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Meradith
Scottsdale

Miami, Palm Springs, Santa Monica, Scottsdale, San Diego, Coronado

Best warm weather spot for girls' weekend - beach or pool

I'm planning a bachelorette party/girls' 3-day weekend getaway. We want to be near a beach or pool - so warm weather is essential. We are a group of 4-5 women in our late 20's - early 30's. We are not party club types, but we would enjoy going to trendy bars. Love to be pampered as well. Planning a weekend in May.

We haven't picked a place to stay. We could either rent a house or stay in a hotel (although we are hoping for something around $350-$450 a night). We'd love to find a walkable area near restaurants (brunch spots and nice dinner spots!) and shopping.


7 Answers

top answer by
Nichole from Miami

Miami Beach can be fairly expensive to stay, I would suggest renting a house for the days you wish and you splitting it amongst yourselves. Depending on your preferences, there are different areas in town to suit your needs and you will find people of every age group at each. Wynwood Arts District, located near Downtown, has many trendy bars, restaurants, and art galleries. The art galleries are open during the day and a few of the bars and restaurants stay open as bustling night spot locations. The ambience is a casual artsy vibe.  

 

Downtown Miami and Brickell are home to many bars and nicer restaurants. I enjoy Segafredo Brickell in Brickell to get dinner and pitchers of Sangria, before maybe moving on to The Shops At Mary Brickell Village where there is an assortment of bars for the night time.  

 

Miami Beach is known for its clubs, and Mansion night club has Chippendales (male dancers) on Wednesdays. The Fountainbleu hotel has LIV nightclub and a bar in the lobby that are known probably the best in Miami. Lincoln Road Mall on the beach boasts bars, stores, and great brunch on the weekends after a night out.  

 

For shopping, Doral has Miami International Mall and Dolphin Mall nearly across the street from one another. International has stores like Macys, BeBe, Coach, etc. while Dolphin is a huge discount mall with an Saks Outlet, Off the Rack Bloomingdales, and more. For the high end shopping, Dadeland Mall carries a Gucci and Vuitton store, among some other well know brands, and is also fairly large.  

 

Beaches: Miami Beach will always be packed. I prefer to head north to Haulover Beach Florida or to Bal Harbour Beach. They are quieter and not populated with hundreds of wasted young people. Haulover is truly beautiful with long stretches of sand and crystal blue water.  

The W South Beach outside lounge is beautiful and they have a club for the nighttime called the Wall Miami. Pretty small and enough room for a few tables, but not incredibly packed and for a more tailored crowd.

 

Also, for some pampering and things, check out Groupon and Livingsocial. They have things from learning how to handmade pasta from scratch, sushi rolling classes with included dinner, wine tasting classes, parasailing, SUP yoga classes, concerts, massage packages and more (to name a few of my Christmas gifts to people, lol) you'll also find deals for food places to try and I say just go for it. Scroll down, find something you haven't particularly done or tried and do it! Texas de Brazil (Dolphin Mall) is one of my favorite places to eat, it is a Brazilian style churrascaria. Plates are around $48 a person before drinks but it is all you can eat fine dining, with a huge buffet, cold and hot, of signature dishes, and they bring a variety of freshly cooked meats to your table. It is to die for. I used to work there and I still go back often.

Plates are $48 a person at Texas after 5 pm Mon-Fri and after 4 Sat-Sun. You can also go Mon-Fri 11:30-3 on between your shopping for lunch and pay $28 a person with fewer meat options like the lamb, filet mignon, and filet wrapped in bacon, but they still have around 18 different cuts instead of 25 and, in my opinion, all you need is the picaña, churrasco, and chicken wrapped in bacon!

 

Hope that helps some. Enjoy


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  1. Miami Beach (attraction)
  2. Wynwood Arts District (attraction)
  3. Downtown Miami (neighborhood)
  4. Brickell (neighborhood)
  5. Segafredo Brickell (attraction)
  6. The Shops At Mary Brickell Village (attraction)
  7. Mansion (attraction)
  8. Lincoln Road Mall (attraction)
  9. Doral (city)
  10. Miami International Mall (attraction)
  11. Dolphin Mall (restaurant)
  12. Dadeland Mall (attraction)
  13. Haulover Beach Florida (attraction)
  14. Bal Harbour Beach (attraction)
  15. Wall Miami (attraction)
  16. W South Beach (hotel)
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answered by
Jonathan from Beverly Hills

I just had my bachelor party in Miami in February.

We stayed at the Fontainebleau Resort and it was pretty pricey but well located. The pool there is huge but we didn't love the crowd. They also have a beautiful stretch of beach.

The pool party at the SLS Hotel South Beach on Saturdays is pretty incredible. We also liked the lobby bar at the W South Beach for fun but low-key cocktails, they have a really nice terrace with big comfy couches.

One thing we did that we loved was rent a boat to cruise Biscayne Bay and the Inter-coastal Waterway. If you have someone who knows how to drive a powerboat, I highly recommend this as a fun way to explore some of Miami's best sights. We rented from Captain Joe Rentals, Tours, and Charters and it was very reasonable (I think something like $300 for 4 hours on a ski boat that comfortably fit 8), the boat worked fine but wasn't in pristine condition. We cruised up to Duffy's Sports Grill for lunch and some drinks on their deck then hung out at the sandbar just off Haulover Beach Florida, which is a happening spot on weekends. You can also cruise past huge celebrity homes located on the islands throughout the bay, like Fisher Island. You can bring alcohol on the boat just as long as whoever is driving doesn't drink because they have lots of police patrolling the bay. 


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  1. SLS Hotel South Beach (hotel)
  2. W South Beach (hotel)
  3. Haulover Beach Florida (attraction)
  4. Fisher Island (city)
  5. Captain Joe Rentals, Tours, and Charters (attraction)
  6. Duffy's Sports Grill (restaurant)
  7. Fontainebleau Resort (hotel)
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answered by
Ankita from San Jose (California)

You can visit somewhere near La Jolla Shores Beach. Its a fun place with a small street which has lot of restaurants and shops. You can always choose to spend your getaway in orange county. Its an hour from san diego and has amazing beaches and restaurants/clubs especially Laguna Beach and Huntington Beach. There is Balboa Island near these beaches which is a fun and quite place to hangout.


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  2. Laguna Beach (city)
  3. Huntington Beach (city)
  4. Balboa Island (attraction)
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answered by
David from El Cajon

The area in San Diego, with all the listed requirements, would be one of the many hotels in The Gaslamp District downtown.  Places like The Westin Gaslamp Quarter and Omni Hotels & Resorts. A short walk from the Gaslamp district and right on the water is Seaport Village There are several fantastic hotels there .  Here is a great site that lists all the area hotels.  The Gaslamp has a large number of restaurants, bars and clubs.  For shopping, the trolley can take you from The Gaslamp right to Fashion Valley.  A short drive away is downtown La Jolla with many high end shops and Westfield UTC, an upscale shopping mall.

Good luck!  

Cheers!


 


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  2. The Westin Gaslamp Quarter (hotel)
  3. Omni Hotels & Resorts (attraction)
  4. Seaport Village (attraction)
  5. La Jolla (city)
  6. Westfield UTC (attraction)
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answered by
JR from Manhattan Beach

Hey Meradith. Sounds like a fun trip. But if you guys really want warm weather in May, you should probably eliminate Santa Monica San Diego and Coronado because they won't be as warm as what you're looking for (especially coming from Scottsdale). Spring can be relatively cold here in the LA costal area, and we sometimes get a heavy fog layer that we affectionately call "June Gloom". Good luck!


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  2. San Diego (city)
  3. Coronado (city)
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answered first by
Ryan

Stay at the Clevelander Hotel if you want to have a prime location for brunch as well as a nice 5 minute walk to the beach. They also have pool parties, but you'll be in South Beach which you will have an awesome time anyway!


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answered by
Andrea from Minneapolis

Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach


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