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Wondering what to wear in Jamaica in spring and summer? Keep reading to find out!
What to Wear in Jamaica
Written by: Lily Kim
- U.S. dollars in small denominations for tipping is recommended—even at all-inclusive resorts
- For an affordable calling option, use “Just Talk” phone cards that can be bought with cash and are sold at kiosks, newsstands and pharmacies.
- ATMs can be inadequate, so be prepared with travelers’ checks if necessary, and beware of hidden credit card fees while traveling.
- Know the exchange rate before you go. Inform yourself of the Jamaican dollar value in advance by checking currency exchange rates on xe.com in advance or download the XE app to access during your trip.
What to Wear in Jamaica: Clothing
Jamaica is known for its beach resorts, and the dress is mostly casual unless you’re attending a destination wedding that requires formalwear. You won’t need much party clothing for nightlife even in Mo’ Bay or Ocho Rios, but try packing a variety of attire including:
knee- to ankle-length tank dress
sports wear if it’s appropriate for your activities
Under Armour has HeatGear, which helps people to stay cool, dry and light with fitted clothing that feels like an extra layer of skin. It’s ideal for sun-sensitive people, and also, for people who are worried about mosquitos.
If you’re a golfer and will be in Montego Bay, don’t forget to pack for the golf courses, which are the best in the West Indies.
What to Wear in Jamaica: Shoes
- flip flops for the beach and pool
- walking shoes for activities
- wedge sandals for special events or else stick to dressy sandals
What to Wear in Jamaica: Accessories
Take a few fun and stylish accessories:
- a rope-style belt for your wrap or cover-up
- comfortable sandals as well as flip flops
- wide-brim hats and sunglasses
- snorkel mask
- beach bag
Don’t pack expensive or valuable jewelry. It’s not uncommon for hotel guests to report theft even when staying at an upscale resort. Stick to costume jewelry. You can find Bali-style accessories, coconut-shells, and bangles are sold beside beaches or at tourist sites.
What to Bring to Jamaica: Toiletries
Good quality sunscreens with high SPF should be brought to Jamaica, even though cheaper versions are sold at gift shops.
Estee Lauder’s pocket-sized Double Wear waterproof concealer with mirror will cover small imperfections and dark circles under the eye—even under sunscreen—without smudging or fading. L’Oreal’s Intense Liner is also water resistant for morning-to-night cat eyes (both in and out of the pool).
Avon’s Skin-So-Soft might protect exposed shoulders during an evening on the Tiki-lit patio, but also bring packets or swabs of Off! travel-sized bug repellant to avoid mosquito bites.
Things to Know
- Jamaica is balmy year-round. Spring can be warm and breezy during late high season and very hot and humid in summer with temperature ranging from 22C – 31C or 71 F- 88F. March or early spring is a good time to travel — before storms and then hurricane season, which lasts from June to late November.
- Negril’s beaches are the absolute best, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios have the finest resorts on the island, and places like Runaway Bay are quieter.
- Booking hotel transfers in advance is suggested to ensure a safe and convenient journey to your hotel.
- You can expect that your baggage will be checked when exiting the country.
- Don’t forget to bring luggage with lockable zippers and keep it locked even when staying at a high end resort.
What are your tips on what to wear in Jamaica? Please comment!
For more North America packing tips, please read:
- Packing for Disney World
- What to Pack for Grand Cayman
- What to Pack for the Bahamas: 7 Cruise Essentials
- What to Pack for Cuba
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Author Bio: Lily An is a Canadian educator and Vancouver-born nature enthusiast. When she isn’t working or traveling, she is likely to be skiing, diving, or mountain biking with her family.