You're only a bachelorette once, so however—and wherever—you choose to spend it should be one for the books, especially if you and your friends are hitting several bachelorette parties this year. While Las Vegas may be top of mind when it comes to bachelorette destinations, there are many alternative locations just as suitable (if not more!) to your party needs. Dreaming of a beach escape? Try the Caribbean. A wild "last hurrah?" Explore Mexico! Wine tasting? Consider Argentina.
"A good bachelorette party destination should offer plenty of sunshine and a variety of activities for the group to enjoy," says Jennifer Avey, VP of Marketing at Celebration Travel. Your bachelorette party is about bonding with your favorite people as much as it is about celebrating the change in your relationship status, so destinations with multiple merits—a relaxing ambiance, scenic views, amazing food, and a bustling nightlife—are key for everyone to have a good time.
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- Jennifer Avey is the VP of Marketing at Celebration Travel, a travel planning company geared specifically for group excursions.
Accessibility and affordability are major planning considerations, especially for your in-demand friends with multiple bachelorette trips (and expenses!) lined up. Coordinate schedules early on (as soon as you propose to your bridesmaids-to-be) and be on the lookout for deals. Pro tip: Save money by booking group packages in advance.
"Many resorts are offering exclusive bachelorette party packages that come equipped with everything you need including unique activities," says Avey. "Think tequila or wine tastings, bonfires on the beach, as well as personalized décor, and VIP amenities like beach/pool butler service." So if you find crafting a bespoke itinerary stressful, consider these all-inclusive packages. Some even include excursions for every interest. All you have to do is show up and enjoy!
If you prefer beachside relaxation, Avey recommends taking a catamaran cruise. For a more adventurous escape, consider a destination with activities like ATV rides, ziplines, and trails for hiking. Of course, the choice should ultimately depend on the bride and her friends' preferences. So whether your ideal getaway is fun in the sun or action and adventure, there’s a vacation perfect for you and your friends.
Where to stay: For the bride looking for a Naughty Girl’s Getaway, grab your girls and head to Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica’s famous all-inclusive, adults-only, clothing-optional resort. A $50 gift-shop voucher will let you experience the forbidden at Hedo’s nightly sexy-themed parties. Think: leather and lingerie. Groups with 10 rooms or more will receive a special welcome “surprise.”
What to do: Indulge in a therapeutic mud bath at the Blue Hole Mineral Spring in Brighton District for some much-needed R&R. Then, take a stroll along Bourbon Beach for live reggae performances. Explore Negril's nightlife through the One Love Bus Bar Crawl along One Love Drive. It comes highly recommended.
Where to eat: Try the jerk chicken at 3 Dives Restaurant and Bar, indulge in a lobster dinner at Presley's Bar and Grill, and take a sip of Jamaica's Red Strip brew. Visit Roots Cafe on Wednesday nights to dine on Caribbean food while being serenaded by a live band.
Palos Verdes, California
Where to stay: Palos Verdes is for the group who prioritizes wellness. Terranea Resort is the ideal weekend spot to unwind and enjoy luxurious amenities throughout the 102-acre property. Wellness programs include everything from therapeutic in-room massages, soothing baths, and pre-bedtime facial masks to personalized meditation, yoga, and a boot-camp program.
What to do: Unplug by the Terranea Cove Beach or join group wellness-focused activities arranged by the Terranea Resort team like "Painting by the Sea," kayaking tours, guided coastal hikes, and more. Make a stop at the Wayfarer's Chapel, a popular religious site, to marvel at its architecture. Schedule your trip during spring to witness a whale migration at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center!
Where to eat: Terranea Resort offers many dining options, so there is little reason to leave the property. Dine with a view at Nelson's, a cliff-top restaurant perched directly above coves, order Sunday brunch with mimosas at Catalina Kitchen, and pair Asian dishes with your choice of spirits at Bashi, which boasts of an extensive sake and soju list.
Where to stay: Picturesque Manchester is for the group who prefers wintry fun. Turn in the spa robe and replace it with snowshoes for a weekend of chilly outdoor adventures at Taconic: a Kimpton Hotel. Nestled in the heart of the Green and Taconic mountain ranges, Kimpton Taconic features three standalone cottages ideal for keeping the ladies together.
What to do: Looking to après-ski (or après-snowshoe, shop, or even a sleigh ride)? Hit the slopes at Bromley or Stratton, two award-winning ski resorts located near the hotel. Back at the hotel, arrange a bonfire and gather the ladies for a round of s'mores and hot chocolate.
Where to eat: Stop by the Copper Grouse for a hot toddy and a meal that incorporates all the best ingredients Vermont has to offer. For dinner, reserve a table at Raven's Den Steakhouse and Taproom. The restaurant offers wine on tap that your crew is sure to love!
New Orleans, Louisiana
Where to stay: For the jazz-loving group, The Troubadour is a Joie de Vivre boutique hotel in New Orleans, centrally located just steps away from the iconic French Quarter and within walking distance to revived local theaters, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and historical areas. The hotel’s eclectic rooftop bar Monkey Board is the perfect space for celebratory occasions, offering panoramic views of New Orleans.
What to do: The squad will love jazz bar-hopping along Frenchmen Street where local favorites include Blue Nile, The Spotted Cat Music Club, and Preservation Hall, a hole-in-the-wall jazz club. Still can't get enough of jazz? Take a tour of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. If you and your girls are up for hitting spookier spots, take ghost tours around town or browse voodoo shops at Bourbon Street.
Where to eat: For lunch, head to Commander's Palace, an institution since 1893, for creole classics and the famous 25 cent martinis. (Yes, you read that right!) Get your fix of beignets, doughnut-like sugary treats, and café au lait at Café du Monde, open 24/7. For a unique bar experience, visit Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone, whose center bar looks—and rotates—like a carousel!
Charleston, South Carolina
Where to stay: For the bride who wants a quaint city excursion, Charleston’s historic charm provides a relaxing yet sophisticated bachelorette destination. The Historic District is the heart of the city, with a variety of accommodation options, including the Spectator, French Quarter Inn, and HarbourView Inn, all offering southern hospitality with an impressive variety of complimentary amenities, such as personal butlers, pillow menus, and artisanal in-room breakfasts.
What to do: Spend a day at the most popular city in South Carolina with a carriage tour of the city or leisurely perusing King Street’s boutiques and antique shops. Take in a panoramic sunset aboard a Schooner Pride sailboat cruise. For a more inebriated option, try a Booze Cruise with Adventure Harbor Tours.
Where to eat: Indulge in elevated southern cuisine at Husk by chef Sean Brock, or grab dinner and drinks at Rarebit. If you prefer bar-hopping with your girls, head to King Street. Share punch bowls at the Cocktail Club, take in the 360 view of the historic district at Stars Rooftop Bar and Grill Room, or get cozy at the Republic Garden and Lounge. Gather your girls after a night out for a filling brunch at Poogan's Porch, a Charleston institution.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Where to stay: For brides who want a luxurious bachelorette weekend, book a flight to Cabo. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, it's one of the world’s most diverse tourism destinations and a favorite of celebrities including George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts. "With Cabo being a longtime celebrity favorite, bachelorette parties can bank on feeling like Hollywood royalty," says Avey. For an all-around resort, try Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Get pampered at the resort's Auberge Spa and dine at Comal overlooking the Sea of Cortés.
What to do: Sites like the Arch and both Lovers' and Divorce beaches are always popular. For a more artsy trip, visit San Jose del Cabo’s Gallery District and join an art walk. Sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, whale watching, surfing, and swimming with whale sharks (from September to April) are the recommended water activities. If you prefer an adventure on land, ride a camel through the desert, hike, or rent an ATV to explore the Baja Outback.
Where to eat: Dedicate (most) meals to Mexican fare! Head to esteemed taco joint La Lupita Taco & Mezcal for classic tacos, Pitahayas for Mexican fusion, or Edith's for a more intimate Baja dinner. Of course, you have to taste-test mezcal! Head to The Cape at the Thompson Hotel for an Instagrammable, rooftop bar experience with your ladies or Acre to enjoy mezcal mixes in a relaxed setting.
La Fortuna (Alajuela), Costa Rica
Where to stay: For nature lovers who want an adventurous outdoor bachelorette getaway, head to Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa, a tropical paradise spread across 900 acres of lush Costa Rican rain forest near the base of the Arenal Volcano. After visiting the botanical gardens replete with native flora, guests can soak in hot springs and naturally-heated waterfalls. To unwind, indulge in spa treatments rendered in outdoor bungalows to the sounds of local wildlife or head to the pool and swim up to the Agua Ardiente Pool Bar for in-pool cocktails.
What to do: Gal pals can bond over adrenaline-pumping adventure activities such as horseback riding, zip-lining, and hiking through the lava fields to the La Fortuna Waterfall. For a less physically demanding adventure, join a safari float tour along the Peñas Blancas River which ends with a chocolate field visit—tasting included.
Where to eat: Have steak and ceviche for dinner at Don Rufino. The sustainable restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, perfect for toasting your bride-to-be status! For fresh seafood, a local favorite is Marisqueria's Snapper's House. If you're craving seafood with a view, visit Rancho Perla where you may just spot a sloth. Talk about a memorable bachelorette experience!
For more adventurous outdoor activities, Avey reminds groups to always pack extra water bottles, towels, and bug spray.
Jersey Shore, New Jersey
Where to stay: For the group who wants the quintessential, wild bachelorette party scene, Jersey Shore is the perfect destination. Book rooms at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, home to the new $14 million Premier Nightclub, the award-winning Spa Tocarre, 161,000 square feet of gaming space, and dining establishments from the likes of Bobby Flay and Wolfgang Puck. To elevate their trip even more, girls can use FlyBorgata, which charters jet flights to Atlantic City.
What to do: If you plan on hitting the town with your girls, why not rent a party bus? Sip on champagne en route and make the trip just as exciting as the destination! Unleash your inner Sherlock and solve Murder Mystery Company's interactive murder case over a private, three-course dinner. Book tickets to see a performance by Savage Men with dance moves a la Magic Mike in Atlantic City. Trust us, the night will be too hot to handle!
Where to eat: Dine at pizza institution Razza or visit Batello, located on the Hudson with amazing views of the Manhattan skyline. For a more upscale bar experience, head to Dullboy Bar or The Archer. You can also head over to Matthew's Food and Drink and order the gin-based 80s glam cocktail with edible glitter. Your crew will love the opportunity for an Instagrammable moment.
Manhattan, New York
Where to stay: New York is for the city girls at heart. Pod 39 is the perfect place for a budget-friendly bachelorette party in NYC. The ultimate adult playground, it has Salvation Taco, a ground-floor taqueria, an appropriately named “Playroom,” fully equipped with board games and ping-pong tables, and a rooftop lounge with panoramic city views. Pro tip: Take Friday off and join Pod’s free walking tour of the Lower East Side and Chinatown.
What to do: New York offers options for every possible bachelorette activity on your radar. If you're into theater, get the girls together for a show on- or Off- Broadway. Art connoisseurs can go gallery-hopping in the afternoon at Chelsea, or visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the renovated Museum of Modern Art. At night, catch a burlesque show at Slipper Room, watch stand up comedy at New York Comedy Club, or listen to slam poetry at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe.
Where to eat: Head east with the ladies for dinner at Momofuku Ssäm Bar by chef David Chang. Spend the night dancing at The Delancey, a rooftop bar. You can also make fun memories with your crew at any of New York's more creative speakeasies. Check out Please Don't Tell, accessed through a phonebooth inside hot dog joint Crif Dogs, or Peachy's, an underground bar below Chinatown's Chinese Tuxedo.
London, United Kingdom
Where to stay: For the group who wants a European excursion, London is the perfect destination. The Distillery, located on the renowned Portobello Road, features three luxury hotel rooms, a restaurant, a bar, and a tasting room, all within a gin distillery. A first-of-its-kind immersive experience, the Distillery’s four floors of ginspiration pay homage to gin and its historic roots. The hotel is also home to the Ginstitute, the famed London gin-making experience led by master distiller Jake Burger, perfect for those who want to learn mixology.
What to do: Theater lovers can see performances at Shakespeare's Globe or London's West End. Book a private Canal Party Cruise (avail of the Hen Party package!) for sightseeing with drinks along Regent's Canal. Celebrate over dinner while watching cabaret, jazz, and burlesque performances at Proud Cabaret City, a retro, prohibition-esque bar.
Where to eat: Have breakfast with a view at skyline restaurant Duck & Waffle or keep the drinks flowing over brunch at Bad Egg with unlimited bloody marys. Spend an afternoon feeling fancy in floral frocks at traditional high tea at The Ritz. After dinner, toast your upcoming marriage at Dirty Martini. The bar offers gorgeous martini cocktails that are almost too pretty to drink!
St. Thomas Parish, Nevis
Where to stay: For frequent travelers looking to bask in unspoiled waters, Nevis is an untouched gem in the Caribbean. Limited to only seven generously sized villas (all have two to four bedrooms), Paradise Beach Resort is ideal for groups traveling together. The group package includes freshly squeezed juices delivered to your villa each morning, beach massages, and private in-villa dinners to make your shared moments with your girls even more memorable.
What to do: Enjoy the idyllic blue waters of the Caribbean with reef dives and wreck dives, take a catamaran sail to St. Kitts and spend the day beach-hopping, swim across the channel, or leisurely spend the day lounging in your villa overlooking the Nevis Peak volcano.
Where to eat: Visit Lime Beach Bar for a taste of Caribbean cuisine. Make a reservation at Montpelier for fine dining at this 300-year-old sugar mill. You can also check out island favorites: Sunshines Nevis for fresh seafood, Turtle Time Beach Bar and Grill for global flavors, and Mango at Four Seasons for food and drinks with a view of St. Kitts.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Where to stay: For the bride who wants the luxe treatment with an all-inclusive bachelorette escape, look to Playacar Palace, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The resort has amazing pools, generous rooms, and Playa del Carmen’s best beach, just steps from the city’s major thoroughfare. The property also offers Alkimia, an intimate, total-immersion dining experience that stimulates the five senses over the course of a two-hour visceral dinner.
What to do: You can spend time leisurely lounging poolside or in private cabanas, or afloat on a chartered catamaran. Explore downtown by foot as the island is mostly a car-free zone. At night, get all dolled up and dance the night away at Coco Bongo or the Mandala Night Club. If you prefer the daytime beach club scene, head to Mamita's Beach Club and Coralina Daylight Club for sunset pool parties.
Where to eat: Hit up El Fogón, a local taqueria famous for its classic menu options. Elevate your fine dining experience at Alux and enjoy Mayan dinner inside a cave that's more than 10,000 years old. Be sure to make reservations in advance especially if you want to book one of their private rooms! For a taco and mezcal pairing, head to La Perla Pixan Cuisine and Mezcal. If you're daring enough, you can even try some of the restaurant's more adventurous dishes.
Where to stay: For groups who want the best underwater experience, head to Bimini, Bahamas. Only 50 miles off the coast of Florida (aka a 20-minute flight or two-hour ferry ride), Bimini is the closest Caribbean island to the U.S. Bachelorette parties on this charming seven-mile island will feel a world away during a stay at Resorts World Bimini. The property is home to a rooftop infinity pool, the largest marina in the Bahamas (megayachts welcome), and VIP suites that open directly into a lagoon pool with a swim-up bar.
What to do: Do an island bar crawl by bike or golf cart. Charter a catamaran for the day to snorkel the S.S. Sapona shipwreck or to swim with hammerhead sharks in the clearest water in the Bahamas. If that sounds too extreme, a 20-minute boat ride can take you to Honeymoon Cay where you can swim with manta rays instead.
Where to eat: Order the island's famous conch salad at the unassuming Stuart's Conch Stand or the lobster salad at Joe's Conch Shack and wash it down with Bahama Mamas. Sip cocktails at Luna Beach, a beachside farm-to-table spot, and enjoy the fire dancers and bonfires at its famous full moon parties.
Napa Valley, California
Where to stay: A trip to Napa Valley is for the group who loves wine. For an option downtown, check out Andaz Napa, a boutique hotel within walking distance of Napa's best. For a more secluded Tuscan retreat replete with pools and laid-back charm, book a stay at Vista Collina tucked in the hillside vineyards.
What to do: Take your girls on an unforgettable hot air balloon ride with Napa Valley Aloft overlooking the gorgeous vineyards of Napa Valley. If you prefer a land-based carrier, ride the Wine Train for a half-day, four-course fine dining experience in an intimate luxury rail car, that ends with wine tasting at a winery. Of course, a trip to Napa won't be complete without tasting bottles of vino from different vineyards (Newton Vineyard is a preferred spot for stylish folks!) so book a limo for the crew and go vineyard to vineyard, no designated drivers necessary.
Where to eat: Take the girls to Angele Restaurant for French cuisine in the heart of Napa. Book an alfresco table at downtown favorite Basalt. After a night of decadent wine-tasting, treat your ladies to brunch at Archetype with amazing interiors that are photo-worthy!
Herradura, Costa Rica
Where to stay: Herradura is for nature-loving explorers who want to give back to the environment. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and 1,100 acres of tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is ideal for an adventurous bachelorette weekend with a variety of activities, from zip-lining to horseback riding and canopy tours. You can even help preserve the rainforest through the property's Reforest the Rainforest initiative. Talk about partying with a cause!
What to do: On-site, guests can partake in complimentary salsa lessons, taste local flavors with tortilla and gallo-pinto classes, and indulge in the signature Sibo Spa & Retreat, five dining venues and a network of pools and swim-up bars. You can go on an Explorer Tour and visit waterfalls in the forests of Jacó.
Where to eat: Visit the family-owned El Pelicano for scrumptious seafood. A beachfront favorite is La Puesta del Sol. Hacienda Kitchen, located at the Los Sueños property, boasts of traditional Costa Rican flavors. Located at the marina with beautiful views of the ocean, Hook Up Bar and Lanterna Italian Steakhouse are also easy favorites.
Where to stay: Tulum is for brides who want a beach getaway with a slice of history. For a memorable trip, book rooms at Azulik, a luxury treehouse hotel perched on top of a jungle. Visit the property's secluded, adults-only, clothing-optional beach, and then dine at the in-house Kin Toh Restaurant. Azulik also has a beach bar overlooking the Caribbean Sea and a spa offering holistic Mayan treatments for spiritual cleansing and awakening.
What to do: History buffs have to make a trip to the Mayan ruins. The Tulum Ruins and Temple of the Frescoes are perfect to explore. For water babes, take a cenote tour and dive in the majestic underwater sinkholes. Be sure to get to the cenotes early for photos sans crowds. You can also take a trip to Pablo Escobar’s mansion at Casa Malca!
Where to eat: A local favorite is Hartwood, whose menu changes daily depending on what's available at the Yucatan markets, while Posada Margherita is the go-to Italian place. Unwind with a spicy margarita at Papaya Playa Project. If a party scene is more your speed, head to Gitano on a Friday night for dinner and watch the place morph into a club!
Uco Valley, Argentina
Where to stay: Uco Valley is for the group who wants a Latin American adventure with copious servings of wine. Uco Valley is hailed as "the Napa Valley of the south," and Casa de Uco is situated on a 790-acre estate and vineyard. With only 16 rooms, large bridal parties can rent out the entire property for an exclusive bachelorette weekend. Guests can dine under the night sky, try a one-of-a-kind wine-parcel tasting through the vineyards with a sommelier, learn the sector de fuego (fire pit) barbecue cooking technique, and design their own wine labels and brand via the Wine Barrel Program.
What to do: Adventure seekers can go on moonlit horseback rides or biking or trekking excursions, try out white-water rafting and mountain biking in the Andes, or take archery classes. For relaxation, the resort features vinotherapy treatments at Uco Spa and private sunrise-yoga classes on the open veranda rooftop, which boasts panoramic views of the vineyards and becomes an open-air observatory for sky watching at night.
Where to eat: No trip to Argentina is complete without a sampling of meats and Almacén de Uco's barbequed options get top billing. La Posada del Jamon, which serves home-cured ham, is also highly recommended. Tupungato Divino may be harder to get to as it's in the middle of a vineyard but, trust us, the views of the snowcapped Andes are worth the trip.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
What to do: Punta Cana is for the group looking for a budget-friendly, underrated beach getaway. "The tropical atmosphere, pristine beaches, and lively entertainment scene make it comparable to Cancun, however, it’s often half the price," says Avey. Book the bachelorette package at Breathless Punta Cana that includes a scavenger hunt, a group photoshoot, a spa day, and a tapas in-room party!
What to do: The white sand Bavaro Beach and the Saona Island known for its pink starfish are must-visits. Take a dip at the serene Hoyo Azul lagoon, or go snorkeling, ziplining, and even horseback riding. Punta Cana also has a bustling night scene. Head to Imagine, a club in a cave, or Coco Bongo known for its acrobatic performers.
Where to eat: Passion by chef Martín Berasategui is a famous dining establishment located at the Paradisus Palma Real Hotel. For beachside favorites, try Jellyfish Restaurant for seafood, La Palapa by Eden Roc for Mediterranean-Caribbean fusion, and El Kan Drinks House for the cocktails.
Vieques, Puerto Rico
Where to stay: For the group who loves unique experiences, escape to Vieques Island, an undiscovered Caribbean destination eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. W Retreat & Spa–Vieques Island boasts two on-site beaches (one is adults only), made-to-order treatments at AWAY Spa, and local cuisine at Sorcè Restaurant. Ladies can lounge by the bi-level infinity pool with custom cocktails to match their moods or find zen with complimentary Glow in the Dark Yoga classes, complete with body paint and fluorescent black lights.
What to do: Beyond beaches, guests can create their own adventure with island activities such as hiking, horseback riding, and guided nighttime tours of the sublime Bioluminescent Bay, a must-visit.
Where to eat: Head to El Bananas Beach Bar for fresh seafood and Puerto Rican fare. For fans of spice, visit Coqui Fire Cafe (the bar's spicy margaritas are a big hit!). For Latin and seafood cuisine, visit the family-owned Bieke's Bistro. The place has an extensive wine list, which we recommend you peruse. Hit up El Resuelve for empanadas and don't forget to pair your dishes with refreshing glasses of Piña Coladas!
Clearwater Beach, Florida
Where to stay: For ladies who want a classy beach bachelorette getaway, consider Florida's Clearwater Beach, one of the best beaches in the country overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. At Sandpearl Resort, your girls can enjoy luxe accommodations, a private, healthy happy hour (with a sampling of mini treatments at the spa, bites, and refreshing cocktails), and a four-course organic-cooking demo with the chef—complete with wine pairings.
What to do: Maximize the sun, sand, and sea exposure and have drinks (and a massage!) seaside. Head to Sand Key Park, a less populated beach where you may just spot endangered turtles laying eggs! If you'd prefer to enjoy the island from a boat, head to the Clearwater Beach Marina and rent one for your crew.
Where to eat: For lunch, order a bowl of She Crab soup and fresh seafood at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill. Sip on a tropical drink as you watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico at Shephard's Backyard Tiki Bar, known for its daily live music. (The bar also holds bikini contests you can join if your crew is up for some cheeky fun!) At night, hire a VIP chauffeur service to experience the trendy brewery scene along the St. Pete and Clearwater Craft Beer Trail.
Low-key beach bachelorette parties are the perfect opportunity to take fun, Instagram-worthy group photos. Get your customized swimsuits ready and schedule in a group photoshoot!