How to Throw the Ultimate Bachelorette Party in Los Cabos, Mexico
They call it Land's End for its otherworldly beauty, but Los Cabos is more than just a pretty spot to unwind: It's also a multi-faceted springboard for the best party you could imagine. Set along the southernmost part of the Baja California peninsula, the area called Cabo actually only encompasses a 20-mile-long resort-dotted stretch of coastline that extends between two former fishing villages—Cabo San Lucas and Jose del Cabo. One of the only spots in the world where the desert meets the sea and two oceans combine, this destination offers both the old school Mexican village feel in San Jose and a more rollicking ambiance in Cabo San Lucas. That means revelers can switch moods as desired.
With black volcanic rock and cobalt seas, Cabo has legions of jaw-dropping hotels set right on the beach, each captivating enough to tempt a party on property. But here's the thing: Cabo also boasts a marina with more than 400 boat slips, ideal for booze cruises and whale watching adventures; it has camel tours, zip lining, fly boarding, and deep-sea fishing. Bursting with both mom-and-pop restaurants and celebrity chef driven outposts, brimming with bars, galleries, and boutiques, promising wildlife adventures from dolphin swimming to whale shark snorkeling, Los Cabos ensures a memorable all-girl fête.
If you're thinking about heading to Los Cabos for your bachelorette party, you're in for a fabulous time. To help you plan the ultimate getaway, we've compiled a list of the best places to stay, eat, and party, plus a few of our favorite daytime activties. Click through to see the best this region has to offer.
Where To Sleep: The Cape Thompson Hotel
A hipster's soul defines The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, which occupies one of Cabo's best surfing beaches. With contemporary chic design, it wows with a happening pool, sleek spa, and the best rooftop bar in the region. Watch the sunset from atop the sixth floor, where you'll be able to see the sun drop behind Cabo's emblematic "arch."
Where to Sleep: Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort
It will be love at first sight at Hilton Los Cabos, thanks to its airy lobby that seems to flow to the sea. Set on one of Cabo's only swim-friendly beaches in the tourist corridor, this contemporary haven offers your group a cool stay with tons of activities. From fitness classes to a sea turtle rescue program, options abound. The hotel within the hotel concept, La Vista Club, provides a personal concierge who will plan everything for you.
Where to Sleep: One&Only Palmilla
The swim-up pool bar, the steak obsessed restaurant Seared by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Aqua by Larbi (a contemporary Mexican café that delights with tableside ceviche and guacamole carts), and an outstanding shop curated by Gina Garcia would be more than enough to tantalize. But this oasis, known for its butlers and dreamy spa, has Villa One, a private four-bedroom, 14,000-square-foot glass house splurge, with enough room for all pals.
Where to Sleep: Las Ventanas Al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort
Listen for the conch shell, which signals a whale sighting at this white-washed hideaway on the beach—or use the telescope in your suite to spy the creatures yourself, easily spotted from the villa-like rooms. Choose one (or two) of the new Signature Villas for your party, replete with Villa Hosts who will care of every need for you as you frolic with your 'maids.
Where to Sleep: Esperanza, an Auberge Resort
Celebrities love the sequestered feel of this resort, snuggled between bluffs at Punta Ballena. Your group will love the Floating Lounge, the property's snazzy pool, and the cliffside restaurant, Cocina del Mar. Consider holding your reunion in a three-bedroom Beachfront Luxury Suite, which comes with its own butler.
Where to Sleep: Grand Velas
This resort is all inclusive, so you don't have to worry about a thing during your stay. Plus, the top-notch luxury hotel group knows how to appeal to discerning customers. Your clique can convene in the Imperial Suite, a two-story space with two commodious bedrooms, where butlers will have stocked the mini bar with your favorite Champagne and other libations. A stellar spa, sunset cruises, and golf lessons seal the deal.
Where to Sleep: Resort at Pedregal
The big advantage of staying at this hideaway resort is that you're close to Cabo San Lucas and the scene. The disadvantage? This resort is so incredible that nobody will want to leave it—even for an hour or two. A collection of suites and mini-villas assembled on a sugary crescent, surrounded by soaring cliffs, the resort offers everything from cooking classes to yoga on the beach.
Where to Sleep: Marquis Los Cabos
With two infinity pools, aptly named Sunrise and Sunset, this all-inclusive hotel makes a statement about where it expects you to spend your days. Add in the pool butler (and his chilled towels and sunglass polishing talents!) and spending time in the sun with your pals has never been better. Five gourmet restaurants, tequila tastings, and resort-led bar crawls and art walks herald fun evenings.
Where to Eat: Flora Farm Kitchen
While Mexican cuisine might have spurred your desire to visit this tropical haven, you'll discover Los Cabos goes beyond nachos—especially at Flora Farm, an al fresco restaurant surrounded by acres of gardens. Their seasonal menu evolves throughout the year, drawing from more than 100 types of vegetables and herbs. Go for the pizza, ideally finished in a wood burning oven.
Where to Eat: Manta
Your foodie friends will leap at the chance to dig into fare by celebrity chef Enrique Olvera, who brings Peru's Asian style South American culinary techniques and flavors to play at chic Manta. Located in The Cape, Manta has tables with a view. End the evening at The Glass Box, a memorable Mezcal Bar set in the hotel's lobby.
Where to Eat: Mi Cocina
Casa Natalia's restaurant Mi Cocina set the standard for European fare in the Cabo area, thanks to its creative owners, Cabo-loving French ex-pats. Amid a boutique setting in San Jose, awash in colorful local art, nibble from sustainable menus that bring elements of Mexico to play. Don't miss the chicken with mole poblano.
Where to Eat: Las Guacamayas
When night falls this comfort food spot in San Jose brings in locals and tourists alike. Delve into true Mexican delicacies, from nopalitos (little cacti) to huitlacoche (a fungus much like a truffle). Best of all, expect over-stuffed tacos.
Where to Eat: El Farallon
A visit to this restaurant alone would be worth the flight to Los Cabos. At the Resort at Pedregal, chiseled into the cliff sheer on one side of the resort, this unique restaurant sits above crashing waves. Begin in the celebratory Champagne bar, then continue to your table. El Farallon has a set menu of sides, but offers guests the opportunity to choose their own fresh catch, displayed in a vitrine.
Where to Eat: Panazia
Who says it has to be chips and salsa? This contemporary outpost is the hottest new opening in the Cabo scene. Sit outdoors and share appetizers with your crew. We recommend digging into crab wontons and Asian barbecue ribs. If you still have room, choose one of the pastas—all created with house made noodles—for dinner.
Where to Eat: Sur
Both a restaurant and a beach club, Sur dominates Medano Beach, the most social crescent of sand in Cabo. Consider it for a private event or as a spot to gather the girls for a meal that runs the gamut from hamachi tiraditos to red snapper zarandeado style. Oh, and plenty of French rosé—but that goes without saying, right?
Where to Eat: Los Tres Gallos
Locals will send you to this haven of traditional Mexican cuisine, named for the "three roosters" (also known as the most beloved stars of Mexico's heyday silver screen). In an hacienda-like setting, devour mole dishes, salsas, enchiladas, and hand-flattened tortillas.
What to Do: Yachts Cabo
Get the party started on the waves. Yacht Cabo offers an array of fête-worthy boats for your Instagram feed delight. Choose from a variety of sizes, knowing that all rentals come with crew, premium open bar, waters toys, and a chef. Cruise for four or eight hour tours.
What to Do: Whale Sharks
The term "swim with the fishes" takes on new meaning when you breaststroke beside the hideously adorable, ridiculously gargantuan whale shark, who makes the Sea of Cortez his home from August to May. A peaceful giant who only wants to nibble plankton, he'll barely notice as you snorkel alongside him. Book a guided tour with Cabo Adventures, who know just where to find the magnificent beasts.
What to Do: Hang Ten
Hawaii isn't the only place where you can ride the waves. Have your pack of pals don their bikinis and do it the Baja California way with Mike Doyle Surf School, situated at the Cabo Surf Hotel on Acapulquito Beach. They'll teach you everything you need to know.
What to Do: Artsy Foray
Take your revelers shopping in Todos Santos. An artist's colony just an hour from Cabo, this hot little inland hamlet abounds with galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and bars. Let popular guide, Fabrizio Figueroa, with All Ways Cabo, organize an afternoon. He'll chauffeur you to all the best spots—from a glass blowing factory to famous Hotel California. Reserving time for lunch, Figueroa will introduce you personally some of Todos Santos' most trumpeted artists.
What to Do: Culinary Offerings
Tequila: It's not just for shots! Learn all about the nuances of this agave-made spirit from the expert tequila sommeliers at Las Ventanas del Paraiso's gorgeous, outdoor Tequila & Ceviche Bar. Blindfolded, you'll taste some top brands and varieties to determine your personalized tequila preferences. The course, called Tequila Sign, will leave your gaggle slightly tipsy, but able to impress with their newly-gleaned agave knowledge.
What to Do: Dromedary Days
You won't ride a burro in Cabo, but you can ride a camel. After all, you have come to whoop it up in the desert! Not native to Mexico, but ever so happy in this eye-catching desert environment, camels arrived in North America during the Civil War as an experiment by the U.S. Army. Go for a ride in the sand with Wild Canyon Outfitters. The trip through Tule Canyon proffers stupendous views of the Sea of Cortez. What else can you do in Wild Canyon? Whiz through nature on monster zip lines or bust through it on macho ATVs.
What to Do: Horse Play
When tanning gets old, don some jeans and boots and get ready for a trail ride. At Cuadra San Francisco Equestrian Center, one of the best-known horse training facilities in Mexico, owner Don Francisco will introduce you to his stable, which includes fancy walking Lusitano and Andalusian equines. Specializing in customized trail rides, he'll take your besties to the beach and beyond atop his handsome steeds.
Where to Party: Bar Esquina
You'll want to plan a night out at this outdoor marvel, where the menu is Mediterranean-meets-Mexican and the Mezcal cocktails will make you a fan of the smoky, local spirit. With water views and an engaging band that plays from 8-11, this waterside wonder is a great place to start or end your evening.
Where to Party: Nowhere Bar
Cabo San Lucas has a raucous reputation. Sometimes you want a piece of that. Grab your group and head to this festive bar on the Cabo Marina. With a rowdy Ladies' Night on Tuesday, where women drink free from 8-10 p.m., and an everyday happy hour from 5-9 p.m., this unpretentious spot with a big dance floor makes a great place to park for night.
Where to Party: Mandala
Some people want a quiet wine bar, others want to set the night ablaze. Mandala, part of a Mexican dance club chain, reliably is the best place to feel the beat on the festive end. For your pre-wedding party, reserve a VIP table. With some of the region's best DJs in attendance, this hip locale won't close until the wee hours.
Where to Party: Cabo Wabo
What would Ernest Hemingway say? He used to come to Cabo San Lucas when it was a tiny fishing village, but times have since changed. Cabo Wabo opened as the region's first super charged nightclub, complete with a rooftop playground. This buzzy spot, located in the heart of the action, is bucket list material. Bring your entire group, and we promise they'll love every minute.
Where to Party: Azul Lobby Bar
Like tequila? You'll find Los Cabos' largest tequila collection at Azul Lobby Bar, a gem in the Hilton Los Cabos' jaw-dropping redesign. Amid the colors of the sea, sip signature concoctions (we like the Chihuahua Sour) to wash down light, crunchy, local delicacies like tempura tacos—and wait for it—chapulines, also known as grasshoppers. Come on, you can do it!