1. Home
  2. Destinations
  3. Caribbean
  4. Best Beach Gear for Your Caribbean Cruise

Best Beach Gear for Your Caribbean Cruise

  • 1

    Hitting the beach on your cruise requires a little more preparation than your average day trip. Since you'll be away from your ship for hours, you need to make sure you've got all the essentials to carry you through the day -- OK, and maybe a few cute accessories you might not actually need, but we know you'll love as much as we do. Add a little panache to your Caribbean cruise packing list with these fashionable and functional beach day must-haves.

    Photo: BlueOrange Studio/Shutterstock

  • 2

    Beach Tote

    Why choose between style and functionality, when you can have both? This adorable, brightly colored beach tote has a main compartment for all your necessities -- beach towels, sunscreen, a change of clothes, etc. -- and an insulated cooler section on the bottom for water bottles (or wet bathing suits). We especially love the lightweight canvas and mesh material, zip-top closure and interior pocket that keeps your valuables secure.

  • 3

    Waterproof Phone Case

    Even if you don't plan on bringing your phone into the ocean, it's a good idea to get a waterproof case to protect it from water and sand. This universal dry bag is compatible with almost any phone, and -- if you do want to get creative with your photo-taking -- totally safe to use underwater (the case material is touch-sensitive). Wear it around your neck via a comfortable lanyard for security and easy accessibility; the case also can be used to hold your cruise key card and cash/credit cards.

  • 4

    Beach Cover-up

    They say every woman needs a little black dress, but we think a beach cover-up is even more vital. Think about it: When you're walking to and from the beach, bar, restaurant and restrooms, it's a pain in the butt to keep putting on/taking off your clothes. A beach cover-up -- like this one-size-fits-all number -- requires no effort; you can just slip it on and go. Its soft, flowy material is also a lot more comfortable over a wet bathing suit than jean shorts and a tight tank top.

  • 5

    Sand Coaster

    If you're like us, then you've experienced the heartbreak that comes with spilling a plastic cup of precious booze on the beach. Rest assured, there is a solution: sand coasters. These durable plastic cup holders allow you to keep your drink upright on the sand and -- unlike similar products such as drink-holder stakes -- they're compact and easy to pack. Bring your own prepackaged snacks, or order small bites from the beach bar? The coasters also can double up as snack holders.

  • 6

    Towel Clips

    Breezy beach days call for one simple product: towel clips. These fun, portable yet durable gadgets help secure beach towels to lounge chairs, so they stay in place through any gust of wind or movement. Choose from a variety of cute designs, including flip-flops, margaritas and sunglasses. When you're not on the beach, use them by the pool onboard.

  • 7

    Beach Tent

    Whether you prefer to "beach it" in the shade or you're traveling with little ones in tow, this easy-setup beach tent is your saving grace. Not only is the tent compact and easy to travel with (weighing in at less than 5 pounds), but it also is equipped with a handful of smart design features such as UPF 50-plus protective material, ventilation windows and interior pockets for storage. The tent also comes with stakes and sand bags that can be used on windy days.


    Cruise Critic is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by promoting and linking to Amazon.com.

Find a Cruise

Popular on Cruise Critic

How To Choose a Cruise Ship Cabin: What You Need to Know
Your room on a cruise ship is called a cabin (or stateroom) and is akin to a hotel room, but typically much smaller. Choosing a cruise ship cabin can be fun and challenging at the same time, and not just a little bit frustrating on occasion. Cabins fall into different types or "categories," and some cruise lines will present as many as 20 or more categories per ship. Before you get overwhelmed, it's helpful to remember that there are essentially only four types of cabins on any cruise vessel: Inside: the smallest-sized room, with no window to the outside Outside: a room with a window or porthole (a round window) with a view to the outside, often similarly sized to an inside cabin or a bit larger; also known as oceanview Balcony: a room featuring a verandah that allows you to step outside without going up to a public deck Suite: a larger cabin, often with separate living and sleeping areas, and a wide variety of extra amenities and perks It's the permutations (size, view, location, amenities and price, for example) of the four basic cabin types that can make choosing difficult. In addition to knowing your cabin options, you need to know yourself: Do you tend to get seasick? Do you prefer to nest peaceably on your balcony rather than hanging with the crowd around the pool area? Conversely, is your idea of a stateroom simply a place to flop into bed at 1 a.m. -- no fancy notions necessary? Are there certain amenities you are willing to splurge on, or can you simply not justify paying for unnecessary perks? The answers will help guide you toward selecting the best stateroom for your money. If you're feeling overwhelmed by choice, we'll help you get started with this guide to choosing the best cruise cabins for you and your travel party.
8 Best Luxury Cruise Ships
The moment you step aboard a luxury cruise ship, a hostess is at your arm proffering a glass of bubbly while a capable room steward offers to heft your carry-on as he escorts you to what will be your home-away-from-home for the next few days. You stow your things (likely in a walk-in closet) and then emerge from your suite to get the lay of the ship. As you walk the decks, friendly crew members greet you ... by name. How can that be? You just set foot onboard! First-class, personalized service is just one of the hallmarks of luxury cruise lines. You can also expect exotic itineraries, varying degrees of inclusivity in pricing, fine wines and gourmet cuisine as well as universally high crew-to-passenger ratios. That being the case, you might think any old luxury cruise ship will do, but that's not quite true. Like people, cruise ships have their own unique personalities -- and some will be more suited to your vacation style than others. Lines like SeaDream might not offer the most spacious suites, but their intimate yachts can stealthily visit ports that large ships can't manage. Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises are owned by the same parent company but Regent offers a completely inclusive vacation experience, while Oceania draws travelers with a more independent streak. Take a look at Cruise Critic's list of best luxury cruise lines and ships to see which one resonates with you.
Best Time to Cruise
It's one of the most common cruising questions: When is the best time to cruise Alaska, Australia, the Caribbean, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Europe or the South Pacific? The answer depends on many variables. Fall foliage enthusiasts, for instance, will find September and October the best time to take that Canada/New England cruise, whereas families much prefer to sail the region in the summer when school is out and temperatures are warmer for swimming. The best time to cruise to Alaska will vary depending on your preferences for viewing wildlife, fishing, bargain-shopping, sunshine, warm weather and catching the northern lights. For most cruise regions, there are periods of peak demand (high season), moderate demand (shoulder season) and low demand (low season), which is usually the cheapest time to cruise. High season is typically a mix of when the weather is best and popular travel periods (such as summer and school holidays). However, the best time to cruise weather-wise is usually not the cheapest time to cruise. The cheapest time to cruise is when most travelers don't want to go because of chillier temperatures or inopportune timing (too close to holidays, the start of school, etc.). But the lure of cheap fares and uncrowded ports might make you change your mind about what you consider the best time to cruise. As you plan your next cruise, you'll want to take into consideration the best and cheapest times to cruise and see what jibes with your vacation schedule. Here's a when-to-cruise guide for popular destinations.