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 2019 is split into three sections: getting there, enjoying New Years Eve on Copacabana beach, and finding the best gay parties.
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. Check out our list of the best LGBT friendly hotels and apartments in gay 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. Americans won’t be able to board their flights without it.)
Fabulous and free! The sands of Copacabana (and neighboring Ipanema) are the place to be this time of year. The New Year’s Eve tradition is to wear white and pay tribute to Iemanjá, the water goddess at the center of Brazil’s Candomblé religion. Every year, there is a massive party with live music that 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.
Parties, Parties, and More Parties!
Get every last drop out of 2018 before the year ends. Rio’s gay bars will be open and ready to party after Christmas Day. There are three major gay parties which will run from December 30th through the end of January 1st. We will update this guide once the details for each become available.
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