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Situated close to New Zealand, the Cook Islands are one of the last places on the planet to ring in New Year’s Day since they’re located in the South Pacific on the opposite side of the International Date Line. If you’re in the mood to relax, check out Little Polynesian Resort in Rarotonga. Here, you’ll find beachfront bungalows, hammocks on the private beach, and shaded loungers by the infinity pool. Still, there are plenty of bars and some nightclubs for you to put on your party outfit and head out for a night of Champagne and dancing. Check out these photos of beaches with the clearest water in the world to help get you in the mood.
Hawaii is best known for its relaxing, laid-back vibe, but if you want to spend time frolicking in the Pacific waters by day and partying by night, that’s absolutely a possibility. Come New Year’s Eve, there are various activities to take advantage of among a gorgeous setting. Go to Waikiki Beach for fireworks with the family, or head to downtown Honolulu for the Aloha Tower New Year’s Eve party, which features live music, dancing, and fireworks. Here are all the insider secrets you need to know before booking your Hawaiian vacation.
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This city (one of the healthiest in the country) is undoubtedly thriving all year long, but on New Year’s Eve, it goes all out. The Auditorium Shores and Vic Mathias Shores (both city parks) offer live music, art displays, food vendors, and incredible fireworks shows. You can also dress up for the masquerade ball hosted at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum. For the most upscale event in the city, count down to 2018 in style at the Omni Austin Hotel with a Gatsby-themed party.