Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the beaches are empty. In fact, some of the world’s most popular beaches are just heating up for a season of non-stop partying.
The usual suspects (think Ibiza and Miami) are Instagram favorites; however, there are other beaches out there that you may not have guessed or known are destinations for a beer (or 5) with other travelers.
Take Greece, for example. Most think of the islands as romantic honeymoon spots where olives and feta flow freely. In reality, Greece is home to Super Paradise Beach on Mykonos Island, which is said to be one of the world’s most outrageous party beaches. Clothing is optional on the once-gay beach, and the party starts at around noon with DJs, musicians, and fiery entertainment.
Thought Israel was most popular with tourists for the Birthright program? Think again. One of the world’s wildest parties takes place right in the Promised Land. And while most go to India for the Zen, others are there for the zest.
The beaches on Koh Phangan are some of the best in the Gulf of Thailand. There’s snorkeling and scuba diving and all of that family-friendly stuff, but if you’re looking for more of a Hangover 2 experience, then the Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan beach is for you. Legend has it that it all began when a pretty full moon drew a crowd one night. Well, that crowd grew, and now there are between 10,000 and 30,000 people at the monthly beach party.
Starting with the tame (if you can call them that) and finishing with the fierce, we’ve got the list of the world’s best beaches for partying. To compile this list, The Daily Meal looked at some of the most famous beaches that attract travelers from around the world to revel in their party scene while also taking into consideration the size of the parties and the kinds of entertainment at each party. Whether it’s a posh-style party or sweaty, base-pumping dance rager you’re after, there is something for everyone.
10. Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos Island, Greece
With a name like Super Paradise, how can you go wrong? Mykonos Island does not disappoint and tends to be at the top of many party lists because of its reputation for exposed flesh, sexy revelers and legendary party shenanigans. Clothing is often optional on the liberal sandy beaches and in the blissfully blue waters of Mykonos. Paradise Beach is known to be the Grecian capital of fabulous luxury. What was once a gay beach has expanded to become one of the most well-known party beaches in the area. Fashionistas and celebrities flock to Paradise to party all day, all night, and then all day again. Parties tend to pop up around mid-afternoon and go until the next morning. It is not uncommon to wake up and find people still partying from the night before. Beach Tomato voted Super Paradise as one of the “Best Beaches for Partying” and AskMen included it on its “Top 10 Party Beaches” list. Mykonos is known to be one of Greece’s most cosmopolitan and expensive islands. At night, the beach becomes a Bacchanalian celebration with incredible fire dancing shows, fireworks, live bands, DJs blasting house music and all-night parties.
9. White Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Rumor has it that partygoers were sworn to secrecy after leaving certain White Beach parties. Things got that crazy. Word got out, (thanks, big mouth!), and now White Beach is packed day and night with clubbers looking to dance the night away after a relaxing day. It’s all about balance, you know. Different music dominates different sections of the beach, all of them packed.
Fabiana Santana is a special contributor to The Daily Meal.