While our neighbor to the south is no stranger to throwing a party, some places in Mexico are ideally suited for celebrating this momentous occasion, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or bringing the whole family along.
Nestled at the foot of Cerro de la Silla, a giant jagged mountain, Monterrey is less than 100 miles from the U.S. border. You can enjoy a hike and some truly stunning views at the top of one of its four mountains summits. The city has some of the best nightlife attractions in Northern Mexico. Barrio Antiguo is where you’ll find the heart of the city, and it’s New Year’s celebrations. Fundidora Park, a popular industrial park and museum hosts a massive New Year’s celebration each year, complete with the Mexican tradition of 12 grapes. To ward off evil and bring good luck in the new year, the grapes are eaten one at time during the 12 chimes that occur at midnight.
This popular beach resort town is also one of the most unique spots in the Western Hemisphere, thanks to its extensive biodiversity. Expect exotic flora and fauna, and whales and dolphins, which can be seen from the Malecon. The town has a vibrant art scene, frequent cultural festivals and a wide range of restaurants including local fare and international cuisine. It’s even been named “The Most Romantic Destination in Mexico.” But, Puerto Vallarta is also family friendly. This year’s Pirate New Year 2018 features swashbuckling sword fights, acrobatics and a three-course meal accompanied complete with champagne toast and fireworks.
This popular tourist destination is well-known for its fabulous nightlife, clubs and bars. Some of the world’s most popular DJs perform in Cancun during New Year’s and the champagne has been known to flow freely and well into the night. After parties are common and often sell out just as quickly as the main events. Mandala, La Vaquita and Dady’O are three of the most popular nightclub venues for 2018. Be sure to dress for warm weather, as temperatures average around the mid 70s or low 80s in December.
In Guadalajara, the home of mariachi music and the famed Guadalajara Cathedral, locals and tourists alike head out into the streets to celebrate the festivities. Wearing yellow is considered good luck and eating local dishes like bacalao (dried salted codfish), with chillies, tamales and green olives is a must. The city comes alive with colorful lights and firework displays. Welcoming the year with a tequila and a swing at the piñata is a local pastime that tourists can also enjoy.
If you’re in Mexico City for New Year’s Eve, El Zocalo, located in the city’s Historic District, is the place to be. It is home to the country’s biggest celebration and includes dancing, people in costumes and more food than you can imagine. Of course, there’s also an impressive fireworks display. The party begins early on New Year’s Eve and spans several major roadways, closing streets from Palacio de Bellas Artes to Paseo de la Reforma Boulevard. If you want to go to a bar or club after midnight head away from the city center, where you’ll find lively venues like Sens, Joy Room or Patio Kova.
Letting lose and having a good time is part of the fun of New Year’s Eve. However, this doesn’t mean that you should throw caution to the wind. If you’re at a club, keep an eye on your drink, as well as, your wallet or purse. Don’t flash expensive jewelry or money when walking down the street and be sure to store your valuables in a safe at your hotel. Avoid walking alone at night and don’t accept invitations to private parties from strangers. If you follow these simple rules, your New Year’s will be eventful for all the right reasons.
While New Year’s traditions vary around the world, one thing is for sure — there’s always fun to be had on this special day. Celebrating New Year’s in Mexico is certain to be a memorable experience no matter which city you decide to welcome the new year in.