7 Best Puerto Vallarta Bachelorette Party Ideas & Photoshoot Packages
So you’re planning a bachelorette party and you need some great bachelorette party ideas and activities. You could go to Las Vegas or New York City… or you could really go all out and take the bride-to-be to the best beach in Mexico: Puerto Vallarta!
We know planning a Puerto Vallarta bachelorette party isn’t easy. Take a moment, a deep breath, and put aside the tasks of decorations, party favors, and itinerary for a moment. At this moment, think about what really matters here, under all the glitter and champagne.
This is why these photos are so important, and we are no strangers to the fact that Instagram has totally upped our bachelorette party photoshoot expectations. So, if you want to get awesome pictures of your bride tribe together, you’ve come to the right place. Here are our top tips to get epic bachelorette party photos that make for excellent party favors and is a sure-fire way to make sure the whole group is captured in a beautiful and classy way (and those not-so-classy photos can remain between the crew for future inside jokes).
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Best Puerto Vallarta Bachelorette Ideas
The Puerto Vallarta bachelorette party will be one of the few and final times that the whole gang is together! As we get older and get married, start families, and move to other cities, our lives get busier and families take up more of our time, so there is less time and likelihood of coordinating a big group trip with friends. So soak it all in! Below are all our favorite bachelorette activities in town.
Party in Old Town
During the daytime walk down the boardwalk, El Malecon. For some great shopping with the girls, cross the swinging rope footbridge to the Cuale River Island & Market to buy all kinds of Mexican crafts and souvenirs. Keep walking south through Old Town and the Romantic Zone until you reach Los Muertos Pier, one of Puerto Vallarta’s most iconic landmarks. The views from the end of the pier are great so be sure and have your camera ready! Also walk down Basilio Badillo Street in the heart of the Romantic Zone which is filled with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
If you are looking for party ideas, the heart of Puerto Vallarta nightlife is El Malecon. It totally transforms around 9-10 pm when all the clubs and bars start to open. There are dozens to choose from, so just walk up and down the boardwalk until you see one that you like. Better yet, do some bar hopping! The clubs almost never charge a cover fee, so you can easily jump back and forth between multiple bars. If you wear some matching bachelorette party outfits, expect to have the red carpet rolled out for you! The clubs love to give special treatment to bachelorette parties, so feel free to flaunt and show-off the bride-to-be!
Baby Sea Turtle Release
Season: June – December
For some wholesome bachelorette ideas, go to a baby sea turtle liberation ceremony at one of the volunteer-run camps. The area’s coastline is one of the most important breeding grounds for multiple species of sea turtle, and Bandera Bay’s preservation program ensures that sea turtles will thrive for years to come. The staff claims an average of 60,000 baby turtles are released each year! Check their Facebook page for release times as they change every day depending on availability.
Learn to Surf in Sayulita
Season: November – March
One of the most fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta is learning to surf. Surf season is between November and March because the North Pacific swells hit around that time. There are a few spots on the northern part of the bay with surfable waves like Bucerias, San Pancho, or Sayulita. This may sound like a more adventurous idea, but surfboard rentals are very affordable and can be rented by the hour or for the entire day.
There are tons of surf schools along the beach, so ask around for prices until you find one you like. I’m sure one of the hunks that give surf lessons would be more than happy to teach the entire bachelorette crew!
Playa Sayulita is the most popular surf spot in the area. It is an adorable hippie paradise, but it can become overrun with tourists during high season. Therefore, if you’d like to try somewhere else, San Pancho is another nearby town that can be a great stop to stroll cute shops and to spend the day on the beach.
Have a Spa Day
Nothing says bachelorette party like a spa day! Leave your cares at home and enjoy a pampering spa treatment while on vacation. Puerto Vallarta has a large selection of excellent spas, including some world-class resort spas, as well as top-notch day spas.
Go on a Hike
For a more adventurous bachelorette activity, we highly recommend doing a hike! There are tons to choose from since Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. Our favorite hike is about 20 minutes north from Downtown. It starts at Boca de Tomatlan and goes all the way to Las Animas and Quimixto.
This beautiful hike follows the coastline and there are a lot of beaches along the way (including Playa Colomitos, Mexico’s smallest beach), so you can stop and take a dip to cool down whenever you want. The route is safe and well-labeled by locals. At the end of the trail, there are a bunch of local restaurants to choose from. Afterward, you can hike back the same way, or simply grab a water taxi.
This is a great idea for anyone wanting to experience their first tandem skydive. Imagine a 20-minute flight with the beautiful backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains, and then jumping out at 12,500 ft with the entire bachelorette party! The team at the Skydive Vallarta dropzone has over 12,000 jumps and over 20 years of experience.
Book a Puerto Vallarta Bachelorette Photoshoot
The bride and her best girls enjoying their last hurrah, frozen in time. Don’t forget a moment of this amazing time with some of your favorite people in the world! Plan a bachelorette party photoshoot with a professional photographer and then present the bride with the photos as a gift she’ll cherish forever. If you’ve been looking for the perfect bridal shower gift idea, this is one that can’t go wrong. Check out our post on the top 3 photographers to hire in Puerto Vallarta and choose between 4 different photo packages:
- 30 minutes – Includes 15 digital photos
- 1 hour – Includes 30 digital photos
- 90 minutes – Includes 45 digital photos
- 2 hours – Includes 60 digital photos
Get $15 OFF your bachelorette photoshoot with our special promo code: VALLARTABACH10
Puerto Vallarta Bachelorette Photoshoot Ideas
We suggest taking photos when the group feels that they look good. You know that feeling – you all just got ready to go out to dinner, hit the pool, or enjoy a bottomless mimosa brunch. Capture everyone when hair and makeup is fresh, and before any debauchery begins. We recommend around 10 am or 7 pm, but a photographer will give suggestions.
We’ve all seen them – matching swimsuits or tees that make the bride stand out. Also, to avoid the “what do we do with our hands?” question in photos, get bachelorette props and decorations! Below are more of our favorite Puerto Vallarta bachelorette photoshoot tips:
Booking a photoshoot in Puerto Vallarta for a bachelorette party is the best way to make sure everyone is in the shot, and you will have a bunch of frames to pick from to make sure you all look gorgeous.
How does it work?
- Pick a Date: Pick a day you’ll want to do your group photos. Pick a day where you have some flexibility and can relax the day of the shoot.
- Brainstorm Photo Locations: Whether it’s at the Airbnb or somewhere in town, think of a place that is convenient and will capture a vibe that the bride will love. Your photographer can help you with this after you book your shoot!
- Inquire & Choose Your Photographer: Submit a quick little form to check availability for all photographers in Puerto Vallarta. Once you hear back, you’ll be able to choose your favorite.
- Book & Plan the Shoot with Your Photographer: Submit payment and confirm the shoot date! After confirmation you’ll be able to plan the details like meeting spot and time with the photographer directly. Keep communication between the photographer and 1 person of the group, so that there is no confusion. We recommend more photoshoot time for larger groups. One hour photoshoots are ok for a maximum of 6 people. For groups of 6 or more, we recommend 1.5 hours or more.
- Have Fun Capturing Bachelorette Memories: Meet your photographer on shoot day, and have a blast taking photos and feeling like celebrities with a private professional photographer. You’ll be sure to LOVE the photos!
What is included?
The pricing includes photoshoot planning and time with your photographer, photo editing, and an online gallery. You’ll get a private online gallery of all the photos from the photoshoot, and the bride can choose her favorites to download. We recommend letting her do the final selection – it is her party after all! There is also the option to purchase all the photos at a nominal fee. The online gallery can be shared with everyone in your group.
How long is photo turnaround?
Most photos are ready within a week!
Can I purchase prints?
A print of the favorite group photo is an awesome gift for the bride or party favor for the group. We partner with professional labs all across the country and provide top-notch quality at a price that compares to Shutterfly or Walgreens.