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 (76 – 88F).
- However the nights tend to be a little cooler and a sweater or wrap is worth popping in your case.
- Daytime essentials include t-shirts, camisoles, sarong and shorts, as most people spend their time on the beach.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
- 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 may like to pack a smarter outfit for these occasions.
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.
- Ladies, save your high heels for the evenings or why not try 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
- A wrap or ashmina will dress up any outfit, and accessories or sparkly jewelry can make a great statement.
- Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
- For evenings, dress is smart casual; ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses – and take a shawl or wrap as just after a downpour it cools very quickly, but only temporarily.
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 collared short-sleeved shirts (no t-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
- July, August, September, October and November is officially the rainy season, although it tends to start earlier these days. You do still get lots of sunshine, but it is interrupted by deluges of rain which last for up to 30 minutes at a time. A light raincoat or travel umbrella will come in handy.
- 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 if you tend to buy bottled water consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration 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 out for artworks, jewelry and native crafts.