What to Wear in Antigua & Barbuda

Cruise ship sightseeing, St John's Harbour, Antigua

Cruise ship sightseeing, St John's Harbour, Antigua

Quayside, St John's Harbour, Antigua

Quayside, St John's Harbour, Antigua

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General Style Tips

  • Smart casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics 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 pashmina is worth popping in your case.
  • Daytime essentials include t-shirts or camisoles, sarong and shorts - as most people spend their time on the beach.
  • Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools.
  • And don't forget good sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunhat and sunglasses.
  • 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.
  • There are a number of up-market restaurants where the dress code is super smart - so you might want to add in a nice outfit if you plan to dine in these places.
  • You should also be aware that it's illegal to have army/combat type clothing or print.

What Shoes To Pack

  • If you plan to explore the island, take some lightweight comfy shoes for walking. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • And we would suggest you pack some pretty flat sandals. 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.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • For evenings, dress is smart casual - ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses - and take a pashmina or wrap, 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 your pashmina will be a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, provide cover from the sun or from a chill 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 smart casual - long pants and short-sleeved shirts; tailored shorts are acceptable.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • May and October are the wettest months when you may like a lightweight raincoat or travel umbrella, but this is one of the driest islands of the Caribbean.
  • June, July, August, September, October and November is however classed as the hurricane season, albeit that they are infrequent.
  • 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

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • The tap water is safe to drink but may not be to your taste. If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - 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 down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for local voltage (230V).
  • 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! Look for brightly painted pottery, and of course spices and bottles of rum are great buys - but remember you will need to pack any liquids in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.

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

Pack Right

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

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.