Rio de Janeiro is one of the best places in the world to ring in the New Year (or, as Brazilians call it Réveillon.) While the northern hemisphere is freezing, the beaches of Rio are warm … and the men are hot! This guide for 2018 is split into three sections: getting there, New Years Eve on Copacabana beach, and the gay after parties.
The biggest gay after-parties start após a virada (after midnight when the fireworks are over.)
Getting There / Places to Stay
We recommend that you fly down in late December and spend a week discovering Rio de Janeiro. (Rates for the high season start on flights departing after December 27.) To book an international flight to Rio, the best websites are:
- LAN / TAM Airlines (direct from airline)
- Iberia (direct from the airline, Europe to Brazil)
Once in Rio, you will need a place to stay. Ipanema Beach is where the boys are. Copacabana is amazing as well. Both regions have hotels and apartments in the gay-friendly listings for Rio.
For the plane ride down, pick up a copy of Lonely Planet Rio de Janeiro, the best English language guide to the city. (United States citizens will also need to apply for a Visa to enter Brazil. It sucks, but, remember, Americans won’t be able to board their flights without it.)
Fabulous and free! There’s no cover charge to Copacabana Beach. The New Year’s Eve tradition is to wear white and pay tribute to Iemanjá, water goddess at the center of the Candomblé religion. The massive party with live music fills the sands of Copacabana Beach, however if you stay in Ipanema you will only be 20 to 30 minutes away by foot. The music starts between 8 and 9PM, and the fireworks begin at the stroke of midnight. The also had a list of the best private and hotel-hosted New Year’s parties. This will give you an idea of what to expect this year. We’ll update this as soon as info for 2018 becomes available.
In the past, three major parties rocked Rio: one at the legendary gay nightclub Le Boy (which has since closed its doors), another was organized by the Brazilian circuit party group Republik BSB, and the third was at our Editor’s Choice for Best Nightclub The Week.
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