Dreaming of heading to the beach in the Caribbean? Go beyond the gift shop basics and explore the wonderful bevy of handcrafted beach accessories by a new generation of Caribbean creators. Here, we’ve gathered our favorite beach essentials by Caribbean designers, who combine traditional craftsmanship with loads of style. All are shoppable online, so stock up for a truly authentic experience.
The Catch-All Tote: Maya Bags
The perfect day at the beach requires plenty of additional accessories and goodies, from towels to snacks. Bring it all in a stunning tote to boot, like this on from Belize-based brand Maya Bags. Each design offers a modern take on traditional Mayan craftsmanship, handmade by artisans. Made with linen and durable leather, their popular Jewel tote features crocket stitching.
The Hands-Free Hand-Bag: Vavvoune
This is not your granny’s fanny pack. Leave the heavy lifting at home and carry just the essentials with this chic Vavvone Dias belt bag by Haitian designer Valerie Blaise. The design features an adjustable strap, so you can wear it around the waist or cross-body for hands-free ease. The fringe style features flattering hues, from sleek black to sunny yellow.
Sun-kissed Slip-Ons: Isa Tapia
Ditch the basic flip flops for something prettier underfoot. Instead, we love these stylish slides by Puerto Rican-born designer Isa Tapia. Her designs always feel flirty and fun, full of feminine details like hearts, lace, and dainty bows. Fine materials include kid leather, soft denim, and fresh linen, make her styles always easy to wear.
Shade Stealer: Boronea
Sun protection never looked so stylish. Keep the rays away with these classic Panama hats made by the Puerto Rican menswear brand, Boronea. Inspired by the Caribbean lifestyle, each hat is handwoven with high quality, natural Carludovica Palmata straw for lightweight wear. Customize your own look, from the brim width to the band color.