Summer's Hottest Parties: Sun, Sex & Sand

The wildest places to party: from yachting with celebs to all-night raves.

ByOlivia Sterns

July 10, 2008— -- Some like to dance on speakers in stilettos amid strobbing lights and dry ice in one of the world's biggest discos, in Bodrum, Turkey. Others prefer to indulge in "diet pills" and stay up all night writhing barefoot on the beach in Ko Phanghan, Thailand, to honor the full moon.

Now in the sweltering summer months, party scenes around the world are heating up, offering everyone a chance to let loose and strip down, regardless of one's style.

Whether you're looking to spray champagne on Puff Daddy in St. Tropez, France, sail alongside the mega yachts in the star-studded port of Hvar, Croatia, or simply groove in designer tunics with local/celebrity surfers in Montauk, N.Y., check out this list of summer's hottest spots to find the wildest party raging near you.

Once a sleepy art colony, Ibiza bloomed into Europe's wildest 24-hour party scene during its 1960s hippie heyday. In the decades since, this tiny Spanish island has continued to draw droves of jet setters and backpackers alike, seeking sun on glistening beaches and a chance to dance all night to house music.

Two reliable fixtures on the so-called "super club" circuit include Pacha and Amensia -- that helped make foam parties a global phenomenon.

Every month almost 20,000 people flock to the island of Ko Phangan for the legendary Full Moon parties.

"It's a young crowd, a lot of tie-dye, a lot of trance, a lot of dreads," mostly from Europe, Australia and North America said Lisa Gill, senior editor at Conde Nast Traveler.

Partygoers often paint themselves in UV paint and pop a few "diet pills" before heading off to Had Rin Nok, on the southeast side of the island, for a three-day rave that culminates with the full moon.

Since starting in the 1980s, the festival has become a must-stop for backpackers in Asia, but has lately attracted more upscale restaurants and some top international DJs.

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