My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Sipping my refreshing cup of cafe con leche, taking a brief break from the Mérida sun in our historic hacienda, when my fiancé walked in and wished me, “Happy Fourth of July, amor…we’re two weeks closer to your birthday.” 

Being able to getaway together, unplug, relax and fully embrace another culture –  these were some of my favorite days. And Mérida was the perfect place.

But we also knew we were definitely getting an extra dose of summer by going around this time. That’s right – hotter than the Florida heat! Reason why summer is truly the worst time to travel here, but we did for a special purpose.

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Romper: Maje Hat: Janessa Leone Sandals: Schutz

Earlier, I talked a bit about the beautiful history surrounding Mérida. Besides its heavenly architecture, historic haciendas, affordability and the direct flight from Miami (the list really does go on)…this part of the Yucatan is a place my fiancé and I will cherish forever.

In awe of all the new possibilities, I wanted to share a guide full of personal tips and details we took away from this trip (see my Q+A from the very first trip here)! 

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow wears ootd featuring Maje Skirt

Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow wears ootd featuring Maje Skirt

TopReformation Midi skirtMaje BeltMaison Boinet SandalsGiuseppe Zanotti EarringsOscar de la Renta

Stay:

There were so many homes it was tough to choose just one! So we broke our time up and stayed in two properties. 

Our first rental home was El Portico de la Candelaria. I loved how much the 1930s Mosaic tile floors added to the ambience of the house – not to mention the original antique wood doors and beamed ceilings. It’s also spacious, which makes it great for a family (sleeps 6). However, due to difficult street parking and the open-air concept, it may not be for everyone.

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Casa de Flamenco was where we stayed for the remainder of our trip; it’s one of my favorites to rent when visiting (see our previous stay here)! Located in the heart of the city, this stately colonial home is filled with unique touches, grand elements and complete privacy making it an easy choice. The covered pool is another wonderful amenity and helps block out unwanted mosquitos. Things to know: it’s not as updated as the initial property, some minor issues (wobbly shower head) and pool is very cold.

Casa Lecanda is quickly becoming a new favorite. Located minutes from the center of town, you can’t argue with its timeless beauty and charm.

Regardless, there are tons of options that will fit exactly what you’re looking for. I like to think of Mérida like an onion. Every time you visit, there’s another layer to be enjoyed and you’re reminded of how incredible each part is…and as a whole. 

Dine here: 

K’u’uk is probably their best high-end restaurant. The menu features 8 courses each prepared using a molecular technique, fresh ingredients and is artistically plated. Plan to stay 2-3 hours for a most experiential dinner. Ours was delicious! 

Apoala, in Santa Lucia square, creating Oaxaca styled dishes with local ingredients and a sublime culmination of Mexican flavors. If you can, reserve a table on the terrace on the weekends – it’s the best for live music!

My fiancé and I are looking forward to experiencing IXI’IM at Chablé Resort when we return because we’ve heard how outstanding it is!

Enjoy this:

We stopped into the exquisite Coqui Coqui and their art gallery, Fundación de Artistas. We experienced this haven for artistic souls while sipping on fresh grapefruit juice infused with rose. I loved the classical music they were playing and couldn’t resist their carrot cake (we went back three times for more).

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow featuring My Guide to Mérida

If you have time for a day trip like us, we rented a car and drove out to a tiny town, Izamal – the yellow city. It’s such a beautiful town full of culture, but not overwhelming. Definitely doable in a few hours.

Extra tips for you:

In case you are only planning to stay in town, there’s no need to rent a car. Uber works perfectly over here and I highly suggest it!

It’s extremely hot during the summertime. As I mentioned earlier, summer is a terrible time to stay here as the heat intensifies from morning to night. My fiancé got really sick from dehydration because it was over 105 degrees out. I’d say the best time to come would be from September to early May.

Style Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow wears ootd featuring Reformation top and pants

Fashion Blogger Stephanie Hill from The Style Bungalow wears ootd featuring Reformation top and pants

Top: Reformation, sold out (more options herePants: Reformation, sold out (more options hereSandalsMiista Earrings: (c/o) Mercedes Salazar BagFlynn

Overall, everyone is very sweet and friendly! The city felt just as safe as it did last year. 

We loved every moment spent here exploring and falling in love with this magical piece of the Yucatan. 

Stay tuned for some special details next!

Xo, Stephanie

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