There are New Year’s Eve parties, and then there’s Fuikdag.
Hailed as one of the biggest and wildest parties you’ve never heard of, Fuikdag is a giant, floating, New Year’s Eve dance party that takes place on Curaçao. Or rather, off of the coast of Curaçao.
There are no tickets, dress code or limitations of any kind… for the most part. What began as a three boat gathering has since transformed into a massive float party extending the length of just one day, once per year.
Always held on the first Sunday of the New Year, this is an event known to attract partiers from all corners of the Earth, as well as world-renowned DJs. This is an occasion to let loose, live life to the fullest, and find the most creative floatation device you can imagine.
Intrigued? Here are the answers to the most important questions regarding Fuikdag:
What Does Fuikdag Mean?
Curaçao island is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which means Dutch is one of the main languages spoken. Fuikdag is a Dutch word, which simply means Fuik Day. Fuik happens to be the name of the bay.
Where is Fuikdag Held?
In Fuik Bay, which is part of the luxury resort Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort’s property.
Do I need a Boat?
Sort of. You can’t actually get to Fuik Bay without a boat, so you at least need to secure a boat ride to the bay. After arriving at the bay, you won’t need a boat, as long as you have your floating device. Curaçaoans are well known for their hospitable attitudes, so chances are, if you arrive at the island a few days prior to the big day, you’ll make friends and find yourself invited onto a boat.
Renting a boat is a great idea, but keep in mind every boat on the island will likely be rented out for the day of the party… so plan ahead and reserve your boat early.
What Should I Use to Float On?
This is entirely up to you! It’s best to test out any questionable devices ahead of time, as you won’t want to promptly sink. But trust us when we say – people will float on absolutely anything they can find. Floating flamingos have been all the rage as of late. The more unique, the better.
How Much Does it Cost?
Nada! Zilch! You can be a part of the biggest floating dance party in the Caribbean, listening to top-notch DJs, dancing alongside the happiest people on Earth… for absolutely free! Now, where else in the world can you do that?! Of course, if you don’t already live on Curaçao, the main expenses will be – flight, accommodations, food, transport, etc. If you stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, you’ll literally be as close as possible to Fuik Bay itself.
What Kind of Music Will Be Played?
EDM of course! Don’t expect to find a lineup anywhere… this event is famous for having legendary DJs just show up. Afrojack, Martin Garrix, and DJ Chuckie have DJed in the past, it’ll be exciting to see who makes it this year.
This is the type of event you’ll want to recover from. Meaning, plan your trip so that Fuikdag is at the beginning, with plenty of time for you to relax and chill afterward. It’s best to arrive at least two days before the event, though, so you can shop for supplies, and even ask the locals any questions you may have.
If Fuikdag sounds like your cup of tea, the time is ripe to book your stay at Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, and get ready to have the experience of a lifetime. Time to get the Fuik out of the cold weather and work life, and get your party on Caribbean style!