This Stunning Southeastern Beach Town Promises The Most Bustling Bachelorette Party

Bachelorette parties have taken over popular destinations like Las Vegas, Nashville, Napa, and the Hamptons for years. Depending on the type of bride, gal groups can expect everything from wild nights out to relaxing spa retreats during one of these trips. After all, nothing screams "last fling before the ring" like getting all of your best girlfriends together for a multi-day extravaganza.

In between the feather boas, cowboy hats, and interestingly shaped straws, there are certain destinations that still manage to fly under the radar — but are equal parts charming and fun. Are you looking to plan the ultimate bachelorette weekend? Ditch the big city and set your sights on a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Specifically, hit up Isle of Palms for a blend of relaxation and party vibes.

Located a quick 40-minute drive from town, Isle of Palms is popular among brides-to-be and their posse as a serene destination that's ideal for celebrating the end of singlehood. Buzzing with good food, a great atmosphere, and beautiful beaches perfect for nursing a morning-after hangover — and getting a tan while you're at it — it never disappoints.

Where to go in Isle of Palms

The best thing about Isle of Palms is that it's both tucked away in its own little paradise and close enough to Charleston if you're looking for a little more excitement. In terms of where to stay, Isle of Palms has plenty of accommodations on offer — from vacation home rentals and inns to resorts and smaller hotels. Typically, most groups choose the Wild Dunes Resort — a highly-rated beachfront property with access to pools, an on-site spa, and even a tennis center. Alternatively, booking engine VRBO also has private homes on offer to accommodate large groups that range from $123 to $5,000 a night — meaning there's a lot to choose from depending on your budget.

Once in town, and for a great Southern-inspired meal, make sure you head over to Acme Lowcountry Kitchen to try some local staples. If you're craving a little something more low-key, Coconut Joe's Beach Grill is ideal for quick bites overlooking the beach. Other spots include The Obstinate Daughter — a quick 20-minute drive over on Sullivan's Island — as well as Binky's Seaside Oyster & Liquor Bar, Papi's Taqueria, and Coda Del Pesce for some Italian fusion.

As the sun starts to set, The Windjammer, a beachfront bar and grill, comes to life with live music and a vibrant atmosphere. For party-goers who prefer things a little more mellow, The Dinghy is all about keeping things laid-back.

Planning your bachelorette trip

The easiest way to visit Isle of Palms is to make your way to Charleston and then hire a car service or private taxi that can drive you to your accommodation. Water taxis are also available just in case you want to add a unique touch to your trip, which typically depart from downtown Charleston. All-day passes typically start from $17 for adults.

Although your bachelorette trip will ultimately depend on your wedding date, the best time to visit Isle of Palms is, preferably, during the summer. During these months, the town comes alive with visitors and locals looking to soak up some warmth and make the most of their days by the water. Surfing is a great way to enjoy the ocean and try something new, and local tour operators also offer trips along the coastline so you can catch a glimpse of nearby dolphins.

Are you heading to Isle of Palms later or earlier in the year? Don't worry — there's still plenty of excitement happening! From the famous Lowcountry Oyster Festival in January to exploring the town's charmingly historic streets in autumn, Isle of Palms offers memorable experiences year-round.