How to Do Tulum Like a Fashion Blogger: Where to Eat, Play & Stay

You can easily get travel recommendation from a city guidebook or random traveler reviews, but if you ask us, you’re likely to get much better suggestions from girls with similar tastes to you. Just where did we find theses well-traveled ladies with an eye for stylish, Instagram-ready spots? We went to a few of our favorite fashion bloggers, naturally, including Camille Charriere of Camille Over the Rainbow, Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life, Courtney Trop of Always Judging, and Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea. Today, we’re focusing on every fashion girl’s preferred tropical getaway: Tulum, Mexico. If you haven’t been yet, you’ve been forewarned: This story may cause impulse flight purchases.

Scroll down to check out the top spots in Tulum, and shop a selection of swimsuits perfect for Mexico!

Jashita Hotel

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Always Judging

Jashita Hotel is my favorite place to stay while I’m in Tulum. It’s a boutique hotel that is located twelve minutes outside the main drag of Tulum’s hotels and restaurants. I prefer to stay here versus the other hotels in the busier area, because it’s a short ride into town, and I would rather be secluded on their private beach. Some of the rooms are like little beach bungalows with outdoor hot tubs and major views. Also the beach is very private—only the people staying at the hotel (there are only 20 rooms) have access to the beach, so walking around in the nude is completely acceptable. I think I maybe put a top on once while I was there.” – Courtney Trop of Always Judging

Ahau Tulum

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Peace Love Shea

Ahau Tulum is my favorite hotel in Tulum. Private palapa huts are literally on the sand, no shoes are recommended ever, and the staff becomes a second family. There are fresh coconuts in the morning and smoothies on the beach. You have to book early because there's only about 15 huts.” – Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea

Papaya Playa Project

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Lust for Life

“If Coqui Coqui is fully booked, Papaya Playa is my second favorite. A lot of the big resorts tend to lose their local charm, but Papaya Playa is a hidden gem that shares the same coastline as the Mayan ruins. It's a part of Design Hotel Group, so you know that every detail is carefully thought out, from the food to the nightly movie screenings.” – Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life

Posada Margarita

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Peace Love Shea

Posada Margarita is a shabby-chic picturesque dream on the beach, with the best Italian food in the city. Fresh fish in lemon and olive oil paired with a huge mason jar of fresh squeezed green juice—my kind of place!” – Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea

“This little italian place was my favorite on the beachfront. The chef came and talked us through the tasty menu (fresh fish, pizza, pasta), and we came back three times that week. You will need to book, as it is always full.” – Camille Charriere of Camille Over the Rainbow

Posada Margherita was my favorite meal of the trip! This place is so freaking cute and romantic, and it’s completely open and right on the beach. The food is so fresh; it doesn’t need much to it. I had white fish with tomatoes and olive oil, and I was practically licking the plate. It’s one of the only meals of fish in my life where it didn’t need seasoning to be good because of the freshness. The tomatoes just burst in your mouth with flavor as you bite into them. The drinks were whatever—this place is more about the pasta and fish. I would suggest ordering white wine or rosé, not mixed drinks here.” – Courtney Trop of Always Judging

Antojitos La Chiapaneca

“We crowdsourced food recommendations from locals, and Antojitos La Chiapaneca was on the top of the list. It's a cheap, cheerful, and deliciously authentic.” – Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life

Hartwood

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Plain Travel

Hartwood is the best dinner in town. Everything is cooked over an open fire with seasoning done to perfection. Make sure to drop by early to make a reservation.” – Olivia Lopez of Lust for Life

“Hartwood has some of the best meat I’ve ever had in my life. If you’re a meat-eater definitely eat here! This will probably be your favorite spot. As a whole, this is probably the best restaurant in Tulum. This would be a good place for you if you're adventurous when it comes to trying different types of meat from all over the animals body. The drinks are okay, as well as the sides. I would say to stick to the main courses and the dessert! Also, make sure to make a reservation a little bit in advance, as this place gets packed!” – Courtney Trop of Always Judging

“Mezcal is my favorite kind of alcohol, and Gitano is a Mezcal bar. Enough said. I had some of the best drinks I’ve ever had in my life here. The spicy ones were my favorite, but anything here is going to be A+. The owner is this cool hippie dippie guy from Venice that moved to Tulum to open this spot. It’s located on the jungle side of Tulum and looks like a little jungle getaway. The tacos were seriously amazing as well! The shrimp and fish tacos were crazy amazing, so much flavor, I literally just kept eating and eating them…. and drinking all the Mezcal in the bar! The interior is comfy with bohemian decor, which makes for great photos and sets the mood for happy vibes. You must go here!” – Courtney Trop of Always Judging

Kanlum Lagoon

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Peace Love Shea

Kanlum Lagoon is an unbelievable turquoise crystal clear lagoon where you won't find any tourists... until now that I've given this secret spot away to Who What Wear. It’s a beautiful place to relax and swim away from the waves.” – Shea Marie of Peace Love Shea

Coqui Coqui is the best spot to lay out on the beach: The views are exquisite, the snacks delicious, and the eye candy provided by those staying at the hotel the best for miles around.” – Camille Charriere of Camille Over the Rainbow

 

Shop our top 5 Tulum-ready swimsuits from Shopbop:

Basta Surf Zunzal Bikini Top ($108)

Solid & Striped The Anne Marie One Piece Swimsuit ($158)

Have you ever been to Tulum? If so, share your secret spots in the comments below!