Praia de Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
tel: +55 21 217 7632
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you plan to take the Metro to Copacabana for New Year, buy your tickets in advance. These are available at the city's various Metro station in the weeks leading up to New Year's Eve - none are available on the day itself. If you haven't got yourself organised in time, don't panic - buses run all day and night, but be prepared to spend some time in traffic.
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve, there are few better places on earth to be than Copacabana Beach. Around two million people, all dressed in white, head to the beach to see dramatic fireworks displays, listen to live music and just drink and make merry. The atmosphere is jubilant, the beach is well-policed and the partying goes on well into the night. The traditional white is worn in honour of Yemanja, the Candomble goddess of the sea, and at midnight offerings of flowers are taken to the water's edge.