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After we booked our trip to Roatan, I immediately started imagining us outside on the beach, all day long. The Caribbean has a reputation for gorgeous beaches and clear blue water perfect for snorkeling, playing in the sand, and even visiting dolphins. Being out in the sun all day long meant we needed to be extra careful to avoid sunburns. I’m sharing ways to stay sun safe, including sunscreen, SPF clothing, and more. 🙂
1. SPF Clothing
Wearing SPF treated clothing is an easy way to stay sun safe all day. At least on the body parts that the clothing covers. 🙂 I bought these awesome sun/swim jackets for the boys at Costco. They have a zipper making them easy to put on and take off, plus they have hoods! I even had a jacket I wore while snorkeling.
They didn’t always wear their hoods, so having good hats is a necessity. Any hat is better than nothing but we brought hats that covered the boys’ necks too.
Wearing sunglasses should be obvious but I often forget to wear them at home. I did bring a pair for me on the trip but forgot a pair for Elliot. He ended up borrowing an old pair from my dad because he started looking like a little pink raccoon after the first day on the beach!
I always pick lounge chairs with shade as a home base for all of our stuff. It’s a great spot to relax when you need a break from the sun.
Of course the biggest tip is to wear sunscreen and to reapply it often! I recommend you buy it before you leave home. Sunscreen is available in the little beach markets and hotel gift shops in Roatan but the selection is very limited and the price is high. Wouldn’t you rather spend your vacation money on a fruity drink or a fresh banana donut? I found a wide selection of Banana Boat sunscreen at Walmart before we left.
We bought the Kids Free SPF 50 Clear Spray, Men’s SPF 30 Clear Spray, and Protect & Hydrate 50 Lotion (I really liked this one). We already had several bottles of sunscreens at home so I passed on the Sport SPF 50 Clear Spray, Protect & Hydrate 50 Spray and Men’s SPF 50 Lotion I also saw. There were plenty of options at much lower prices compared to anything available at the beach.
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** Bonus Tip **
Swim at sunset and avoid the sun altogether!