San Diego is known as the birthplace of California, but evidence goes to show it’s also the birthplace of the ultimate bachelorette party. From sunny beaches to 2 am nightclubs to fun San Diego tours, this city is riddled with adventures waiting to happen, inspiring a catalog of lifelong memories.
Whether you’re looking for an epic weekend that puts The Hangover to shame or a relaxing weekend getaway with the girls, we’ve got you covered on San Diego bachelorette party ideas.
Beauty Sleep & Beyond
The first ingredient on our list of delights is where your posse will be staying. There’s plenty of hotels in San Diego that can host a memorable bachelorette party. However, here are some options we’ve chosen specifically as top-level hosts for bachelorette parties in San Diego:
Kimpton Hotel Palomar
This highrise hotel takes elevation to the next level. The Palomar boasts a top of the line culinary and cocktail experience, lush and modern decor, rooftop pool, fully equipped gym, and a range of gorgeous hotel rooms and suites to choose from. Standing sentinel in the heart of Downtown, this hotel is also perched in a prime location with a variety of restaurants, theaters, shops, and nightlife venues in the area.
The Guild Hotel
Photo Courtesy: The Guild
A boutique hotel that dons a retro European feel. Perfect for grabbing delectable bites at their historic, Riviera-style courtyard restaurant or sipping Instagrammable cocktails at the trendy Guild Bar where your squad can lounge on velvet furnishings. Or take a seat in Downtown San Diego’s only urban garden amongst trees and greenery in The Guild Hotel’s Grace Garden. With six different room styles available, there’s something for everyone whatever your budget may be.
The Andaz Hotel
Photo Courtesy: Andaz San Diego
The Andaz is a stylish, contemporary hotel dripping in color and chic hangout spots. With two fine dining restaurants and a rooftop bar rocking a breathtaking view of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, you may find yourselves lingering at the hotel longer than you’d planned. Their wide selection of rooms and suites varies drastically in decor and may even have you trading places to enjoy the change in scenery.
Between their rooftop bar and pool, the world-renowned restaurant, Nobu, and the endless good vibes in their lobby bar, this classic staple hotel gives you few reasons to ever leave. Hard Rock offers fully decked out, traditional rooms and VIP suites that will have your party encompassing the rockstar lifestyle.
Grab the Girls & Get Out There
Now, onto the fun stuff! Every mythic bachelorette party is jam-packed with memorable daily activities that get you and your closest friends out there living your best life. Here are some options to get those creative planning juices (AKA mimosas) flowing:
Sail Before the Veil
What better way to get away from potentially crowded locations than to be on the open seas? Book a boat trip on San Diego Sailing Tours, hop on a yacht, and cruise around in style while taking in the picturesque shoreline sights and living it up with your shipmates.
With a bounty of San Diego wine tours to choose from, you can indulge in the more traditional vineyard escape with beautiful mountain views and rolling hills in the San Pasqual Valley area or head out on the fun, urban Vino! Vino! walking tour of Little Italy wineries.
San Diego offers a wide variety of custom and private culinary or mixology class packages for groups. Not only do you get to spend time with your squad creating exquisite new delicacies, baked goods, or beautifully crafted cocktails, but you learn tips and tricks to take home with you as well. An Empress Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonic never looked so good!
Exotic Dance Class
Most people associate pole dancing with bachelor parties, but it’s high time bachelorette parties get in on the action. With several expert classes and pole fitness studios running in San Diego, you can book a session for you and the gang to take an exotic dance class that explores female empowerment through sensual movements and sexy outfits and footwear.
Coronado Island Bike Ride
Feeling more like basking in the sun with the ocean breeze on your wings? The legendary island of Coronado, just off the coast of San Diego, is encircled by a 6-mile bike path that allows you to ride at your own speed and drink in the wonderful ocean sights. Take a pit stop and explore Hotel Del Coronado along the way and make a whole day out of it.
A Spot of Tea
For the fancy among us, pick up your fascinator and laced gloves and head to one of the several lavish tea rooms such as Coral Tree Tea House or The AubreyRose Tea Room where you can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, scones, pastries, and most importantly, teas, and spend the afternoon like British royalty.
Picnic in the Park – The historic Balboa Park is the perfect place for a group picnic. You can get set up outside of the Botanical Building on the East and West lawns for an illustrious view of the lily pond. Or check out the International Lawn in an alcove of quaint little cottages that represent different countries.
Photo Courtesy: Spa Kingston
What better way to end your weekend than hitting the spa to relax? With plenty of day spas to choose from that can cater to larger groups, such as Spa Kingston, Alleviating Whispering Waters, Bella D’ora, Spa Pendry, or The Catamaran, you can lounge the day away in fluffy robes and pamper every inch of your body.
Raising Hell Before Wedding Bells
The final and perhaps most important ingredient to a killer bachelorette party (let’s be honest) is where the gang can really let their hair down. The best part? San Diego nightlife is notable for bachelorette parties. Here are some specially curated nightlife options in the city:
This super club in the Gaslamp Quarter, run by the international nightlife experts, Hakkasan Group, is a slice of Vegas right in San Diego. With rooftop cabanas, a swanky lounge area, and a pounding dance floor equipped with an incredible sound system (and more lasers than Dr. Evil would know what to do with), Omnia is the club to check out.
Photo Courtesy: Amanda Ivko
Located in Downtown, this heavily art directed nightclub and farm-to-table restaurant with fairytale trees and a remarkable dance floor is always one for the books. With rollup garage doors and a working tunnel, Parq takes the cake when it comes to environmental design and atmosphere.
Vin de Syrah
Photo Courtesy: Vin de Syrah
This eccentric and endearing bar lounge in Downtown offers the perfect precursor to your nighttime activities with a burlesque show at 9:30 pm every Friday.
PB Bar Crawl
Pacific Beach, San Diego’s debaucherous strip of beachfront bars and restaurants, comes to life in the evening. If you’re looking for a pub crawl approach, take a trip down Ocean Front Walk or Mission Blvd and explore the Pacific Beach bars. Starting at Lahaina Beach House, you can make your way up toward PB Shore Club, Firehouse, Fat Fish, Tower23, JRDN, The Duck Dive, and finish off at Dirty Birds. Once you’ve made your rounds at these places, you’ll see that there’s definitely no shortage of things to do in Pacific Beach.
For a sunny, more relaxed, pool party vibe, head to Float at the Hard Rock Hotel or Level Four Pool Deck & Lounge for an atmospheric rooftop pool bar and lounge with craft cocktails and chilled music.
Bachelorette Parties in San Diego
Similar to any weekend in San Diego, your bachelorette party can range from classy and casual to wild and where’s Susan!? How you choose to celebrate your party depends on what you want out of it. Just remember… this is your bachelorette party…
So make it count.
San Diego Tourism Authority. Picnic Perfection in Balboa Park. https://blog.sandiego.org/2018/04/picnic-balboa-park/