It happens to everybody: the disappointing New Year's Eve celebration. It's inevitable, really—December 31 is supposed to be the party night of the year, and as such, it's weighted with expectations that are pretty hard to meet. But it doesn't have to be that way. For one—chill the eff out. It's one night, so just because you're not sipping a caramel corn martini watching balls drop at the stroke of midnight, it won't be the end of the world. And two: a little planning goes a long way. That's where we come in. We've scoured the globe for the most over-the-top parties, the chillest beaches, and the coziest resorts, and our 50 best New Year's Eve destinations have a little something for everybody. And if you're still disappointed? Well, that's your problem.
*Price ranges include airfare from the U.S. East Coast, two-nights stay at suggested lodging, and entry into events mentioned, with each $ representing $1000.