Never again will we take for granted the ability to travel, explore and connect with our friends, and what better way to take advantage of the world reopening than to bond with the boys (or ladies) on a destination bachelor party. Just keep in mind that travel is back, so you’ll want to start casting votes for your bachelor party destination now.
“Because travel is on the rise, everything is booking up quickly,” says Mollie Krengel, group travel expert and founder of Wild Bum. “Make your dinner reservations in advance, book your adventures such as white water rafting or a guided cycling experience as soon as possible. Or, consider hiring a chef if you are staying in a remote location.”
Meet the Expert
Mollie Krengel is the founder of Wild Bum, an online marketplace that inspires travelers by providing downloadable guides for destinations around the world.
While the best man typically takes the lead on the stag party plans, not everyone with that title is a natural planner. As someone who curates and guides group travel experiences, Krengel has seen from her experience how some people get excited about researching for travel, while others feel completely overwhelmed. It’s a good idea to check in with all the groomsmen and see who else might be willing to lend their support so the plans are more seamless.
Krengel also recommends starting as early as possible and creating a solid itinerary ahead of time. “Plan as much as you can before you go,” she says. “Not with the intent to plan out every second, but rather to maximize those precious hours away with your buds!”
Planning a group trip for any occasion can be stressful, but luckily this is something that Krengel’s team is proud to geek out over so she’s weighed in on some of their favorite bachelor party destinations from Austin to Alaska.
Whether you’re looking for a scene to be the life of the party, or a chill getaway to crack open a cold one with the guys, your bachelor party planning starts now!
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Where to stay: Arguably one of the hottest spots in Miami, W South Beach has become a go-to for grooms-to-be. Go all out for the E-WOW Penthouse or opt for one of the triplex bungalows with a private plunge pool. Regardless of choice, every room has ocean views, plus access to poolside cabanas, rooftop courts (tennis and basketball!), and a dedicated W Insider–available 24/7 for any request.
What to do: On the mainland, visit the Wynwood district for a vibrant street art scene that just got a recent upgrade with the addition of The Oasis—a sprawling courtyard featuring outdoor dining and nightlife. For the best of both worlds, stay on the beach and check out the Museum of Graffiti outpost at The Confidante Miami Beach. Exclusive exhibits by world-renowned street artists Jel Martinez, AHOL SNIFFS GLUE, and FEW & FAR Graffiti Crew are on display with guided tours every Friday.
What to eat: For a night on the town, dine at Osteria Morini Miami Beach—the newest project from the team behind Michelin-starred Marea and Ai Fiori. No matter what time you wake up the next day, you’ll find the perfect hangover meal at the Miami Diner, an eatery focused on made-from-scratch comfort food in a retro setting. Go healthy with The Post Party wellness shot at Delicious Raw, or go sweet with over-stuffed ice cream sandwiches from Wynwood Parlor.
Judd Lake, Alaska
Where to stay: Settle into Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, where a helicopter serves as your personal chauffeur to everything this magical terrain has to offer. Packages include round-trip floatplane flights, lodging, gourmet meals, guide services, fishing equipment, a fitness center, a copper hot tub overlooking the lake, and a wood-fired sauna.
What to do: Thrill-seeking groups will be enthralled by the expanse of untouched Alaskan wilderness surrounding Judd Lake and the chance to go water skiing, wakeboarding, glacier hiking, or wildlife spotting in the Tordrillo Mountain Range. In the summer, the famous Kings & Corn experience offers up heli-skiing over corn snow in the morning and catching king salmon in the afternoon.
What to eat: In this remote region, you’ll want to stay seasonal with veggies from the lodge’s garden and specialty game dishes such as elk, lamb, and pheasant. You can expect to see local seafood like Kachemak Bay oysters, white king salmon, and Alaska king crab on the menu, or you can bring your own catch of the day for the chef to prepare.
Nassau, the Bahamas
Where to stay: Nassau’s Baha Mar houses three major players in the hospitality game: Rosewood, SLS, and Grand Hyatt, but it’s SLS Baha Mar that sets the tone for a larger-than-life bachelor experience with playful sophistication and spirited day-to-nightlife activities.
What to do: Baha Mar beats Vegas any day with more than 40 restaurants and lounges, the largest casino in the Caribbean, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, a buzzy beach club, and a brand new waterpark—all set against a breathtaking Bahamian backdrop. You never need to leave the resort, but if you do, take a 25-minute boat ride to Sandy Toes Rose Island where you'll be soaking up the sun on the uninhabited private isle. Go for a dip with the world-famous swimming pigs, or snorkel in the sparkling turquoise waters.
What to eat: Did we mention the 40 restaurants and lounges?! Marcus at Baha Mar Fish + Chop House is the newest, opening this summer from six-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Marcus Samuelsson. Off the resort, head to West Bay Street to explore Arawak Cay Fish Fry—a strip of Bahamian vendors selling made-to-order island favorites.
Newport, Rhode Island
Where to stay: Check in to The Wayfinder Hotel for a real glimpse into the local lifestyle. This new boutique hotel was created by a group of resident chefs, bartenders, and artists who have combined the best of coastal living and great location through free-spirited design near the city’s famed Cliff Walk. Every evening they host a Way Welcome Reception with a nightly drink and light snacks.
What to do: From crashing waves on the shoreline to yacht-filled harbors, the city of Newport will have a lot of appeal to the nautical groom. About halfway between Boston and New York, this coastal community is an easy escape from city life offering fishing charters and booze cruises by sea or mansion tours and car museums by land.
What to eat: At The Wayfinder, Nomi Park serves modern riffs on coastal classics accompanied by cocktails simply done right. For a bit more history, dine downtown at White Horse Tavern, the oldest operating restaurant in the United States.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Where to stay: Just northeast of the French Quarter, you’ll find Hotel Peter & Paul tucked away in the eclectic Marigny neighborhood. The church-turned-hotel is the perfect respite from a night of carousing and a solid home base for exploring the jazz scene on Frenchmen Street. Steeped in history, the hotel just launched a self-guided audio journey immersing guests in stories from locals who once lived, studied, and worshipped there.
What to do: Beyond the quintessential Bourbon Street bar-hopping, explore Louisiana’s wetlands with a swamp tour or spend the day on the water with a fishing boat charter. Pick up speed at NOLA Motorsports Park where you can race in a Ferrari (yes, you actually get to drive it!), and then slow things down with a hand-rolled stick at the Cigar Factory.
What to eat: An institution in the Crescent City, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941 and their storied history is just as good as their famous Creole Gumbo. For a one-stop-shop of local culinary talents, tour the St. Roch Market food hall on St. Claude Ave, and don’t leave the city without a beignet from Cafe du Monde.
Where to stay: Whether spending the weekend touring the bustling food scene, sampling bourbon flights, or seeking outdoor adventure from bike trails and nearby hiking areas, 21c Museum Hotel is the perfect place to retire between all the action. Located downtown at the intersection of quaint southern charm and big-city style, it’s the ideal home base for exploring the city.
What to do: Adventurers can rent canoes, hike the Kentucky River Palisades, or zipline 185 feet over the Boone Creek Gorge. Artistic types will enjoy the art scene in the hotel museum or downtown while following VisitLEX’s Mural Challenge. Lovers of fine liquor will be in paradise among 14 of the state’s largest distilleries along the Bourbon Trail.
What to eat: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Holly Hill Inn is a charming fine dining restaurant just off the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Keeneland Track Kitchen is the place to enjoy a hearty Southern breakfast while watching the world’s best thoroughbreds workout on the racecourse. Finish the day at Crank & Boom for handcrafted ice cream cocktails made from local ingredients.
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Where to stay: Extravagantly tailored for the affluent island hopper and his crew, Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island is the most over-the-top of bachelor party destinations. In partnership with evoJets, you’ll travel in style with round-trip flights on a six-passenger jet that delivers you to the luxuries of The Bali Lo complex where a spacious two-story suite and private pool await your entourage.
What to do: The evoJets package also includes complimentary water sports equipment, so you can spend your days kite-surfing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, or sailing and a disco DJ is included for one night during your stay for a memorable beachside party.
What to eat: On this all-inclusive island, meals and drinks (even alcohol) are included. Enjoy a BBQ-style lunch at Turtle Beach after the island’s sailing race or opt for the indulgent floating sushi boat at the Beach Pool. For dinner, head to the Great House roof terrace where a variety of menu themes make each night unique.
Where to stay: Nestled in the downtown area of the Rogue River Valley, Ashland Springs Hotel is perfectly central to an exciting local food scene, a diverse wine region, and the endless outdoor recreation that Oregon has to offer.
What to do: For a diverse group of groomsmen, Southern Oregon is home to a host of crowd-pleasing activities from daring adventures to open-air performance art. Enjoy white water rafting by day and a show at the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival at night.
What to eat: Get cozy comfort food for breakfast at Brothers, go casual with a creekside lunch at Greenleaf, or indulge at MÄS with Oregon’s noted celebrity chef Josh Dorcak. For the perfect pairing no matter where you eat, Oregon’s premier wine club, Cellar 503, has a mobile wine tasting that will bring the best of the state’s 21 wine regions to you.
Punta de Mita, Mexico
Where to stay: W Punta de Mita offers a surf-inspired escape for the groom seeking a laid-back getaway filled with sun, surf, and plenty of tequila. The property is situated on one of Mexico’s best surf breaks and features an adults-only oceanfront pool. Check out the Mezcal Lab for a private tequila tasting experience that can be arranged for small groups.
What to do: Venture to the nearby village of Sayulita to embark on a whale watching tour, go for a private catamaran party, or catch local surfers in action while sipping a cold drink on the southern shores of Riviera Nayarit.
What to eat: Make reservations at Mesa 1 for an ultra-exclusive al fresco setting that offers just one nightly seating for a private chef’s dinner. In town, head to Hector’s Kitchen, an industrial-chic bar serving up sea-to-table cuisine and Mexican cooking classes.
Where to stay: This year, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch reopens with a new sixth-floor penthouse–the ultimate accommodation for a destination bachelor party. The Nobu Penthouse Suite is exclusively accessed via a private elevator and features a separate lounge, dining space, kitchen, bar area, and private balcony.
What to do: In London's edgy East End, Shoreditch is home to an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants, bars, and underground clubs. For the debonair, the West End welcomes you to browse the city’s famous department stores: Harrods, Selfridge's, and Liberty London. For sightseeing in style, tap the experts from Humphrey’s of Henley and hire your own skipper to cruise the Thames River.
What to eat: If you’re looking for gourmet gastronomy, dine on signature dishes such as black miso cod at Nobu Restaurant Shoreditch. Can't decide what to eat? The BOXPARK Shoreditch food hall houses a selection of global cuisine and a weekend DJ. For classic cocktails, book a table at Satan's Whiskers or enjoy some of London's best craft libations at Swift.
Where to stay: Head south in the land of fire and ice and stay at the Hotel Rangá for a lodge-like retreat in the island’s adventure capital. Under Iceland’s clear skies, the resort is one of the best places to see the famous Aurora Borealis while you soak in a geothermal hot tub.
What to do: Explore the country's black sand beaches, glaciers, and geysers for an otherworldly outing with the crew. Take an ATV to an ice cave, chase the Northern Lights in a Super Jeep, hike to the hot springs, or rent a car for the famous Golden Circle road trip. At the end of the day, take in some stargazing with Hotel Ranga’s resident astronomer at the Ranga Observatory.
What to eat: Even the dining is venturesome here; at Restaurant Rangá, the fare includes reindeer carpaccio, smoked puffin, and Icelandic lamb. While driving the Golden Circle route, stop at Friðheimar for lunch inside the tomato greenhouse, or swing by Smiðjan Brugghús brewpub for Icelandic beer and burgers. In Reykjavik, the famous hot dog stands are a must and Bæjarins Beztu is said to be the best.
Bluefields Bay, Jamaica
Where to stay: Bluefields Bay is the perfect destination for the bachelor who wants to party on a desert island while still being close to the action. At the newly renovated Bluefields Bay Villas, groups can reserve an entire villa that boasts sprawling sea and mountain views, a personal chef, a 24-hour butler, and a private pool.
What to do: The six-bedroom San Michele villa comes with its own private island reached by footbridge where you can have a drink, take a nap, or enjoy the turquoise views. Gather the guys to enjoy cigars and rum tasting at Appleton Estate, have a nature-centric day at YS Falls, or embark on a boat excursion to Floyd’s Pelican Bar—a thatched-roof watering hole in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
What to eat: In the neighboring community of Belmont, check out Cracked Conch for the freshest catch-of-the-day. Take a short drive to Zimbali Culinary Retreats for an array of Caribbean cuisine and classes. And last, but not least, don’t leave the island without trying jerk chicken from the street vendors.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Where to stay: Hotel Jackson is the best basecamp for the bachelor who wants to live out his Wild West fantasy. The Rodeo Round-Up package is made for the crew ready to go all-out cowboy and includes a custom hat fitting, sampling of Jackson’s Wyoming Whiskey with custom flask and shot glasses, and roundtrip transportation to the rodeo in the hotel’s Land Rover Defender.
What to do: Endless expeditions await in the summer season where you can round up the boys for horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, or exploring the nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. If you’re planning a pre-wedding party in winter, this powder playground serves up some of the most challenging routes for snowsports.
What to eat: Carb load at Glorietta, an Italian trattoria with an impressive cocktail list from the team behind Death & Co. Don’t miss the duck with smoked potatoes and grilled apricot at Coelette, a new farm-to-table restaurant housed in the historic Coe Cabin. Fit in with the locals at Snake River Grill, a 25-year-old fine dining establishment serving up New American cuisine.
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Where to stay: Situated on the northwest coast, El Mangroove, is all about location as the closest beach resort to an airport in all of Costa Rica (20 minutes from landing to the sand!). The all-inclusive hotel is complemented by environmentally-friendly design and values—twice a week, guests of El Mangroove are invited to plant native mangrove trees nearby.
What to do: In a town abounding with exotic wildlife, scenic waterfalls, and breathtaking coastlines, you don’t necessarily need to do anything here. But for the movers and shakers, there’s the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, fishing, beach hopping, and some of the best surfing in the world, of course.
What to eat: It is all-inclusive no matter what package or length of stay you book, but the resort is just a 15-min drive from a community called El Coco Beach where you’ll find a bustling town filled with restaurants, bars, markets, and nightlife.
Where to stay: W Toronto will be opening this October in the Yorkville neighborhood, surrounded by art galleries, and some of the city’s best shopping and restaurants. Suited for the groom with cultivated taste, this lively hotel offers 24/7 programming focused on culture and style, from live music and DJs to city-inspired hotel design.
What to do: Foodies, culture lovers, sports fanatics, and thrill-seekers can come together for a good time in this multi-faceted destination. Check out a show at Massey Hall, catch a soccer game at BMO Field, and if you really want to live on the edge, head to the top of the CN Tower (116 stories up!) and take a stroll around the world’s highest hands-free walk.
What to eat: At Constantine, you’ll find an inviting experience featuring the diverse cuisine of distinct Mediterranean areas. At Pure Spirits Oyster House, you’ll come for the sustainable seafood, but you’ll stay for the personalized service curating mix-and-match menus. At The Distillery District, you’ll spend a day hopping from bar to bar throughout the cobblestone streets that house a variety of restaurants, lounges, galleries, and boutiques.
Where to stay: Belize is the place to be for the aquatic adventurer. Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas will feel like a home away from home in one of the beachfront bungalows, villas, or apartments, and the resort features a swim-up bar, hot tubs, complimentary kayaks, and paddleboards. Not to mention, it's located near some of the world’s best spots for snorkeling and scuba diving.
What to do: Among the most popular diving sites are the Belize Barrier Reef, Silk Caye, Laughing Bird Caye, and Glover’s Reef Atoll. Captain Jak’s can take your party on private boat excursions to a different location each day so you can fit them all in. On land, fly through the jungle on a zip line, spot exotic wildlife in the jungle, or explore nearby ancient Maya Temples.
What to eat: Upgrade your stay at Sirenian Bay and opt for an in-villa chef so the only thing you have to decide is whether to enjoy dinner before or after sunset. In town, explore the wine list and small plates at Rumfish Y Vino, or go for the views (and the seafood curry pasta) at Muna Rooftop.
Where to stay: Tucson's dude ranches are the quintessential place to immerse in the authentic Southwest scene. Try your hand at archery or enjoy sunset horseback rides at Tanque Verde Ranch. If rodeos and fireside entertainment are more your thing, settle in at White Stallion Ranch.
What to do: Tucson's downtown has been the city's hub of activity for well over a century, but the past several years have seen a rebirth. New shops, bars, breweries, and some of Tucson's hottest restaurants are proud to call downtown home. There’s a buzzing nightlife scene where you can find everything from saloons to sports bars to LGBTQ+ clubs. Of course, you can’t visit Tucson without venturing out to the cacti-dotted desert where you can climb Finger Rock or stroll along the Rillito riverbed.
What to eat: As a UNESCO-listed capital of gastronomy, you’ll want to try as much local fare as possible. Try the Fry Bread at Cafe Santa Rosa, get a chimichanga from El Charro, or take a ride on The Big Brew Van to taste Tucson’s local brews. For dinner with a view, snag a seat on the West Patio at The Grill.
Where to stay: The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is the ideal destination for the discerning outdoorsman. Located in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains, The Equinox is surrounded by stunning natural landscapes no matter the season, and this perennial playground has much to offer year-round.
What to do: Go off-road with the Land Rover Driving School, learn English Churchill technique while shooting clays at the Orvis Shooting School, handle a trained hawk with a falconry master or take up fly fishing on Vermont’s Battenkill River. Alternatively, unwind with a spa day or take a last swing before the ring at The Golf Club.
Palm Springs, California
Where to stay: With an average of 350 days of sunshine, an endless number of pools, and a classically cool culture, Palm Springs is a no-brainer for a beachless bachelor party destination. As a well-known LGBTQ-friendly destination, bachelor groups of all varieties will feel welcome here. Set up camp at Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs, centrally located in the redeveloped downtown area. Here, urban enchantments meet epic scenery with contemporary suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows and hiking trails from the hotel’s backyard.
What to do: The springs, the weather, the people—everything is hot in Palm Springs. Chill out in the city’s only rooftop pool at The Rowan, ogle the world’s largest collection of mid-century designs, or take a breezy Red Jeep tour through the Indian Canyons.
What to eat: Do dinner at Mr. Lyons, a favorite of legends like Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe, brunch at Cheeky’s and order the bacon flight, or grab the Five Spice Crispy Chicken and a craft beer for lunch at Rooster and the Pig.
Where to stay: For a small-town vibe with metropolitan energy, Austin is the perfect party town for a varied group of groomsmen. City slickers will feel at home downtown at Hotel ZaZa, while rustic gents will enjoy lounging in the landscaped courtyards at Lone Star Court.
What to do: Golf at one of the famed courses of Hill Country, watch the bats’ nightly flight from the Congress Avenue Bridge, stroll the quirky stretch that is Sixth Street, or escape the urban scene and venture to West Austin for more of a local vibe and lakeside lazing.
What to eat: Barbecue and Tex-Mex are essential in Austin. For the former, Franklin Barbecue is legendary for its ultra-tender brisket. For the latter, try the nopalitos tacos at El Alma. For both, visit the family-owned and operated food truck Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ.