What to Wear in Puerto Rico

Cobbled streets of San Juan

Cobbled streets of San Juan

On the beach, in March

On the beach, in March

San Juan in March

San Juan in March

San Juan

San Juan

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General Style Tips

  • Casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics (cotton, silk and linen) will work best - it is warm and sunny but not unbearably hot all year round.
  • However the nights tend to be a little cooler so a sweater or wrap is worth popping in your case.
  • Go for comfort and style.
  • Daytime essentials include t-shirts, camisoles, sarong and shorts as most people spend their time on the beach or by the pool.
  • And remember your sunhat, sunglasses, and sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection).
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem, so take insect/mosquito repellent and cover up with long sleeves and pants when you can, particularly in the evenings if you are outdoors. Avoid wearing any scent or perfume.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Our advice would be to pack some flat sandals for the beach, We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • If you plan to explore the island, take some lightweight comfy shoes for walking. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
  • For evenings, dress is casual; ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses - and take a pashmina as just after a downpour it cools very quickly, but only temporarily.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, as well as providing cover from the sun or a chilly breeze.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For evenings, dress is casual; long shorts or pants and short-sleeved shirts.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • Rain is common during May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December - August and November having the most. A light raincoat and/or travel umbrella will come in handy. You do still get lots of sunshine though, and will dry quickly with the high temperatures.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Puerto Rico

  • If you are keen on doing a jungle hike be sure to pack suitable footwear (sturdy sneakers or walking shoes). Don't do it in slip-ons or flip flops!

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • The tap water is officially safe to drink, but may not be to your taste. You may prefer bottled water, so consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle instead - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step up voltage converter if your devices are not designed for local voltage (120V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Puerto Rican coffee is some of the best in the world, or for something different how about a papier mache mask to hang on your wall.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

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  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.

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