Looking for the perfect destination to host a bachelor or bachelorette party? These spots around the world, some close to home and others overseas, offer the ideal options for an unforgettable celebration.
Key West, Florida (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This tiny island at the southern tip of the Florida Keys, is known for throwing some of the wildest parties on the planet – and, it also comes complete with tropical weather and an exotic atmosphere without requiring a passport. Duval Street is where everyone heads for hopping nightlife, the only street in the world that spans from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. It’s lined with practically an endless number of bars, like Sloppy Joes, Ricks Bar and Hog’s Breath, all catering to the party crowd. The infamous Garden of Eden bar even has a “clothing optional” dress code, for an especially unforgettable night of fun. During the day, nurse those hangovers by lying on the sand and soaking up all that sunshine, or even spend it taking part in Sunset Watersports’ Do It All Adventure, which includes gliding across the water on a boat with a massive sundeck, as well as the chance to jet ski and wind surf. NYAH (short for Not Your Average Hotel) is a Key West accommodation that boasts a different way of doing things. It focuses on catering groups of travelers, with a flexible room design that even allows you to customize your own room to sleep up to six people, so it’s perfect for your crowd.
San Juan, Puerto Rico (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Puerto Rico offers a beautiful, tropical Caribbean paradise, but as it’s a U.S. territory, getting there is a lot less complicated, cheaper, and you won’t have to leave out those who don’t have a passport. San Juan, the capital and largest city, has no shortage of entertainment options, with over 200 venues, including casinos, nightclubs and bars. You could even book a party bus to take you around to all the hot night spots, like the Puerto Rico Party Bus, which features multiple vehicle options, including a pink bus that’s perfect for a bachelorette party. All of the buses include dance floors and poles, leather seats, LED lighting and an outstanding sound system. All of that, and with the average price of beer just a little over $2, it’s easy to get the party going too.
Las Vegas, Nevada (Hotel Prices & Photos)
In a place where “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” is the mentality all year round, the fact that Sin City hosts a constant stream of bachelor and bachelorette parties is no surprise. They often include spending time participating in some of the notorious pool parties like the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s wild Sunday “Rehab” bash, and dancing the night away at hot spots like the Tao, widely considered one of the hippest places to party on the Strip. And, because they hope that you’ll be spending those life savings on things like fine dining, gambling and maybe even strippers, luxurious high-end hotels can even be a relative bargain with their low hotel rates. While it used to be considered a place where only about-to-be married guys escaped too, many brides-to-be, or their best pals, choose Vegas as their destination as well.
New Orleans, Louisiana (Hotel Prices & Photos)
New Orleans is another world-renowned party spot and not just for Mardi Gras. It’s the ultimate destination for a 24/7 party, with locals and visitors alike always able to find something to celebrate. The lax open container laws mean that partying on the street is legal, and it’s a popular pastime no matter what the season. Over on Bourbon Street, you’ll find the drinking epicenter, with rows of bars and all types of antics going on in the street, but even if you aren’t into downing hurricanes, NOLA offers plenty of more refined wining and dining options as well as the chance to listen to fantastic live jazz. Whatever you decide to do, in the morning, be sure to head to Café Du Monde, world famous for its beignets.
New York City, New York (Hotel Prices & Photos)
New York City is a great meet-up point if you have friends you’d like to attend on both sides of the pond. Bachelorettes appreciate the lavish, world-class spas, as well as the shopping opportunities, with everything from upscale designer shops to vintage finds, while bachelors often like to take advantage of the wealth of sports bars and the strip clubs. Plus, everyone can enjoy the fact that most bars stay open until 4 a.m. If you’ve got cash to burn, consider staying at The New York Renaissance by Marriott in Times Square – it features an impressive lounge overlooking the bright light of Times Square with unbeatable views through the floor-ceiling glass windows.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Hotel Prices & Photos)
This beautiful city at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula is renowned for its beaches, nightlife and as a hot spring break destination for college students, but it also makes for a more affordable foreign party destination for bachelors and bachelorettes. Beyond lounging on picture-perfect stretches of sand during the day, you and your friends can take part in all sorts of activities like parasailing, hang-gliding, windsurfing, whale watching and fishing, just to name a few. Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo is a great spot to hit, though you’ll find wild parties to join at El Squid Roe too. Only a short flight from L.A., its pristine beaches and luxury resorts are also popular with Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox, but that doesn’t mean that it’s out of reach for non-celebs. Plus, Cabo has a good variety of value resorts and all-inclusive packages, some of which, like Royal Solaris, offering deals that start as low as $75 a night, depending on the time of year.
Amsterdam, Netherlands (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Amsterdam has been a famous destination for partying and all sorts of wild rendezvous for decades. While it’s a safe and friendly city, it’s also known for its somewhat controversial attractions, like the Red Light district, and the chance to enjoy activities after indulging in a few “space cakes” at one of the local coffee shops. You don’t have to worry about driving, as few do in this city. It’s dominated by pedestrians and cyclists, and it also has an excellent transportation system. Just beware that those pretty canals and narrow cobbled streets can all start to look the same, so you’ll want to be sure at least someone knows exactly how to get back to your hotel. In the morning, when you need a little fuel to get going again, dine on tasty Dutch pancakes alfresco at one of the Vondelpark cafes like Hap Hmm.
Hvar, Croatia (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Hvar may sound like a strange destination to list as a great bachelor or bachelorette party spot, but it’s actually considered to be the “most happening” island on the Adriatic. Croatia has become an increasingly popular place for all types of travelers, but there is really no better way to experience it than upon the crystalline Adriatic, where the sun is almost always shining brightly and its tranquil waters gently lap more than 1,100 miles of coastline. That’s a lot of coastline to explore, which includes practically an endless number of picture-perfect beaches, lush green slopes and a multitude of charming towns. Some of the very best clubs and bars can be found in Hvar, AKA the town that never sleeps , at least not from June through September. Carpe Diem Beach, a summer beach club, hosts parties in July and August and can be reached by taxi boat from town. When you arrive, you can sip exotic cocktails under the shade of pine forests, play beach volleyball, and soak up the amazing views.