New Year’s Eve in Rio is famous worldwide and every year more than 2 million people head to Copacabana Beach to watch the traditional and amazing fireworks display. Before and after the fireworks, many concerts are held along the beach starring both local and international artists.
Valuable tips to enjoy New Year’s Eve in Rio
- Try to stay in Copacabana, Leme or Ipanema. Getting in and out of Copacabana by public transportation on New Year’s Eve is tricky, as traffic is closed from 6pm until 3am. Walking/rolling is the best way to get to the beach!
- If you’re not staying in Copacabana, try to buy the special new year’s eve subway ticket in advance as it is the best way to get into Copacabana if you’re far.
- There are wheelchair accessible chemical toilets on the streets, but they are virtually unusable early in the day. If you need a restroom, your best bet will be at a restaurant, where it is common to charge for the use of the restroom if you are not a customer, but it probably won’t charge people in wheelchairs.
- Try not to come too early to the beach. It’ll be very crowded and, being very sincere, very little comfortable for those who use wheelchairs. Ideally you should arrive at the beach about an hour before midnight if you are staying in the neighborhood.
- At the beach, avoid staying in front of the streets where there are subway exits. They are the most crowded spots! Walk a couple of blocks and you will be much more comfortable.
- Reserve your lodging as far in advance as possible! Hotels almost always are full and prices go up very quickly.
- If you can afford it, watch the fireworks from a hotel or terrace on Atlântica Avenue. It’s a one of a kind experience and certainly more comfortable than watching on the beach or on the boardwalk. The higher the floor/terrace, the better!
- Another good tip is to spend the New Year at the party on the top of the Sugarloaf Mountain. There’s allways a party held there and the view is one of the best in Rio. From tge top, you can watch the fireworks from Copacabana, Ipanema and Flamengo beaches!