Clothing and Attire in Antigua

Deciding on clothing to pack for your trip to Antigua doesn't have to be difficult

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Clothing in Antigua

When planning your trip to Antigua, consider comfort, climate, and appropriateness when deciding what to wear on the island.

The year-round temperature on Antigua hovers regularly between 77 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit, with an extreme low of 65 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 95 degrees Fahrenheit. So when choosing attire to wear on the island, keep in mind that light-weight clothing will probably be most comfortable for the island's tropical climate.


Shorts, swimsuits, and flip-flops are the ideal dress code for Antigua's many beaches, but keep in mind that some hotels and restaurants require more formal attire, such as jackets and ties for men and dresses for women during the evening hours.

Because Antigua is traditionally a Christian country, and many of the islanders attitudes tend to be conservative about dress, skimpy or revealing clothing can be construed as disrespectful. Beachwear is also deemed inappropriate while visiting shops and streets in towns.

Despite the conservative climate, there is one location in Antigua where guests may sun bathe in the buff.  The fourth beach away from Hawksbill Hotel is designated as a nude beach.  The area is quite private, so there are no prying eyes, or a chance for people who deem the practice inappropriate to accidentally happen upon the beach.  Nude sun bathing or swimming is not permitted anywhere else on the island, so remember to pack the appropriate swim wear for your days on the beach. 

With its moderate temperatures and tropical breezes, dressing for Antigua's climate is simple - light beach wear mixed with one or two dressier outfits should do it.


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