Ibiza has competition with the beach bars of Boracay, Philippines. Goa, India's beach-party culture from the 60s is still going strong.
Packed beach bars move to heavy beats that pump all along Boracay’s powder-white sands. The two big tourist beaches lie on opposite sides of the island, which is a one-hour flight from Manilla. Boracay’s popular White Beach runs for over two miles, with sections hosting both lively bars, and more-chill options with restaurants. Bulabog Beach, on the opposite side of the island, is popular with backpackers, and sees more remote revelry.
The ‘60s hippie hang is now a hot spot on the rave scene. Each year, two million party seekers journey to Goa’s sands, where bonfires and outdoor DJ sets are given to spontaneously erupt. Local musicians have evolved a style of trance-dance known as “Goa Trance.” While the beach is the place for the big raves, small hotels, pubs and restaurants also boast lively entertainment.
Ibiza has been called the "the undisputed Party Capital of the World" for good reason. All year long, ravers by the thousands come to hear the world’s top DJs spin on the Mediterranean island that’s off the coast of Valencia. Nightlife is focused around two riotous spots, Sant Antoni to the west, and in Ibiza City. Some serious, foam-friendly partying can be found the island's capital on the southern shore.
KOH PHANGAN, THAILAND
A top place to party in the Gulf of Thailand is the island of Koh Phangan’s Haad Rin Beach, with a dozen thumping sound systems at clubs along the palm-tree-fringed sands. It's is home to the Full Moon Party, a monthly lunar beach-rave that pulls in up to 30,000 partiers. Locals performing fire dances literally add fuel to the party fire.
SUPER PARADISE, MYKONOS, GREECE
The small number of hotels on Super Paradise Beach has fostered a tradition of exclusivity, and kept it somewhat a gay party scene. However, each day, gay, straight and unlabeled alike ferry across the bay from Platis Yialos Beach to party in the Mediterranean hot spot. A few prominent beach clubs and pool bars command the scene, where the disco beat echoes across the sand, and nudity is obligatory in some sections.
City and beach meet on the party scene at the Gold-Coast-suburb of Surfers Paradise. Clubs, pubs, bars and discos light up Queensland’s most-visited destination, which also has theme parks and family friendly attractions. Pub crawls are popular, with hordes of revelers roving from place to place in party packs. Beachfront markets come alive at night, with alfresco restaurants serving late in the 24-hour party paradise.
ZRCE BEACH, NOVALJA, CROATIA
A handful of open-air clubs blare world-class beats across the long, white-pebbled beach on the Croatian Island of Pag. Zrce Beach's daytime beach bars and restaurants turn up their club sensibilities at night, drawing in crowds to hear spinning by some of the world’s top DJs, and giving the spot an Ibiza sensibility and reputation. Raves go into the wee hours in the Adriatic Sea’s most famous party place.