Fashion Designer Nanette Lepore frequents Miami (especially post-Fashion Week), but when she isn’t hitting the Florida beaches, you can find her tanning in Tulum – or at least yearning to go back. “I’ve been there a few times, and I’m already plotting my return,” says Nanette.

While she’s dreaming of sipping drinks and floating in the sea, the self-proclaimed heavy-packer offers one important tip for first time Tulum visitors, “You don’t need a car!” 

We like the sound of that.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Nanette about her Mexican getaway.

  • VacationStyle: What is your favorite thing about Tulum?

    Nanette Lepore: Oh my God! You can roll out of bed and right onto the beach.

  • VS: What activities do you enjoy doing there?

    NL:  Drink. Float. Dance. 
    I love La Fonda Chiquita. They cook all your food right in front of you. You can’t beat floating in the gentle waves for hours and dancing the night away on the beaches.

  • VS: How would you describe the style culture in Tulum?

    NL: Tulum has this chic model beach vibe. It’s like being at fashion week, but on the sand. There’s a little bit of grunge too, which makes it interesting.

  • VS: What should women wear while vacationing there?

    NL: Kaftans and flats for a lot of strolling on beach.

  • VS: What should not be packed and definitely purchased?

    NL: I recommend buying a gorgeous embroidered linen poncho from the local artisans.

  • VS: How has Tulum, or travel, in general, influenced your designs?

    NL: There’s inspiration everywhere. I’m a sucker for a Mexican peasant top. I love the bright colors.

  • VS: Tell us about something you love that was purchased in Tulum.

    NL: I bought this really beautiful hand loomed, fringed beach cover-up. The sides are open – it’s so sexy.