What to Wear in St Vincent & The Grenadines

General Style Tips

  • The influence of the French and Dutch gives this island a more European feel.
  • 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 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.
  • Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools.
  • 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 – add in a nice outfit if you hope to visit these venues.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Pack some pretty 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 away from the beach and hotels, take some lightweight comfy shoes for walking. We love Hotter shoes – they're really comfortable and look good too.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • 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 light cardigan or wrap as just after a downpour it cools very quickly but only temporarily.
  • A wrap or pashmina will dress up any outfit, and remember that accessories or sparkly costume jewelry can make a great statement.

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 (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

  • June, July, August, September, October and November is more humid being the rainy season, when you may also experience hurricanes (September is the most likely month for these). 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 be useful.
  • 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 St Vincent & The Grenadines

Other Things To Pack

  • Officially the tap water is safe to drink on St Vincent, but visitors tend to prefer bottled water. Consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles. Avoid drinking or brushing your teeth in tap water if staying in the Grenadines.
  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • 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 (220V).
  • 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! Bequia is famous for its hand-crafted model sailing boats, and look for other locally crafted clothing, jewelry or pottery. Sunset rum and hot pepper sauce are also popular buys – just remember any liquids will need to be packed in your hold luggage.

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