7 Water Wonderlands to Welcome the New Year

These 7 spots around the world are perfect for ringing in the new year from the comfort of your own yacht.

December 1, 2016

7. San Francisco Bay, San Francisco

Take a trip out to San Francisco Bay to catch the fireworks display near the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. The show lasts about a half hour and the fireworks are on a boat that sits in the water between the Ferry Building and the SF Bay Bridge.

6. Biscayne Bay, Miami

Cruise to the southeastern U.S. to check out the fireworks show at Biscayne Bay in Miami. After that you might as well enjoy the warm weather and stay until the Miami International Boat Show, which is hosted by the Magic City in February.

5. Auckland Harbor, New Zealand

She may be the little sister to Australia, but she still puts on a show. Fireworks will be lit from the Sky Tower, which is visible from the harbor. Cruise out, drop anchor and ring in the new year with a vantage point like no other. Want to celebrate New Year’s Eve twice? You can hop on a four-hour flight from Auckland to the Cook Islands to go back to December 31 and welcome 2017 all over again.


4. Sydney Harbor, Australia

Check out Sydney Harbor in Australia to enjoy the summertime weather (the average temperature for Sydney in January is 75 degrees Fahrenheit) and the fireworks display. According to the event website, they are expecting more than one million people to attend the show. Also, they have a handy interactive map that shows you the best vantage points around the harbor.

3. Marina Bay, Singapore

The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown is “the nation’s largest and most spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration”, according to the event’s website. Avoid the crowds and take your yacht to Marina Bay to experience the festivities from a unique perspective.

2. Persian Gulf, Dubai

Dubai is known for going big. Not only do they have the tallest building in the world, but they still hold the record for largest fireworks display after ringing in 2014. Cruise over to the Burj Al Arab in the Persian Gulf and drop anchor to witness a fireworks show like no other.


1. Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong

Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong with a vibrant culture steeped in tradition during this time of year. Before you head to the harbor, tradition in Hong Kong is to give flowers, potted plants and bouquets as gifts for good luck going into the new year. Then make sure to get out on the water and prepare for the fireworks display of a lifetime.


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