Social Life in Antigua & Barbuda
The Antiguans and Barbudans are conservative in most aspects of their lives and
this is best seen in their behaviors, dress, and dining etiquette. They tend to
dress and act conservatively, much of which is based on their deeply rooted Christian
As a visitor to Antigua & Barbuda try to
follow the lead of the locals by dressing conservatively (see below for details),
dining in the local etiquette (see our
Antigua & Barbuda Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation
topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local
counterpart. Also try to avoid being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or getting
noticeably drunk in public.
The traditional clothing of Antigua & Barbuda is very Caribbean in style and
functionality, but rooted in Europe and African. For men the traditional clothing
was simply a shirt and pants, often times quite loose-fitting in order to help fight
the heat. For women the traditional outfit was a loose-fitting dress, often times
in yellows and reds.