Dressing for your time in the Caribbean takes a little planning. Most areas in the Caribbean are lush, humid and warm so you need to dress appropriately. During your island adventure, you will experience long sunny days at the beach or lounging by the pool followed by sultry evenings at dinner and cocktails. You might even hit the dance floor to cap the night off. Day tours and reef adventures require a different approach to preparation. I want you to be prepared for any adventure that comes your way so I’m going to give you a little advice that will prepare you to enjoy every moment and soak up the sun as stylishly as possible.
Shorts and tee shirts or short-sleeved tops, as well as, colorful sundresses are always appropriate during the day. Select clothing that is loose fitting and floats away from your body. Natural fibers, such as linen and cotton, work well in the tropical environment. They will keep you cool and comfortable as you shop your way through the island’s many boutiques and shops.
If you are planning an island tour while you are here, you may consider packing a pair of long pants. These can be helpful if there are mosquitoes while you are hiking. Having a long sleeved shirt or loose tunic can also come in handy after a long day at the beach if you happen to get too much sun.
For the evenings, sundresses are appropriate for cocktails or dinner as you watch the sun slowly sink in the sky. However, you may also opt for dressier shorts, as well.
Every outfit needs appropriate accessories. Select the pieces of jewelry that will work with several outfits. You will also want to shop while you are on the island and acquire some local pieces that will accentuate your outfits. These accessory pieces, such as jewelry or scarves, will become treasured mementos long after your vacation on the island has ended.
To protect yourself from the sun, wear your favorite wide brimmed hat and sunglasses. Also, don’t forget your sunscreen and some bug spray. The ideal is to protect your skin while you develop your Caribbean bronze tan!
Lastly, don’t forget your swimsuit or two! If you pack two swimsuits, one can be drying in your room while you are out splashing your way through the afternoon at the beach.
Life in the Caribbean is vibrant and colorful. We reflect that in our clothing. So, when packing for your trip, keep it simple.