Why New Year’s Eve is the Best Day of the Year in Turks and Caicos

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Let me set the scene. It’s almost midnight, you’re dressed to the nines in your most dapper outfit and you’re buzzed. Everyone is crowded on the beach, the silky, cool sand squishing between your toes, a big bonfire flickering a few feet away, sending off hot sparks. You’re carrying a big bottle of champagne with you, and you’re laughing away with your friends while the waves crash on the beach.

The countdown begins.

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one! BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

Off go the stunning fireworks across the entire length of Grace Bay Beach, lighting up the island with bright flashes of colour. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

New Year’s Eve has been my favourite day of the year in Turks and Caicos for as long as I remember. Whenever somebody asks me “When should I visit TCI?” I always say to go for New Year’s, even though it’s peak season and the ticket prices will be way more expensive. It’s worth it!

So why do I love NYE so much?

1. There is a huge gathering on the beach where everyone watches fireworks and has bonfires. The hotels compete with each other to have the most spectacular firework display, making for a truly magical few minutes.

2. It’s an excuse to make out with your romantic interest (or a stranger, I don’t judge!) in public, and who doesn’t love that?

3. After the fireworks and kissing, people head back to the bars for some more drinking and dancing – this goes until about 6 a.m. Hours and hours of fun!

4. It’s the one night where I can pass out in the corner of Sand Bar and nobody laughs at me.

5. And then after my 15-minute powernap, I can get back up and dance on a table again. It’s truly fabulous.

6. Every place on island is playing amazing music, from soca, dancehall and reggae classics to pumping EDM and booming hip-hop and rap. You’ll hear current music, music from your younger days that’ll make you tearful with nostalgia, and music you’ve never even heard before. Whatever it is, you. must. dance.

7. Literally every person you know is out. Most locals are friends with people for their entire lives – the majority of my friend group consists of people I have known since I was 2 years old. Many of us move away for school and work, and New Year serves as a giant reunion of all our best pals.

8. I can wear more glitter than a drag queen and no one even bats an eye.

9. Everyone is wearing tacky New Year’s gear. Goofy 2000-whatever glasses, plastic Happy New Year hats and multicolour beads – I live for this stuff.

10. Everyone is so happy! Closing out another year of life and celebrating the coming of a new one is a great feeling for anyone. If you had a great year, you can reflect on all the nice memories you’ve had, and if you had a sucky year, you can finally kiss it goodbye. The New Year brings hopes and resolutions and exciting prospects for everybody, and this is a time to share that happiness with each other.

So, if you’re a tourist interested in heading down to our beautiful islands, try to schedule your trip around the New Year and see what makes it so special. Don’t forget to pack your most sparkly outfit! See you on Grace Bay Beach – I’ll be the one wining to Bruk Off Yuh Back 17 times in a row.