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Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Catch an astounding display of fireworks above your head as you float in the ocean and pass the bubbly around midnight. Dress in white, make a little wish or a prayer and offer flowers and little mementoes to the surf, as the locals do. And then dance to the samba, or just lie on the beach till well after dawn.