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Rachel Jensen of Grand Baymen – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Belize is a casual country, but there are some places to dress up; it just depends on where you are going.  I wear different clothes to work, like light pants, sundresses, skirts, and cool, comfortable shirts. Sometimes when I go out I will wear jeans, or shorts and a cute, casual top. I also wear T-shirts. For shoes, I wear sandals, flip flops, or more dressy shoes for my dresses. It was unseasonably cool last month so I had to wear the warmest things I own like jeans and a sweater. 
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Belize expats, I Love Belize sign – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
The dress code in Belize is very casual. You can get away in Ambergris Caye with just a collared shirt and linen pants. I never wear business professional clothes on the island, but I do wear skirts and collared tops for work.  On the weekend I wear t-shirts and shorts and flip flops everywhere. I wear a sundress to go to the nicest restaurants on the island and the fanciest resorts. Belize is not a formal place.
Zach Smith of Anywhere – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Belize is a shorts and flip flops kind of place. I haven’t been to every part of Belize so it’s hard for me to comment on the whole country but in general, people in Belize like wearing very light pants (if they need to wear pants) paired with a white shirt or a comfortable light shirt. It’s not a formal culture in general.
 
There are establishments in which you would dress up in a formal way just like there are casual establishments all across the world. If you want to go to the nicest restaurants in town they’re not going to bat an eye if you’re rather casual but the general vibe of it is going to be people that are dressed up. You will see people who are tucking in their shirts, combing their hair, ditching the flip-flops and wearing dress shoes. There’s not necessarily a strict dress code by any means and that is true for most of the region.
 
One thing that seems incongruent is that men in Belize do not just walk around with their shirt off. Going out in public without a shirt in Belize is considered an impolite thing to do. But in general, there’s not a lot of strict dress codes. If you’re going to the bank, wear something nice but they are not going to care if you don’t. The dress code in Belize just depends on what makes you feel good as a person and what you are comfortable wearing. 
Rubi Young – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Former Prime Minister of Belize George C Price and a Peace Corps Volunteer, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living​Belizeans normally imitate how Americans dress. We wear jeans and shirts, too. The dress code in Belize depends on where you are going. At weddings, men wear their tuxedos and women wear nice dresses. On regular days, the dress code here is very casual. You will see a lot of people wearing jeans and t-shirts. You might see some ladies who would wear high heels and nice skirts.
 
Your dress code also depends on what you do for a living. People who work in the banks, government offices, etc., wear uniforms. If you are going to see the Prime Minister, you can still wear casual clothes. It is not necessary to wear a tuxedo. 
 
If you are a foreigner and you get invited for dinner or a lunch at someone’s house, you can dress casually. It is very normal to see people here wearing jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers, sandals or slippers. Belize doesn’t have a specific dress code. You can pretty much dress however you want. In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, which is a beach town, you will even see people who are just barefoot and nobody cares.
 
(Former Prime Minister of Belize George C Price and a Peace Corps Volunteer, Belize pictured.)
Dora Guerra of Atlantic International Bank – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account

windbreaker, swim suit and sun hat – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingBelize is a hot place all year round and even though you’re dreaming of sunny winters, you might be underestimating what a warm winter and sun all year round are like. We recommend that you bring cool clothing; light colors, cotton, short pants, sleeveless shirts, flip flops, etc. We’d also recommend you bring a wind-breaker, especially if you’re visiting the islands, since it can get a little windy.


The only time you might need a light sweater would be if you’re spending time in the mountains during cool months. When we say "cool months" we think 65 F is cold! You'll see most Belizeans pull out their sweaters then, while visitors walk around in shorts.


PS: Don’t forget your hat and sun block and the fact that "No shoes, no shirt, no problem," is a common saying here.


(To pack for Belize: windbreaker, swim suit and sun hat, pictured.)

 
Shannon Davies of El Rey Hotel / Belize Travel Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
group of people in casual clothing in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingPeople in Belize wear just about anything. It only depends on where you are going or what you are doing. For the most part, the dress code in Belize is very casual. A lot of young people wear jeans, t-shirts, or tank tops. Professionals dress nicely, but they do not normally wear jackets and ties.
 
Generally, the island of Ambergris Caye is very laid back and it is very common to see people wearing flip flops, shorts, and sandals. I am probably dressier than other people, but overall, the dress code here in Belize is very casual.
 
However, when there is an event, Belizeans like to "dress to impress," so don’t show up to a party in flip flops and shorts.
 
 
Chris Leonard of Paradise Found Belize Real Estate and Development – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
nipa hut beach in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in Belize is “bathing suits.” It’s too hot to wear much clothing in Belize. If you are trumping through the jungle, you would want to wear some pants to protect your legs. When I was going to the construction site, I wore pants and a cotton shirt. I brought three or four more shirts with me, and then I would change them throughout the day just to keep them fresh.  It was definitely hot.

Going out to restaurants, you may want to wear a nice dress shirt. I cannot think of any scenario where I needed to wear more than shorts and a shirt anywhere. Women definitely like to wear tight fitting clothes. That’s a good thing for men.

Typical expats would wear shorts and a t-shirt. Men can also wear shorts and no shirt. If you go into the bar in Corozal where expats go, you walk in there and the guys are wearing tank tops, shorts, flip flops or sandals. The women wear tank tops and shorts or bikinis and shorts. We have high humidity and heat so if you wear anything other than that, you’re sweating.

If you want to dress up in Belize, you can. I think dressing up in Belize means you put on shoes and a shirt. When I went out to the clubs, there were people dressed up very nicely. Women wore dresses and some men wore right buttoned up shirts. For me, it was a personal choice not to dress up in Belize. It’s just too hot, no matter what. I’m comfortable wearing T-shirts and shorts.

No matter what you’re wearing, I don’t think Belizeans will look at you funny unless you are wearing a big safari hat.
Macarena Rose of Rainforerst Realty – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The dress code of Belize is "keep it cool and comfortable." If you plan to come here with a suit and a tie, leave it at home because you are not going to need it here in Belize. You may wear fancy dresses once a year, maybe, for a special event. Pretty much, Belize is a t-shirt and shorts kinds of place.
Belize Bobbi of Belize Paradise Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Belize expats at a table by the ocean – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingNo shirt, no shoes... no one will notice!
 
With the tropical weather in Belize, casual attire is always in style!
 
I don't recall ever seeing a man in a suit or jacket, although I'm sure there may be some occasion for that within the professional sector. Occasionally you will see someone such as an attorney or office manager in a dress shirt and tie or a dress and heels, but typically even office workers have more casual clothes that work well in the heat.

As a tourist or expat living in Belize, you will live in shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and maybe even swimsuits!
 
If you are on one of the cayes, it's very likely that many of the restaurants have sand floors and no A/C. There's really no need, as the ocean breeze is almost always blowing to keep you cool. I always advise my tour guests to only bring casual, comfortable clothes and leave their dress clothes back at home. But just beware - if you stay in Belize for more than a couple of weeks, you start reaching for a jacket when the temperature goes down in the 60's!

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