What to wear in the Dominican Republic

So your dream vacation to the Dominican Republic is booked, your itinerary is set, and you’re ready to pack your bags. Wait, what will you be wearing while enjoying yourself in paradise? Follow these simple rules when packing for your trip.


You’ll likely be staying at one of the Dominican republic’s many all inclusive resorts. Most resorts require resort casual attire for dinner. This looks like long pants and collared shirts for men and pants/capris or skirts/dresses for women. The dress code for breakfast and lunch is very relaxed and shorts, tshirts and cover ups are often worn. No swim suits or wet clothing is permitted in indoor restaurants. Beach and pool bars do not have these requirements.


You will also want to keep your planned activities in mind when packing. Make sure you have plenty of swim suits and comfortable clothing packed for outdoor activities as well as dressy attire for fine dining.  Take a look at our quick reference list for you convenience.

What to Pack

  • 2- 3 swimsuits
  • 2-3 swimsuit coverups
  • Hat – something casual for pool side so you don’t overheat
  • Sunglasses – you’ll want them for the pool (plus you sknow you look cool in them)
  • Pool or beach shoes – nothing fancy – just something simple to keep your toes off the hot sand
  • 1-2 pairs of sandals – nice enough to wear out to dinner in a restaurant
  • 1-2 dresses – these are personal preference but they are easy to dress up while keeping cool.  A sundress or maxi dress is easy to slip on and so comfortable
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts – you can swap 1 for a skirt or skip one if you opt to pack a couple of dresses
  • 4-5 tops – light material and light colors please
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen

The weather is warm year round in the Dominican Republic, so make sure your attire is made of thin breathable materials and light colors to beat the heat. Overall, just be comfortable so you can have the time of your life. Happy packing!


*All clothing photos are courtesy of Sweet Caroline’s in Warrior Alabama.*

Lauren LeBrun