Beyond a Girls' Night Out

Gather your girls for a pre-marital celebration that's a step above the rest.
Rebecca Moses

Five genius bachelorette party ideas that skip the bars but still raise the bar—in a good way.

Male strippers and pub crawls can give bachelorette parties a bad name. If you're not the kind of girl who goes for those sorts of things, it may have been tempting to tell your BFFs to call it off entirely--until now.

Etiquette FYI: any friend can plan and attend this party. Unlike the bridal shower, a bachelorette party isn't restricted to those invited to your wedding. But to keep it manageable, it is best to keep this party to 10-20 max.

Here are five alternatives to stuffing bills down a beefcake's briefs or pounding shots decked in a veil.

Surf's Up

Are your girls game for a weekend jaunt? (It's a great option when you're bringing a group together from different parts of the country.) Why not entice them to jump on planes and meet at an all-female surf camp?

Quite a few venues (we're talking about Chica Brava in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Surf Sisters in British Columbia; Northwest Women's Surf Camps in Oregon; Surf Diva in La Jolla, CA and Swell Women in Maui, Hawaii) offer weekend-long surf lesson packages that also include accommodations, meals and other activities. Before taking the plunge, what's better for girl-bonding than riding the waves together?

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