How to Plan the Perfect Bachelorette Party in Miami
Some call Miami the Vegas of the eastern United States. For those conjuring visions of a party-filled celebration, Miami, Florida, chock full of music, cocktails, and dancing, can fit the bill. Add in lenient or free entrance to velvet roped lounges for gaggles of gals, and you're in for one exceptionally exciting weekend. This gorgeous city by the sea—which is tinged with Cuban culture, adorned with pastel Art Deco structures, and located near enough to the Everglades for a field trip—doesn't only boast a frenetic beat and a plethora of different venues for all night play. It offers so much more.
Rich with bone white beaches, world-class shopping, and a leader in fashion and design, this vibrant city isn't just a party scene. That's right: Miami can be as tame as you like. Its beach towns, from Bal Harbor to South Beach to Key Biscayne, showcase distinct aspects of the region. While its turquoise waters and verdant parks inspire athletic activity, its indigenous food culture—Cuban sandwiches, stone crabs, fried gator—and celebrity chef-inspired, sophisticated, contemporary cuisine keeps denizens well fed. A fusion of cultures, Miami has enough variety to fuel the best girlfriend getaway on record. From sunset cruises to vintage-style group photos, from happening pool parties to quiet days in the spa, Miami's variety ensures group will have endless amounts of fun.
If Miami is on the top of the list for a bachelorette weekend, click through for our recommendations for the best places to stay, eat, and party with your girls.
Where to Stay: The Delano
The dress code is simple at The Delano—all you need is a bikini. For people watching (or to feel like the life of the party), inhabit one of the property's two-level poolside bungalows. A fantasia of celebrities, music, hammocks and sun, this hotel embodies the classic Miami vibe.
Where to Stay: The Dream Hotel
You can't dream this stuff up. The Dream Hotel's Guest House, a Moroccan-style harbor that sleeps five, is your portal to South Beach fun. Plan to leave your hideaway long enough to swill some mojitos at the hotel's 70's themed rooftop bar, Highbar.
Where to Stay: East
Asian aesthetics stand out at this cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of Brickell, Miami's Financial District. Classy, with a chic, urban vibe, East makes a great base for exploring the nearby Wynwood District. Catch up at Sugar, touted as a one of the United State's top rooftop bars for its views and fantastical adornment.
Where to Stay: 1 Hotel South Beach
Eco-conscious cool kids will swoon over the streamlined design at this casually elegant hotel. Relax amid reclaimed materials and atop hemp mattresses in the three bedroom penthouse suite with balcony after an afternoon at the adult only pool. Need a ride? They've got a Tesla with your name on it.
Where to Stay: Faena Hotel
Drama Queens will be gobsmacked by the theatrical ambiance at Faena, designed by Baz Luhrmann and his film set designing wife, Catherine Marin. Gold, red, leopard print, and glossy marble define the inner sanctum, while a stellar beach awaits outdoors. As the springboard for the burgeoning Faena District, the hotel buzzes with opulence. Crab scrambled eggs, anyone?
Where to Stay: Sagamore
Family-owned Sagamore, Miami's original boutique hotel knows how to treat the ladies. Book the penthouse at this oceanfront, South Beach-sited, hotel via their Bachelorette VIP Package. If you can tear your buddies away from the 180 degree views from the terrace, they'll savor an entire day in a pool side cabana and limo transportations to top nightclubs, including storied LIV.
What to Do: Hit the Spa
Three stories tall and 20,000-square-feet huge, åme Spa and Wellness Collective at Turnberry Isle Miami has ample space to spoil all your friends. Boasting uber high-tech, German-bred Gharieni treatment beds for peerless relaxation, its 70-treatment spa menu goes beyond the norm. Try teeth whitening for perfect selfies or Clinical Hypnotherapy to relieve pre-wedding jitters.
What to Do: Nightclub Access
Most people know Airbnb lists a plethora of crash pads. But did you know they now offer exclusive experiences curated by locals? Their VIP Access to Exclusive Nightlife option allows you to tag along with a former Fontainebleau Hotel concierge for a rocking night of fun that ensures VIP tables at top clubs, such as LIV and ORA.
What to Do: Take a Dip
Rising on a sandy slice between Mid Beach and Bal Harbor, the Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, a Leading Hotel of the World, gets kudos for its stellar, 70,000 square-foot spa and battery of rejuvenating treatments. Go early to immerse in the Thermal Experience, nine rooms of hot and cold dips, nooks, tubs, and crannies.
What to Do: Go Yachting
Sail the North Bay like Kardashians on a 45 foot catamaran. Better than a standard boat tour, this one shows off more of the coastline, and stops at a local sandbar to let you frolic with kayaks and paddle boards. Food can be ordered right from your boat. Other options, consider renting your yacht from Sailo, a premium vessel rental company, with sleek options in Miami.
What to Do: Shopping
Be prepared. You may need to bring an empty suitcase for your purchases. After a morning at the beach, shop the al fresco, mile long extravaganza known as Lincoln Road—a collection of shops, cafés, and galleries. Don't miss Sofi, Alchemist, and Blue Mercury, all new additions to the district. Cap your weekend with Warrior Flow Yoga, a free yoga class #onLincoln that meets Sundays at 10 a.m.
What to Do: Salsa Lessons
Put on your dancing shoes. To tap into Miami's Latin flavor, learn to Salsa at Mango's Club in their exclusive Mojito Room. Local teachers demonstrate the proper footwork and seductive spins you'll need to continue late into the night.
What to Do: Gastronomic Goodie
Combine sightseeing and noshing on a Miami Culinary Tour. Showcasing neighborhoods, such as Little Havana and South Beach, the company provides private or group tours, and offers cooking classes, winery visits, dine around evenings—even gourmet gambols to Key West.
What to Do: Say Cheese
Go retro at Terribly Girly, a photo studio in Wynwood. With a trunk full of Hollywood glam pin up costumes and stylists on hand, the company ensures your crew can channel Miami's bygone Rat Pack days in style. Peep-toed shoes and polka-dot halter swimsuits have never looked better.
What to Do: Twirl Girl
While you may not want to organize this fête around 24/7 dancing, a visit to at least one of Miami's infamous night clubs is de rigueur. Make an appearance at LIV at the Fontainebleau to delve into a surreal (and fun) scene of VIP tables, private skyboxes and surprise djs—such as Justin Bieber. Others we love? Celebrity brimming STORY, E11Even Miami (known for top performers), and Komodo Lounge, a kingdom of craft cocktails.
Where to Eat: Zuma
Forget Bloody Marys, at Zuma you'll have an Umami Mary to banish the headache. Shared plates—izakaya style (that's a type of Japenese gastropub)—turn brunch into a cherished debriefing about last night. Dig into dishes as seasonal oysters wtih ponzu and serrano pepper.
Where to Eat: Big Pink
Giant pink pancakes, eggs benedict and polenta fries start the day off right at Big Pink, a hip diner with sidewalk seating in South Beach. Watch the surfer dudes heading to the beach, while you brunch, their flexed muscles a tonic as potent as coffee to ready you for the day.
Where to Eat: Yardbird
Yardbird calls itself a "house of worship" to fried chicken and farm-to-table ingredients. In a snug setting, suffused with soul, Yardbird consistently gets rave reviews for distilled Southern recipes, such as Fried Green Tomato BLT, Shrimp and Grits,, or the 27-hour, fire Fried Chicken, served with spicy Tabasco honey.
Where to Eat: Versailles
For first timers and return travelers, a trip to Miami means chomping down on at least one, Cubano Sandwich, packed full with sweet ham, tender, roasted pork, Swiss Cheese and pickles. Do it at iconic Versailles in characteristic Little Havana. Finish off with a tiny, sweet cafecito, a Cuban-style espresso.
Where to Eat: Joe's Stone Crab
Even the Duke and Duchess of Windsor have indulged at must-do Joe's Stone Crab, a veritable Miami institution, which edges the beach. Worth the inevitable wait, this bustling hub, helmed by tuxedo-clad waiters, serves up platters of sweet crab claws—and a slew of other delights. End your meal with tangy key lime pie.
Where to Eat: Sugar Factory
Have your cake and eat it too at Sugar Factory, renowned for its toothsome bachelorette parties and retail products. On South Beach's Ocean Drive, this irresistible niche serves up mind boggling desserts and potent cocktails in a contemporary extravaganza of a candy store.