3 Essential Items for your Beach Vacation to the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a magical place, with lush palms and vibrate flowers, where the ocean breeze and waves dance along the shoreline, this stunning beauty ultimately makes for an unforgettable getaway, and when you stay at one of our luxury Caribbean villas, you’ll find more than just the gorgeous views and lovely abodes. Packing for your vacation can seem tough at times, you never know what you might need when you head to the Caribbean, but here at Elite Destination Homes, we’ve got you covered, with our three essential items to pack for your beach vacation of a lifetime.
 

The Right Clothing

Everyone has to pack when traveling and it’s important to know how to pack for the places you’re staying. In the Caribbean, the temperatures are tropical and with most of the days being humid, having the right fabrics is crucial. Fabrics like rayon and synthetics don’t allow clothing to breathe, which can increase sweat and keep you warm. Breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are ideal for the Caribbean. As many items with these fabrics are lightweight and tend to wick moisture, you’ll be able to enjoy the entire day in what you’re wearing, plus clothing like this packs up small which means you’ll have more room in your luggage for other things.

 

Clothing can include:

  • Swimsuit
  • Beach cover-ups
  • Dresses: Sundress, Maxi Dress, Mini Dress
  • Rompers
  • Tops: Blouses, T-Shirts
  • Outerwear: Light Sweater, Lightweight Jacket
  • Bottoms: Jeans, pants, shorts, skirts
  • Undergarments
  • Shoes: Walking Shoes, Sandals, Heels/Wedges
  • Plastic Bag for wet clothing

The Essential Accessories

Accessories are must-haves at the beach, and there are so many to choose from when it comes to what you should have with you during your beach vacation. We recommend some reading material which can be useful on long plane rides or when you’re lounging poolside at one of our luxury Caribbean villas. A water bottle is also a must, so you don’t get dehydrated while you’re under the hot sun! If you want to float away in your pool, with style, purchase a fun floatation device, they are easy to fold and pack in a suitcase, and the fun shapes allow for sweet Instagram photos. Finally, you won’t want to forget your sunglasses and a hat! These items help protect your scalp and your eyes from the harsh sun rays.

 

Accessories:

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Hair-ties
  • Book/magazine
  • Floating device
  • Water-bottle

The Items for Your Toiletries

Your third must have for the ultimate Caribbean getaway is sunscreen! SPF is excellent for those days you’re going to spend outside, even thirty minutes under the sun can cause damage, primarily if you’re not used to the heat. We also suggest you bring aloe vera for those days you spent too much time in the sun! You may also want to consider an insect repellent or a medicated ointment in case you get bit during your stay.

 

Toiletry Examples:

  • Facial toiletries: wipes, makeup removing wipes, face wash, moisturizer, eye cream
  • SPF Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera for sunburn
  • Insect Repellent
  • Medicated ointment
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Razor
  • Feminine care products
  • Tweezers, nail clippers
  • Safety Pins
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body Lotion

Bonus: What You Need in Your Carry-On

When flying on a more extended trip, you’ll want to have a small carry-on bag with you and what you pack in that, is equally as important as your checked luggage! You’ll want to be prepared for delays, or in case your checked bag doesn’t make it right at your landing time. In your carry-on, you’ll want to have at least a 1-2 day/nights worth of clothing, accessories, and toiletries to help reduce stress levels in case of a luggage mishap.

 

Carry-on Examples:

  • Any necessary medications/allergy medicine
  • Pair of pajamas
  • 1-2 days of clothes
  • Extra undergarments
  • Toiletries in your approved liquids bag.
  • Water
  • A few granola bars, a bag of nuts and another snack, just in case.

 

No matter what you choose to bring with during your amazing Caribbean getaway, you’re going to want to be comfortable! View the extensive range of rentals and beautiful, luxury Caribbean villas at Elite Destination Homes, then when you use our checklists and guides, we can help you reduce stress from packing and bring back enjoyment and excitement towards your vacation!

 

Lime Squash Anyone?

By Bill Bisanz | Barbados

English, preppy, exotic, Rihanna were just a few of the thoughts that came to my mind prior to visiting Barbados. Located at the southeastern end of the Lesser Antilles in the Atlantic Ocean, this independent state is one the most developed islands in the Caribbean and still has many ties to its former colonial past as part of the British Empire.

Settled by the English in the 1600’s, Barbados was an important economic powerhouse for England, mainly due to its sugar cane plantations and sugar exports. Vast fortunes were made, unfortunately at the cost of many lives, setting the stage for Barbados as a place of wealth and privilege.eveloped islands in the Caribbean and still has many tiesto its former colonial past as part of the British Empire.

Today, Barbados is still home to a privileged few, especially on its golden west coast, where several large estates dominate parts of the coastline. However, the country also has a healthy middle class and what appeared to be a well-integrated, vibrant society that, in my experience, was extremely welcoming during my first visit to their lovely island.

We spent most of our time in the Holetown area, located in St. James Parish on the west coast in the heart of the most beautiful homes and hotels the island has to offer.  I was astonished at the scale and grandeur of some of the estate homes we viewed, including the former home of the late Pamela Harriman, former US Ambassador to France. Most of the nicer homes belonged to English families, as the UK has a much greater tradition of travelling to Barbados than US citizens. In addition to the opulent beachfront estates, Holetown is also the home to the most expensive hotel I have ever heard of- the Sandy Lane Hotel. During Christmas the minimum booking is two weeks and the lowest price for a single hotel room is reportedly $2000/night. Polo and Cricket are alive and healthy in Barbados, although we didn’t check either out due to our lack of proper attire and soft ground conditions given the recent rains.

The Holetown area has a lot to offer with nice beaches, a good assortment of restaurants, several golf courses and a wide range of luxury villas for rent, most of which include a 2-4 person staff. From a family travel point of view, I think Barbados is an undiscovered gem. You can rent a luxury 4-5 bedroom villa for prices comparable to other Caribbean markets, e.g. Turks and Caicos or Anguilla, but you also get a cook, maid, laundress and butler, depending on the villa. For anyone with young kids (like me), you understand that even a luxury vacation can feel like parenting in a different location with the incumbent duties of cooking, cleaning and laundry.

We didn’t have time to fully explore the available dining options, but we did eat at a few restaurants in Holetown all of which I would return to.

  • Sitar – Indian food located on 2nd street
  • Spago – Italian food, also located on 2nd street
  • The Tides – located on the west cost road right in Holetown
  • Opa – a Greek lunch joint in the upscale, new Lime Grove shopping mall
  • Lone Star – didn’t eat here but had a drink – nice atmosphere

Other Notables:

  • Lime Grove Shopping Mall – for those with an affinity for Louis Vuiton and Ralph Lauren
  • Speightown – a charming seaside village just a few miles north of Holtetown, further up the west coast in St. Peter’s parish
  • Fresh coconut water for sale on the roadside – excellent, refreshing and healthy
  • Beautiful, historic and architecturally significant Anglican churches including the St. James Parish church on the West Coast Road
  • Several government-run fish markets dot the coast road including the MILLIE IFILL market in St. James
  • Green monkeys live all over the island including in residential neighborhoods
  • Old Year’s Night is Barbadian speak for New Year’s Eve

Overall, I was pleasantly impressed with Barbados. I felt a sense of history, culture and style that was particularly unique to the Caribbean. I look forward to my next journey to Barbados to more fully explore, enjoy and relax in this charming and beautiful island.

Oh yes, and,…. a Lime Squash is a lime-aid with fizzy water!