Are you planning a beach trip to Mexico and looking for cute clothes for your trip? You’ve come to the right place!
I’ve lived in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for over two years and have seen and shopped all the latest beach styles in Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.
In this post, I’m sharing all my best packing tips, Mexico outfit ideas, and cute clothes for Mexico beach vacations.
About Mexico Beach Style
Since I live in Playa del Carmen, this guide is more geared towards Mexico vacation outfits and clothes for Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya.
However, if you’re planning to visit beach towns on the west coast of Mexico such as Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita, or Los Cabos, the style is pretty much the same.
It’s just important to know that the weather in Los Cabos can be much cooler at night depending on the time of year you’re visiting.
What’s the beach style like in Mexico?
Beach style in Mexico is all about bright colors, tropical patterns, and bold prints. Think colorful maxi dresses, flowy skirts, crop tops, and strapless or off-the-shoulder blouses.
You’ll also see styles inspired by traditional Mexican clothing like colorful embroidery, hand-woven fabrics, and tassels and pom-poms.
You can scroll through and shop the images in this post to give you some great Mexico vacation outfit ideas.
Mexicans tend to dress a little more formally, but most tourists usually wear more casual beach and resort wear with sandals and flip flops during the day. For a night out, dresses, skirts, and rompers are the norm.
The great thing about Mexico beach style is that you can definitely get away with bold colors and patterns.
Don’t be afraid to step out in something that is a little brighter or bolder from your normal style!
What’s the weather like in Mexico at the beach?
Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya has a warm tropical climate all year round.
Below is a chart of average monthly temperatures to give you an idea of how warm it will be during the month that you’re visiting.
Playa del Carmen Average Monthly Temperatures
There are occasional cold fronts, but the temperatures never really drop below 60oF so you can feel comfortable wearing shorts and beachwear all year round.
The sea temperature is generally warm enough to swim in and visit the Riviera Maya beaches all year round as well.
During the winter months (December – February), it’s still very warm during the day but can sometimes get cooler at night, so you’ll want to bring a sweater or light jacket if you’re visiting during this time.
Be prepared for the humidity, which is pretty intense all year round and only slightly subsides during the winter months.
What kind of clothes should I pack for a Mexico beach trip?
Since the weather is hot and humid for most of the year, the best clothes to wear in Mexico are light breathable clothing as you’ll likely be breaking a sweat.
Light cotton and linen fabrics are best to absorb sweat and keep you cool.
What to pack for Mexico will depend on the length of your trip and the types of tours and activities you plan to do.
At a minimum, you’ll want to pack these vacation clothes for Mexico:
- Swimsuit coverup
- Tank tops and blouses
- Dressier attire like dresses, skirts, or rompers
- Sandals and flip flops
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Crossbody purse
Related Reading: The Ultimate Packing List for a Mexico Resort Vacation
Outfits for Mexico Beach Vacation
Below is an overview of the general style and fashion you will find in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Tulum.
Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and Riviera Maya Outfits
Playa del Carmen and Cancun are much less conservative than other cities in Mexico, and it’s not uncommon to see visitors wearing swimwear and minimal clothing walking down the street. After all, you’ll probably be in your swimsuit for most of the time.
The general vibe is very beachy, laidback, and carefree. Styles can range from super casual to more formal resort wear for a fancy dinner or night out.
Here are some examples of Playa del Carmen outfits to give you an idea of style in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, and the Riviera Maya region:
In Tulum, the style tends to be more bohemian so you’ll see that the outfits for Tulum typically include more Fedora hats, flowy skirts and wraps, and crochet tops in neutral, earthy tones.
Tulum style is pretty boho-chic, which fits into Tulum’s overall design aesthetic and attracts influencers and fashion bloggers from around the world.
Here are some examples of Tulum outfits to give you an idea of the style in Tulum:
Cute Clothes for Mexico Beach Vacation
Below is a roundup of some of my favorite finds for a Mexico beach trip including dresses and rompers, tops, shorts, skirts, coverups, shoes, and accessories.
These are some cute Mexico outfits you can expect to see in Mexico at the beach.
For swimsuits, check out my complete guide to Mexico swimwear here → The Best Swimsuits for Mexico
Dresses and Rompers
These dresses to wear in Mexico are colorful, comfortable, and flirty. Rompers are probably one of my favorite fashion items because you can dress them up but they are still comfortable and usually have pockets as a bonus.
Here are some of my favorite vacation dresses for Mexico:
Tops and Blouses
You’ll want to wear tanks, short sleeve, or sleeveless tops since the weather will be hot and humid. You’ll also see a lot of crop tops paired with shorts or skirts.
Here are some of my favorite tops and blouses for Mexico:
Comfortable shorts are an essential item to pack for Mexico. I love the high-waisted drawstring shorts that are super comfortable and non-restrictive.
If you’re comfortable in shorts and skirts, you can probably get away without bringing any pants or jeans as it’s too hot for most of the year.
Here are some of my favorite shorts for Mexico:
Flowy maxi skirts are a great option that you can dress up or that can also double as a beach coverup to wear with your bikini top. The best thing is that flowy skirts are light and airy to keep you cool.
Here are some of my favorite skirts for Mexico:
You’re probably going to be in your swimsuit about 90% of the time so a beach coverup is pretty essential.
I usually try to choose a neutral color like black or white that will go with all my swimsuits.
Travelista Tip: Consider buying a kimono style coverup that can double as a shawl in the evenings.
Here are some of my favorite swimsuit coverups for Mexico:
Sandals & Shoes
In the shoe department, you’ll definitely want to bring flip flops and sandals as well as comfortable walking shoes.
You’ll also want to pick up a pair of water shoes if you’re planning any adventurous tours or activities.
If you’re staying in downtown Playa del Carmen, I wouldn’t really recommend wearing heels as the streets are pretty uneven.
If you really want to wear heels, I would recommend wedges or platform sandals. I usually opt for these platform sandals for a night out for the added height of wearing heels but way more comfortable.
However, if you’re staying at a resort in Riviera Maya, you can probably get away with wearing heels to dress up for a nicer dinner or night out at the resort.
Here are some of my favorite shoes and sandals for Mexico:
Mexico beach accessories are pretty much all about the brightly colored tassels and pom-poms.
Bring some colorful jewelry, bags, and accessories to complement your cute Mexico outfits.
In addition, you’ll definitely want to bring a crossbody purse for added safety and security when you’re out and about.
I personally have this belt bag and it’s one of my favorite travel accessories for daytime activities.
Here are some of my favorite accessories for Mexico:
Mexico Packing Tips
I have packed my bag for Mexico so many times that I pretty much have it down to a science!
The great thing about packing for the beach is that you can pack lighter and your items won’t take up as much space in your suitcase.
Here are some of my best Mexico packing tips:
- Use packing cubes: I recently bought these packing cubes and they have been an absolute game changer for me! Honestly, I had no idea how much space they really save and they keep your suitcase so tidy, organized, and easy to zip. Plus, they allow you to separate your undergarments, swimsuits, tops, and bottoms into different packing cubes for ease of access. Now I’m a believer and packing cubes are pretty much my number one packing tip!
- Try to mix and match: Try to choose tops and bottoms that can be easily mixed and matched to create different outfits to wear in Mexico. This will save space in your suitcase and expand your outfit options.
- Pack some neutral accessories: Try to pack a few neutral accessories like tan, white, or blush colored shoes, clutches, and jewelry that can be paired with many of your Mexico vacation clothes.
- Skip the heels: As I mentioned, it can be difficult to wear heels for a night out in Playa del Carmen unless you’re planning to take a taxi everywhere. It’s not impossible, but you’ll be way more comfortable in sandals, platforms, or wedges.
- Bring a beach bag as your personal item: A beach bag is a cute and practical accessory to bring to store your beach towel, sunscreen, and other beach bag essentials. However, they can be bulky so I would recommend bringing it as your personal item on the plane to save space in your suitcase.
- Bring water shoes: If you’re planning to go on any tours or participate in more adventurous activities during your trip, I would definitely recommend packing a pair of water shoes. You’ll definitely want to have them for activities like visiting a cenote, ziplining, or going to an adventure park.
I hope this cute outfits for Mexico vacation guide was helpful in preparing for your Mexico beach trip!
Now that you know what to wear in Mexico on the beach, you can focus on planning fun tours and activities!
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