Escape the cold this winter with these 6 beach-side festivals

Do thoughts of the end of festival season and the arrival of cold weather have you hiding under your heated blanket? Have no fear. There are still several warm-weather destination festivals to enjoy that will have you dancing on a sandy beach while your friends back home shiver and endure a major case of FOMO.

So book your plane tickets and grab your sunscreen, because these six events prove festival season never really has to end.

1. The BPM Festival – Jan. 6-15, 2017 – Playa Del Carmen, Mex.


After the New Year’s rush, head south for The BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. The ten-day celebration began as an industry party (the name itself stands for ‘Bartenders, Promoters, Musicians’) and over the last decade has grown to a global gathering of over 70,000. The festival features some of the world’s best techno and house music with over 30 mind-blowing curated showcases planned.

The near-endless list of performers includes Carl Cox, Art Department, Victor Calderone, Seth Troxler, Loco Dice, Guy Gerber, Steve Lawler, Dusky, Hot Since 82, Marco Carola, Umek, Skream, Mark Knight, and many more. Parties are hosted both day and night at multiple venues in Playa Del Carmen, a picturesque beach town south of Cancun that runs along miles of soft white-sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters on the Mayan Riviera.

Three, seven, and ten-day BPM Festival tickets are available here. Ages 18+.

2. Groove Cruise – Jan. 23-27, 2017 – Miami, Fla.

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Escape land altogether aboard the Carnival Victory for 96 hours of parties both onboard and during beach stops. Claiming to be the “world’s largest floating dance music festival,” Groove Cruise this year departs Miami and sails to Grand Turk/Turks and Caicos Islands.

Lineup headliners include Andrew Rayel, Cosmic Gate, EDX, Lee Foss, Markus Schulz, Roger Sanchez, Sam Feldt, and Umek. Cruise tickets include food and entertainment. If you can’t make it in January, there’s also a September sailing from California.

Book your cabin now via Ages 21+.

3. Holy Ship – Jan. 6-10 & 10-14, 2017 – Port Canaveral, Fla.


It may not have been the first, but this dance-themed cruise is so popular it now offers two sailings each year. Its dedicated community of attendees — better known as “Ship Fam” — are well connected on and off the ship, often gathering together in cities and festivals around the country year-round.

These cruises are unique in that the artists often mingle right alongside fans, creating a unique and unforgettable experience. This year’s lineups are stacked, with headliners including DJ Snake, Tchami, Duke Dumont, Boys Noize, A-Trak, Marshmello, Fatboy Slim, Griz, Claude Vonstroke, Jauz, Maya Jayne Coles, Hot Since 82, and more.

Tickets for 2017 are sold out, but you can join the waitlist here. Ages 21+.

4. Electric Paradise – Dec. 17, 2017 – Punta Cana, D.R.


Electric Paradise is a a small, but mighty festival held on the sandy beaches of the Dominican Republic. Given the affordable price, the lineup is incredible. Headliners include Armin van Buuren, the Chainsmokers, Zedd, DJ Snake, Marshmello, Matoma, Sam Feldt, Plastic Plates, Snoop Dogg, and more. A special CircoLoco stage features deeper sounds from the likes of Adriatique, Damian Lazarus, Jamie Jones, and more.

Tickets start at just $72 USD and can be purchased here. Ages 18+.

5. Bamboo Bass Festival – Feb. 17-19, 2017 – Jaco, Costa Rica


This second-year festival is designed to bring participants from around the globe to build an atmosphere of sharing, inclusion and celebration while revelling in world-class bass music, live painting and art exhibits, and dance and flow performers in unique stage environments.

Bamboo Bass Festival is nestled in a canopy of ancient trees with a path that leads attendees on a 10-minute walk to the ocean and a popular surf break. A variety of daytime activities are also offered ranging from zip-line to aerial canopy tours. Performing artists include Ekali, Falcons, Space Jesus, Ill Gates, KJ Sawka, Ill Esha, Psymbionic, Mala, Mihkal, Librarian, Peep This, and Lost City.

Tickets for Bamboo Bass Festival are on sale now. Ages 18+.

6. Dominican Holidaze – Dec. 1-5, 2016 – Punta Cana, D.R.


This all-inclusive concert vacation leans toward the funkier side of electronic music, which is a perfect match for its stunning backdrop and relaxed setting. Held at the Breathless and Now Onyx resorts in Punta Cana, this year’s Dominican Holidaze features STS9, The Disco Biscuits, The Floozies, Shpongle, Goldroom, Michal Menert, Manic Focus, Lettuce, Lotus, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and more. In addition to performances, enjoy beach yoga sessions, pool parties, and a variety of excursion options.

Dominican Holidaze ticket/room packages are on sale here. Ages 18+.


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Kent Otto

Kent is founder and editor-in-chief. He's always had a love and passion for music of all types, but didn't discover the music festival scene and community until moving to Southern California during his early post-college years. He returned to his roots in the Midwest in 2011 and has since been determined to share the magic and beauty of the music scene with as many as possible. Email