Réveillon, the very common name used in Brazil for New Year’s Eve is a time for intense partying all over the country, mainly along the coast. You can count on a great free celebration on the sands of innumerable beach cities, but there are also other outstanding Brazilian spots to visit on this eventful night.

Everybody dressing white, it's a Brazilian tradition for New Year’s Eve all over the country. The color is a meaning of peace and it means you wish to have a peaceful New Year. Many people bring candles and candlelit offerings to the Goddess of the Sea, Iemanja, and set them at water’s edge to be taken out to sea. Here are some of the best choices for Réveillon in some of Brazil's top destinations, so you can party till the first 2011 sunrise!!

Rio de Janeiro

While Rio’s best known party is Carnaval, the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are among the best in the world. There are fabulous parties in many of Rio’s restaurants, clubs and hotels, but the site of the liveliest party is Copacabana Beach. Nearly one million people gather on the beach. At midnight, the arrival of the New Year is announced by a massive fireworks display. Elaborate shows with samba and popular Brazilian music are set up on numerous stages along the four kilometer beach. The night of entertainment ceases only as the sun begins to rise.

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At Geribá, one of the trendiest beaches in Búzios you will find a good option for your New Year’s celebration. The party there will take place in a 2,000-square-meter covered area facing the beach. Tickets include an open bar with Smirnoff, Red Label, soft drinks, energy drinks and cocktails as well as bread with cold cuts and a fruit buffet. DJ Christian Luke ('Use Somebody') and Brazilian DJs like Carlo Dall Anese, Cacá de Brito, Roger Lyra and Alberto Dias will be pumping great music all night long!

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The city has spread out official celebrations over three hubs - the greatest of which, and the most appealing to tourists is Iracema Beach, where more than 1,1 million people gathered to ring in the end of 2010. The party at the Marina Park Hotel is featuring “Chiclete com Banana”, one of the top bands in Salvador Carnival, in 2011. The partying can start days before New Year's Eve, with exclusive pool bashes for hotel guests, clubbing at Macnish Vibes on Dec.29 and a pre-Réveillon party at the Mucuripe Club.

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Feliz ano novo!