What to Wear in Belize

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General Style Tips

  • Belize has a Caribbean laid back feel and is unsual for South America as the official language is English.
  • Go for comfort and style. This is a chilled out country where dress is relaxed, just keep cool.
  • It's hot and humid so casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics (cotton, silk and linen) will work best.
  • However the nights tend to be a little cooler on the coast or in the jungle so a sweater or wrap is worth popping in your case.
  • For the beaches, daytime essentials include t-shirts or camisoles, sarong and shorts.
  • If trekking, light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
  • Remember your sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) and insect/mosquito repellent.

What Shoes To Pack

  • With so many ancient Mayan sites to see there is plenty of exploring to be done and comfortable walking shoes are a must, (try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
  • Add in dive shoes for the coral - here is the world's second largest coral reef and a great place to see manatees and sea turtles.
  • We would suggest you pack some flat sandals too, and we love 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

  • Keep your swimwear and shorts for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools; cover up away from the beach or pool with a kaftan or sarong.
  • For evenings, dress is casual.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, cover you for modesty, or keep you warm.
  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair - so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.

Clothing Tips for Men

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

Pack for the Weather

  • June, July, August, September, October and November is officially the rainy season and hurricanes are possible August to October.
  • The dry season runs through February, March, April and May but you really can get rained on at any time (especially in the south) so pack a lightweight waterproof jacket and/or travel umbrella.
  • 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

  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your bag with a fold away day sack or beach bag that will carry your essentials on day trips.
  • 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 the local voltage (110V).
  • 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 Mayan woven baskets, wood works or carvings, or local rum - just remember any liquids will need to be packed in your checked-in luggage.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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  • 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.