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Social Life in Antigua & Barbuda

Behavior

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 faith.

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.

Dress

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.

Today western-styled clothing rules the country, but sun dresses, not too different from those of the past are still popular. Antigua & Barbuda is a fairly conservative country though so most people do tend to cover up to a degree, although showing your arms and knees is fine in most settings. As a visitor to Antigua & Barbuda you are free to wear just about anything, but only wear swimwear on the beach; you are expected to cover up when in restaurants or shops, even those near the beach. If going to a church or another formal setting be sure to dress on the conservative side with long pants and preferably also long-sleeved shirts.

This page was last updated: December, 2013