What to Wear in Cancun Besides a Swimsuit

Not sure what to wear in Cancun? Check out these helpful tips and start packing. Also, learn what to bring to Cancun for your Cancun Adventures tours.

Packing for vacation doesn’t have to be a guessing game, or a fight to fit clothes for every possible weather scenario into your suitcase. With a little planning, you can bring only the essentials and stop stressing about whether you’ve adequately prepared. Figuring out what to bring to Cancun is no different. Check out these tips and suggestions to learn exactly what to wear in Cancun and how to pack the right items.

What to Wear in Cancun

There are so many fun activities to enjoy in Cancun, it would be a shame to miss out on something amazing. You’ll need to know how to dress in Cancun, so you can pack for everything from scaling ancient Mayan ruins, swimming in cenotes, and snorkeling with whale sharks, to dining in fancy restaurants or hiking through the jungle.


Let’s start with the most obvious. No one goes to Cancun without visiting the beach or pool, or without scuba diving, sailing, snorkeling, or swimming with the local marine life. So swimsuits are at the top of your list of what to wear in Cancun. It’s also wise to bring more than one, so you don’t have to miss out on any activities while your suit is still drying from the previous adventure.

Sun Protection

When traveling to and from the beach -- or anywhere you want to wear your swimsuit -- plan to have a cover-up, or shorts and tee shirt. You’ll also need a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen. Keep in mind that many sunscreens are not allowed in the oceans because of harmful ingredients, so make sure you have a reef-safe, chemical-free sunscreen.


In addition to a pair of sandals for the beach, don’t forget good water-resistant walking or hiking shoes for sightseeing and jungle exploration. Depending on your activities, you may also want water shoes or a nice pair of dress shoes.


During the wet season, which stretches from May through October, Mexico gets a lot more rain and stays pretty humid, so you’ll want to add an umbrella to your packing list. The temperatures tend to hover between 85 and 95 degrees.

During the dry season, between November and April, it gets a little colder and sometimes windy, so you might want a pair of long (but still fairly thin) pants or a light sweater. Temperatures are usually between 80 and 88 degrees, but occasionally dip down to around 65 degrees.

Year-round, you will want to pack the following clothing items for maximum comfort in Cancun:

  • Rain jacket

  • Shorts

  • Tee shirts and/or tank tops

  • Sundresses

  • Clothing for a night out or special occasion

  • Swimsuit cover-up

  • Sunglasses

What to Bring to Cancun

In addition to clothing and sunscreen, there are a few items you want to be sure you have on your list of what to bring to Cancun.

Water Bottle

The drinking water in Cancun can be questionable, so make sure you only drink from sealed bottled water, or bring iodine tablets to treat for bacteria yourself. You can also buy a water bottle that is designed for this purpose with a built-in water purification system.

Bug Repellant

Don’t forget to pack bug spray or insect-repellent bracelets to keep from being bitten by mosquitoes at the beach or on excursions.

Waterproof Phone Case

If you plan on bringing your phone with you when you leave the hotel, you will want to make sure it is adequately protected from water and sand with a waterproof case.


In addition to any personal medications you may need, throw in some activated charcoal or over-the-counter medicine to treat diarrhea or upset stomach, just in case.

Backpack or Beach Tote Bag

Use a backpack or large tote bag as a carry-on for the plane, then use it when you get to Cancun for holding water bottles, sunscreen, and any other essentials when you are on the go.

Embark On a Cancun Adventure

Cancun Adventures offers various tours and excursions and has something for every traveler. Climb an ancient Mayan temple at Coba, enjoy luxurious private beaches, or get a rush of adrenaline driving ATVs, zip lining, and rappelling. Contact us today to book an adventure for your Cancun vacation!

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