Looking for some great ideas for your upcoming Bachelorette Party? Many of our Ocean Reef Resorts guests reserve one of our fabulous vacation rental homes to experience reunions and celebrations. In recent years there has been a significant rise in destination beach weddings here in Destin and along the Emerald Coast. A beautiful bride in a gorgeous white dress standing beside her future husband with shimmering sugar crystal sand and jewel toned waters of the gorgeous gulf in the background creates an awesomely romantic setting. Ocean Reef Resorts has served as a hospitable host to such joyous events for many years providing accommodations that come in all sizes, shapes and forms - from Mediterranean styled mansions to luxurious contemporary styled villas. Our larger homes can sleep up to 30 guests and many have ample space for not only the beach wedding itself, but also the reception afterwards.
The great thing about this part of Floridian paradise is that there are also some great places to go for a fun bachelorette party which include Crab Island, Harborwalk Village and the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin.
Destin’s Crab Island used to be a raised sand bar where locals liked to go to catch those same named crustaceans. Today the “island” is submerged but the name stuck it now serves as a friendly floating playground for the boating crowd who usually go there to have fun from late April until October when the water is warm. You can often see a big fleet of boats anchored there on the bay side of the Destin Bridge that include Jet Skis, Pontoon Party Boats and even full sized yachts. The warm translucent water there is swimming pool clear while the tide is coming in which makes it a delightful place to be. It has become a friendly social spot since people gather here to enjoy all sorts of merriment including wading around in the shallow water, feasting on good food, drinking favorite beverages and listening to music. Crab Islanders visit from boat to boat in the refreshing water that runs anywhere usually from knee to waist high. This wonderful watery playground is the perfect spot to splash around and play. Many visitors join in the fun by renting out pontoon boats from LDV Water Sports at nearby Harborwalk Village where Ocean Reef Resorts guests receive special discounts. Party participants have fun floating around with an ice chest full of cold beer or soda and a picnic basket stuffed with tasty treats. During the summer season live musical broadcasts are sometimes staged there by popular local radio stations on a big barge. There are floating trampolines, big bubble balls, portable slides and group water contests that are emceed there. In case you don’t bring enough goodies with you on the pontoon there are now food vendors there who deliver sandwiches, beer and frozen beverages to everyone by boat. An added delight can be seeing the pods of dolphin who also like to frolic nearby.
Another popular Bachelorette Party destination is Harborwalk Village, which sits on the other side of the Destin Bridge from Crab Island. This charming village is less than ten years old but looks like it has been here forever due to the quaint architectural styling that even includes a lighthouse. It is now the town center for Destin since it has the huge marina as its hub and many restaurants, retail shops, galleries and amusements. Bombardments of fireworks fill the skies for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and New Year's Eve. They are choreographed to music with colorful displays mirrored in the water below while boatloads of party goers bob up and down. During the summer season smaller firework celebrations are held on a regular basis along with free live musical concerts. The location is especially tantalizing to the taste buds for seafood since you can watch the private charter boats unload their daily catch of fish on the docks. Waterfront restaurants provide vivid views of the gorgeous gulf and the harbor.
AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar
One of the oldest original restaurants, but favorite hot spot, is AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar which sits overlooking this spectacular scene. The views are amazing especially during the winter months when the fiery sun slips down directly into the iridescent waters of the gulf. AJ's has indoor and outdoor dining with lively musical entertainment for fun and dancing. A giant thatched roof Tiki Hut encompasses Club Bimini which rocks into the wee hours of the morning 365 days a year.
Crab Island Cantina
If you desire some Mexican food and some Tequila toasts during you Bachelorette celebration you should consider the Crab Trap Island Cantina which is right on the water offering great sunset views. They specialize in fresh seafood with a Latin twist. They have a lovely outdoor patio that looks out over the water and usually feature a musical trio.
The newest restaurant at Harborwalk Village which just opened is Jimmy Buffet's famous Margaritaville Restaurant. This is always a Florida favorite thanks to the original famous tune, good music and tasty food. Besides margaritas, great seafood and “cheeseburgers in paradise” it is also are a popular place for fun since they feature live musical entertainment usually played with a beachy tropical theme.
Village of Baytowne Wharf
If you are staying at one of our vacation rentals in Miramar Beach or even in Sandestin itself then there is no other place to go for your bachelorette party than the Village of Baytowne Wharf. This quaint community resembles the French Quarter in New Orleans due to its architectural styling. The difference here is that it is a new, picturesque, clean, safe version of the original. The setting on Choctawhatchee Bay is breath taking especially from their long wharf at the end of the village when spectacular sunsets occur over the water during the summer. There are lots of wonderful restaurants to choose from as well as interesting boutiques and exciting amusements like zip lines over the water.
John Wehner's Village Door
A perfect bachelorette party hot spot here that offers dining, drinking and dancing is John Wehner's Village Door Restaurant and Nightclub. Wehners original success came from his Famous Door Nightclub on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. His “sub woofer” sound system helped electrify band sounds during live performances and it became a legend of sorts. Wehner brought this same legendary passion for music to Baytowne when he opened this nightclub a few years ago. It became an instant hit with live bands playing on a regular basis along with DJ favorites. The Village Door is two stories tall with double bars upstairs and down as well as a waterfront Tiki Torch lighted outdoor dining deck. The interiors are designed to allow patrons plenty of space to check out other party goers since the dance floor and stage can be seen from a three sided loft above. A large crystal ball floats above the center of the dance floor providing a psychedelic light show that is particularly effective when high energy dance tunes are played. Computerized state of the art sound systems, light controls and the sub woofers create an electric choreographed beat. It has become a kind of “Bachelorette Headquarters” and female patrons will often take to the stage when it’s not being used by the band to strut their stuff which can be quite a show in itself.
Another great bachelorette spot nearby is called Rum Runners Dueling Piano Bar & Grill. This amazing place has a distinctive Caribbean atmosphere with both indoor and outdoor cafe style dining. You are invited to be part of the show if you get a table indoors. Your whole bachelorette party can compete musically together or split sides and pick the entertainer you like most. Rum Runners features a full service bar as well as a huge variety of tasty food. The main attraction however is the wonderful interactive musical shows they put on throughout the evening. The most popular of these includes the “Dueling Pianos” on stage since each performer tries to outdo the other while playing favorite tunes. They also do “Open Microphone” impromptu spots which are a lot of fun as well as classic karaoke. Audience participation is encouraged here since the entire staff works to get the whole place rocking with a variety of song and dance routines. The fun engagement of entertainers with individuals and different tables of guests provides musical competition that ends with great frolic.
Besides the bachelorette party, our friendly professional concierge staff at Ocean Reef Resorts would be more than happy to help accommodate you with any of your wedding plans. We have received accolades from our guests by providing stellar service for over 33 years to literally generations of visiting families and their friends. It is always our pleasure to assist you with your needs.