Worshippers of Yemanjá ask for blessings from their deity at Copacabana – before the world’s largest New Year’s Eve beach party kicks off
New Year’s Eve party plans proving tricky? Think ahead and this time next year you could be larging it at one of these tropical beach extravaganzas – including Goa, Australia and Mexico
Ranchos Itaúna is a small rustic-chic hotel in the sleepy village of Santa Teresa near some of Costa Rica’s best surf breaks. Austrian expat owner Peter Ottinger has been known to make his beachfront hotel the focal point for the best parties on the Nicoya peninsula (full moon parties are traditional). And NYE festivities have become all but mythic. Don’t expect flyers or a Facebook events page; though one of the biggest fiestas west of San José, this is a word-of-mouth affair. Just make sure to book a room so your stumble home is a short one.
• Doubles $120 B&B until 6 January, from €80 low season, ranchos-itauna.com