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  1. 1. 10 top beaches for partying | Travel | The Guardian Jump to content [s] Jump to site navigation [0] Jump to search [4] Terms and conditions [8] Sign in Register Mobile version Text largersmaller www.raffaello Feedback - Ads by Google www.raffaello Feedback - Ads by Google Solar Energy Charity Helping Relieve Poverty Though The Provision of Solar Energy. Join Us! Public Service Ads by Google Search Search News Sport Comment Culture Business Money Life & style Travel Environment Blogs Video Community Jobs Travel Beach holidays Buzz up! 10 top beaches for partying Digg itfile:///E|/Designs%20etc/Website/Media/Top%2010%20Beaches%20for%20Partying%20Guardian.htm[28/06/2009 01:43:00 p.m.]
  2. 2. 10 top beaches for partying | Travel | The Guardian Previous page · 1 2 3 4 Australian original ... Bondi beach. Photograph: Getty Bondi Beach, Australia Even now, after the best part of a decade living in Bondi, it is still the dawn I love. By 9am, the beach will be deserted again, but at first light it will be busy, the last revellers of the night before scattered amid the many who come here, day in, day out, to surf or swim or walk. Its impossible in the early morning light not to be awed by the place. Or to glimpse something of the private world that is often obscured in the press of the afternoon crowds, some sense of why for so many Sydneysiders, Bondi is more than just a place to live, it is a way of life, a way of being. Its an idea, that half-mythical, half-remembered place of adolescent escape, of the long summer day, with its rolling surf and glaring sand, their peculiarly potent association of heat and salt and sexual possibility. The name Bondi is Aboriginal in origin, a derivation of "Boondi", which is traditionally assumed to have meant "the sound of falling water" in the local language. But like much about the Aboriginal tribes that once populated Sydney even this is uncertain, and other sources suggest it might also have meant "a place where a fight with nullas (Aboriginal clubs) took place". Todays Bondi owes more to the real estate boom that began in the 1990s. Before that, while still a popular destination, the suburb itself was decidedly down at heel, a mish-mash of rundown flats and rambling houses occupied by the areas traditional working class population, students, surfies and the various layers of migration that have transformed the area since the second world war, in particular the influx of Jewish refugees after the war (Bondi still has one of Sydneys largest Jewish communities, including a sizable Orthodox community, as its many kosher establishments and synagogues attest). Through the 1990s and into the 21st century the influx of money has changed the area, both for the better and the worse, driving the development of some of Sydneys best restaurants and cafes.file:///E|/Designs%20etc/Website/Media/Top%2010%20Beaches%20for%20Partying%20Guardian.htm[28/06/2009 01:43:00 p.m.]
  3. 3. 10 top beaches for partying | Travel | The Guardian Its possible this aspect of Bondi is largely lost on tourists, most of whom rarely venture further than the fairly grim takeaways of Campbell Parade, which is a pity, because Bondi offers some of Sydneys best restaurants, not least Robert Marchettis Mediterranean-inspired menu at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar (1 Notts Avenue,, situated at the bays southern end. Taking its name from the winter swimming club which meets in the pool downstairs, whose members swim every Sunday morning from May to September, Icebergs is blessed with one of best views in Sydney (if the restaurant seems a little pricey its always possible to adjourn downstairs to the bistro, which has the same view for half the price, or for a different perspective entirely, to relocate to Icebergs more garrulous outpost, North Bondi Italian (120 Ramsgate Avenue) at the beachs northern end. Less formal options include the woodfired pizza and home-made gelati of Pompei (126 Roscoe Street) or its neighbour, a perennial favourite of the areas growing South African community, Hurricanes Grill and Bar (130 Roscoe Street,, while locals in search of coffee congregate at Jeds Food Store (60 Warners Avenue) or Luigis Delicatessen (154 Glenayr Street), or, at the beachs northern end at Aqua Bar (266 Campbell Parade) or the Bondi Kiosk right next door. Organic and vegetarian options are available in the excellent cafe attached to Earth Food Store (81a Gould Street, The last year or two has seen the beginning of what may be the end for Bondis current renaissance. Rapidly rising rents are placing increasing pressure on many of the younger generation who call Bondi home, driving the sort of demographic shift that has already altered the character of inner-city areas such as Surry Hills and Darlinghurst. Yet it seems hard to believe that even if Bondi were to become another suburb filled with lawyers and stockbrokers it would entirely lose its character. For in the end it is the beach that makes it what it is, and no matter how the suburb changes, the beach will stay the same. James Bradley · Ravesis (0061 2 9365 4422,, a hotel/restaurant/bar/has 12 rooms overlooking the beach from £120. The Resurrectionist by James Bradley is available from Faber, £12.99. Los Lances Beach, Spain Ten minutes from Tarifa on the southern tip of Spains Costa de la Luz, Playa de Los Lances is a 3km stretch of beach stretching west from the towns outskirts. As the beach reaches the sand dunes at Punta Paloma, the Hotel Arte Vidas terrace and chill-out bar emerges beyond the camber. Restaurant favourites include fresh tuna carpaccio and grilled daily catch, but the bar is the big attraction, coaxing scores of sunbathers and kiteboarders from the beach as the sun sets. And once the party is over, each of the hotels simple but stylish rooms opens on to a veranda facing the sea - an ideal spot for a nightcap. ·, doubles from €100pn over the summer. Fly to Cadiz or Malaga. Bloemendaal, Holland On hot summer days in Amsterdam, flocks of beautiful monied types fleefile:///E|/Designs%20etc/Website/Media/Top%2010%20Beaches%20for%20Partying%20Guardian.htm[28/06/2009 01:43:00 p.m.]
  4. 4. 10 top beaches for partying | Travel | The Guardian the city centre for their retreats in Bloemendaal aan Zee, the wealthiest town in Holland, 30km from the capital. The savvy clubber will follow them, even if this means having to catch the bus. By night, a handful of discerning bars and clubs on Bloemendaal beach ratchet up the music from daytime chill-out to thumping house and disco, completing a money-plus-music scene that has been dubbed the "Ibiza of the Netherlands". Favourites include the wooden terrace at Bloomingdale ( and the bohemian, south-east Asian vibe at Republiek ( · Bloemendaal has no hotels, but De Lakens campsite ( is a few metres from the beach. There are plenty of hotels in Zandvoort (, 3km to the south. Train to Amsterdam. Bacoli, Italy Fifteen minutes from the bustle of Naples, the beach at Bacoli undertakes a yearly transformation at the beginning of May when it becomes destination of choice for the Italian clubberati. The exact date is dependent on when Nabilah (, the beachfront club, decides to open for the season. This year, the party started three weeks ago, when their trademark white decking was rolled out on to the large wooden terrace on the sand, overlooking the Gulf of Pozzuoli. The grill is fired up as the sun sets and the cocktail waiters crank into action. As the evening progresses, DJs set up on booths constructed on the sand, beckoning guests on to the beach. · Portalba 33 ( in Naples has doubles from €150. Fly to Naples. Baltic Beach Party, Latvia The Baltic Beach Party at Liepaja on the Latvian coast is something of a monster. More than 40,000 revellers from across the Baltic states descend on the beach for two days of dancing in the sand, with hundreds of acts stretched across five stages and interspersed with football tournaments, fashion shows and, ahem, bikini contests. While beach parties conjure images of Ibiza-style electro and house, this beach fest has a distinctively guitar-driven vibe, meaning the average punter is more likely to be a beach bum/surfer dude than part of the immaculately coiffured, super-sized sunnies crew. · July 25-6,, camping available on site. Fly to Riga with Cascais, Portugal With a sizeable Brazilian population, it is unsurprising that Cascais, an hour from Lisbon on the Portuguese coast, knows how to party. Guincho beach is one of the more lively night-time options, where the action is focused on the Guincho Bar, where parties spill on to the sand. For those on a budget, there are two superb hostels nearby, both with private options. The apartment in the Sintra National Park belonging to the brand new Guincho Surf Beachostel sleeps up to eight for €850 per week during peak season, and is minutes from the beach. · Fly to Lisbon.file:///E|/Designs%20etc/Website/Media/Top%2010%20Beaches%20for%20Partying%20Guardian.htm[28/06/2009 01:43:00 p.m.]
  5. 5. 10 top beaches for partying | Travel | The Guardian Praia Mole, Brazil There are 42 beaches on Florianópolis, a beautiful island an hours flight from São Paulo or Rio. Among their number, Praia Mole - a 20-minute cycle from the lakeside town of Lagoa de Conceição - is the most excitable, lined with dozens of caipirinha-soaked beach bars and restaurants that hum with samba and reggae. Flanked by two superb left-handers the beach is something of a mecca for local surfers, but the flirting on the sand can be just as active - Praia Mole has a reputation for attracting the most beautiful boys and girls in Brazil. · The Praia Mole Eco Village ( has doubles from £70. Flights with Tam from Heathrow to Florianópolis via São Paulo, booked with Journey Latin America (, from £669 rtn. Water Taxi Beach, New York Harrys restaurant and bar, neighbouring the Hunters Point ferry stop on Long Island, is surely one of the worlds most obscure destinations for a beach. But 400 tonnes of New Jersey sand has been transplanted on to a wharf overlooking the East River with spectacular views of midtown Manhattan across the water. OK, you cant actually swim here, but the crowd is game for the illusion, playing volleyball in their swimwear as the barstaff churn out cocktails and cold beers. Over the weekends, top DJs turn up after the kids have been whisked home, pushing the entertainment into the wee hours. · The Ravel ( is Long Islands first boutique hotel, with doubles from £92pn. Taganga, Colombia Backpackers have been flocking to the remote village of Taganga, on Colombias stunning Caribbean coast, for years, drawn by its reputation for excitable nocturnal activity and some of the cheapest diving courses in the world. Until recently, accommodation has been a little rough around the edges, but with the arrival of the Ballena Azul, a gorgeous French/Colombian-owned guesthouse with 33 open-plan rooms with ocean views, things are beginning to change. Getting to Taganga is half the fun; taking a scenic, winding coastal road from the bustling city of Santa Marta, through the rainforest ans awsome beaches of Tayrona national park, you pass some of the countrys most idyllic, lesser-visited coastline. · Book the Ballena Azul through Journey Latin America ( Three-night packages from £162pp inc breakfast. Big Beach Boutique, Brighton The BBB Party has so far confirmed only one act for the September 26- 27 event on the Brighton seafront. But its a good one - the Brighton beach party spiritual leader himself, Fatboy Slim. Previous summer events hosted by Mr Slim in his home town have been out of control, attracting crowds of more than 200,000, but strict measures are being put in place by the local council to ensure that numbers are limited to 22,000 per night. Little information has been released so far, but the event is likely to be hugely popular. To avoid the pre- and post-fest crowds, stay at the George IV guesthouse on Regency Square, wellfile:///E|/Designs%20etc/Website/Media/Top%2010%20Beaches%20for%20Partying%20Guardian.htm[28/06/2009 01:43:00 p.m.]
  6. 6. 10 top beaches for partying | Travel | The Guardian away from the festival site, with sea-view doubles from £80pn. · Read full article Previous page · 1 2 3 4 larger | smaller Travel Beach holidays · Sydney · Spain · Netherlands · Italy · Latvia · Portugal · New York · Brazil · Colombia · United Kingdom Printable version Send to a friend Share Clip Contact us Article history Ads by Google Manly Lodge Unbeatable Value. Established 1987 with 1000s of Satisfied Customers Coogee Castaway Sydney waterfront luxury apartments Oceanside holiday accommodation Sydney Accommodation Compare All Hotel Sites In One Save up to 75% on Sydney Hotels|/Designs%20etc/Website/Media/Top%2010%20Beaches%20for%20Partying%20Guardian.htm[28/06/2009 01:43:00 p.m.]
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