What to Wear to the Beach in Winter

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Tips and hints from the Hound!

Have you ever been to a beach in winter?

If you’re an avid beach lover and just can’t do without the sand and the surf, there’s no way you’re going to hold off going to the beach for 3 or 4 months.

Beaches in colder countries look absolutely magical during winters, and of course, there’s the added benefit of facing fewer crowds than usual.

So if you’re planning on going to the beach this winter, this guide will explain everything you need to know about dressing appropriately!


I know the beach isn’t the same if you’re not wearing shorts. If you’re not wearing shorts, the hems of your pants are bound to drag along the sand and pick up sand and water.

However, you can make up for it by putting on capris and long pants which can easily be folded up to your ankles if you want to dip your toes in the water.  Remember that pants can still get wet, so make sure you avoid moisture retaining pants like denim or woolens.

You can be just as warm and just as comfortable with pants made out of synthetic fibers like nylon. Synthetic fibers are known to dry quickly and won’t let the cold water stick to your legs. Close fitting leggings, track pants or yoga pants are best.


It’s important to remember that the beach will be windy, maybe excessively so if the weather is erratic. So you need to dress in layers to ensure that you’re prepared for every eventuality.

For your base layer, wear a close-fitting tank top or a T-shirt. You can even wear a bikini underneath in case the tank top or the T-shirt get wet.

On top of this, wear a long-sleeved shirt or a sweatshirt or if it’s really cold and icy your favorite sweater. In case strong winds ruffle your sweater or sweatshirt around, the tight fitting tank top will stay right on top of your skin and give you warmth.

If it’s still not warm enough, consider topping off your attire with a light windbreaker or a jacket. Make sure the fabric is waterproof. Parkas are generally waterproof, and not only will they keep you warm, but they will also make for an excellent fashion statement.  

You can do a lot of experiments with the topmost layer. You can snuggle in a terry coverup, or you can try out more vibrant choices, like a bright and colorful sarong.  Just wrap it on you in case the wind gets too severe.


I know, sand feels great to walk on and you would probably wear sandals even in the wintertime. However, it might be a lot colder than you had predicted and flip flops or sandals don’t protect you against the wind at all.

We would suggest wearing warm socks and then flat rubber boots on top of them. A pair of trainers or canvas sneakers that can be washed in a machine are good choices as well. Just remember to pack an extra pair of socks in case the ones you’re wearing get wet.

Clothing accessories

You’re going to the beach! No matter how cold or dreary the city streets might be, there’s no need to carry that gloom over to the beach.

Go crazy with accessories. If there’s one thing winter is good for, you can wear all the accessories you want without ever feeling hot. Wear oversized glasses, crazy hats and bangles, and bracelets. A  long and fluttering scarf will fly about in the wind and make for great photo opportunities.


Just because it’s winter and the sun isn’t that strong does not mean it can’t cause you a sunburn. The problem with beaches is that the long stretches of white sand and the ocean are great at reflecting sunlight.

Granted you’re probably not going to lie on your back on the beach and work up a tan in the winter, but you still shouldn’t skimp on the sunscreen lotion. An SPF of 30 or higher will totally protect you from the sun and also, winter dryness. To ensure your lips don’t get chapped, get yourself a soothing lip balm and make sure it has adequate sun protection.

For your head, it’s best to bring over a wide-brimmed straw hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Make sure it’s a snug fit because you don’t want the wind to blow it away, nor do you want to use your hands to constantly hold the hat in place.

Bring sunglasses too. They will keep your eyes comfortable and protect them from UV rays. If you want to see the sunset over the ocean, you definitely need to get a pair of good, strong sunglasses. Bring a blanket over as well, in case it gets too cold or too sunny.

What about a bikini?

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that bikinis are off limits. There are plenty of beaches down in Florida or on the Californian coast which has bikini-wearing temperatures throughout the year. Same goes for Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Just bear in mind, that even in these places the temperature can start to fall rapidly during the mid-afternoon. So pack yourself a long sundress and cardigans. Button down shirts and nylon pants work great as well and look stylish over a bikini.

Final Words

Beachwear should never be dull and drab, vibrancy and eccentricity are always celebrated at the beach.

On a cold winter morning on a beach, it’s likely you’ll be the only people around, so there’s no reason for you not to go as wacky as you want to.

Just remember to get some warm clothes as well because it can get pretty cold when the wind starts blowing and the sun starts to set.

Wrap up warm and – enjoy the beauty of the beach.

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