If you are organizing a bachelorette party for the future bride, one of the most important decisions to make is a location. Having a bachelorette party has become a traditional part of wedding activities now. Destination bachelorette parties in Mexico has been one of the most popular due to its affordability and proximity. From some US cities, it just takes a few hours flight to get to popular beach mexican destinations. And the flights are usually pretty affordable, sometimes costing under $300 return flights. Let’s have a look at the top destination for Mexico bachelorette party.
Bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico
One of the most popular west coast beach towns lies at the very south of Baja California peninsula. This place is known as Cabo or Cabo San Lucas, and it is a top spot for people from Los Angeles or San Diego. It is a great location for a bachelorette party in Mexico thanks to the multiple activities this place offers.
How far is Cabo San Lucas?
To find out all the flight options for your bachelorette party in Cabo, search for flights to Los Cabos International airport – SJD. This is the most popular international airport in the area and is served by many American airlines like Alaska, Southwest or United.
There is also Cabo San Lucas International Airport (CSL). However this one is used mostly by local airlines or for private flights. So don’t waste your time trying to find affordable flight here.
|Atlanta (ATL)||3h 50min|
|Chicago (ORD)||4h 15min|
|Denver (DEN)||3h 00min|
|Houston (IAH)||2h 30min|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||2h 30min|
|Minneapolis (MSP)||4h 00min|
|New York (EWR)||4h 50min|
|Phoenix (PHX)||2h 07min|
|Portland (PDX)||4h 10min|
|Sacramento (SMF)||3h 20min|
|Salt Lake City (SLC)||3h 07min|
|San Francisco (SFO)||3h 20min|
|Seattle (SEA)||4h 35min|
So as you can see, it can take only 3-5 hours to get to Cabo Mexico for your bachelorette party. That’s the same as trying to drive from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara on Friday afternoon. With flight prices being at an all time low now, Cabo is a great option
Activities and what to do in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
One of the things that Cabo is famous for is all the different activities you can do in the area. So let’s have a look at all the things you can do during this Mexican bachelorette party.
Whale Watching – Thanks to being right at the Pacific Ocean shore, Cabo offers multiple ocean activities. One of the ones we recommend for a bachelorette party is whale watching. Starting at around $90 per person, the whale watching tours usually take around 3 hours. The best time to go whale watching on your Cabo Bachelorette party is between December and April, when the population of whales are the highest.
ATV tours – Thanks to miles and miles of beaches, Cabo is a good spot for ATV adventure as well. Starting at around $80, the ATV tours take 3 to 7 hours. It all depends on whether you want a whole day trip, or just a few hours of adventure, and of course how much you want to spend. Amazing activity for all the bridesmaids.
Snorkeling – For snorkeling, you have 2 main choices. It all depends on how high on a priority list snorkeling is for you and for the rest of the bachelorette party. Santa Maria bay is a local beach, a few minutes drive from the majority of the hotels. This is an easy and relaxing short trip, which shouldn’t take you more than a few hours. On the other hand, if you want to see something really amazing, do some research on the Cabo Pulmo reserve. Cabo Pulmo is located several hours north-west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. However, it is one of the most amazing snorkeling experiences in the world. Cabo Pulmo is a national park, a marine preserve, where fishing is prohibited. For this reason, there are hundreds of schools of fish that you will see during your snorkeling trip. This is a whole day activity, so it is perfect for a bride which is really into snorkeling or diving, and who wants to spend the whole day of her bachelorette party on a snorkeling trip.
Boat rides to the famous Arch – The Arch, or El Arco, is a famous set of cliffs just a short boat ride away from Cabo San Lucas. This is a must see attraction if you are in the area. You can either just take a short and cheap ride for around $30 there and back, and take a few pictures. Or you can do the famous Mexican arch bachelorette party style – rent a luxurious yacht for your whole group, and enjoy drinks while cruising around the coast of Cabo. Of course such an experience comes with a sticker, but this could be an unforgettable experience with the future bride.
Ziplining – there are multiple Ziplining experiences to choose from in the cabo area during your bachelorette party. Starting at around $100, this few hours long activity will get your adrenaline pumping. Highly recommended for adventurous bachelorette parties.
Horseback riding – Thanks to miles long beaches, and sunsets over the ocean, horseback riding is one of the most popular evening activities in Cabo. Or you can decide to do horseback riding tour through canyons and rocks, and see coyotes and other wild animals. This activity is perfect for bachelorette parties that want something less thrilling than zipline, but don’t want to spend the whole day lying on the beach with drinks.
Bachelorette party in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is another pacific coast beach town, known for great beaches, nightlife, seafood and a world-known promenade. It is an excellent bachelorette party choice due to its proximity to the USA and safety.
Location and how to get here
To get to Puerto Vallarta, you need to search for flights to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, also known as Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International airport – PVT. The best international routes from this airport are Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. But there are other US cities with direct flights as well.
|Atlanta (ATL)||3h 45min|
|Chicago (ORD)||4h 13min|
|Dallas (DFW)||2h 35min|
|Denver (DEN)||5h 25min|
|Houston (IAH)||2h 28min|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||3h 05min|
|New York (EWR)||5h 16min|
|Phoenix (PHX)||2h 34min|
|Portland (PDX)||4h 53min|
|Salt Lake City (SLC)||3h 30min|
|San Francisco (SFO)||3h 50min|
|Seattle (SEA)||4h 50min|
As you can see, from the West Coast, Puerto Vallarta is around 20-30 minutes further than Cabo. But from Atlanta is actually a few minutes closer. It is still a very reasonable distance from many US cities for your mexican bachelorette party trip.
Activities and what to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta Food Tour – compared to Cabo, Puerto Vallarta has much more diverse Mexican cuisine to offer during your bachelorette party. There are many many local restaurants, and also local guided tours that can show you the best out there. Most of the tours are 3-4 hours long. Definitely much nicer experience than just a glass of wine at your hotel with all the bridesmaids and the bride. Food tours are fun activities and perfect for larger groups of friends.
All the ocean activities you can think of – do you like diving, snorkeling, fishing, whale watching or just sailing? Or do you wish to experience any of these activities with the group of your closest friends? Then Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a perfect place to have your bachelorette party. The ocean around the town is full of life, and it is fairly easy to book any of the above mentioned activities. You will have to choose which one it is going to be, and how much you are willing to spend for it.
Yelapa and Cuale Waterfall tour – these amazing waterfalls are located just about an hour south of Puerto Vallarta. If you want to combine your bachelorette party with a little bit of nature and hiking, these are the perfect option for your group. In addition to seeing waterfalls, you get to visit a small locat beach town Bahia De Banderas. Much smaller than Puerto Vallarta, but with a lot of charisma, local restaurants and almost private beach.
Skydiving, ATVs, Ziplines – since the town is becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico, there are other activities to choose from. If you are a group of girls who like adrenaline and fun, then you can choose between skydiving, ziplining or ATV tours. Or why not all three of them, right?
Hit the beach and promenade – Puerto Vallarta is famous for its promenade, also called Malecon. This part of the city’s downtown area is a must-visit attraction for anyone in the city. Not only you will be blessed with amazing ocean views, but you can visit many local restaurants for a delicious margarita as well.
Bachelorette party in Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is the most eastern town on the Mexico mainland. It is famous for its super long stretch of beaches full of all inclusive hotels. Thanks to its proximity to the US east coast, it is visited with many tourists all year around. If you are looking for a bachelorette party spent on the beach, in the warm ocean and drink in your hand, this is the place to go.
Location and how to get to Cancun
For the eastern part of the USA, Cancun is very very close and easy to get to. The Cancun International Airport (CUN) is the one you want to fly to. Here are the flight time to the most common cities:
|Atlanta (ATL)||2h 33min|
|Austin (AUS)||2h 48min|
|Chicago (ORD)||4h 00min|
|Cleveland (CLE)||3h 45min|
|Dallas (DFW)||3h 00min|
|Denver (DEN)||4h 35min|
|Fort Lauderdale (FLL)||1h 50min|
|Houston (IAH)||2h 42min|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||5h 10min|
|Miami (MIA)||1h 45min|
|New York (EWR)||3h 55min|
|Orlando (MCO)||2h 00min|
|Philadelphia (PHL)||3h 41min|
|Phoenix (PHX)||4h 40min|
|Salt Lake City (SLC)||4h 56min|
|San Francisco (SFO)||5h 53min|
|Washington (BWI)||3h 31min|
Activities and what to do in Cancun, Mexico
Enjoy the all-inclusive hotel and beautiful beach – One thing that Cancun is really well known it’s the white sand long beach, where you can sip your all-inclusive mojito. Thanks to being so close to carribean, the ocean water is really warm and relaxing. And most of the hotels have their bars right at the beach, just a few feet from the ocean. So if your idea of a bachelorette party is to relax, lay in hammock, hold a drink in your hand, then Cancun is the place for you and your bridesmaids.
Enjoy the wild exotic nightlife on the beach strip – After relaxing on the beach with your girls for the whole day, it is time for some night action. That’s because Cancun’s nightlife is like no other beach. All the famous nightlife bars and restaurants are located in the north part of the hotel zone, also called Zona Hotelera. Many of the popular clubs have lines outside, so get there early or try to make a reservation. One place you don’t want to miss? Coco Bongo
Have a day full of fun at Xcaret adventure park – Xcaret is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen and it is just a giant nature and adventure park with many activities in one organized area. There are over 50 attractions in the park, that include cave swimming in underground rivers, wine tasting in wine cellars, butterfly pavilion or coral reef aquarium. If you want your bachelorette party in mexico to be slightly adventurous, but you don’t want to go diving or travel far for ATVs and Ziplines, Xcaret can offer many activities right next to each other.
Day trip to Isla Mujeres – This beautiful island with Caribbean like waters is just 13 km (less than 10 miles) off the Cancun coast. There are multiple tours and agencies doing daily trips to the island. So if you want to surprise the future bride with a yacht trip to this amazing island and sip drinks with other bridesmaids on the way there, Isla Mujeres is a perfect spot for your bachelorette party.
Take a day trip to nearby historical ruins – If your bachelorette party group is into history and culture rather than beach and drinks, there are 2 main locations that you can take a day trip to from Cancun – Tulum and Chichen Itza. You can book a tour from multiple agencies to any of these amazing ruins. We recommend this only if you have an extra day to spare during your trip, or only if it was a longtime bride’s dream to visit one of these locations.
Bachelorette party in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Just around 40miles south of Cancun is Playa Del Carmen, another mexican beach town with beautiful beaches and plenty of things to do. Playa Del Carmen is situated between Cancun and Tulum, so you can do plenty of similar activities which we will just summarize in the “What to do” section.
Location and how to get here
To get to Playa Del Carmen, you will need to fly to Cancun and take a shuttle from there. So please refer to the flight times to the Cancun airport above. The shuttle takes around 1h 30min, but add some loading/unloading time and wait time as well. So it will take you around 2h 30min to get to Playa Del Carmen from the time you land in Cancun. This beach town is also the entrance to Cozumel island, since all the ferries and boats to Cozumel are leaving actually from Playa Del Carmen.
Activities and what to do in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Xcaret, Tulum and Chichen Itza – all these attractions are accessible from both Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. So you can do both during your bachelorette party in mexico, no matter where you are staying.
Shopping and Nightlife – this is what bachelorette parties are about, right? And Playa Del Carmen is famous for its shopping options for Americans. The famous “AKA LA QUINTA” or 5th Avenue, is a 3 miles long shopping strip pedestrian walkway and is getting longer and longer every year. Aka La Quinta is full of fashion and other stores, and of course restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It is running parallel to the beach, only one block away from it, so if you want to get your feet wet in the middle of your bachelorette party shopping spree, Playa Del Carmen is the place to visit. You can find a lot of flea market stores, with local arts and crafts and other cheaper items. But as one of the few places in our list selection, Playa Del Carmen offers high end department and brand stores as well. So if you want to bring a piece of luxury home, or a sexy Victoria Secret underwear, Playa Del Carmen is the place to go.
Snorkeling and scuba diving – Playa Del Carmen is very close to one of the biggest barrier reefs in the world and so there is no shortage of different snorkeling or diving trips offered in the city. Expect to spend half to a whole day on such a trip.
Day Trip to Cozumel – Cozumel is a small island off the coast near Playa Del Carmen. Almost all the ferries and boats heading to Cozumel are leaving from Playa Del Carmen, so if your goal is to visit this island, then staying here makes the most sense.
Cave Exploring in Rio Secreto – To get away from the hotels and drinks, you can go on a tour of Rio Secreto. This river is connected through multiple caves, and tours will take you on a hiking/swimming excursion through these caves. For adventurous bachelorettes only!