What to Take

  • Travel plug (adapter), if needed, for the North American–style sockets
  • Compact umbrella – in preparation for sudden downpours
  • Snorkeling equipment to save on rental fees
  • Flashlight/torch for navigating unlit areas and beaches after dark
  • Insect repellent – natural, DEET-free varieties are best

What to Wear

Although casual dress is the norm across the island, it's a good idea to bring dressier clothes if you plan on dining at high-end restaurants. During the rainier months, a waterproof jacket comes in handy. Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and dresses and long trousers at night help protect you from mosquitoes. A swimsuit is a must for paddling, sunbathing and snorkeling.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Inform your debit- and credit-card company you’re heading away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Contact your mobile phone provider to inquire about roaming charges or an international plan