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What To Wear On Cruise Excursions – Tips For Visiting the Caribbean

Are you wondering what to wear on cruise excursions for your upcoming Caribbean cruise?

If you are unsure what to wear off the ship, it can be difficult to pack appropriately for your trip. We know that you want to choose clothing that is comfortable, safe, and respectful of local customs. Whether you’re going on a beach excursion, hiking, or exploring local history and culture, there are some simple guidelines you can follow to make sure you’re dressed right.

Don’t let the wrong clothing lead to an unpleasant experience on shore. Read on to learn what to wear and ensure you’re prepared for any adventure.

What To Wear On Cruise Excursions

There are no less than thirty-six ports of call in the Caribbean, and you can only imagine the amount and variety of cruise excursions on offer. Shore excursions may include anything from visiting museums and historical sites to skydiving and everything in between.

Generally, when visiting the Caribbean islands, you dress according to the weather and the activity you are undertaking. Choose airy linen and cotton blends in light shades and colors, even when wearing long pants. Dark hues attract too much heat in the tropics.

Respecting the dress requirements for each port city you visit is good practice. Although people in the Caribbean people are usually more laid back, they frown upon revealing clothes worn in public. So leave the swimsuit and sarong for the beach and wear more modest clothes when visiting shops and establishments.

If you are into adventure excursions, always confirm what you need to wear upon booking. For example, you may need to take hiking shoes to do a mountain trail or protective clothing for when you do skydiving. The correct attire will ensure a more pleasurable experience. In addition, packing any additional clothing in your cruise day bag will ensure you have a change of clothes after more strenuous activities.

Use these points as a guide:

  • If you’re taking excursions that involve significant walking or outdoor activities, wear comfortable, lightweight clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Shorts, T-shirts, and sundresses are all good options.
  • For beach excursions, either bring a swimsuit to change into or wear a suit under a cover-up or regular clothes. Sandals, flip-flops, or water shoes are appropriate.
  • For excursions centered on physical activity such as hiking, wear closed-toe shoes that are both sturdy and comfortable, such as sneakers or hiking boots.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • If you’re prone to catching a chill, also consider taking a light jacket or sweater for indoor activities that may be air-conditioned.

What Not To Wear On Cruise Excursions

Now that you know what to wear on cruise excursions, it’s equally important that you know what not to wear on an excursion in the Caribbean.

As with anywhere else, some island nations are more conservative than others. You will find that traditional Jamaican clothing, for instance, does not show much skin. However, remember that you are visiting, so honor the island’s traditions and choose slightly more conservative clothing when called for.

It would be best to avoid high heels, significant make-up, and flashy jewelry. High heels are not comfortable for Caribbean walking. You will likely sweat off any make-up, and flashy jewelry attracts pickpockets and other unsavory characters.

What To Wear On Cruise Excursions

Beware of Camouflage!

Several Caribbean islands have laws banning civilian camouflage, and those laws apply to tourists!

The reasons for camo bans vary by country, but it is often intended to prevent civilians from being mistaken for military personnel. Caribbean countries where it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing include Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

So, if you will be visiting one of those islands, leave anything with a camouflage motive at home, including wallets, purses, clothing, hats, or caps.

Closing Thoughts

What you wear on your shore excursions in the Caribbean can be the difference between a fun adventure and a frustrating mess. Follow the guidelines above so that you’re comfortable, safe, and respectful of local laws and customs.

By keeping these points in mind, you’re sure to have an amazing time exploring all the Caribbean has to offer!

Mona Marks


Mona loves group travel of all kinds, and she finds cruises are the perfect setting for that.

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