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Ringing in the New Year: New Year’s Eve Parties in Baja

Ringing in the New Year: New Year’s Eve Parties in Baja

New Year celebrations have taken place around the globe for centuries, and sometimes even at different times. But today, the most widely accepted international standard remains the Gregorian calendar, also known as the Western calendar and occasionally referred to as the Christian calendar, in which the New Year begins just after midnight on December 31st and continues through the first day of January.

In Baja California, this landmark holiday is celebrated much like it is north of the border: with a wide array of parties and festivities taking place in homes, hotels, restaurants and cantinas. But those who choose to attend events held on hotel properties enjoy the added option of being able to spend the night there, rather than heading out onto the highway on an evening when the chance of getting into an accident may be a bit higher than normal.

New Year's Eve Parties in Baja

The landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel offers a traditional New Year’s Eve celebration.

Heading south from Tijuana on Baja’s coastal toll road, the legendary Rosarito Beach Hotel is your closest resource for finding a great New Year’s Eve party. This famous venue was once the regular haunt of Hollywood celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth half a century ago, and remains one of the most popular and recognizable hotel properties in Baja Norte.

This year, their traditional New Year’s Eve Party features drinks, dinner and dancing as well as an impressive live cultural performance in their Salon Mexicano. For further information and reservations, call (661) 612-1126, or contact them online at:

Just down the coast a bit in Ensenada, the Coral Hotel & Marina is putting on a special “Asian Fusion” New Year’s Eve Party between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. on December 31st that features a welcome cocktail, a full 5-course dinner, corkage, an evening of dancing to live music and a bubbly New Year’s toast. For more information call (646) 175-0000 or contact them online at: 

Another great way to enjoy Ensenada on New Year’s is aboard a Carnival Cruise ship, which culminates its 4-day Catalina Island voyage with a port stop at the terminal in Bahia de Todos Santos. To find out more, call them toll free at (888) 227-6482.

New Year's Eve Parties in Baja

Party central in the Los Cabos region, the famed Cabo Wabo Cantina, plans to pull out all the stops this New Year’s Eve.

The southern state of Baja Sur offers even more celebratory New Year’s Eve events, particularly in the Los Cabos region. One of the most festive will take place at the famed cantina, Cabo Wabo, founded by rock guitar superstar and former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar. The party will rage on between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on the morning of New Year’s Day. Along with lively music in the club, the dining room will offer two seatings for dinner, one at 8 p.m. and the other at 10:30 p.m. For more info & table reservations, please call the restaurant at (624) 143-1188, or contact Carlos Ortega at

Another popular hot spot in Cabo San Lucas is Nikki Beach, which this year features a Gatsby style theme for its Glitz and Glam New Year’s Eve Party.The event at the hip ME Cabo Hotel will include an exclusive and elegant evening under the stars. Included in the general admission package is live music, champagne, fireworks and much more. For additional info, call (624) 145-7800 or e-mail:

New Year's Eve Parties in Baja

Enjoy a Gatsby era theme at the Glitz & Glam New Year’s Eve celebration put on by Nikki Beach.

Right down the road in San Jose del Cabo, the upscale One & Only Palmilla is hosting an elegant Venetian-themed ball complete with live music provided by a 10-piece band and a premium cash bar. Don’t miss out on this one!  To find out more, call (624) 146-7000 or contact them online at:

New Year's Eve Parties in Baja

End the evening with a champagne toast, as fireworks light up the skies above Medano Beach.

But no matter what you choose to do on New Year’s Eve in the Los Cabos area, be sure to cap off your evening with a trip to the annual fireworks festival that lights up the skies above picturesque Medano Beach. This spectacular exhibit generally uses up nearly $20,000 (U.S.) worth of pyrotechnics and is easily accessed from a number of popular restaurants and cantinas nearby.

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About Tom Gatch

For over a decade, Hooked on Baja author, Tom Gatch, has built a solid reputation as one of the foremost writers and columnists focusing on travel and recreational activities in Baja and southern California. His company, El Puerto Creative Consultants provides professional copy writing services and creative support for business entities on both sides of the border.

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