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Tiffany Swift of Rentals In Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Tiffany Swift in jeans, Cayo Disctrict, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in the Cayo district is casual and light. On a typical day, you'll be wearing shorts and t-shirts. Both locals and expats wear light clothing here in Cayo because it can get humid on some days so there’s no point in wearing long jeans or big ball gowns. People may dress up, but not in ball gowns. The only occasion where you see people dressing up like that will be for special dinners or for weddings, but on a regular day, no. On fancy occasions like these, women would wear heels at night, but you don't see many people walking around in heels during the day. You would commonly see some sandals, some sneakers, short pants, or a short dress, very casual and airy.
 
Even women who work in banks dress in skirts that to their knees, a blouse and a jacket. They use jackets only because they have air-conditioning in the banks. Attorneys would dress in long sleeved shirts. However in restaurants and grocery shops, they're pretty casual.
 
(Tiffany Swift dressed casually in jeans and a nice top, Cayo District, Belize, pictured.)
Gwido Mar of Grupo Mar Realty Ltd. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Fashionable woman in Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThe dress code in the Cayo District, Belize is anything from casual to what you would wear on the beach. For ladies, the fashion is flip-flops, shorts, and tank tops. For guys maybe it’s shorts, flip-flops, maybe just a t-shirt.
 
This is all if you’re not working, of course. That's for both locals and expats. If they're not at work or a special occasion, the dress code is just casual like they're at the beach. Of course if they're working, the clothing will be a little bit formal for locals. For example, if they work at any of the government offices, a bank, or an insurance company, they actually where a uniform—either that, or formal attire.
 
The expats are always pretty much in their flip-flops and sandals and shorts. This is because most of them come from North America and they just want to relax, maybe it's a little warm for them, so of course they won't be wearing jeans or hiking boots or tennis shoes. So they just relax. They live here. They go to town, they go the market, no need to dress up. This is all except for when there's a party or a function.
 
I've seen people who maybe go to weddings or maybe go to a Rotary Club meeting who dress nicely.  I've seen guys who wear long trousers tucked in a shirt with collar, whether it's a long sleeve or a short sleeve and a belt. They may choose to just wear dress shoes or in some cases I've seen guys wear leather boots, like cowboy boots. It looks nice. If they are not wearing proper dress trousers they wear them like a jeans, but tucked in, so it looks good.
 
If the occasion is semi-formal, they ladies may wear something like jeans and a bandana shirt tucked in. If they're not, they're wearing a dress, with high heels.
 
(Fashionable woman in Belize, pictured.)
Virginia Krohn of Villa Cayo Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Volunteers in San Ignacio, Cayo, BelizeThe dress code in Cayo is very casual. You could wear flip-flops and a t-shirt all year round.
 
My friends and I wear a little nicer sandal most of the time. We wear Capri pants and short-sleeved blouses. We have Belizean friends and Chinese friends here who all dress the same way.
 
There are opportunities for dressing up if you are a “fashionista.” The San Ignacio Hotel downtown, which is owned by a Belizean family, holds events where you can dress up.  A man might wear a nice shirt or light dress jacket and the ladies really nice dresses and high heels.
 
We have one small casino here and the locals like to go there because it is an inexpensive fun night out. I don’t gamble but a lot of my peers do gamble and when they do, they dress up a little bit more than the usual.
 
Around town the men usually wear cargo shorts and anything from a regular t-shirt to just a slightly nicer short-sleeved shirt. In the banks, you will see the employees wearing suits. When I set up my business here and I had the bank come out to install my credit card machine, the technician showed up in a suit. It was so hot but he wouldn’t take his jacket off.
 
(Volunteers in San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize, pictured.)
Franklin Syrowatka of Better Homes Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
A maxi dress for a tour of Mayan ruins, Belize – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingFrom a male perspective, the dress code in Cayo is jeans and t-shirt; the dress code is very informal.
 
Some ladies suffer a little from the lack of opportunity to dress up. My wife would like to wear her high heels every once in a while but there is no place for high heels here. She usually wears jeans, a shirt, and flip flops. 
 
You can leave all your fancy clothes behind because you will not use them here. It is warm most of the time here so wearing short pants and a t-shirt is more suitable.
 
The good thing about it is that you won’t spend much on clothing down here in Cayo. The only people I see wearing a white shirt and a necktie are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Even the prime minister wears a short-sleeved shirt without a tie when he goes on national television.
 
(A maxi dress worn for a tour of Mayan ruins, Belize, pictured.)

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