You’ve made the decision to rent a beach house for your bachelor party, but you’re overwhelmed by the all the options right here in the continental US. We have one question for you: East Coast or West Coast? You make that choice, and we’ve got you from there. We’ve scoured travel and rental sites to find the 5 best options on each coast.
5. Atlantic City, NJ
If you want to enjoy the sun and sand and employ your mad blackjack skills, Atlantic City is the place to be. This piece of the Jersey shore is known for its never-ending nightlife, especially the 24/7 casinos- the Borgata is a favorite. As long as you make sure the groom doesn’t blow his wedding/honeymoon budget, AC will be a great time.
4. Montauk, NY
If you’re looking for more of a relaxed beach house experience, definitely consider Montauk. This is more for the classy gourmet than the crazy club-hopper, and hey, to each his own. If your groom’s spirit animal is a champagne guzzling sloth, this is perfect. Know that Montauk’s gorgeous beaches (that you can actually walk on without stepping on people) more than make up for the lack of nightlife. Plus, while some other NYC escapes (*cough* Hamptons *cough*) are exorbitantly priced, Montauk gives you basically the same experience for significantly less cash. Money better spent on Moet, right?
3. Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach is well known as a prime bachelor party locale because you’ll have things to do all day and all night. In the AM, head out to MB’s world-renowned golf courses or hit the ocean for water sports and fishing. At night, head into town and get crazy. Some classic bachelor party favorites are Derriere’s (you can guess what this is), Masters, and The Crazy Horse. Also, here’s a tip: ask your cabbie to find out what’s hot and score some discount coupons.
2. Key West, FL
Miami isn’t the only place in Florida that’s got it going on! Key West has great opportunities for all types of daytime activities, but what you really need to take advantage of is the snorkeling and diving scene. Many companies offer private charters that also include lunch, equipment, and (sometimes) booze. At night head down to Duval St. for clubs, bars, and assorted nightlife. If you need a break during the night head to the Little Jazz Room for some sophistication and live music. Then back to Aqua Nightclub or The Rum Bar. Maybe a stop at Teasers before you head home? If you are so inclined, you can actually rent out the house used on MTV’s Real World Key West (just throwing it out there). Plus, Key lime pie for breakfast is a great hangover cure (ok, I just made that up, but try it, it’s amazing).
1. South Beach, Miami, FL
We’re not going to lie; South Beach will cost you a pretty penny. But if you are willing to shell out the dough, it’s prime bachelor party beach territory. Make sure to hit up some pool parties (Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel has a pretty sweet one) and definitely get out on the water. Get a charter and go deep-sea fishing, then head home and cook up your catch (it will be a bonding experience). As far as clubbing goes, recommend booking some sort of VIP package, so your group of 10 guys doesn’t get turned away. Of course, you’ll have no problem getting into Gentlemen’s clubs…
5. San Francisco Bay, CA
San Fran knows how to party! There is basically an endless list of crazy things to do here. While there’s no Universal Studios up in NoCal, if you’re down for a tour of a porn studio (what better excuse to do that than a bachelor party?), check out the SF Armory. Bourbon & Branch is a sophisticated SF bachelor party staple, especially if you’re looking for something a lot classier than frat boy fun (be sure to make reservations for this one, or you won’t get a seat). If you want to take full advantage of the awesome nightlife scene, consider renting a party bus for some club and bar hopping.
4. Santa Monica, CA
This iconic SoCal beach is perfect for a bachelor party that embraces your inner child while also offering more grown up fun. Santa Monica has a sweet 26-mile bike path, which makes for a great daytime activity. Once you’ve biked that full 26 miles (or 1 mile, that’s fine too), hit the pier for a good dose of day drinking and some very entertaining people watching. If the groom is into sports, definitely head to Barney’s Beanery, to watch the game and play pool in a lively atmosphere. As for more adult activities, don’t worry; you’ll have no problem finding them.
3. Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara has a good balance of classy bachelor party activities (cigar, whiskey, wine tasting) and downright debauchery (check out the Spearmint Rhino). If the groom is a wine connoisseur, take him for a laid-back trek down the Urban Wine Trail. Later on, when you’re looking for more high-energy activity, hit the Eos Lounge or Tonic Nightclub for harder alcohol and dancing.
2. South Lake Tahoe, CA
Maybe we’re cheating a little, considering Lake Tahoe isn’t actually on the Coast, but there’s more to CA beaches than just the Pacific Ocean. This location is perfect if you want to take advantage of both water and wilderness activities. If you’re there in the winter, skiing is a great option too. Most rentals houses here are spacious enough for even the largest bachelor party crews, and most have hot tubs and included sports gear (kayaks, bikes, etc.) Steer clear of the Tahoe Keys though, as this area is largely residential and the strict policies may put a damper on your party (especially if you want to order in-home strippers).
1. Coronado, CA
This little island in San Diego County is another best-of-both-worlds locale. You get to enjoy the relaxation and beauty offered by San Diego Bay during the day, and an abundance of nightlife in the nearby historical Gaslamp Quarter for after-hours fun. There is no shortage of amazing restaurants and some of the most luxurious nightlife in the USA. Be sure to check out Fluxx (voted SD’s favorite nightclub for 4 years running) and if you’re feeling crazy, hit up Pure Platinum (SD’s best known strip club). When you’re done for the night (or morning, if you’re doing it right), retreat back to your Island oasis.
Written by Ariel Guterman