Is there anything better than dancing on the sand, or overlooking the blue ocean? We love all types of clubs; from dark basements to hi-end Vegas super clubs. But there is something very special about partying outdoors, and on the coast...< For this week’s Top 100 Clubs spotlight, we are taking a look at the very best places to party in view of the ocean. So pack your swimwear and jump in. The water is lovely...
NIKKI BEACH, MIAMI
Nikki Beach is now a worldwide brand! What began on Miami Beach back in 1998 has spread through to Thailand, San Tropez in France and even Mexico. In Miami, where the original club resides, Florida’s white sands and blue sea make a perfect accompaniment to the upmarket image cultivated by the Nikki Beach team. Check in during WMC week in March for a host of house music’s biggest names.
Think it’s just about festivals in Croatia nowadays? Think again. Papaya, situated on Zrce Beach on the island of Pag, is a bona fide Croatian clubbing success story. Each summer season this open-air behemoth in a stunning setting hosts a series of one-off DJ headlined events. Everyone from Jamie Jones, Sven Väth, Justice and Loco Dice to Hardwell, Nicky Romero and W&W have appeared here, ensuring the underground and more commercial sounds are equally well-represented. It is also the home of Hideout and the DJ Mag Beach Festival.
LOST BEACH CLUB, ECUADOR
The team at DJ Mag Latin America don’t stop raving about this beach club in Equador, which has hosted techno luminaries including Tale of Us and Benoit & Sergio in recent months. The venue, which is based in the small coastal town of Montañita in Equador is a favourite with locals and tourists alike thanks in part to it’s thundering Function One sound system and on-point booking policy!
GUABA BEACH CLUB, CYPRUS
Situated in the port of Limassol in southern Cyprus, Guaba Beach Club opened in 2006 “to change the narrow-minded people of the island during that period,” Yiannis from Guaba tells DJ Mag. They were forced to move to a new location in 2009 by the authorities, and are now established as one of the principal beach venues in the world. Chuckie, Fedde Le Grand, Martin Garrix, Nervo, Gareth Emery and Showtek are just a few big acts to have rocked the house recently.
PARADISE CLUB, MYKONOS
Located on the Greek island of Mykonos, Paradise is an enticing cross between beach bar and open-air terrace, perched on a cliff-top that gives it a stunning view of the Aegean Sea. So it’s small wonder that punters throng there to catch the likes of Avicii, Markus Schulz, Above & Beyond, Afrojack and even DJ Snoopadelic (aka Snoop Dogg in DJ mode).
CACAO BEACH, BULGARIA
Owning everything from sandy beaches to snow-topped mountains, you’ll find all manner of parties in Bulgaria, from urban club haunts to ski-slope rave-ups. However, the parties that, quite literally, float your boat, take place at Cacao Beach and it’s easy to see why… The proposal of orange sunsets, classy ashen decking and sun-loungers on the shore in a luxury setting aside, the appearance of DJs like Hot Since 82, Daniel Dexter and Blond:ish last summer continues to win the hearts of Bulgaria’s clued-up clubbers.
Perched on the rocks over Paradise Beach, Cavo Paradiso is a contradiction of sorts. Decked out like a luxury Grecian villa — with whitewashed walls and cast-iron gargoyles — this family-run business resides on an island more popular with cash-rich tycoons than hardcore clubbers. Yet their custom-built JBL Dance 5/3 sound system and stellar bounty of CO2 and confetti make it a blessing for holiday makers in need of some rave relaxation! The likes of Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos and Marco Carola all played in 2014.
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