When it comes to throwing what will (hopefully!) be a once-in-a-lifetime farewell to single life, the bachelorette party destination can make up half the fun. Sure, you and your best girlfriends could party all night Vegas and probably have a blast, but digging a bit deeper and visiting somewhere fresher—a location not jaded by millions of near-newlyweds before you—makes for a more unique experience.
It’s not all about clubs and boys, but rather a fantastic location that in itself provides a party to remember.
New Orleans, USA
Ok, so New Orleans isn’t new to bachelorette parties, but it’s been doing them so great that it wouldn’t be fair to cut it from the list. New Orleans is debaucherous, just like Vegas, but unlike Sin City, the Big Easy adds a bit of culture into the mix. Stay in the French Quarter, admire the architecture during your fleeting sober moments, and soak up the live music scene. Forget about a pre-wedding diet and go crazy with the city’s booming food scene—hello, champagne and beignets for breakfast. (Carbs don’t count when you’re bidding the solo life farewell).
It’s a pulsating and friendly city, and with chalk-a-block watering holes (the main drag for bars is fittingly called “Bourbon Street”), no one will be at want for a good time. If you happen to visit during one of the city’s yearly festivals, such as Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest, your group can just tack on to the festivities already taking place. If not, a party is never hard to start in NOLA.
Eastern Europe is currently a hotbed for bachelor/ette parties, but Budapest isn’t yet overrun by them. Budapest provides an unforgettable backdrop for a fantastically successful bachelorette party. Drinks are practically free compared to Western Europe or U.S. prices. Budapest has an incredibly lively and alternative party scene in the city’s famous ruin bars, but also more typical dance clubs, if techno till dawn is more your thing. Then there’s also the option of a night cruise down the Danube river, with the stately buildings of the Buda and Pest sides of the city lit up at night. It’s a picturesque backdrop to kiss away the single life.
As an added bonus, you and your girlfriends can cure the hangover with a morning dip in one of Budapest’s many natural thermal bathhouses, where locals and visitors alike flock to relax for hours in the soothingly warm mineral water.
Most people think of Cabo or Cancún for a crazy bachelorette party, but head further south for a more authentic experience. Granada, Nicaragua is the colonial beauty of Central America, retaining much of its colorful Spanish architecture. It’s also cheap, fun-loving and well-situated right on Lake Nicaragua, where it’s just a short ferry ride to the island of Ometepe. Your group can take a day-trip or overnight adventure to the island formed from two adjoined volcanoes, and enjoy kayaking, hiking and of course, beers on the beach.
Granada is well-traveled enough to feel safe for a ladies’ trip, but also blissfully off the beaten bachelorette party path, unlike some resort locations in Central America and the Caribbean. High-end accommodation here would be a fraction of the cost of that of U.S. or Europe.