What should I pack for a trip to the Cayman Islands?

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Hayley Bosch

Like other tropical locales, the Cayman Islands remain warm throughout the year, though some months are much hotter and more humid than others. I was recently in Grand Cayman in mid-May, when temperatures are technically in the 80s but the heat index is well into the 90s. Needless to say, no matter what time of year you visit, you'll definitely want to pack a bathing suit (or four). The beach is the main draw for many visitors and locals alike, so leaving home without your bikini or swim trunks is a mistake. And to go along with that, do not forget sunscreen. Regardless of your base tan, the sun is extremely strong in the Caymans and you can burn without even knowing it — especially when you're out on the water. Personally, I usually stick to SPF 30, but even lathering SPF 45 on my entire body multiple times throughout the day wasn't enough. You should probably bring some aloe just to be safe. Of course, if you don't want to put these things in your suitcase, you can certainly buy sunscreen and aloe on island. Bringing along a hat can never hurt either, whether it's a baseball cap or a floppy sun hat.

Depending on when you visit, you may want to pack a light sweater for evenings. If your trip is during late spring or summer, you can definitely do without the sweater as temps are still in the 80s after sunset. As far as clothing goes, you'll likely be spending most of your time in your bathing suit; but you'll want to pack a few cover-ups, shorts, sundresses and tank tops. And if you're the active type, be sure to pack your golf attire — The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has a great course. Foodies won't want to miss dining at Blue by Eric Ripert (also at The Ritz), and dress there is a bit more upscale than other island restaurants. Overall, Grand Cayman is a pretty casual place; sandals will do just fine for the majority of your activities.

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