Drinking plays a big part in Cancun vacationers? lives, as the sign directing visitors to a popular watering hole attests.
(Photo: Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY)
USATODAY's Kitty Yancey wrote this article. She is a travel reporter and co-writer of the Dispatches blog, has graduated to splashing in Vegas party pools and treading the cobblestones of Paris.
Happy new year, readers!
So, ready for the revels, what holiday destinations do you think have the hardest partiers?
London's The Daily Telegraph has compiled a list that was displayed on the Weather Channel.
It's definitely spiked with vacation spots more favored by Brits than Americans, and one certainly could argue with some of the choices. Here's the list (my comments in parentheses):
Cancun (Avoid at spring break unless you're a fan of wading through drunks on the beach before noon.)
Germany (The Telegraph says it's No. 2 in beer drinking behind the Czech Republic. And of course, Munich hosts Oktoberfest.)
Las Vegas (No quibbles there. You can walk down Las Vegas Boulevard with a drink, and as Prince Harry proved, the party never stops.)
Kavos (On the Greek island of Corfu, it's popular with British budget tourists.)
Prague (Known for its architecture, museums and classical music concerts, it also draws beer drinkers from around the world. But inebriation central? Not when I was there, albeit more than a decade ago.)
Acapulco (It has been eclipsed by Cancun as a party destination for Americans; Cabo, Mexico in Baja California, also is a huge drinking spot.)
Faliraki (On the island of Rhodes, it's off the beaten track for Americans.)
Amsterdam (Heineken and hashish draw revelers from around the globe.)
Miami (South Beach is definitely party central. Want a non-ripoff, tourist-friendly spot? Shake your booty at Mango's Tropical Cafe on Ocean Drive.)
Benidorm (Another Brit favorite, this one in Southern Spain, gets wild package-vacation partiers.)
Tallinn (Estonia's capital apparently is known for drinking.)
San Antonio (Hmm. Why not New Orleans and its French Quarter, which seem wilder than River Walk. Readers?)
Dublin (Walk through the Temple Bar district any night to see pub life at high volume.)
Ayia Napa (A Cyprus resort that's news to me, but apparently loaded with nightlife.)
From my travels, I would put Reykjavik, Iceland and Melbourne, Australia, on the list. It gets really drunk out after midnight in both places. Another spot for tipsy antics: London's SoHo in the wee hours.
Readers, what do you think of this unusual list, and what's missing?
(Last year The Daily Beast did a more scientific survey of drinking in U.S. cities. Boston topped the tipsy list, followed by Springfield, Mass., Milwaukee, Reno and San Antonio).