7 Getaways for Your Joint Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

by Christina Garofalo

7 Getaways for Your Joint Bachelor/Bachelorette Party

by Christina Garofalo

There’s no better way to get a bridal party to bond than on an epic trip. These group-friendly destinations offer diverse activities — whether you want to stay together or split into smaller groups — from thrill-seeking, to pub-crawling, to beach-combing. Plus, they’re easy on the wallet.

There’s no better way to get a bridal party to bond than on an epic trip. These group-friendly destinations offer diverse activities — whether you want to stay together or split into smaller groups — from thrill-seeking to pub-crawling to beach-combing. Plus, they’re easy on the wallet.

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Bodega Bay, Sonoma County
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Sonoma, CA

Camping is the ultimate bonding experience. Pitch your tents on the beach at Doran Regional Park. Spend the days hiking, surfing, fishing, and paddle boarding surrounded by epic cliffs. At night, build a bonfire, make s’mores, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing. While you’re there, devote an afternoon to sampling the county’s award-winning wineries (less than a half-hour by car).

Camping is the ultimate bonding experience. Pitch your tents on the beach at Doran Regional Park. Spend the days hiking, surfing, fishing, and paddle boarding surrounded by epic cliffs. At night, build a bonfire, make s’mores, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing. While you’re there, devote an afternoon to sampling the county’s award-winning wineries (less than a half-hour by car).

Sonoma County, California
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Sonoma, CA

Budget tips: Doran Regional Park is just 60 miles north of San Francisco on Bodega Bay, which makes it a super- scenic place to set up your tents. The park charges a $7 camping fee and $4 fee for trailered boats (both are waived for members). Reservations can (and should) be made up to a year in advance. In terms of wineries, head to Cline Cellars for free tastings. Also, be sure to stop by Larson Family Winery — they'll waive the $5 tasting fee if you buy a bottle.

Budget tips: Doran Regional Park is just 60 miles north of San Francisco on Bodega Bay, which makes it a super- scenic place to set up your tents. The park charges a $7 camping fee and $4 fee for trailered boats (both are waived for members). Reservations can (and should) be made up to a year in advance. In terms of wineries, head to Cline Cellars for free tastings. Also, be sure to stop by Larson Family Winery — they'll waive the $5 tasting fee if you buy a bottle.

Costa Rica
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Costa Rica

Most bachelor/ette parties are, well, parties. But there’s something to be said about a pre-wedding trip that leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Consider booking a stay at the new Kinkára eco-resort, which is set in an 880-acre sanctuary in the mountains of Costa Rica. Groups will get the entire property — which includes 35 luxe tents, wifi, freshly-prepared meals, daily meditation and yoga, and an array of indoor and outdoor activities — all to themselves.

Most bachelor/ette parties are, well, parties. But there’s something to be said about a pre-wedding trip that leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Consider booking a stay at the new Kinkára eco-resort, which is set in an 880-acre sanctuary in the mountains of Costa Rica. Groups will get the entire property — which includes 35 luxe tents, wifi, freshly-prepared meals, daily meditation and yoga, and an array of indoor and outdoor activities — all to themselves.

Costa Rica
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Costa Rica

Budget tips: A stay at the resort costs $295 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes food and drink, all activities on the property (meditation, yoga, etc.), as well as private air transfer from the airport to the resort. When you do venture off- property, follow the signs for “soda.” These small food stands offer modest, delicious meals (think red beans and rice, fried plantains, and beef) for as little as $4 USD.

Budget tips: A stay at the resort costs $295 per person (based on double occupancy) and includes food and drink, all activities on the property (meditation, yoga, etc.), as well as private air transfer from the airport to the resort. When you do venture off-property, follow the signs for “soda.” These small food stands offer modest, delicious meals (think red beans and rice, fried plantains, and beef) for as little as $4 USD.

San Juan, PR
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San Juan, PR

San Juan offers the culture of a foreign city, without the hassles of foreign travel. Plus, there’s something for everyone here. Adventure-seekers can ride ATVs in El Yunque National Rainforest, while beach bums can head to Conando or Isla Verde beach and get their sun on. Regroup in the evening for dinner in lively La Placita and then spend the rest of the evening barhopping in Old San Juan.

San Juan offers the culture of a foreign city, without the hassles of foreign travel. Plus, there’s something for everyone here. Adventure-seekers can ride ATVs in El Yunque National Rainforest, while beach bums can head to Conando or Isla Verde beach and get their sun on. Regroup in the evening for dinner in lively La Placita and then spend the rest of the evening barhopping in Old San Juan.

San Juan, PR
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San Juan, PR

Budget tips: Less than four hours from New York and just two-and-a-half hours from Florida, San Juan is a great weekend getaway, and the flights are inexpensive. What's more, there are plenty of affordable hotels to choose from (plus, staying there helps boost the post-Maria economy). Old San Juan is walkable, though there are free trolleys, too. The city’s beaches are free to enjoy and are super-scenic. If you're looking to experience more of Puerto Rico's natural beauty, head to El Yunque National Rainforest, which is a 40-minute drive from San Juan and is free to visit. 

Budget tips: Less than four hours from New York and just two-and-a-half hours from Florida, San Juan is a great weekend getaway, and the flights are inexpensive. What's more, there are plenty of affordable hotels to choose from (plus, staying there helps boost the post-Maria economy). Old San Juan is walkable, though there are free trolleys, too. The city’s beaches are free to enjoy and are super-scenic. If you're looking to experience more of Puerto Rico's natural beauty, head to El Yunque National Rainforest, which is a 40-minute drive from San Juan and is free to visit. 

Orlando, FL
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Orlando, FL

You may not realize it, but theres' actually way more to Orlando than Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. Visitors should stop by the hip Milk District for shopping and barhopping (also be sure to check out the food truck scene here). Afterwards, catch live music or burlesque performances at The Plaza Live. In the city's Mills 50 district, dine on Asian street food at Hawkers, and end the night with an absinthe cocktail at The Courtesy. But, don’t veto the parks entirely. From the Hulk coaster to an international pub tour of EPCOT (think Italian wines and German beers), Walt Disney World would make a fun day trip with your bride tribe and/or groom squad.

You may not realize it, but theres' actually way more to Orlando than Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. Visitors should stop by the hip Milk District for shopping and barhopping (also be sure to check out the food truck scene here). Afterwards, catch live music or burlesque performances at The Plaza Live. In the city's Mills 50 district, dine on Asian street food at Hawkers, and end the night with an absinthe cocktail at The Courtesy. But, don’t veto the parks entirely: from the Hulk coaster, to an international pub tour of EPCOT (think Italian wines and German beers), Walt Disney World would make a fun day trip with your bride tribe and/or groom squad.

Orlando, FL
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Orlando, FL

Budget tips: Orlando is easy to get to, and there's plenty of affordable things to do there. Round-trip flights from major U.S. gateways can cost as little as $100. Plus, its location in Central Florida makes it the perfect home base for day trips to neighboring areas like Daytona Beach or St. Pete Beach. Pro tip: If you do go to Walt Disney World, check out our trips to save on tickets.

Budget tips: Orlando is easy to get to, and there's plenty of affordable things to do there. Round-trip flights from major U.S. gateways can cost as little as $100. Plus, its location in Central Florida makes it the perfect home base for day trips to neighboring areas like Daytona Beach or St. Pete Beach. Pro tip: If you do go to Walt Disney World, check out our trips to save on tickets.

Portland, Oregon
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Portland, OR

Portland has somehow avoided the bachelor/ette rush, yet the city is conducive to pre-wedding groups. Pedal a boat on the Willamette River, while on sipping beer and wine (BYOB). You can also spend a day at McMenamins Edgefield, where you'll find multiple bars, a spa, and two golf courses overlooking the Columbia River. In the evening, take a stroll down Old Town Chinatown, which is home to dance clubs, live music, and dueling pianos.

Portland has somehow avoided the bachelor/ette rush, yet the city is conducive to pre-wedding groups. Pedal a boat on the Willamette River, while sipping on beer and wine (BYOB). You can also spend a day at McMenamins Edgefield, where you'll find multiple bars, a spa, and two golf courses overlooking the Columbia River. In the evening, take a stroll down Old Town Chinatown, which is home to dance clubs, live music, and dueling pianos.

Portland, Oregon
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Portland, OR

Budget tips: Save on your Portland trip by staying downtown; most attractions are a short walk or ride on the TriMet light rail ($5 for a day pass). Another great way to see the city is by bike. Portland boasts 319 miles of bike lanes, and rentals start at $5 per day. Food trucks are ubiquitous and make a hassle-free group meal — all for less than $10 per person.

Budget tips: Save on your Portland trip by staying downtown; most attractions are a short walk or ride on the TriMet light rail ($5 for a day pass). Another great way to see the city is by bike. Portland boasts 319 miles of bike lanes, and rentals start at $5 per day. Food trucks are ubiquitous and make a hassle-free group meal  all for less than $10 per person.

Key West, Florida
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Key West, FL

Key West is great for group trips. Spend the days snorkeling at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and strolling through Old Town. For a fun, affordable brunch, head to Blue Heaven for live music and killer pancakes. Additionally, The Stoned Crab's Chef Distilled tour lets guests distill and bottle their own rum, and also includes a four-course seafood dinner ($270 per person). Afterwards, barhop on Duval Street, where you'll find Sloppy Joe's, Hemingway's old hangout

 

Key West is great for group trips. Spend the days snorkeling at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and strolling through Old Town. For a fun, affordable brunch, head to Blue Heaven for live music and killer pancakes. Additionally, The Stoned Crab's Chef Distilled tour lets guests distill and bottle their own rum, and also includes a four-course seafood dinner ($270 per person). Afterwards, barhop on Duval Street, where you'll find Sloppy Joe's, Hemingway's old hangout

 

Key West, Florida
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Key West, FL

Budget tips: Key West can be budget-friendly. The NYAH Hotel offers affordable group accommodations for up to six, and also features multiple swimming pools and free breakfast. Plus, transportation is hassle-free, thanks to a new, free bus service that makes stops throughout downtown. If flights are pricey (routes to Key West are limited), fly into Miami or Hollywood International Airports and make the scenic three-hour drive.

Budget tips: Key West can be budget-friendly. The NYAH Hotel offers affordable group accommodations for up to six, and also features multiple swimming pools and free breakfast. Plus, transportation is hassle-free, thanks to a new, free bus service that makes stops throughout downtown. If flights are pricey (routes to Key West are limited), fly into Miami or Hollywood International Airports and make the scenic three-hour drive.

Denver, Colorado
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Denver, CO

Summer camp for adults? In the Black Forest (an hour from Denver) Camp No Counselors offers traditional activities by day (think archery, crafts, climbing), and hosts open bars and themed parties at night. Groups bunk in log cabins with modern amenities, and meals are quite nice compared to what you'd typically think of as "camp food" (think barbecue and fish tacos). End the trip with an epic concert at Red Rocks amphitheater, and be sure to stay in Denver for a night or two before your flight.

Summer camp for adults? In the Black Forest (an hour from Denver) Camp No Counselors offers traditional activities by day (think archery, crafts, climbing), and hosts open bars and themed parties at night. Groups bunk in log cabins with modern amenities, and meals are quite nice compared to what you'd typically think of as "camp food" (think barbecue and fish tacos). End the trip with an epic concert at Red Rocks amphitheater, and be sure to stay in Denver for a night or two before your flight.

Red Rocks Ampitheater
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Denver, CO

Budget tips: Camp No Counselors costs $575 per person for the weekend; food, drinks, and activities are all included. Register with a group of four or more to get $25 off per person. When in Denver, stay at the budget-friendly, ultra-trendy Ember Hostel, where furnished group bunk rooms start around $50 per night (and the 12-person jacuzzi and fire pit make it the perfect place to end the fun-filled trip). If you want to visit Red Rocks, simply hop on the shuttle from Denver, which takes about 20 minutes and costs $25 per person.

 

Budget tips: Camp No Counselors costs $575 per person for the weekend; food, drinks, and activities are all included. Register with a group of four or more to get $25 off per person. When in Denver, stay at the budget-friendly, ultra-trendy Ember Hostel, where furnished group bunk rooms start around $50 per night (and the 12-person jacuzzi and fire pit make it the perfect place to end the fun-filled trip). If you want to visit Red Rocks, simply hop on the shuttle from Denver, which takes about 20 minutes and costs $25 per person.

 

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