Hello everyone, I'm new to this site and this is my first post, but the wealth of information I have already been able to read on these boards is amazing. So, thank you all for that!
I'm heading down to TCI in about a week for a 10-day trip. Was just wondering if some experienced travelers could shed some light on the sun down there in February? I hear all sorts of conflicting advice...some people say not to wear anything less than an SPF 30 or 45. Others say they wear an SPF 15 for the first day or two and then drop to an SPF 8...and are fine.
I'm just looking for some real advice so as not to get a sunburn and ruin the trip. I'm of Italian descent and tan relatively easily. I live in Chicago and wont really burn in the summer sun here, maybe just a little bit in the nose/cheeks if I spend all day on a boat or at the beach without any sunscreen at all (never any peeling or blisters). In late March (spring break) in Florida I get by just fine with an SPF 6 or SPF 8. I haven't really been in the sun since August/September of 2013, so I'm a little worried about my base, but I do still have all my tan lines! =)
Sorry for the long post, and excess information, but my girlfriend is insisting I buy several bottles of SPF 45 for the trip. It seems like overkill for me. I'm thinking more like an SPF 15 for a couple days followed by an SPF 8 for the remainder. Any practical advice from from experienced Caribbean travelers is VERY much appreciated. And thanks again for the wonderful posts on this site!