Bachelor parties are often simply about overindulging and having one last hurrah with “the guys” before starting married life. It’s too bad that most guys don’t end up doing more for their bachelor party. Why not really make this a memorable experience by taking a trip somewhere interesting with your best friends?
Yes, there are better options than your city’s downtown nightlife district. What about cigars, artisan rum and jazz in Panama City’s Old Town? Or a weekend of concerts and microbrews in Austin? Or a weekend on the beach in Malibu, Saint Barts or even somewhere in Brazil?
The point is that you can really make a bachelor party weekend (or week) vacation a memorable experience that will be much more enjoyable than the standard night out that defines most bachelor parties. Here, now, is a more in-depth look at some bachelor weekend ideas.
Panama is popular for its canal, of course, and for its beaches and eco-tourism. Panama City is a great place for a laid-back but sophisticated weekend. The city’s old town, Casco Viejo, is filled with atmosphere. The squares, old buildings and promenades create a kind of ambiance that you just won’t find in any city further to the north. Trendy lounges, Latin dancing, live jazz and some really amazing fusion restaurants make this an ideal place for partying the weekend away in style (without feeling like you have to drink a lot to enjoy yourself).
The American Trade Hotel is a great place to base yourself in Panama City. Located in the heart of Casco Viejo, this classic building features airy rooms, a stylish lounge and restaurant and live music venues within a few footsteps of the lobby. Of course, trips to Colon for shopping or a train ride or cruise along the canal can be on the agenda as well, but there is a lot of fun to be had within walking distance of the American Trade.
Music lovers can spend their final unmarried weekend in Austin. This Texas city is well known for its live music scene. It also earns high marks for its restaurants, beers and arts in general. An Austin bachelor weekend is for guys who like things a little bit offbeat and funky. The Saint Cecilia Hotel is a perfect example of the kind of experience you and your buddies can have in Austin. This hotel is in a Victorian style house that is just on the edge of the main downtown area where all the live music venues are located (this area is known to locals as the South Congress District).
Despite its classic exterior, this is a funky place. The design and decor were inspired by the free-spirited 1960s and by the likes of rock-and-roll icons like the Rolling Stones. The hotel has a pool in the courtyard and an onsite concierge who can help you get into whatever musical happenings you want to experience during your bachelor weekend.
It is not always practical to head south of the equator for a weekend, but guys who really want to go all out on a bachelor vacation can head down to Brazil. This South American nation is certainly known for its party atmosphere. You could spend time in the major cities: Rio, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Recife… Or you could head to the beach. Though they are a bit quieter, beach towns like Buzios and Florianopolis are still filled with fun. And, they have amazing beaches that are less crowded than their urban peers. For your still-single buddies, these southern destinations (Florianopolis in particular) are known around Brazil for their beautiful local women, many of whom can put you to shame with their masterful surfing or sailing skills.
These smaller beach towns also have the best accommodations in Brazil. In Buzios, a favorite vacation destination of movie icon Brigitte Bardot, places like Insolito Boutique Hotel provide charm and comfort and a level of sophistication that is hard to find in larger cities. Put it this way: Bardot could have stayed closer to home and vacationed on the glamorous French Riviera, but she chose to come to Buzios instead.
Do these options sound interesting? Actually, there are other similar venues all around the world. Check out our site to see how other places compare to the bachelor weekend destination that we’ve just mentioned.
Where would you like to go for this kind of bachelor weekend? Or have you already done something like this? Use the comments section to share your experiences and plans.