Ring in the New Year on the Water


For those who aren’t up in the cold, there are some awesome opportunities to spend New Year’s Eve afloat!

A boater’s winter wonderland is a bit different from the one in the classic holiday song. Most of us want to be around beaches, palm trees and sunny coastline rather than blustery winds and snow. If you’re in Newport Beach, California for example, you can take part in a 100-year-old Christmas tradition that involves boats decked out in Christmas lights, as opposed to pine trees.

This kind of warm weather fun isn’t limited to Christmas, either. For the lucky ones who are able to enjoy the water year round, there are some fun ways to celebrate the New Year as well. Check out these events that can be enjoyed from a boat or a beautiful waterfront!

Los Angeles

This annual Marina del Rey fireworks show is a classic New Year’s event in Los Angeles. Enjoy two fireworks shows at 9 pm and 12 am in Burton Chace Park on December 31. There are food trucks and music in the park, and you can choose to view the show from the marina itself.

San Diego

Take advantage of food and entertainment aboard a luxury yacht in the San Diego Bay, or reserve a spot for two at one of the city’s many establishments by the beach. However you celebrate the arrival of 2018 in San Diego, it’s bound to be a memorable night.


Bayfront Park plays host to one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the United States, and it’s free! Instead of watching the ball drop, you can reserve a slip at a nearby marina and watch the lowering of a giant orange to mark the occasion in perfect South Florida fashion.

Clearwater Beach

Watch a beautiful sunset, then enjoy free midnight fireworks at Light It Up Clearwater. This is a great kid-friendly event, so you can bring the whole family out for a night of fun.

Of course, wherever you are celebrating, we remind you to drink responsibly, and if you are taking your boat out for the night, don’t forget the usual safety precautions. Designate a Sober Skipper, wear a kill switch for the engine in case you fall overboard, let someone know where you are and when you’ll be back and know your route for safe travels in the dark.

From all of us at Boater Rewards, have a Happy New Year!

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