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30 Awesome and Unique Bachelorette Party Destinations

30 Awesome and Unique Bachelorette Party Destinations

If your idea of an awesome bachelorette entails phallic-shaped straws, matching outfits (and the requisite group pics that go along with them) and getting a table at some trendy nightclub, this probably isn’t the right list for you. While there’s certainly no shame in doing all the standard pre-wedding girls’ trip stuff (it’s a blast and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), some brides are looking for unique ideas that don’t fall into the been-there-done-that bachelorette destination box. Maybe that’s hiking through red rocks, exploring dramatic coastal cliffs in Big Sur or navigating Iceland’s ice fields? Or, perhaps, it’s a sun-drenched escape to a less-traveled Caribbean Island. Any getaway can be an epic bachelorette as long as the bride is happy and she has her pals along for the adventure. Here, 30 of the most unique bachelorette party destinations.

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Getting There: 50 minutes from Tambor Airport

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Santa Teresa is a low-key beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula that’s the perfect blend of unspoiled scenery, laid-back atmosphere and fun. Ride around on ATVs (the roads aren’t paved, and it’s all part of the adventure, sign up for surf lessons, practice vinyasa flow in an oceanfront yoga shala, hit up one of the beach bars and snap selfies at sunset.

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Getting There: 30 minutes from V. C. Bird International Airport

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The Bahamas and Jamaica are awesome—but literally everyone knows that. Antigua is a laid-back and luxurious Caribbean Island that’s usually more in the consideration set for honeymooners. But it really does have all the makings of an adult (and not too bachelorette-y) bachelorette trip. It’s impossible not to fall in love with the sandy beaches, care-free vibe and upscale boutique resorts.

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Getting There: 40 minutes from Monterey Regional Airport

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With its dramatic coastline and towering redwoods, Big Sur is endlessly beautiful. Why not celebrate your upcoming betrothal with a glamping getaway? Getting out into nature is a great way to bond with your besties. And it’s not like you’ll be roughing it. S’mores, campfire stories about the bride in her single days and comfy beds? Um, yes please!

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Getting There: 45 minutes from Keflavík Airport

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The beauty of Reykjavik is the ability to bop between outdoor activities—from dog sledding and whale watching to hiking through lava fields and crater climbs—cultural institutions like the National Museum of Iceland and pampering pursuits. Ever heard of the Blue Lagoon Iceland? It’s a drop-dead-gorgeous geothermal spa. One more spot you’re sure to swoon over? The rooftop at The Reykjavik EDITION.

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Getting There: 30 minutes from Florence Airport

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Is it possible for everyone to jet off to Florence for a long weekend? Absolutely not. But, if you can swing it with work and finances, there’s a whole lot of upside to spending your bachelorette in the Cradle of the Renaissance. Art museums, pasta, gelato, river views, handcrafted leather and a short drive to some of the best wineries in the world—now that’s amore!

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Getting There: 30 minutes from Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport

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Lots of brides plan their bash in Newport. But few even know about the nearby small town of Jamestown. So, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: The seafood restaurants, cute shops and frame-worthy views of Narragansett Bay make it a great choice if you’re down for charm but keen to avoid the crowds.

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Getting There: 1 hour from Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport

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We’re not saying Cabo, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are passé, but they’ve def been done…a lot. Craving a more chill seaside town that’s still vibrant and far less touristy? Consider staying at a small boutique hotel in Sayulita, a Pueblo Mágico on Mexico’s Pacific coast that has beautiful beaches, enchanting architecture, tradition and authentic food without the crowds or sprawling all-inclusive resorts.

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Getting There: 2 hours from Los Angeles International Airport

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You’ve done coastal California more times than you can count, so why not drive inland? Ojai is a charming small town where you can eat great food (The Nest and Ojai Tortilla House are two of our fave eateries), do a little shopping and go hiking. It certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s home to one of the best hotels in the Golden State—the Ojai Valley Inn, which is a destination in its own right.

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Getting There: 1 hour 20 minutes from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

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Located between the popular vacation destinations of Hilton Head Island and Savannah, under-the-radar Daufuskie Island is a hidden gem with a population of just 500 that’s only accessible by boat. If the lady of the hour is sure to lose her mind over bottlenose dolphins leaping out of the waves and loggerhead turtles nesting on the pristine shoreline, this tiny Southern island is your spot.

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Getting There: 1 hour from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

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Paris is always a good idea, whether it’s for a romantic weekend with your sweetie or a girl’s trip. In the City of Light, you can trade the traditional bachelorette trappings for fashionable shops, chic French bistros and traipsing around trendy Saint-Germain-des-Prés. If the bride is into art, say “oui oui” to booking a private nighttime tour of the Louvre.

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Getting There: 30 minutes from Rafael Núñez International Airport

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Cartagena is a colorful colonial city with art, culture, incredible local cuisine and a vibrant nightlife scene. It also has beautiful beaches and private islands off the coast for a little day-trip boat action. All this sounds like a pretty perfect bachelorette destination to us. The second your eyes meet the bougainvillea-draped pastel facades of its most charming buildings, we know you’ll agree.

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Getting There: 2 hours from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

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Everyone and their sisters have done Scottsdale. Head to Sedona for the same sunny skies taken up a bunch of notches by otherworldly red rocks, hikes for all skill levels, Pink Jeep tours and stargazing. Why not treat the bride to a massage at a ritzy spa resort? On the spiritual side of things, venture to one of the many vortexes or do a sound bath.

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Getting There: 1 hour 40 minutes from Nashville Airport

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It sort of feels like you can’t go a block or two without stumbling upon a bachelorette party in Nashville. Less than two hours outside of the Music City sits a very different type of girls’ getaway, one that’s geared towards fresh air, leafy trees and snoozing in glamping cabins or lake homes. Since Moss is close to the historic city of Celina, you can still plan a mellow night out.

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Getting There: 20 minutes from Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport

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It’s not the easiest Caribbean island to get to, and that’s probably why St Kitts isn’t overrun with tourists. Pass the time by playing some fun bachelorette games on the plane. Once you land, it’s all golden sand beaches, fresh seafood, rainforest excursions and just a handful of resorts that never feel crowded. Seems well worth connecting flights to us.

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Getting There: 50 minutes from San Diego International Airport

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San Diego gets a lot of love, bachelorette and otherwise. Just 45 minutes up the coast sits Oceanside. Beautiful sandy beaches, an iconic wooden pier and a photogenic harbor, plus two new buzzy boutique hotels (The Seabird Resort and Mission Pacific Hotel) and a slew of exciting restaurants, make this small seaside city one to watch—and visit.

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Getting There: 20 minutes from Honolulu Airport

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Who wouldn’t want to have their bachelorette in the Aloha State? Honolulu is paradise and has a bit more going on than some of the other more low-key, albeit incredibly lovely, islands. That’s great news for ladies who like loads of activities (surfing, snorkeling and crater hikes to name a few) as well as dining and nightlife to complement stunning, palm-fringed sandy beaches.

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Getting There: 1 hour 20 minutes from Montrose Regional Airport

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For a bride who loves to ski, you can’t beat Telluride. Even during the off-season when it’s not possible to swish down the slopes (or imbibe in the après ski scene) , there’s still plenty to appeal about this former mining town turned outdoor recreation hotspot in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Go hiking, try fly fishing, dine at some of the well-known local restaurants or just wander around the historic downtown.

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Getting There: 28 minutes from Victoria International Airport

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Victoria is an unexpectedly awesome destination for a weekend of wellness. First up, Ritual Nordic Spa, a Scandinavian-style sanctuary with various types of saunas, a eucalyptus steam room, plunge pools and a salt lounge. You’ll find a robust menu of treatments at the Willow Stream Spa. The capital of British Columbia also boasts plenty of buzzy bars and restaurants if you’re keen to take your post-facial glow out on the town.

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Getting There: 2 hours 20 minutes from John F. Kennedy International Airport

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A two-hour train ride away from the “City That Never Sleeps,” is a totally different type of bachelorette destination. One that’s far more restful and relaxing. In Hudson, days are filled with shopping along the quaint main drag, savoring farm-to-table fare at local eateries, bopping around to art galleries and going hiking at the many gorgeous nature areas.

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Getting There: 45 minutes from Liberia Guanacaste Airport

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If you’re more about the finer things than free shots and dancing til dawn, Peninsula Papagayo presents the perfect opportunity for a sun-splashed bachelorette escape that’s all about luxury and pura vida. The splurge-worthy Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo does relaxation so well (think: body scrubs, yoga, poolside loungers and exceptional service). There are also tons of activities, from zip lining to mixology classes.

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22. WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OREGON

Getting There: 1 hour 15 minutes from Portland International Airport

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You’ve been to Napa and Sonoma, which means it’s time to set your sights on a new wine destination. Fans of Pinot noir—and really anyone who fancies terroir-driven sips— won’t find a better place than Willamette Valley. It’s an idyllic area with quiet charm, world-class wineries and tasting rooms, farm-to-fork restaurants, small inns and beautifully verdant, vine-covered scenery.

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Getting There: 15 minutes from L.F. Wade International Airport

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The sunny British island territory of Bermuda is a perfect place to bliss out for a few days. Home to pink sand beaches, turquoise tides, golf courses (the most leisurely and social of sports, we’re told), relaxing resorts and maritime history, it’s truly a stress-free escape that will put all the hoopla of place cards, floral arrangements and late RSVPs very far away.

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Getting There: 10 minutes from Louisville International Airport

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Not every bride goes on a silly wedding diet. For ladies who still want to take a bite of life, Louisville is a delicious destination that’s not to be missed. In between memorable meals, carve out some time to ride the Belle of Louisville, the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world, and visit Copper & Kings American Brandy Company.

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Getting There: 1 hour from St. George Regional Airport

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A full-throttle, action-packed wilderness adventure to a southwest Utah nature preserve isn’t necessarily the first thing that screams bachelorette party to everyone. But, for an outdoorsy bride who likes trekking, stargazing, camping or glamping and breathtaking desert scenery, exploring the massive red sandstone cliffs, slot canyons and waterways (Google the “Zion Narrows wading hike”) in Zion National Park might just be the ultimate pre-wedding trip.

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Getting There: 40 minutes from Burlington International Airport

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One of the best small towns in the Green Mountain State, Stowe is a cozy, scenic and deliberately slower place to plan a New England-charm-steeped bachelorette that will leave your heart full of fond memories—skiing in the winter, jaunts to Smugglers’ Notch State Park and Moss Glen Falls during the warmer months, historic walking tours, peeping art at The Current—and your camera roll full of spectacular photos.

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Getting There: 15 minutes from Tucson International Airport

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A weekend of wellness in a cacti-dotted desert setting is a wonderful alternative to a few days of debauchery. On the docket in Tucson? Pampering spa sessions at one of the many wellness resorts (FYI you can purchase a day pass for Canyon Ranch Tucson), hiking and unwinding by the pool. Needless to say, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and leave feeling totally rejuvenated, closer to your besties and ready to walk down the aisle.

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Getting There: 25 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport

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A lot of groups go to Montreal. Toronto, however, has yet to take off as a big bachelorette destination. That’s surprising given that this vibrant city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore offers a mix of waterfront recreation, excellent public parks, towering skyscrapers and tons of attractions—among them the famous 553-meter CN Tower and the High Park Zoo. Needless to say, neither the bride (nor her maids) will be bored for even a moment, eh?

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Getting There: 55 minutes from Denver International Airport

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Not every bride wants to party. For gals who would rather spend their free time focusing on more personally fulfilling pursuits, the bohemian college town of Boulder is a top pick. It’s got gorgeous scenery, excellent hiking, tons of healthy food (and is super vegan-friendly if that factors in at all), and a walkable downtown area with lots of stores, cafes and outdoor eateries.

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Getting There: 10 minutes from Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport

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There’s no shortage of bars and casinos in San Juan, but Vieques offers a decidedly more low-key bachelorette with plenty of sunshine, sand, azure tides, swaying palms, seafood and Pitorro cocktails. It’s the type of getaway that feels like an actual break from real life—which, for frenzied brides, is sure to be a welcome change of pace from dress alterations and band setlists.

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Getting There: 2 hours from San Francisco International Airport

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No shade to Sonoma (it’s truly one of the most magical grape-focused destinations in the world), but a Cali wine country bachelorette bash isn’t a really novel idea—with one major exception. Calistoga is a quaint country town that’s just as much about hot springs and mud wraps as sipping vino at the many splendid wineries and tasting rooms. Since it’s a bit further away from the regular tourist routes, it also gives off those oh-so-glorious off-the-beaten-path vibes.

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