Are you or your friends tasked with coming up with a list of the best and most fun bachelorette party destinations? If you’re on the lookout, look no further than Miami. I had my bachelorette party there back in January, and even in January the weather was incredible! When I was deciding on where to have my bachelorette party, the following things were non-negotiable: incredible restaurants, a bumpin’ nightlife, temperate weather, and a location with a touch of class. Don’t get me wrong, Vegas is fun, but it’s been done so many times that I wanted to try something different (plus the boys were going there for Andrew’s bachelor party). I also considered Charleston, but I didn’t exactly want to be 100% bundled up, especially since I could choose to go somewhere a bit warmer. I settled on Miami, and it was by far my favorite of the bachelorette party destinations on my list.
If you decide on Miami, and are overwhelmed as to what to do, check out these recommendations and make sure to make a reservation at every place you want to go, and don’t forget to mention it’s a bachelorette party, especially if you’re rolling ten deep!
Walk along Ocean Drive to see some great artisanal goods, listen to live salsa, pop into some great restaurants for a cocktail, and catch a glimpse of the beautiful ocean just yards away
Walking along the famed Ocean Drive is a must, where you can stop in at various restaurants or bars to have a drink. If you girls are looking for a sexy bikini, coverup, or just great beach clothes, make sure to check out Collins Ave just one street over from Ocean Drive for some of the best stores. Some of the can’t miss boutiques are Intermix, Mango, Nicole Miller, True Religion, and Zara, amongst many others. While in South Beach, make sure to take a leisurely stroll along South Beach’s famous boardwalk and check out one of Miami’s acclaimed sunsets, before heading back to your hotel or rented condo to start getting ready for dinner.
The famed Collins Ave
Boardwalk at sunset
One of the best sushi dinners you’ll have in Miami is inside the stunning SLS South Beach Hotel at Katsuya. There, Chef Uechi mixes some of the restaurant’s best known sushi delicacies with a latin flare, and they serve up some pretty incredible cocktails like the Katsuya Fresh: grey goose vodka, rock sake, hand-crushed english cucumbers and freshly squeezed lime juice. Also, you absolutely cannot go to Katsuya without ordering their crispy rice with spicy tuna: grilled sushi rice topped with spicy tuna and jalapeno. I thought about it all weekend and wanted to go back just to eat that.
Food spread at Katsuya at the SLS Hotel South Beach
If you’re heading into Miami proper for some late night partying, make sure to take your yacht and check out Seaspice Brasserie & Lounge along Miami River. They serve up fresh and creative seafood dishes, and the restaurant itself is a “restaurant-within-a-restaurant” with sister restaurant Modern Garden right next door. They have a fun lounge area in the middle with great people watching, where you can also see some pretty fabulous people get off their yacht to enjoy some bites and cocktails.
Dinner at Seaspice Brasserie
If you’re looking for an incredible brunch with a side of people watching, then Cecconi’s
at the famed Soho House
is the way to go. They have an incredible spread of modern day classic italian dishes, and the brunch comes with a complimentary bellini. Make sure to make reservations, as this place is pretty popular and fills up quickly. Don’t forget to take a peek around the hotel before you leave if you have a chance!
Cecconi’s outdoor patio
First round of Cecconi’s brunch
Another can’t miss brunch is at the world famous Versailles Cuban restaurant. A Miami institution since 1971, Versailles prides itself in its authentic cuban cuisine, and it does not disappoint! Highlights from their brunch include their famous cuban sandwich, mariquitas with mojo, yucca fries, assorted croquetas, picadillo, and the list goes on and on. Make sure to wash it down with a refreshing and traditional mojito or pina colada. If you have to wait a little bit for a table, don’t fret! Make sure to enjoy a piping hot coffee at “La Ventanita” or little window just outside the restaurant. There you can enjoy a cortadito or Cuban espresso while you wait for your table.
Enjoy a cortadito while you peruse the menu at Versailles
Ultimate Cuban food spread at Versailles
Can’t miss South Beach hotels include The Delano
(a Miami establishment), whose seductively breezy and surrealist interior opens up into one of the most beautiful patios and pools you’ll enjoy in Miami. Designed by Philippe Starck, the hotel’s minimalist yet eclectic interior invites you to stay and sit for a while before venturing outside. Make sure to stop by the pool area to have a cocktail and soak up all the beauty.
Delano Hotel lobby
Delan’s Italian restaurant Bianca opens up to some beautiful gardens
Delano’s inviting pool
cocktails by the pool
As previously mentioned, the SLS South Beach houses Katsuya and is brought to us by the creative minds of Chef Jose Andres, Lenny Kravitz, Philippe Starck, and sbe’s Sam Nazarian. It’s the epitome of sexy in Miami, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Some other favorites include the W South Beach, The Shore Club, Fontainebleau, and the Eden Roc, just to name a few. The great thing is that most of these hotels are either right next to each other or within walking distance, so you can walk in to each one to take a peek and have a drink.
We stayed at two condos right off Ocean Drive, rented through Air BnB, because we were 10 girls and wanted to be comfortable and in on the action yet not have to pile 4 into a room. I didn’t quite write about the nightlife because 1) there’s countless options when it comes to it and 2) I’d like to keep a bit of mystery when it comes to my bachelorette shenanigans. I will hint that a piñata was involved during one of the nights, and overall we had a blast :).
If you have any other suggestions as to the best bachelorette party destinations, feel free to let us know in the comments below. Happy partying.