limit.
Any list of the hottest party cities has to include Las Vegas. Sin City is famous for hosting some of the wildest pool parties on the planet. The Mirage pool is one of the most highly rated, with its Polynesian tropical island feel and quarter-mile shoreline with waterfalls, lush foliage and water slides. There is also a “European-Style” pool where tops are optional. Guys who are hoping to see scantily clad females don’t even have to go to a strip club, though there are plenty of those around too. Just before dusk, the pools begin to clear out, which means its time for a nap and preparing for the long night ahead, with the chance to dance to some of the world’s best DJs in some of the most stunning clubs on the continent.
This tiny island situated between Mykonos and Santorini is renowned for some of the best partying in Greece. During the summer, tourists from all corners of the world come here to drink from noon until the sun rises the next day. It’s a non-stop alcohol fueled extravaganza in the bars and nightclubs like Disco 69, Scorpion Nightclub, Aftershock and Flames Bar, and even on the beaches the booze is flowing freely. In fact, as the island is so small, there are no flights to take, so you’ve got to board a ferry, and even on the ferry there are absurd amounts of alcohol consumed by passengers before they even get here. The island also tends to be relatively inexpensive, making it a good one for those on a budget.