If you ask visitors to Boracay why they go there, a lot will talk about the sand, the sea, and the sunshine. And there’s one other thing: everyone wants to party in Boracay. When you get away from your everyday work or school life, there’s nothing to stop you. After being beach bums all day, people want to cut loose at night.
As anyone will tell you, nothing quite compares to a Boracay party because it’s filled with so many options. It almost doesn’t matter what day of the week it is; it always feels like the weekend. So if you’re ready to find out more, you can learn how to survive a crazy night out in Boracay with these tips.
Consider a private party
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Not everyone gets into a party mood easily; some people might be shy, and others might not want to bother getting out of the hotel. If you have friends or family who are like that, then you might want to try enjoying yourselves at the hotel itself. Many hotels will have a bar where guests can drink and just let loose. In the case of Alta Vista de Boracay, people can go to the well-stocked sports bar. They also have karaoke rooms where people can sing their hearts out. It’s a great way for people to relax, and who knows? It might just get them excited enough to explore other nightlife options.
Remember, Cash is King
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A good Boracay guide might tell you about the awesome places where you can party, but most won’t talk about how you have to pay for your experience. Sure, it might be convenient to just bring your credit card, but there’s nothing more embarrassing than having to explain that you can’t pay in a cash-only establishment. So save yourself the trouble and make sure that someone has cash just in case. There are also ATMs at various locations, so you can bring your ATM card and withdraw money at the most convenient location.
Put yourself out there
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Once you know how to go to Boracay’s party places (it should be easy enough to find out at the front desk), the night is yours to enjoy. People go to Boracay for fun in the sun, but the island also has a lot to offer in terms of nighttime activities. It’s a great chance to meet new people, which isn’t so difficult as long as you remember some simple rules.
For a hair-down social experience, you can go to Exit Bar, where interesting locals and adventurous people gather to just relax. No need to impress anyone there; just come as you are. There are also plenty of places to meet foreigners. Go to the right bar or club, and you’ll find Americans, Brits, Australians, and people from other countries who’d be happy to make friends. Of course, it’s always best to go out with at least one buddy, just to be safe.
Get Boracay-style retail therapy
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Near Station 2 is a bustling business district known as D’Mall. Aside from restaurants, it also has a variety of souvenir shops, boutiques, convenience stores, and other establishments. One can buy colorful clothes, unique accessories, groceries, and even gear for various water sports. You can even get one-of-a-kind, customized souvenirs such as hand-painted t-shirts, and caricatures, and get tattoos done on the spot. The sheer variety of items people can get makes it a famous tourist spot in Boracay and worth checking out while you’re out.
Try a few drinking games
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Boracay visitors tend to keep their nightlife lit with healthy doses of alcohol and fun. One of the most popular tourist spots in Boracay Station 2, Epic Bar boasts the longest happy hour on the island as well as giant cocktails and games of beer pong. Another option is Coco Bar, where guests can play Jenga or darts as they guzzle down margaritas, mojitos or the bar’s signature drink (they actually warn guests not to try it). There are also various places to play a friendly game of pool. And of course, there are plenty of other drinking games that anyone can try.
Still, keep in mind that you can say “no.” The point is to socialize, not to drink so much that you forget everything else.
Watch great live performances
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World-class tourist destinations tend to have live performers to entertain travelers, and Boracay is no exception. Live bands can provide music from different genres; some do covers of classic rock or pop favorites, while other perform their own jazz, reggae or simple acoustic pieces. For a more exciting routine, check any travel guide in Boracay about the famous fire dancers. Performing in various locations in Station 1 and Station 2, they never fail to thrill guests with their jaw-dropping acts, which involve swinging jars of fire at the end of two ropes, leaving trails of light and heat. There’s never a dull moment as long as you know which shows to look for.
Have a seaside bonding session
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A night out doesn’t have to be all about excitement and stimulation. You also need to take some time to recover so you and your friends should take the chance to slip away from the crowds and the noise. Find a nice place to just sit on the beach and hang out and talk. You’d be surprised how many new things you can learn about someone, even someone you’ve known for a long time, just because you’re having a conversation in a different place.
Dance like no one’s watching
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Around 1 or 2 AM, a lot of resto-bars tend to close for the night. But that doesn’t mean the night’s over. At around this time, a lot of clubs start getting busy with people who want to dance the night away. Among these, Club Summer Place is a go-to Boracay tourist attraction for party people, with two dance floors that get packed at around 1 AM as the DJ plays house and chart music. It’s also known for staying open the latest, making it the last call for people who just can’t stop and won’t stop. People who visit Epic can also enjoy its discotheque ambience and crisp, loud sound system. It’s the perfect place to just let go and move your body to the music.
Know when to call it a night
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After a night of drinking, entertainment, and dancing, people are likely to be exhausted. Some people might not know their own limits and want to go on. But here’s the thing: FOMO and YOLO shouldn’t be the only things on your mind when you’re on vacation. You should also take the chance to rest and recharge. So don’t let yourself be over-excited, and know when it’s time to go back to your hotel. If you’re lucky, the place you’re staying at offers a shuttle service that can pick you up.
Whether you’re traveling with a loved one, with friends, with family or by yourself, Boracay is an ideal place to relax and let go. Of course, that doesn’t mean anything goes; there’s a time to ask “why not?” and there’s a time to ask “why bother?” The key is to find the right balance between the two. By having a survival guide to a party night in Boracay, you’ll be sure to have a good time.