With spectacular mountain and desert landscapes, scenic beaches, dynamic cities, and vibrant nightlife, California is the perfect place for an unforgettable bachelor party. Whether you want to focus on relaxation, recreation, or reveling, this iconic state offers something exciting for everyone. When you stay at one of many California vacation rentals, you can look forward to abundant opportunities for beach-going, partaking in sports, wine tasting, pub crawling, and much more. Here are the most memorable bachelor party destinations in California.
1. Santa Rosa
The city of Santa Rosa lies less than an hour north of San Francisco in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country. Comfort Wine Tours arranges excursions to the best of the numerous area wineries by bus or limousine. If you and your friends prefer high-quality craft beer, explore and sample the products at the area’s breweries with On Tap Beer Tours. Settle in for some great partying, game playing, and live entertainment at the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park on the south side of town. For some amazing swimming, fishing, whale watching, and other ocean-side activities, take a day trip a few miles west to spectacular Bodega Bay.
2. South Lake Tahoe
If you enjoy outdoor recreational activities, magnificent South Lake Tahoe in eastern California near the Nevada border is the perfect place to go. During the summer, rent a boat at Lakeside Marina, and head out onto the sapphire-blue lake for exploration, fishing, and water sports. Alternatively, book a party on the Tahoe Bleu Wave, a luxury yacht that sails out of nearby Zephyr Cove. In winter, visit Heavenly Mountain Resort for first-class skiing and snowboarding. South Lake Tahoe also has a great variety of bars, nightclubs, and casinos to keep you hopping at night. At Lake Tahoe Brewery, enjoy sipping craft beers in a relaxed atmosphere on an outdoor deck. Whiskey Dick’s Saloon offers pinball machines, pool tables, and live music with your drinks. The Opal Ultra Lounge at the MontBleu Casino, with its go-go dancers, packed dance floor, and dynamic light shows, is a popular bachelor party destination.
3. San Francisco
The city of San Francisco provides an abundance of non-stop bachelor party activities. During the day, take a fascinating tour of the notorious prison on Alcatraz Island with Alcatraz Cruises. Reserve a private field, and wage war on each other at Midway Paintball in nearby Vacaville. Get an adrenaline rush by leaping out of an airplane with Bay Area Skydiving. At night, the Comstock Saloon on the Barbary Coast serves a renowned range of cocktails. For a high-end nightclub with a concert stage, spacious dance floor, and high-tech lighting and sound systems that are rentable for private occasions, check out Bimbo’s 365 Club.
4. Catalina Island
Catalina Island is an idyllic paradise with unparalleled opportunities for outdoor activities that are located in the Pacific Ocean just over an hour southwest of Long Beach. Dive Catalina offers scuba diving instruction and tours of the nearby undersea kelp forests that abound in marine wildlife. Take aerial flights that accommodate two or three at a time over the spectacular landscapes and seascapes with Parasail Catalina. The Zip Line Eco Tour takes you on five different zip-lines from high in the hills down to the city of Avalon. The Descanso Beach Club hosts afternoon parties with live music and dancing right on the beach. At night, have some drinks on the patio at the Harbor Reef Saloon, and then head out for more drinks and a dance party at After Hours at the Avalon Grille.
5. Los Angeles
The choices for Los Angeles bachelor parties can appear overwhelming, but some places shine through as prime locations. If the groom-to-be is a film buff, don’t miss a studio tour. One of the best is the Universal Studio Hollywood Tour, which takes you through cinematic experiences with Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the Fast and the Furious franchise, and many other movie legends. Later, the High Rooftop Lounge at Hotel Erwin on Pacific Avenue offers you an incomparable view of the Pacific Ocean while you sip cocktails. For more robust entertainment, check out the Bootsy Bellows on the Sunset Strip for live music, dancing, and burlesque. Another lively venue with a Latin flavor that is popular with celebrities is the Conga Room on West Olympic Boulevard.
6. Palm Desert
The city of Palm Desert, which lies about 120 miles east of Los Angeles in the beautiful Coachella Valley, is the place to hold bachelor parties for golf enthusiasts. With more than 30 courses within 10 miles of the city, Palm Desert is renowned as the World’s Golf Capital. One of the best courses is the internationally-famous Desert Willow Golf Resort, which features 36 holes amidst magnificent scenery. Sample excellent craft beers at the Coachella Valley Brewing Company and the La Quinta Brewing Company. When you’re ready to party, head for the Agua Caliente Casino in nearby Rancho Mirage.
7. San Diego
The city of San Diego has a long string of wide soft sand beaches at Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, and Pacific Beach that are perfect for daytime bachelor party fun. While you’re there, learn the iconic California sport of surfing with Pacific Surf School, which has facilities in all three locations. With over 150 breweries in the area, San Diego is known as the Craft Beer Capital of America. Enjoy sampling the best beers in the coastal neighborhoods with Brewery Tours of San Diego. When it’s time to party, head for the Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego. For a luxurious rooftop venue with a panoramic view of the city skyline and the harbor, check out the Rooftop by STK at the Andaz San Diego.
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