There is no better way to unwind and enjoy than to have a few drinks on the beach, and thanks to cities like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, South America has developed a reputation for having some fantastic parties by the ocean. After enjoying several hours of beautiful daylight these beaches get rowdier once the sun sets, and the good times really start.
For the best spots to enjoy a roaring good time in South America, dig your toes into the sand at any of these five beaches.
Copacabana and Ipanema, Brazil
The twin gems of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana, and Ipanema, are beautiful golden stretches of sand that are just yards away from the bustling city, and each one has a range of bars and clubs facing onto the beach. While the Copacabana is at its busiest on New Year's Eve, when thousands flock to the area to enjoy beautiful fireworks, the beach remains packed the rest of the year across its 3-mile stretch.
Ipanema is home to the alternative side of Rio's beach life, often enjoying good surfing conditions, along with plenty of vendors selling beer and cachaca, the local spirit, for just a few dollars.
Over the last few decades, Montanita has grown from being just another sleepy fishing village on the Pacific Coast to be one of the most popular stops on the backpacker trail in Ecuador. The relaxed vibe of the area is due to the mighty ocean waves being a mecca for the surfing community, which means the town stays busy all year long.
Let your hair down and partake from the selection of vendors selling drinks along the beach during the day, and a series of bars and clubs on offer during the evening. For a break from the boozing, try hiking in the nearby lush mountains, horseback riding, or checking out the local wildlife at Machalilla National Park.
With a welcoming climate throughout the year and excellent surfing conditions, Mancora is another beach destination that has seen a boom over recent years. During the day, the beaches are pleasant and relaxed, although often busy with Lima residents during public holidays, and the excellent local seafood complements the local favorite Peruvian drink, the Pisco Sour.
The town is infamous for hosting wild full moon parties, where the outdoor clubs keep the party going until the sun comes up. Party hopping along the coast is easy thanks to a fleet of motorized tuk-tuk always nearby, and the fare is typically just a few dollars.
El Agua, Venezuela
Located on Margarita Island, just a short distance off the coast of Venezuela, El Agua is one of the country's most impressive beaches, with golden sands lined by beautiful palm trees. During the day, there are vendors on the beach offering drinks and cocktails, and a whole range of other souvenirs and beach gear, too.
At night the town's resorts become exceptionally lively, especially during the tourist season. A series of bars and clubs along the strip offer custom drinks and live music, and if you want to really experience the party atmosphere then go to El Agua during Spring Break when the town is absolutely bouncing.
La Barra, Uruguay
Located in the vibrant resort of Punta del Este, La Barra has often been called South America's St. Tropez because of the number of rich and famous visitors that flock here.
During the day, the beaches are generally peaceful and relaxed, but when the sun goes down, the party kicks off, although most places only get busy after midnight. The parties will commonly last until dawn, and the area is particularly busy in December and January when a rush of travelers come to the town to enjoy the holidays and warm weather.
The main street of La Barra hosts a wide assortment of shopping boutiques and cute cafes for those wanting a break from the shore.