Small Community in a Big City
I'm not a huge fan of Surfers Paradise and its "mini-Vegas" feel. It's ok as cities go, but I'm a small town girl, and I like to sleep without sirens. It's a great party city, catering more to the 18-22 crowd than anything else, and since I'm no longer in that category, it just doesn't have much appeal for me. The beaches are huge, but kind of crowded, but it's a very clean, well taken care of city, and there's a lot of touristy things to do, and great shopping.
Insider Tip:Don't fall for the pub crawl deals, they're a waste of time and money. There are hostess girls that can get girls into Sin City for free drinks on the weekends, look for them near the doors around 11:30, they are usually trying to find girls at that time. Beer Garden is busiest on Tuesday nights, and a nice chill place to hang as far as clubs go. There are a bunch of little Irish pubs that are awesome, and Waxy's is the best on Sunday and Monday, $2 steak and cheap beer. Don't forget to go upstairs.